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I am Timothy Sullivan, searching for years for my Irish roots. I am as far back as my G2 grandfather, Cornelius Sullivan. I recently found a record on Ancestry linked to the man I believe is my Cornelius. It says he was baptized on 22 July 1838. It lists Rathmore with Nohaval and Kilcummin, Kerry, Ireland. The source record then gives his father's name as Jeremiah Sullivan and mother as Julia Moynahan. It says FHL Film number : 823804 

I do not know how to follow up on this and verify that it is actually my great, great grandfather Cornelius.

Thanks for any help you can give me!!!!!



Sunday 19th Jun 2022, 01:59PM

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  • Ancestry gives the following death record for a miner named Cornelius Sullivan living where your Cornelius lived in 1870. This Cornelius is a bit older than the age given in 1870.
    Name: Cornelius Sullivan
    Birth Date: abt 1827
    Birth Place: Ireland
    Death Date: 13 Jul 1879
    Death Place: Central Mine, Keweenaw Co., Michigan
    Death Age: 52
    Occupation: Miner
    Race: White
    Marital Status: Married
    Gender: Male
    FHL Film Number: 1310167

    In the 1880 census, Mary Sullivan is a widow, with five sons. She has moved about ten miles south of Central Mine.

    Name: Mary Sullivan
    Age: 40
    Birth Date: Abt 1840
    Birthplace: Ireland
    Home in 1880: Calumet, Houghton, Michigan, USA
    Street: New Town Elm Street
    Dwelling Number: 233
    Race: White
    Gender: Female
    Relation to Head of House: Self (Head)
    Marital Status: Widowed
    Father's Birthplace: Ireland
    Mother's Birthplace: Ireland
    Occupation: Wash Woman
    Months Not Employed: 12
    Neighbors: View others on page
    Household Members Age Relationship
    Mary Sullivan 40 Self (Head)
    Jamess Sullivan
    14 Son
    William Sullivan
    12 Son
    Cornelius Sullivan
    10 Son
    John Sullivan
    8 Son
    Timothy Sullivan
    6 Son

    According to Irish naming patterns, the first son is named after the paternal grandfather, the second after the maternal grandfather, the third after the father. Note that none of the children here is called Jeremiah. Therefore, I believe the baptismal record you located is probably not for your ancestor.

    About Julia Moynahan--on Ancestry, I saw a marriage record for one of Cornelius's sons; he was married to Julia Moynahan.

    Mary Sullivan's maiden name was Fitzpatrick, according to one of her son's marriage records on Ancestry.

    I hope this is helpful..


    Sunday 19th Jun 2022, 03:55PM
  • Correction...the son was married to Julia McCarthy.  Sorry for confusion.


    Sunday 19th Jun 2022, 04:19PM
  • Julia, thank you soooo much for taking the time to look into this!! It is the info on Cornelius and Mary's children in Michigan that show/prove that this Cornelius is my G2. My dream is that someone has a family tree that will include 'my' Cornelius and his parents and ancesters. Thanks, again!


    Monday 20th Jun 2022, 03:10AM
  • Don't give up, Tim.  Have you found Cornelius in census records before 1870?  Who was he living with? It was rare for an Irish person to emigrate by themselves.  Instead, someone they knew, usually a relative, had already emigrated. So when Cornelius first came to the U.S., he likely lived with family members.  You can trace such individuals and see where they hailed from; maybe you will find a connection to Cornelius that way.

    Another idea. Have you seen birth, baptism, marriage, death records for all of Cornelius's children?  Sometimes the parents' places of origin are given in those records.  I recently found a baptismal record in New York that included the information that the parents were from Longford.

    Have you seen Cornelius's obituary?  It might include his birthplace.


    I hope this is helpful.


    Tuesday 21st Jun 2022, 04:34PM
  • Thanks, Patricia. I will not give up. Thanks for the ideas.


    Wednesday 22nd Jun 2022, 02:48AM

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