Saturday, July 5, 2014

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun: My Father's Mother's Patrilineal Line

Our assignment this week from Randy Seaver of Genea-Musings is:

Here is your assignment if you choose to play along (cue the Mission Impossible music, please!):

1) What was your father's mother's name?

2) What is your father's mother's patrilineal line? That is, her father's father's father's ... back to the most distant male ancestor in that line?

3) Can you identify male sibling(s) of your father's mother, and any living male descendants from those male sibling(s)? If so, you have a candidate to do a Y-DNA test on that patrilineal line. If not, you may have to find male siblings, and their descendants, of the next generation back, or even further.

4) Tell us about it in your own blog post, or in a comment on this post, or in a Facebook or Google Plus post.

1) My father’s mother’s name was Anna Marie Sullivan.

2) So her father was John H. Sullivan (1854-1932). His father was Jeremiah Sullivan (1811-1888). This is as far back as I have researched. Ireland records are a bit tough in Co Cork.

3) My grandmother had but one brother, John Cyril Sullivan, and he had no children. So I must go back to her uncles. Her grandparents, Jeremiah Sullivan and Mary Sheehan (1822-1892) had six sons: Eugene (1851-1922), John H., Jeremiah (1856-1926), Daniel (1859-1932), Peter (1860-?), and Michael J.(1869-1931).
Eugene had 6 sons: Eugene A, Joseph, Francis, Daniel, Jeremiah James, and John. The only son I know who married was Francis. He had two sons: James Joseph and Gerald Edward. James Joseph had one son, Michael W. Either James Joseph or Michael W. could still be alive.
Jeremiah had one son, Gene Patrick, but I don’t believe he married.
Daniel and Peter didn’t marry as far as I know.
Michael J. had two sons. Daniel J. became a Roman Catholic priest. John M. “Jack” had one son, John Michael, who had one daughter.
4) So conclusion: I have two possible descendants of Jeremiah Sullivan who could take the yDNA test: James Joseph Sullivan and his son, Michael W. I hope that someday one of them will take the test so we can try to find the father of Jeremiah Sullivan. If you're out there willing, please contact me!

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


  1. I hope you are able to find someone willing to take the Y-DNA test & help you with your brick wall! I need to talk to my uncle, but I'm hopeful he'll know more about the children & grandchildren of my grandmother's brothers than I do.

  2. That's great that you have a few possible testers! Hopefully one of them will be interested in it.


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