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Posted by: Walton Sullivan (ID *****2165) Date: August 02, 2009 at 06:37:01
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Looking for information/connections, suggestions on my direct line

My great grandfather Patrick SULLIVAN was born in Co Cork 1842-1903. He and his brother Florence SULLIVAN 1845-1909 immigrated to Rhymney Monmouth Wales where they worked in the Iron Works. Patrick married Ellen CUMMINGS/CUMMINS 1845-1927 daughter of John and Ellen O’BRIEN/O’BRINE CUMMINGS. It appears the Cummings family was parishioners of the Immaculate Conception Church in Tredegar Wales while the Sullivan family frequented St. John's parish in Rhymney.

They were married 1863 in Bedwelt Monmouth Wales. At the time of their marriage Patrick’s father John SULLIVAN was deceased. His mother was Julia (SULLIVAN), Patrick immigrated to Northeast Pennsylvania in 1865. 1870 Luzerne Co Pa census indicates Patrick and Ellen CUMMNGS SULLIVAN were living in Old Forge a boro of Scranton. They were living next door to father in law John CUMMINGS/COMENS 1823-1888 and his family. John and Ellen were both born in Ireland and their family of 7 born in Wales. They had lived at 13 Furnace Row in Rhymney

1880 Lackawanna Co census indicates living in Old Forge was Patrick’s uncle Michael SULLIVAN/SULLEVAN 1825-1892 and his family to include Michael’s mother Mary SULLIVAN 1802-bef 1900. I have not been able to find info regarding when Michael arrived in the US. Michael married Margaret DISKIN/DISCAN prior to 1872 St. Joseph’s RC Church Minooka boro Scranton.

My direct SULLIVAN line was coal miners, Catholic and possibility came from the Beara/Bantry area of Co Cork. This is based on the sensing that most of the Irish families that first settled in South Scranton area (Old Forge, Minooka, Taylor) were from that area of Cork. Some of the other families included by were not limited to DONOVAN and HARTNETT.

Appreciate any help, suggestions. Please email Walton J. Sullivan at

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