Kerry Roots

Sullivan/O'Connell families in Co. Kerry

This branch of the Sullivan family is from Knegare/Cuinnegear, Brosna, Co. Kerry, Ireland, where John Sullivan and Julia O'Connell reared their family. Brosna is a village close to where Counties Kerry, Limerick, and Cork meet. In the 1880s and 1890s, some members of this family moved to Haverhill, Massachusetts and other parts of America while others remained in Ireland. In the 20th century, other descendants moved to Haverhill, to the Fresno area in California, and to the United Kingdom.

John Sullivan died about 1899, and his wife Julia died after 1911. I have been unable to find civil registrations for their deaths or any church records for their marriage. In the 1901 census, Julia was listed as 66 years old and born in Kerry. In the 1911 census, she was listed as 72, born in Limerick, and married for 39 years. If John died in 1899, they would have married about 1860.

There is a possible marriage record for John Sullivan and Julia Connell: Abbeyfeale, Co. Limerick, church records show a wedding between John Sullivan and Julia Connell on February 5, 1857. The witnesses were Daniel Connors and David Connell. It is not known if John and Julia are the same couple who later lived in Brosna. There is also a baptism record for a Julia Connell in Abbeyfeale on April 21, 1838. Her parents were Michael Connell and Julia Herlihy. The sponsors were Timothy Crowley and Margaret Connell. It is not known if this is the same Julia Connell who married John Sullivan and reared their family in Brosna.

The parents of John Sullivan may be Daniel Sullivan and Johanna (about 1799-1865). There is a death registered in Brosna for September 5, 1865 for Joan Sullivan, age 66, the widow of Daniel Sullivan. A John Sullivan was present at her death. There is a Daniel Sullivan listed in the 1829 Tithe Applotments for Brosna as an occupant of land in Cnuigare (Knegare). In the Griffith's Valuation for Brosna East in 1852, Johanna Sullivan is shown as the occupier of 72 acres of land. She is probably John's mother, for the land he occupied later was about 75 acres. In addition, John Sullivan's eldest son was named Daniel, following a traditional Irish naming pattern.

The 1911 census indicates that Julia had 10 children in all, 7 who were living in 1911. The known children of John Sullivan and Julia O'Connell were:

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