John (GGGF)  Sullivan 1840

John (GGGF) Sullivan 1840

Place of migration:
Migrated to/Born in UK

Borne in Southwest Cork circa 1840  | Emigrated to England 1870s living in London per 1871 census | Married Mary Ann Emily Phinbow Jul 1879  | Lived in Notting Hill London England;  per 1911 and 1921 Census England and Wales he lived with his daughter Annie Elizabeth Murphy (nee Sullivan)  and her husband Edward Murphy in Notting Hill.  Annie Elizabeth is my maternal great Grandmother, Nanny Murphy.  Another daughter Mrs. Mary Ann Geary (nee Sullivan) living in Notting Hill too.  Both 1911 & 1921 census say John is a Widower borne in Ireland 1840.  

DNA results all say south west Cork and Munster.   All baptisms of the children and his marriage do not have a middle name for my Great Great Grandfather John Sullivan.   Looking for his birthplace and hopefully both his parents names as well.  Many thanks, Melanie

Additional Information
Date of Birth 1840 (circa)  
Date of Death 1921 (circa)  


  • Without John"s Parents names and particularly hid mothers maiden name, there is very little hope of finding his correct family. In if you put in the name of John Sullivan in the Diocese of Cork & Ross for year span 1830 - 1850, you will get 4482 baptisms and 1060 marriages with the name of John Sullivan.. Sorry for being so pessimistic but In County Cork Sullivan is one of the most prolific families. As stated, his mothers maiden name is your only hope.

    Frank Fahy West Cork

    Sunday 10th April 2022, 10:21PM
  • I have three suggestions---one is consider the Irish naming patterns to see if it gives you a hint as to his parent's names---I was able to locate my great-grandparents using the naming patterns. 

    The second suggestion is test DNA---which it appears you did!. If you can test one of your male Sullivan's, Y-DNA gives you the best clue. I have two Sullivan brothers---their Y-DNA identified two other Sullivan men as the ones we are most closely related to and they are quite expert in Sullivan history in County Cork and specifically the Beara Pennisula as well as Massachusetts history of the Sullivans, which is where my Sullivan's migrated to from Ireland. They helpded me considerably on finding my roots! 

    Another great resouce which one of my Sulivan DNA matches told me about was the Annals of Beara by Riobard O'Dwyer. Its 3 volumes: Contents: v. 1. Adrigole and Allihies parishes -- v. 2. Bere Island and Eyeries parishes -- v. 3. Castletownbere and Glengarriff parishes and A Brief history of the O'Sullivan Clan / by Gary B. Sullivan.

    The Annals of Beara present a challenge---it's not indexed, so you have to know your Sullivan parish to find them. NEHGS (New England Historical Society) in Boston, MA is creating an index and you can search on their website. 

    Good luck!






    Nancy Sullivan Hudson

    Saturday 23rd April 2022, 09:45PM

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