Biography of John Sullivan
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John Sullivan is a native of County Cork, Ireland, where he was born in 1841. His mother, Catharine (Crawley) Sullivan, died when he was young, and his father, Timothy Sullivan, with his two sons, John and Michael, came to the United States, landing at New York in May, 1857. He spent the following season in Onondaga County, and then moved to Cook County, Ill. In the spring of 1858 John came to this county and engaged in farming in Rutland Township. In 1864 he bought eighty acres of land in that township, and soon after married Miss Elesia O'Hair, born in New York State March 30, 1846. In 1860 his father and brother came from Cook County to this county. His brother Michael enlisted in a Will County regiment and served until the close of the war, and afterward made a home in Livingston County. The father lived with John for several years, and afterward made his home with Michael, where he died in 1881, aged seventy seven years. Michael lives in South Nebraska and owns 160 acres of land. John sold his eighty acre farm, and in 1874 he moved to the town of Brookfield and bought 240 acres on section 12. He also owns 340 acres in Baker Township, O'Brien Co., Iowa. On his home farm he has over 2,000 tile drainage, and his farm is under a high state of cultivation. Mr. Sullivan is one of the most enterprising farmers of the township. Mr. and Mrs. Sullivan had eight children born to them, of whom five are living; all are at home - Francis, George, Anna, Mary and Joseph; William and Henry (twins) died when quite small, in 1881, and Johnnie died Sept. 15, 1884, aged thirteen years and two months. In politics Mr. Sullivan is a Democrat. Mr. Sullivan and family are members of the Catholic church at Seneca.


FROM:
History of La Salle County, Illinois
Inter-State Publishing Co.
Chicago 1886