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I have been searching for information re: my maternal grandmother, Mary Sullivan. What little I know is that she was born March 25, 1871 in County Cork.  She emigrated to the US in 1890, settling in Chicago, IL where she met and married my grandfather, Michael Sullivan from Timoleague, County Cork, in 1895.  According to the information on her death certificate, her father was John Sullivan and mother Bridget Sullivan (don't know if that was also her maiden name).

 She had two sisters that I know of: Kate and Nell; both also emigrated to the US and lived in Chicago also.

According to some friends of the family, I believed my grandmother to have been born in Middle Mountain, Ardfield, Clonakilty, but in recent searches I came across Middleton and wondered if that had been misinterpreted as Middle Mountain.  I am at a dead end in trying to find her birth/baptism confirmation.  Any help is appreciated.  I have joined a few different communities on this website because I'm so unsure where in County Cork she was born.


Sunday 30th April 2017, 07:07AM

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  • Sisteract11:

    Welcome back to Ireland Reaching Out!

    Your message is vaguely familiar and I remember Middle Mountain. Do you have the date or subject line of the prior message(s)? Clonakilty records are on the free site but Midleton records would be on Roots Ireland which is a subscription site.

    Roger McDonnell

    Castlemore Roscommon, IrelandXO Volunteer ☘

    Sunday 30th April 2017, 02:58PM
  • Thank you for your prompt reply, Roger.  I originally posted on the Ardfield community site about a year ago.  I am just at such a stand-still on my grandmother, I thought I'd expand to other possible sites.


    Sunday 30th April 2017, 06:21PM
  • Sister act;

    I am O'Leary-- gggrand father married Catherine Sullivan. Both were from castletown berra area. The Sullivans farmed in Adrigole area. The problem is 72 per cent of the area were Sullivans. I have found the O'Leary tree all the way back to 1750's. 

    My next trip back this fall will be the seventh. I was lost for a year before i found out that the Sullivan's in the west area of Cork; church records were kept in County Kerry. Catherine's father was Jerehamire Sulliven and margret was ( Shea ) Sullivan. They came to Conn. in 1847. Catherine's sister was mary and she came with them. 

    The O'Leary clan has a gathering every two years; this is trhe year. The Sullivan's are not having the clan gathering until the trail is done. Look up the O'Sullivan clan gathering in Ireland. The history of the Sullivan ( O'Sullivan's ) is interesting. 

    If you have any questions; It is easier this way.  Joe


    Sunday 30th April 2017, 11:12PM
  • Sister Act:

    I would go to and search for all Mary Sullivan birth records in 1871. Focus on the following registration districts: Mallow, Mitchelstown,Lismore, Fermoy, Middleton, Youghal, Cork, Kinsale, Kilmallock, Kanturk, Millstreet, Macroom, Bandon, Clonakilty, Skull, Skibbereen, Bantry and Castletown. It will be tedious work but maybe you will luck out and find the record.


    Castlemore Roscommon, IrelandXO Volunteer ☘

    Tuesday 2nd May 2017, 11:39PM

    Thank you, both.  This gives me leads to pursue.  I appreciate any help I can get!

    My Sullivans settled in Chicago, IL but came through Boston, I believe.  No one stayed in New England.

    Thanks, Again.



    Thursday 4th May 2017, 10:08PM