Then another genealogy miracle happened! The Catholic Parish Registers of the National Library of Ireland were put online--for free. I danced an Irish jig. They were not indexed so I had hours of happiness in front of me. My strategy was to look through baptismal records in the Parish of Schull East in County Cork, Ireland. I knew that Denis and Jeremiah Sullivan were brothers.
|Cousin Dorothy's interview notes with Great Aunt Margaret where we deduce Jeremiah and Denis were brothers.|
Because of Irish naming traditions, I felt that their father was named Timothy. Both Denis and Jeremiah named their first sons Timothy, possibly after their father. I looked for records for both of those names hoping to find a matching set of parents between 1800 and 1816. I was never sure of Jeremiah's age because of the differences listed on census forms. Records on Denis had him being born within a span of five years ( 1813-1818) so it was hard to determine his exact age as well.
I began searching the Catholic Parish Records. I took notes and indicated where I left off so as not to repeat the tedious task of reading 19th century handwriting. While my Mom watched TV, hour after hour I scoured the newly released records during my visit to Florida. When yet another TV show was about to begin, my mother turned to me and said," Michele, you are probably related to everyone in West Cork."
I found baptismal records for both Denis and Jeremiah with matching parents. Jeremiah was older and Denis was within that five year time frame of the other records. These were baptismal records, not birth, so there could have been a delay in having that sacrament recorded. Reasons included: health, weather, and holidays. I believe the names of my great-great-great-grandparents on the Sullivan side were Timothy Sullivan and Mary Jones. Another brick wall down!
|Top record for the baptism of Jeremiah Sullivan., Bottom record for Denis Sullivan. Both show the parents listed as Timothy Sullivan and Mary Jones|
Lagoy, Michele Ann's great great great grandfather is Sullivan, Timothy?