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sources have indicated this particular Sullivan family migrated from Northern
Ireland to Essex County, Virginia. In the History of Woodford
County, Kentucky, by William E. Railey, 1938, page 85 it is stated, "James Sullivan, Sr. was born in Northern Ireland, but came to Virginia at an
early day and served in the Revolution."
Genealogy and Biography, Vol. VIII, 1981 reprint, by McDowell Publishers
of the original Perrins History of Kentucky, Franklin, Woodford,
Jessamine, Shelby, Spencer, Trimble, Oldham and Henry Counties states, "James Sullivan, Sr. born in Ireland." In the 1880's these biographical
sketches were submitted on a volunteer basis for publication by family members or local historians. Therefore, it cannot be determined if this material
is factual or just a duplication of information published at an earlier date by another source.
records there is evidence of a James Sullivan in the state as early as 1780.
James Sullivan: Served in Dunsmore's War, June 10, 1774,
Dunsmore's War, 1905, page 421. Appointed as one of eight gentlemen in 1780, by Thomas Jefferson, Governor of Virginia, to lay out the town
of Louisville, History of Kentucky, by Z. F. Smith, 1892, Page 159. He received 1000 acres of land on Rolling Fork, in Jefferson County, surveyed,
April 26, 1780 (Book A, page 27) Old Kentucky Entries and Deeds, by W. R. Jillson, 1926 page 293. Sold 1000 acres of land on South Fork of
Elkhorn, 15 January 1788 (Book A, page 459) Old Kentucky Entries and Deeds, by W. R. Jillson, 1926.
Historical Society Library maintain collections of family surname files which
date to the early 1920's. Some important information
was located in the Sullivan file, again this has not been proven to be factual information. Miss Catherine E. Macey in her letter to the Society on
May 18, 1980, states "James Sullivan, whose Revolutionary services has never been proven". According to her information from the DAR, the
only proof lacking is birth and death dates for James Sullivan, Sr. Also, Miss Jennie Scearce of Versailles, Kentucky, submitted information
concerning the Sullivan family.
non-existent records prior to 1790, it is undetermined at this time whether
the James Sullivan mentioned in Jefferson County, Kentucky
is the same James Sullivan, who was born in Northern Ireland and migrated to Essex County, Virginia. Information located, if correct, would prove
it impossible for the James Sullivan in early Jefferson County to be the same James Sullivan of Essex County, Virginia. The tax rolls for Jefferson
County, Kentucky list a James Sullivan 1799-1801. He was a large land owner with property in Jefferson, Shelby and Harrison counties of Kentucky,
which may indicate land grants for services in the Revolutionary War. However, James Sullivan of Essex County, Virginia left a will proven in
1800, which could indicate a death date much earlier.
Daniel Sullivan, Sr.
Sullivan's exact birth place is unknown. He left a will in Essex County,
Virginia, which was entered into probate, Essex County Court, Virginia,
August 6, 1755. The will names sons; John and James Sullivan. In a deed dated 1762, Katharine is named as wife of Daniel Sullivan, deceased. It is
apparent that Daniel Sullivan, Sr. and his wife, Katherine had more children than Daniel named in his will.
Virginia Marriages, by Wulfeck, page 280 list Daniel Sullivan, Jr., who married Hannah Upshaw,
Essex County as son of Daniel Sullivan, Sr. and Catherine. Daniel Sullivan, Jr's will proved
1760 Essex County, Virginia.
Born about 1740, possibly in Northern Ireland. His will entered into probate in Essex County,
Virginia Court in 1800. James was named in will of his father, August 6, 1755.
Named in the will of his father, August 6, 1755
History of Woodford County, by Railey states. "Lewis Sullivan was a native of Virginia and came to Woodford
County just after the Revolution. His father and uncle Wyatt, born in Ireland, came to Virginia and
fought for the independence of America.
Daniel James Sullivan,
born about 1740, possibly in Northern Ireland. His will entered probate in
Essex County, Virginia Court in 1800. He names his wife
Elizabeth and children; Ulysses, Obediah, James, Daniel, Lewis, Susannah, Elizabeth (Jones), Sarah (Noel) and Martha. Of these nine children,
four are known to have migrated to the Woodford - Franklin County area of Kentucky. Information given at the death of James Sullivan, Jr. list his
parents as James and Elizabeth Sullivan of Essex County,Virginia. One source states that she was Elizabeth Smithey; however, this has not
been proven. From the birth date of the eldest child, we can estimate a marriage date for James and Elizabeth around 1760.
on my research in Kentucky records, it is my conclusion that James Sullivan,
Sr. of Essex County, Virginia did not come to Kentucky
with his family; however, lived and died in Virginia. It is not possible for James Sullivan located in early Jefferson County, Kentucky in 1799 - 1801
and James Sullivan, Sr. of Essex County, Virginia to be one in the same. The will of James, of Essex was proved in Essex County, Virginia in
1800. The probate date of 1800 may actually indicate a death date as early as 1798-99. A thorough search in Virginia records is needed to
document this family's life in Essex County.
very probable, no definite proof has been located to indicate James Sullivan,
Sr. served in the Revolution. His daughter, Sarah, married
a man who served as Chaplain in the war. Family legend and tradition may have confused the Revolutionary service of Theodrick Noel with that
of James Sullivan. The DAR Patriot Index list Theodrick Noel as a Chaplain in the Virginia Line of the Revolutionary War and his wife a
Sullivan. She is believed to be Sarah Sullivan, daughter of James Sullivan, Sr. and Elizabeth.
Sullivan, born as indicated by census, between 1760-1770,
Essex County, Virginia and died
1830 in Woodford County, Kentucky. Lewis married Nancy Collins, daughter of Joseph Collins and
Susannah on March 09, 1796 in Woodford County, Kentucky. He came to Woodford County, Kentucky
and first appeared on the tax rolls there April 12, 1796, although was in Woodford County as early as
March 9, 1796 when he married Nancy Collins, daughter of Joseph and Susannah Collins. Nancy was
a sister to Jane [Jincy] Collins that became the wife of his brother, James. Lewis and Nancy raised a
large family in Woodford County near Mortonsville were they settled and remained their entire life. Lewis
wrote his will on April 19, 1830 and is recorded in the Woodford County courthouse Will BK H, page 421
He named children; Joseph Collins, Silas Henry, Obediah Lewis, James M., George Washington, Robert S.,
John Polk, Luther Rice, Ulysses Taylor, Susan, Marion Elizabeth. A deceased daughter not named married
a Bullock; a grandson Bullock was named. No mention of wife Nancy, who evidently was deceased.
Dr. R. S. Sullivan, a son of Lewis and Nancy Collins Sullivan, was born in Woodford County in 1810.
He studied medicine at the University of Lexington and practiced medicine in the Mortonsville and Troy
areas of Woodford County for more than a quarter of a century. R. S. married Elizabeth Arnold and
died in Woodford County in 1885. Son John Henry was also a physician.
"Sally" Sullivan, born about 1763 in Essex County, Virginia. She was named
in her father's will
of 1800 as Sarah Noel. Her husband Theodrick James Noel served as Chaplain in the Revolutionary War.
Sullivan, was probably born in Essex County, Virginia between
1765-1784. He was
one of the eldest children born to James and Elizabeth. Obediah came to Woodford County,
Kentucky about 1794 with his brothers James and Lewis and sister Susannah. On October 3, 1803
in Woodford County, Obediah married Lucy Fox, daughter of Richard and Mary Blanton Fox.
Obediah never appeared on the tax rolls for Woodford County. He died young leaving a widow and
three small children; Richard, Daniel and Polly. His will is recorded in the Woodford County courthouse
Will BK E, page 131. In 1815 Lucy Fox Sullivan remarried Captain Archibald Morrison. Woodford
County, December Court 1816 list Obediah Sullivan, deceased of Essex County, Virginia and Lucy
Morrison his widow, entitled to her right of dower from the estate of her late husband.
Sullivan, Jr., was born about 1768 in Essex County, Virginia.
He migrated to Woodford
County, Kentucky in the late 1790's with his two brothers Lewis and Obediah and sister Susannah.
On the 13th of October 1800 in Woodford County, he married Jane "Jincy" Collins, daughter of Joseph
and Susannah Collins and sister of Nancy Collins, wife of his brother, Lewis Sullivan.
Sullivan, was born between 1777-1794 probably Essex County,
Virginia. In the will of her
father, James Sullivan, Sr., she was referred to as Susannah Sullivan, indicating she had not married
She came to Kentucky about 1794 with her brothers, James and Lewis. She is located living in the
household of the children of her sister, Sarah Noel. Susannah Sullivan wrote her will on February 1,
1822 and is recorded in Franklin County Will BK 1, page 93. She apparently never married and left no
heirs of her body. All of her property in Kentucky and Essex County, Virginia, was left to Theodrick
Noel. Although the relationship between Susannah and Theodrick Noel is not known, it is possible
that Theodrick W. Noel is the son of her sister, Sarah Sullivan Noel.
Sullivan, birth date unknown. In 1800, Essex County, Virginia
he was named in the will of his
father, James Sullivan. Daniel Sullivan has not been located in Kentucky records.
Sullivan, birth date unknown. She was married prior to 1800
and was named
in her father's will as Elizabeth Jones.
Sullivan, probably one of the younger children born to James,
Sr. and Elizabeth Sullivan.
Named in the will of her father, 1800, as Martha Sullivan.
Sullivan, birth date unknown. Named in the will of his father,
1800 Essex County,
Virginia. No record has been located in Kentucky records for Ulysses Sullivan.
James Sullivan, Jr.
James Sullivan first appeared on the tax roll for Woodford County, Kentucky.
At this time he owned no land. By 1809 James had acquired 101
acres of land on Greers Creek in Woodford County. On December 8, 1809, James Sullivan purchased 100 acres of land on Greers Creek from Samuel
Walker of Wayne County, Indiana and recorded in Woodford County courthouse in Deed BK F, page 193. James purchased on April 10, 1813, from
Thomas Helm, 40 acres more on Greers Creek . Then on September 6, 1827, James again purchased land from Helm; deed recorded in Woodford
County Deed BK L, page 245.
The 1810 Woodford
County census list James Sullivan and wife with a family of five children.
James and his family remained in Woodford County until
the mid 1830's, when they moved to Franklin County. James Sullivan first appears in Franklin County on the 1830 tax rolls listed with 365 acres of land.
On the 13th of February 1835 for the sum of $2,000.00, James purchased 383 acres on main Elkhorn from Gabriel and Polly Sullenger. The 1840 and
1850 census list James Sullivan in Franklin County, Peaks Mill District. His wife, Jane [Jincy] Collins Sullivan was born between 1770-1780 and died
prior to April 1846. She was not named in will or her husband or listed on the 1850 census with her her family.
On March 25, 1855 James Sullivan died. Franklin County vital statistics list his age as 87, a farmer, born Essex County, Virginia to James and Elizabeth
Sullivan. James wrote his will in April of 1846 and is recorded in the Franklin County courthouse Will BK 3, page 5. There is no mention of his wife, Jane
[Jincy]. He names his sons; Horace H., Lewis L., Theodrick N., Thomas J., and James Matterson Sullivan. No daughters were named in his will. On
August 23, 1852, James Sullivan made a codicil to his will, stating that his son, Horace had died and the lot of ground left him, shall belong to son,
Lewis and his heirs. The lot previously left to Lewis was now given to the children of deceased son, Horace. James Sullivan makes no reference to sons
Thomas or James Matterson Sullivan in the land division. The estate, consisting of approximately 420 acres, was divided among only three sons;
heirs of Horace H. Sullivan, deceased, Lewis L. Sullivan and Theodrick N. Sullivan. Sons, Thomas J. and James Matterson were left money, no land.
No burial site has been located in Franklin County, Kentucky for James Sullivan, Sr. or his wife Jane [Jincy]. It is very likely that they are buried in
unmarked graves in the Peaks Mill area. Early census records indicate that James and Jincy may have had more children. Whether they survived to
adulthood is questionable. Only fives sons are known to this date.
The original log home,
possibly built by Gabriel Sullenger, which became the home of the Sullivan
family was discovered several years ago.
the death of the last Sullivan heir the old homeplace for several generations of the Sullivan family was scheduled for demolition. At that time the
home appeared to be a typical frame farm house. During demolition the original log home was discovered. It was dismantled and moved to
Fort Hill, in Frankfort. KY.
The 1810 census list two females, born between 1800-1810, living in household of James Sullivan.
It has not been determined if they lived to adulthood or married.
Matterson Sullivan, was born in Woodford County, Kentucky
1800-1810. He appears on the tax rolls 1836-1841 for Franklin County. In 1846 he is named in
his father's will and given $1,300.00 instead of land. No further information is known.
J. Sullivan, according to census, was born between 1800-1810
in Woodford County,
Kentucky. He is listed on the 1830 census for Woodford County as an unmarried male. Thomas
appears to have moved to Franklin County with his family, where he is listed on the tax rolls in
Franklin County 1833-1835. His father named him in his will of 1846 , given $1,300.00 instead
of a plot of land. This could indicate he was established in another county or out of the state.
A search of the 1850 Kentucky census has failed to locate him. Nothing further is known.
H. Sullivan, was born about 1810 in Woodford County, Kentucky.
On January 1, 1834
he married in Franklin County, Eliza Ann Suter, daughter of James and Ann Suter. Eliza Ann
bore him five known children; James, Alicia B., Mary H., Eliza and Martha F., before her death
on October 13, 1848, in Franklin County, Horace married second Maria L. B. Hiter. The 1830-1850
census for Franklin County list Horace and his family living in the Peaks Mill district. His name
appears on the tax rolls for the county 1837-1852. Horace purchased a 15 acre tract of land from
Anthony Bartlett in August of 1844. Horace H. Sullivan died in Franklin County on February 19, 1852;
however, his grave site has not been located in Franklin County. His will was written on March 2, 1851
and is recorded in the Franklin County courthouse Will BK 2, page 233. He named his second wife,
M. L. B. Sullivan. On February 6, 1852 he wrote a codicil to his original will adding M. L. Hiter as an
executor of his last will and testament. His heirs received 107 acres Lot #3, from the estate of their
grandfather, James Sullivan, Jr. On March 12 1861, James Sullivan, son of Horace, sold to James
H. Suter both tracts of land that had belonged to his father. Transaction is recorded in Franklin County
Deed BK 7, page 227.
L. Sullivan, was born about 1818 in Woodford County, Kentucky.
On August 8, 1842
in Franklin County, Lewis married Mildred Head, daughter of Benjamin T. Head, who gave consent
for his daughter to marry. Four children were born to this marriage; Benjamin, James C., Margaret J.,
and Mildred. Lewis first appears on the tax rolls for Franklin County in 1843. He is listed with his wife
and children on the 1850 census in the Peaks Mill district. Mildred Head Sullivan apparently died
prior to 1852. Lewis married for the second time on July 22, 1852 in Franklin County a widow,
Mrs. Sarah Ann Macey Henry. Sarah Ann was previously married to George W. Henry on
September 10, 1838 in Franklin County. Lewis and Sarah Ann were parents of three children;
Theodrick F., Mary J. and Anna L. From the estate of his father, Lewis inherited 121 acres,
Lot # 1. On May 3, 1858 Lewis and Sarah Ann sold to Robert and John Church the land
Lewis inherited from James Sullivan, Jr's estate. Deed is recorded in Franklin County courthouse
Deed BK 6, page 388. The family is listed on the 1860 census in the Peaks Mill district. Also,
living with them are several children probably those by Sarah's previous marriage and
the three girls of Horace H. Sullivan, deceased. Lewis L. Sullivan's date of death has not been
determined, nor his burial place. His wife is listed on the 1880 census for Franklin County in the
Peaks Mill district. Evidently, Lewis Sullivan died sometime prior to 1880.
Noel Sullivan, was born on October 6, 1824 in Woodford County,
Theodrick first appeared on the tax rolls for Franklin County in 1847 and in 1850 appeared
on the census for Franklin County, Kentucky. Unmarried at the time, he was living with his
elderly father, James Sullivan.
Theodrick Noel Sullivan
"T. N". was born on October 6, 1824 in Woodford County, Kentucky and as an
infant came to Franklin County with his parents. Theodrick first
appeared on the tax rolls for Franklin County in 1847 and in 1850 appeared on the census for Franklin County, Kentucky. Unmarried at the time, he was
living with his elderly father, James Sullivan. Theodrick N. Sullivan married Nancy Church, daughter of James and Mary "Polly" Moss Church, on August 5, 1856
in Franklin County. He inherited 194 acres of land, Lot # 2, from the estate of his father. And, was the only son who kept his inheritance. In the years that
followed T. N. Sullivan purchased additional land to increase his farm to 337 acres. He became one of Peaks Mills leading farmers raising Berkshire hogs
and Whorthorn Durham cattle. During 1836-1839, he operated a hemp factory and in1868 opened the general store at Peaks Mill, which he operated for
several years. In 1872 returned to farming. T. N. and Nancy raised a family of eight children and appeared on the Franklin County census records for the
Peaks Mill District from 1860-1880. T. N. died on December 23, 1896 in Franklin County Kentucky and is buried in the Frankfort Cemetery, section H.
His will was written on March 5, 1896 and recorded in the Franklin County courthouse in Will BK 4, page 434. He left his wife, Nancy, his estate for her
natural life. He named his eight children; Medora, George, James M., Claudie, H. H., J. Z., C. D. and L. T. Nancy Church Sullivan remained on the farm
with the unmarried children and is listed on the 1900 Franklin County census for the Peaks Mill District. Nancy Church Sullivan, died on July 7, 1908 and
is buried beside her husband in the Frankfort Cemetery.
Sullivan, born in Franklin County, Kentucky on April 8, 1857
she was still
living with her parents on the 1880 census, however by 1900 she had left home. Her
marriage to Joseph M. Tyler produced one known daughter, Dora Belle. Dora Belle
Tyler Mullins, had inherited her mothers 1/8 interest from the estate of T. N. Sullivan.
On August 4, 1907, for the sum of $700.00, Dora Tyler Mullins sold her interest to C. D.
Frazier Sullivan, born on June 22, 1859 in Franklin County.
married Katharine Hockensmith, daughter of Jesse Hockensmith, on November
15, 1899 in Franklin County. On December 14, 1908, for the sum of $800.00,
G. F. Sullivan and his wife Catherine, resident of Montezuma County, Colorado
sold to J. M. Sullivan their 1/8 interest in land located in Franklin County, Kentucky
on waters of main Elkhorn Creek, near Peaks Mill containing 320 acres. This land
was inherited from T. N. Sullivan. George is buried in the Frankfort Cemetery, Section P.
Madison Sullivan, born about 1862 in Franklin County, Kentucky.
to census he married about 1894, Emma S. Scantland, daughter of Byron and Fannie (Jones)
Scantland. James and Emma appeared on the 1900 and 1910 census for Franklin County,
in the Peaks Mill district. On September 10, 1914, J. M. Sullivan, his wife Emma; C. D.
Sullivan, his wife Mattie and Jennie Sullivan Gaines deeded their interest in the estate
of their father, Theodrick N. Noel to L. T.. Sullivan. James Madison Sullivan died in Franklin
County on March 8, 1934 and is buried in the Frankfort Cemetery, section P. His wife,
Emma Scantland Sullivan died twenty years later in Franklin County on
July 20, 1954. She is buried beside her husband in the Frankfort Cemetery.
"Claudie" Sullivan, born in Franklin County, Kentucky about
living at home with his parents in 1880 and was named in his father's will of 1896; however,
was not located on the 1900 census. Nothing further is known.
H. "H. H." Sullivan, was born August of 1866 in Franklin County.
Lula Smither, daughter of Robert and Lucy Smither, on November 3, 1898 in Owen County,
Kentucky. The 1900 census indicates that Harry and Lucy were living with her parents in
Owen County. On April 7, 1909, H. H. Sullivan and wife, Lulie, residents of Monterey, Owen
County, Kentucky, for the sum of $800.00, sold to L. T. Sullivan their interest in land T. N
Sullivan containing 327 acres. By 1910, Harry and Lucy had moved to Franklin County and
were listed on the 1910 census for the Peaks Mill District. Census indicated that two children
were born to this union; however, were deceased by 1910.
Z. Sullivan, was born in January of 1870 in Franklin County
and was living at home
with her parents on the 1880 census, although by 1900 had left home. Jennie's marriage to
Llewellyn Gaines, son of James and Eliza Gaines, has not been located. In 1914. she sold
her interest in the land of her father to her brothers; J. M.and L. T. Sullivan and was listed as
Jennie Sullivan Gaines. She is buried along side Llewellyn Gaines in the Frankfort Cemetery,
Section C. Nothing further is known.
D. "C. D." Sullivan, was born in October of 1872. On December
28, 1898 in
Franklin County, he married Martha "Mattie" E. Hayden, daughter of James and Liza A. Hayden.
In 1910 C. D. and Martha were listed for the Peaks Mill District with two children. In 1908, Dora
Tyler Mullins, daughter of his sister, Medora, sold her 1/8 interest from the estate of her
grandfather to C. D. Sullivan. By 1914 C. D. had sold all his interest to the old homestead of
his parents to his brothers J. M. and L. T. Sullivan. C. D. Sullivan is buried in the Frankfort
Cemetery, Section C. Nothing further is known of his family.
T. Sullivan, L.T. as he was known, was born March 15,
1875 in Franklin County.
About 1908, he married Myrtle Smither, daughter of Grant L. and Victoria Smither. The 1910
and 1920 census of Franklin County list L. T. and Myrtle Sullivan living in the Peaks Mill
District on the homestead of his parents, James and Nancy Church Sullivan. Two children;
Theodrick N. and Jennie Sullivan were born to this union. Louis T. Sullivan eventually acquired
all the land bequeathed to his brothers and sisters from the estate of their father, making him
the owner of a substantial piece of land located on Sullivan Lane. Louis T. Sullivan died on
May 4, 1967 and is buried in the Frankfort Cemetery, section L. After his death the old Sullivan
homeplace passed to his son, Theodrick N. "T. N." Sullivan. Theodrick N. "T.N." Sullivan died
on July 12, 1994 leaving his family homestead to the Kentucky Department
of Fish and Wildlife.
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