Selected Families and Individuals


Thomas (Tom) SHEEHAN [Parents] was born about 1868 in probably Kilbaha, Moyvane, Co. Kerry. He died after 26 Nov 1915 in Kilbaha, Moyvane, Co. Kerry. Thomas married Mary Anne HUDSON on 26 Jan 1899 in Newtownsandes (Moyvane), Co. Kerry.

Tom farmed in Kilbaha.

Mary Anne HUDSON [Parents] was born on 27 Apr 1876 in Kilbaha, Moyvane, Co. Kerry. She was christened on 25 Jul 1876 in Newtownsandes (Moyvane), Co. Kerry. She died in 26 Nov 1912 or shortly thereafter in Kilbaha, Moyvane, Co. Kerry. Mary married Thomas (Tom) SHEEHAN on 26 Jan 1899 in Newtownsandes (Moyvane), Co. Kerry.

Sponsors at Mary's baptism were Daniel (what looks like) McCarthy and (what looks like) Mary Sullivan.

Mary died in her thirties in childbirth.

Marriage Notes:

Witnesses were Michael Collins and Honora Barrett.

They had the following children.

  M i Thomas (Tom) SHEEHAN was born on 29 Mar 1900. He died on 17 Apr 1981.
  F ii Ellen (Nell) Mary SHEEHAN was born on 24 Aug 1901. She died on 20 May 1972.
  F iii Margaret SHEEHAN was born on 15 Sep 1902. She died before 7 May 1978.
  M iv Richard (Dick) SHEEHAN was born on 29 Jan 1905. He died on 7 May 1978.
  F v Mary (Mai) SHEEHAN was born on 6 Jun 1907. She died on 19 Jan 1988.
  M vi
John (Jack) Joseph SHEEHAN was born on 14 Dec 1910 in Kilbaha, Moyvane, Co. Kerry. He was christened on 15 Dec 1910 in Moyvane, Co. Kerry. He died in Sep 1945.

Sponsors at Jack's baptism were James Hudson and Helen Laide.
  M vii Timothy Joseph (Joe) SHEEHAN was born on 26 Nov 1912. He died on 26 Feb 1996.

Thomas SULLIVAN [Parents] was born about 1834 in probably Caheraveelane, Kilshannig, Co. Cork. He died on 13 Nov 1918. He was buried in Donoughmore Cemetery, Co. Cork. Thomas married Letitia DAUNT BUSTEED on 28 Nov 1868 in Donoughmore, Co. Cork.

Letitia DAUNT BUSTEED [Parents] was born in 1846 in possibly Carrigaline, Co. Cork. She died about 1922. Letitia married Thomas SULLIVAN on 28 Nov 1868 in Donoughmore, Co. Cork.

The Busteeds were a prosperous Protestant family from the Carrigaline area of Co. cork. There was much inter-marriage over the generations between the Busteeds and the Daunts, another prominent Protestant local family who, like the Busteeds, were believed to have come to Co. Cork from Gloucestershire in England in the 15th century.

Apparently Letitia ran away from home to marry Thomas and her family disowned her as a result. She converted to Catholicism upon her marriage and, according to the 1911 census, she and Thomas had 10 children born alive, nine of whom were living at the time of the census.

They had the following children.

  M i Daniel SULLIVAN was born on 12 Jun 1870.
  M ii Thomas Henry SULLIVAN was born on 25 Nov 1871.
  M iii
Denis SULLIVAN was born on 6 Jun 1874 in probably Caheraveelane, Kilshannig, Co. Cork.
  M iv
John (Jack) SULLIVAN was born on 18 May 1878 in probably Caheraveelane, Kilshannig, Co. Cork.
  M v Edward (Ned) SULLIVAN was born on 1 Aug 1880. He died on 28 Jul 1964.
  F vi
Abina SULLIVAN was born on 25 Sep 1882 in probably Caheraveelane, Kilshannig, Co. Cork.
  M vii Arthur SULLIVAN was born on 31 Aug 1884. He died.
  M viii
James (Jimmy) SULLIVAN was born on 7 Feb 1887 in probably Caheraveelane, Kilshannig, Co. Cork. He died on 9 Mar 1977.
  M ix
William (Willie) SULLIVAN was born about 1888 in probably Caheraveelane, Kilshannig, Co. Cork.
  M x
Harry SULLIVAN died.

Daniel SULLIVAN died in possibly Caheraveelane, Kilshannig, Co. Cork. Daniel married Johanna 'UNKNOWN'.

It is likely that Daniel's family, from the townland of Caheraveelane (near the village of Nad or Nadd) in Co. Cork, is connected to my Caheraveelane Sullivans (my Sullivans left Caheraveelane around the mid-19th century, settling in Mourneabbey, Co. Cork, and a descendant of Daniel's, who still lives in Caheraveelane, recalls his father talking about Sullivan relatives in Mourneabbey). However, I have been unable to determine the exact relationship between the two families, although I think it possible that Daniel may have been a brother of my great-great-grandfather Seamus Sullivan.

It is likely that Daniel was also related to a Thomas Sullivan who, according to the Tithe Applotment records of 1823, occupied 16 acres of land at that time in Caheraveelane. Could Thomas have been the father or a brother of Daniel's?      

Note on Caheraveelane (also spelled Caheravellane and often shortened to Caher): the townland comprises 234 acres of mostly mountainous land and, as evidenced by summaries from the 1841 to 1891 censuses of Ireland, it was very sparsely populated in those years. Details - from www.eppi.ac.uk, the EPPI (Enhanced Parliamentary Papers on Ireland, 1801-1922) website - are as follows:

Year  Inhabited   Population
          Houses
1841       2         15
1851       3         16
1861       2         15 (8 male, 7 female)
1871       2         10 (7 male, 3 female)              
1881       2         14 (10 male, 4 female)  
1891       3         23 (17 male, 6 female)

The increase in population between 1881 and 1891 can most likely be attributed to the births of several children in that decade within the families of Daniel's sons, Thomas and Daniel.   

No details from the above households are available as the census returns from these years no longer exist. The 1901 census shows three families in Caheraveelane, two Sullivan and one Murphy) and the 1911 census shows only two households in Caheraveelane (each with seven individuals listed), headed by Thomas and by Hannah, Daniel's widow. The Murphy family is not listed.

I have been told that Sonia O'Sullivan, the well-known Irish athlete, is a descendant of Daniel. I have read, however, that Sonia's O'Sullivan grandfather was born in Dublin. Any information on where her O'Sullivan great-grandfather was from would therefore be most welcome. Interestingly, several other descendants of this Sullivan family (known historically as the Caher Sullivans) have been talented sportspeople, e.g., Arthur Sullivan (born in 1884 in Caheraveelane), a fine distance runner who competed internationally; Jerry O'Sullivan (from a related Sullivan family) who enjoyed success in boxing in Britain prior to emigrating to Australia; and Jerry's brother Eugene (1927-1967), a distance runner who was selected to represent Australia at the 1956 Olympics (but who did not in fact compete in the Games).

Johanna 'UNKNOWN' was born about 1814. Johanna married Daniel SULLIVAN.

It is believed that Johanna was widowed at a young age.

Griffith's Valuation, carried out in 1852 for the Kilshannig area, shows that the only Sullivan occupier of land in Caheraveelane at the time was a Johanna Sullivan who rented 234 acres - which is the entire area of Caheraveelane - along with a "turbary" (bog or right to dig turf). It is possible that this Johanna is Johanna 'Unknown' above and that she was widowed by this time. The Tithe Applotment records for Kilshannig (1834) show the only entries for Caheraveelane to be for a Thomas Sullivan of Caherivallain (sic) who had 16 acres of land and 229 acres of mountain, which must be the same parcel of land later occupied by Johanna. Could Thomas have been Johanna's husband (although we believe her husband's name to have been Daniel) or her father-in-law?

Note: The Sullivans from Caheraveelane were known as the "Cahera" (pronounced "kawra") or "Caher" Sullivans, presumably to distinguish them from the other Sullivan families in the Kilshannig area.

They had the following children.

  M i Thomas SULLIVAN was born about 1834. He died on 13 Nov 1918.
  M ii Daniel SULLIVAN was born about 1842. He died before 2 Apr 1911.

Daniel SULLIVAN [Parents] was born about 1842 in probably Caheraveelane, Co. Cork. He died before 2 Apr 1911. Daniel married Johanna (Hannah) MURPHY on 29 Jan 1878 in Stuake Chapel, Donoughmore, Co. Cork.

Daniel above may not be the brother of Thomas. It is believed that Thomas had only one brother but his name isn't known. It is also believed that Thomas's brother married a widow with children but that he and his wife did not have any children of their own. This doesn't tie in with Daniel above who had 10 children with his wife.

We know from Daniel's marriage certificate that his father was also named Daniel. It is possible therefore that Daniel's first-born son was Daniel rather than Timothy below, following the tradition of the time of naming the first son after his paternal grandfather. There is no Daniel listed among Daniel's and Hannah's children in the 1901 census return for their household. Assuming there was a son named Daniel, it would be surprising if he had moved because it was he who would most likely have inherited the farm. He may have died young.

Johanna (Hannah) MURPHY [Parents] was born about 1854 in probably Meenahony, Donoughmore, Co. Cork. She died after 2 Apr 1911. Johanna married Daniel SULLIVAN on 29 Jan 1878 in Stuake Chapel, Donoughmore, Co. Cork.

Hannah's likely birthplace, Meenahony, is sometimes spelled Meenachony.

It is known that some of Hannah and Daniel's children emigrated to the United States.

Marriage Notes:

Witnesses to the marriage of Hannah and Daniel were David Wiseman and Timothy Scanlon.

They had the following children.

  F i
Hannah Maria SULLIVAN was born about 1878 in probably Caheraveelane, Kilshannig, Co. Cork.
  M ii
Timothy SULLIVAN was born about 1882 in probably Caheraveelane, Kilshannig, Co. Cork.
  M iii Denis SULLIVAN was born about 1884. He died.
  M iv
John SULLIVAN was born about 1886 in probably Caheraveelane, Kilshannig, Co. Cork.
  M v
Maurice SULLIVAN was born about 1888 in probably Caheraveelane, Kilshannig, Co. Cork.
  M vi Patrick SULLIVAN was born about 1888. He died.
  F vii
Margaret Mary SULLIVAN was born about 1892 in probably Caheraveelane, Kilshannig, Co. Cork.
  M viii
Thomas SULLIVAN was born about 1894 in probably Caheraveelane, Kilshannig, Co. Cork.
  F ix
Agnes SULLIVAN was born about 1896 in probably Caheraveelane, Kilshannig, Co. Cork.
  F x
Lilly SULLIVAN was born about 1898 in probably Caheraveelane, Kilshannig, Co. Cork.

Timothy MURPHY died.

He had the following children.

  F i Johanna (Hannah) MURPHY was born about 1854. She died after 2 Apr 1911.

Edward (Ned) SULLIVAN [Parents] was born on 1 Aug 1880 in probably Caheraveelane, Kilshannig, Co. Cork. He died on 28 Jul 1964. Edward married Bridget MALONEY on 31 Oct 1907.

According to the 1911 census, Ned was a shoemaker.

Bridget MALONEY was born about 1881 in Kilbrin, Co. Cork. Bridget married Edward (Ned) SULLIVAN on 31 Oct 1907.

Bridget and Ned lived in Millstreet, Co. Cork where Ned worked as a shoemaker. At the time of the 1911 census they were living in Bluepool, Kanturk, Co. Cork.

They had the following children.

  M i
Thomas (Tommy) SULLIVAN was born in 1908 in Co. Cork. He died.
  M ii
James (Jimmy) SULLIVAN was born on 17 Dec 1909 in Co. Cork. He died.
  M iii Daniel (Danny) SULLIVAN was born on 2 Mar 1912. He died.
  M iv
Edward (Ned or Eamon) SULLIVAN was born on 20 Mar 1914 in Co. Cork. He died.
  M v William SULLIVAN was born on 25 Feb 1915. He died.
  M vi
Michael (Mick) SULLIVAN was born in Co. Cork. He died.
  F vii
Letitia SULLIVAN was born in 1916 in Millstreet, Co. Cork. She died.

Daniel (Danny) SULLIVAN [Parents] was born on 2 Mar 1912 in Co. Cork. He died.

Danny was a boot/shoe maker.

He had the following children.

  F i Living.

Michael Francis IRWIN [Parents] was born in Leveelick, Kilmovee, Co. Mayo. He died on 24 Jun 1956. Michael married Mary B. CROAL on 25 Aug 1909 in Manorhamilton registration district, Co. Leitrim.

It is thought that Michael was the eldest in the family.

Mary B. CROAL died. Mary married Michael Francis IRWIN on 25 Aug 1909 in Manorhamilton registration district, Co. Leitrim.

Mary and Michael lived in Ballyshannon, Co. Donegal.

They had the following children.

  F i Claire IRWIN died.
  F ii
'unknown' IRWIN (female) died.
  F iii
'unknown' IRWIN (female) died.
  F iv
'unknown' IRWIN (female) died.
  F v
'unknown' IRWIN (female) died.
  F vi
'unknown' IRWIN (female) died.

'unknown' RODDY died. 'unknown' married Claire IRWIN.

Claire IRWIN [Parents] died. Claire married 'unknown' RODDY.

They had the following children.

  M i Living.

'unknown' KING died in probably U.S.. 'unknown' married Anne IRWIN.

Anne and her husband had no children.

Anne IRWIN [Parents] was born about 31 Mar 1871 in Leveelick, Kilmovee, Co. Mayo. She was christened on 2 Apr 1871 in Kilmovee, Co. Mayo. She died in probably U.S.. Anne married 'unknown' KING.

Anne emigrated to the United States.

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