Sunday, January 26, 2014

52 Ancestors – Week 4: John Cyril “Jack” Sullivan

This is week 4 of the “52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks Challenge” by Amy Crow from No Story Too Small.

Jack Sullivan was my great-uncle, the only brother of my father’s mother, Anna Marie Sullivan.

Jack’s parents were John H. Sullivan and Anna Maria Gleeson. He was born 9 Feb 1887 in Mitchell, Davison County, in what was then Dakota Territory and was baptized on 29 Mar 1887.[1] His father had attempted to homestead but by now they were living in town. Jack had two sisters born before him: Helena M. “Nellie” and Loretto M., and three sisters born after him: Rosemary, Ethel E. and Anna Marie. Rosemary, however, died as an infant.

He moved with the family to Anaconda, Deer Lodge County, Montana sometime before 1900.  I don’t know what brought them to Anaconda besides the mining industry that Jack’s grandfather, Jeremiah Sullivan, had been a part of back in County Cork. A lot of Irish worked in the mining industry and there were many “Sullivans” listed in census and city directory records in the mining towns of Montana.

But this is a story of Jack, or Cyril as he was known as a young man.  I’ve found some articles in the Anaconda Standard mentioning “Cyril Sullivan,” the name he was called as a young man.

As a teenager, he served as an altar boy and played baseball as a catcher.[2]

"About Amateur Baseball: Altar Boys Challenge the World,"
        The altar boys of St. Paul's Catholic church have issued a challenge to play any team of boys not under 9 years of age and not over 15 years. The game is to be played at the Mountain View grounds on the occasion of St. Paul's picnic on July 18. The game is to be called at 2 o'clock. A purse of $5 has been offered for the winning team.
        The line-up of the St. Paul's altar boys club is as follows. Catcher Cyril Sullivan; pitcher, Tony Harrity; shortstop, Billy McEachern; first base, Frank McEachern; second base James Sullivan, captain; third base, Rudie Birch; left field, Harry Clemmens; center field, William Cosgrove; right field, Victor Landers.

Later, he played on the Copper Stars baseball team as the third baseman.[3]
Amateur Baseball Clubs
      Copper Stars of Anaconda and Inter-Mountain Team of Butte to Play Sunday next.
The Copper Stars aggregation of baseball players, whose home is at Anaconda, in to try conclusions with the Inter Mountain team whose home is at Butte. The game will take place hereon Sunday next and will decide the championship of the boy's baseball clubs of the state. The Inter Mountains have cleaned up and like wise the Copper Stars in Anaconda do the business.
      The West End Sluggers of Anaconda came forward with a challenge to any club of lads from 12 to 16 years of age within the state. Frank McMullen is captain of the new team. The line-up is as follows: Frank McMullen, catcher; Toney Narity, pitcher; Bill Clamers, shortstop; Stewart McMasters, first base; Bert Eldredge, second base; Cyril Sullivan, third base; Mike McAndrews, left field; Jack McAndrews, center field; Earl Tucker, right field; Victor Laundry, substitute; Andy McMallen, waterboy, Harry Riskin, mascot.
He also worked jobs while going to school. The 1902 Anaconda City directory listed him as a messenger for the Anaconda Copper Mine Main Office and in 1905 for the Purity Department.

In 1908 Cyril went to live with his uncle, Mike Sullivan in Butte where he was listed as an electrician with Mike’s company, Sullivan Electric Co. at 142 W. Granite St.[4]  This was probably a great place to apprentice and have a place to live, too!

By 1910, he was back home in Anaconda working at the smelter as a timekeeper.[5]
But it wasn’t all work and no play. There were quite a few stories about the activities of young people in town, especially the girls, but Cyril was invited to many parties.

Mr. and Mrs. Milzner entertained at a stag dinner, given in honor of the twenty-first birthday of their son Bert at their home on Sunday last, a number of his friends. Music and stories were the features of the evening. Among those invited were Claude Smith, Otto Capps, Frank McMillan, Cyril Sullivan, Charles Fisher, Thomas Ryan, John Thomas, Joseph Hughes, Joseph Butler, Chester Raleigh, Harry Clements, Robert Davis, Thomas Hughes and Harry Rickin.[6]
However, the 1912 city directory listed both Cyril and Ethel as moving to Portland, Oregon. Earlier that year, his mother, Anna, died. Her parents, John and Margaret Gleeson, lived in Portland and probably invited Ethel to live with them. Perhaps Cyril wanted a chance at a new life in Portland as well.

By 1917 he was serving in World War I. The newspaper had an article about a letter he had written to his sister, Helena Goe.[7] He had written that “he states he has enlisted in the engineering corps at Vancouver, Washington” and “enjoys the new life and feels pretty much at home as there are six other Anaconda boys located in the same barracks.”

I don’t know much at this time about his service except he was injured in the war and wore a special shoe that had a thicker sole. I plan to investigate his enlisting in Vancouver, Washington and see what more I can find. A fire in 1973 destroyed Army records, so not much chance finding his service record. More searching in newspapers is in order.

[1] BIRTH; "Birth Record Search Site," South Dakota Dept of Health ( : accessed 25 Jan 2014), John Sullivan, 1887, file no. 604626, filed 1942; Baptism of John Cyril Sullivan, 29 Mar 1887, Holy Family Church, Mitchell, South Dakota.
[2] "About Amateur Baseball: Altar Boys Challenge the World," The Anaconda Standard, 13 July 1900, p 5, Cyril Sullivan; online images, GenealogyBank ( : accessed 7 August 2013); .
[3] "Amateur Baseball Clubs," The Anaconda Standard, 4 July 1902, p unk, Cyril Sullivan; online images, GenealogyBank ( : accessed 7 August 2013).
[4] Butte City Directory, 1908, “U.S. City Directories, 1821-1989,” index and images, ( : accessed 25 Jan 2014), RL Polk, publisher, p 728, J Cyril Sullivan.
[5] Montana, Deer Lodge, 1910 U.S. census, Anaconda, ED 13, sht 5b, dwelling 107, family 134, John H Sullivan, digital images, Ancestry ( 8 Aug 2013), citing National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.,
[6] "In Anaconda," The Anaconda Standard, 18 November 1906, p unk, Cyril Sullivan; online images, GenealogyBank ( : accessed 7 August 2013).
[7] "Anaconda Well Represented," The Anaconda Standard, 16 June 1917; online images, GenealogyBank ( : accessed 7 August 2013).

Copyright © 2014 by Lisa Suzanne Gorrell, My Trails into the Past

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Dead-End Ancestors: Samuel Johnston & Elizabeth McCormack

I have been working on preparing for a trip to Salt Lake City to research at the Family History Library. Six days of researching in the microfilm- and book-filled library is a wonderful and fulfilling experience.

So I began to prepare by looking at the dead-end lines in my family tree, especially those on my mother’s side who lived in the South.

My third great-grandparents fit that bill: Samuel Johnston and Elizabeth McCormack.

Samuel Johnston was born about 1816 in South Carolina, based on age 34 in the 1850 census and age 44 in the 1860 census.[1] These are the only two census records I have found for Samuel. He did not appear on the 1870 census with his widowed wife and children.[2]

It was difficult to find Samuel in the 1850 Yalobusha County, Mississippi census until I searched for some of his neighbors from the 1860 Yalobusha Co, MS census and found him near those same neighbors. I could see why he was difficult to find. His written surname looked like “Dehuson.” But there he was with his wife, Elizabeth, and five of the children found in the 1860 census, all born in Alabama.

1850 Yalobusha Co, MS federal census, Samuel Johnson household
There was a new child not enumerated in the 1860 census: Isabella, age 10, born in Alabama. Who was she? And what happened to her?

So instead of trying to figure out more about Samuel and Elizabeth with such questions as:
  • Where in Alabama did the family come from?
  • Where in South Carolina did Samuel Johnston come from?
  • Where were Elizabeth and Samuel married? South Carolina (where she was also born) or Alabama (where the children were born)?

I focused on finding out what happened to Isabella.

The Mississippi Genealogy and Historical Network website on Yalobusha County has a marriage database and I found:
Johnson, Isabella C. married Broadstreet, P. C. on 26 Feb 1857.[3]
Well, this was promising. She would have been about 17 or 18 years old, an appropriate age to be married. Who was this P.C. Broadstreet? Was he a neighbor?
1860 Yalobusha Co MS, Samuel Johnson and Parris Broadstreet household
Sure, enough, looking at the 1860 Yalobusha County, Mississippi federal census, Parris C. Broadstreet with E.C. Broadstreet, lived nearby. They had one daughter, Nancy.

Going further to the 1870 census, the Johnston family had moved to Titus County, Texas. Several farms from Elizabeth Johnston was the farm of Parris C. Broadstreet and Isabella C. Broadstreet. By now, Parris and Isabella have had 5 children, one named Samuel and another Rubin (the names of Isabella’s father and brother).

It’s always exciting to find new ancestors and very satisfactory to complete a family unit. So I have welcomed Isabella into our family. I will research Parris and Isabella in Titus Co films while in Salt Lake City to further document their lives.

And what about Samuel and Elizabeth? I did search through tax records in Yalobusha Co, Mississippi found on and tax records from Titus Co, Texas. Samuel began to appear on the Titus County tax records in 1862 and the last one he appeared on was 1868.[4] 
1868 Tax List, Titus Co, Texas, Samuel Johnson

In 1869, Mrs. Elizabeth Johnston appeared with the same land description.[5]   
1869 Tax List, Titus Co, Texas, Mrs. Elizabeth Johnston

This points to Samuel dying between 1868 and 1869 in Titus County. I will search probate and cemetery records next to find more clues. Unfortunately, Titus County courthouse burned down 1895, so there are records only from that point on.

[1] Mississippi, Yalobusha Co, 1850 U.S. census,, Digital images ( National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.), North of the Yalabusha River, p 287b (stamped), dwelling 161, family 161, Samuel Johnson; Mississippi, Yalobusha Co, 1860 U.S. census,, Digital images ( National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.), M653, roll 594, Oakland, p. 917, dwelling 1182, family 1276, Samuel Johnson, accessed 23 Nov 2011.
[2] Texas, Titus Co, 1870 U.S. census,, Digital images ( National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.), p 27 (26 stamped), fam 173, Elizabeth Johnston.
[3] “Yalobusha County Marriages,” index, Yalobusha County MSGHN ( : accessed 22 Jan 2014), 1857, Johnson-Broadstreet.
[4] "Texas, County Tax Rolls, 1846-1910," Index and images, FamilySearch, ( : accessed 22 Jan 2014), Titus County, 1868, p 22, Samuel Johnson.
[5] "Texas, County Tax Rolls, 1846-1910," Index and images, FamilySearch, ( : accessed 22 Jan 2014), Titus County, 1869, p 22, Mrs. Elizabeth Johnston.

Copyright © 2014 by Lisa Suzanne Gorrell, My Trails into the Past

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

On This Day -- Marriage of David Bishop & Mary Magdelene Long - 15 Jan 1809

My husband’s third great granduncle, David Bishop, married Mary Magdalene Long on this date 15 Jan 1809 in Ross County, Ohio.[1]

Ross, Ohio, Marriages vol A, p 96; FHL microfilm 281637.

The marriage record does not say much: 
"I hereby certify that David Bishop and Mary Long was joined in the Holy State of matrimony on the 15th day of January by me."
                                                                    John Matthews, January 30th, 1809.

Because it stated Holy State of Matrimony, does that mean John Matthews was a minister? I checked other entries on the same page. One was from John Ratcliff, J.P. so now I know who was a Justice of the Peace. Another signature was John Collins, Minister of the Methodist E. Church. 

Checking further pages answered the question. John Matthews was the Justice of the Peace of Scioto Township in Ross County. His marriage entries all stated Holy State of Matrimony.

David was born in Berkeley County, West Virginia in 1785, the son of Heinrich Bischof and Catherine Schreyer. His family moved to Ross County about 1806. Mary was born about 1788. She died first in 1850 and David died in 1856. David and Mary had six children: Elizabeth, Henry, Nancy, Catherine, Frederick and Jacob G.

[1] "Ohio, County Marriages, 1789-1994," index and images,  FamilySearch  ( : accessed 15 Jan 2014),  David Bishop and Mary Long, 30 Jan 1809; citing Ross, Ohio, United States, Marriages vol A, p 96; FHL microfilm 281637.

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