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Emme Craven Sullivan and her son, Charles Craven Sullivan
Posted by: John Fox (ID *****1791) Date: September 23, 2012 at 09:40:18
  of 1856

Other families often give us clues about the one we are researching. Case in point is the following Sullivan family:

Peter Sullivan of Northumberland County 

Peter Sullivan, a farmer in Northumberland Co, VA was born about 1680 and died April 15, 1746. It is not known when Peter immigrated to Northumberland County, or where he came from. He might have been from another of the American colonies or even from some other country. The History of Butler County (PA), page 55, included a short sketch of Peter's grandson, Charles Craven Sullivan, which indicates that Peter located in Northumberland County about 1700. In that history his name was spelled "Peter O. Sullivan". Per records of indentured servants, compiled by W. Preston Haynie, Peter Sullivant, servant to Walter Jenkins was brought to the Northumberland County court on February 16, 1697/1698 to be adjudged by the court. He was adjudged to be seventeen years old and ordered to serve his said Master according to Law. 

The grandsons of Peter, John, Charles Craven, and James all served in the Va State Line together during the RW. After the war, John returned to his home in Virginia, Charles Craven went to PA and James went to Knoxville, TN and then on to Whitley Co, KY. James's sons spread out to Indiana, Illinois, Iowa and California. (This information was supplied by Donn Sullivan). 

Peter Sullivan left a will written April 15, 1746 and probate was 10 August 1747 from Northumberland County Wills & Administration by Lewis & Brown 1713-1748. In the will he named wife Emme and sons Moses and Charles. In a note from a Sullivan researcher, he married Emme Craven. From the same note, I have that Charles married Jemima Reeve and they had three sons, John, Charles Craven and James. From the same note, James moved to Tennessee after the Revolutionary War and married Eleanor (Nelly) Wilson. Northumberland County Virginia Wills and Administrations 1750-1770 compiled by Lewis and Booker has the will of Charles Sullivan of Wiccocomoco Parish of Northumberland County written 12 March 1767 from and probated May 11, 1767 and names wife Jemima, sons John, Charles Craven and James and daughter Betty. In another note from a different researcher, it was noted that he was in court to have his age adjudged in 1697. He was adjudged to be 18 years old and was indentured to a Walter Jenkins. So this Sullivan family is:

Peter Sullivan b. abt 1680 d. 1746/1747 in Northumberland County, married Emme Craven. He had the following children:
Moses Sullivan

Charles Sullivan d. 1767 wife was Jemima Reeve and he had the following family:
John Sullivan

Charles Craven Sullivan

James Sullivan married Elenor (Nelly) Wilson and moved to Tennessee after the Revolutionary War

Betty Sullivan"

Northumberland County provided the territory to form Lancaster County, VA. There is a Charles Craven found in Lancaster in the early 1700's where he witnessed several deeds and or wills, as follows:

"Abstracts of Lancaster County, Virginia Wills 1653-1800; {Ida J. Lee}
> SMITH, Elizabeth. 8 Apr. 1735. Rec. 14 May 1735.
> Gr.son: Charles Purcell. Gr.daus: Judith and Margaret Dameron. Gr.dau:
> Judith and her husband Edney Tapscott, Exors. "All my grandchildren." Wits:
> Charles Craven, Henry Tapscott. W.B. 12, p. 335." Edney and Henry Tapscott are 5G-granduncles of mine who were born in the early 1700's which could provide a time reference for Charles Craven. This Charles could be the father of Emme Craven Sullivan. Perhaps he could also be a brother to the Peter Craven who settled into North Carolina in the county of Chatham. Peter Craven did name one of his sons, Charles. Peter Craven did settle into Augusta County, VA where some of his children were born. Augusta county, VA is due west of Northumberland and Lancaster Counties. Augusta was the gathering place for people who were interesting in making the sojourn southward on the Great Wagon Road.

Check out Message 1017: Re: Thomas Craven, 17, London to VA. 1635 on this forum.

John Fox
Winston-Salem, NC

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