Roots in Ireland

Earliest documented family emigration to North America.

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The least expensive passage from Ireland was through Quebec, Canada.  My paternal Irish family came
into the U.S. this way. One of my paternal great-great grandmothers, Mary Cronin-Sullivan, brought her son
Daniel, my great grandfather, to North America from either County Cork or County Kerry, Ireland.
They came on a sailing ship, probably from Cobh (Cove), Ireland.

 Her husband, Patrick, either stayed behind in Ireland or had died. Allegedly there were children who did not emigrate.
As of this writing (December, 2001), we don’t know the burial place of Mary. We believe she might be at rest in the
Erie Street Cemetery, Cleveland. According to Sr. Mary Patrick Sullivan, SND, Mary also had another son, Peter.
We don’t know what happened to him. we did find a Peter Sullivan who enlisted in the Army in Cleveland at the
beginning of the Civil War but soon deserted. On Peter’s meager military record, his occupation is listed as a sailor.
We don’t know if this our Peter.


One of our paternal great-grandmothers, Elizabeth Cassidy, was born in Ballaghadareen in 1847.
In 1873 Daniel Sullivan married Elizabeth at St. John's Cathedral, Cleveland, Ohio.
Both lie at rest in St. Joseph's Cemetery, Ashtabula, Ohio. Elizabeth was very proud of her County Mayo roots.
Mayo suffered severely during An Gorta Mor, the Great Hunger. She was so proud, in fact, that
on her stone is inscribed, "Born in County Mayo, Ireland."                     


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