My wife’s grandfather, James Sullivan taught for many years in Keimaneigh School, Ballingeary. In 1884, he married Catherine Cronin from Gougane Barra. He died aged 46 in 1896 leaving a large family and he is buried in St. Gobnait’s cemetery in Ballyvourney. His wife died in 1916 and is also buried there.
His father was Owen Sullivan and was present at the marriage.
He had a brother, Owen, who married Catherine Horgan and lived in Kilmeedy West. He had several children and one of them, Jeremiah used to correspond with his cousins in Keimaneigh in the 30’s and 40’s. We understand that the farm in Kilmeedy is no longer in the family.
We are trying to establish the Ballyvourney connection as some of the Sullivan families there agree that there is a family relationship, but are unable to make an exact identification i.e. in which townland in Ballyvourney was the original family located and to which Sullivan family was he related.
Any help would be much appreciated.
Best wishes, John Derby <email>
Congratulations on the site – a great pity that more communities have not done likewise!