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GA 1766-1800 > AL 1795: SULLIVAN, Owen, Thomas, Mark
Posted by: D. Kaye Watts Collier Date: February 18, 1998 at 13:11:42
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Am searching for SULLIVAN Clan from near Augusta, GA from Richmond County and perhaps even Columbia County. This is what I know: Owen Sullivan had Crown Grants in St. Paul's Parish, surveyed as early as 6 Oct 1766. Title to Crown Grant is of record to 400 acre parcel on 19 Jan 1773. There are other related grants during that period and ONE which is tied to Thomas Bassett. This is significant as the great-granddaughter of Thomas Bassett III married Cornelius Sullivan. Another great-granddaughter married John Richardson b. Abt. 1784 in GA and comes from near Augusta. Grants are titled to Daniel Sullivan in St. Andrews Parish as well as Thomas Sullivan. Grants also titled to a Thomas Sullivan in St. David's Parish around Savannah.

Am seeking however, the SULLIVANS, Owen, Thomas and Mark from near Augusta. Found Probate Record for the Estate of Samuel Sullivan where Letters of Administration were issued to Thomas Sullivan, 8/10/1786 with securities being posted by Owen and mark Sullivan, Richmond County, GA [have ordered these records hoping or some CLUE].

Passports Issued 1799: "On an application from William Binion Junr, esquire accompanying recommendation from sundry Inhabitants of Columbia County ORDERED That passports be prepared for Captain William Binion Junr and Mr. Johon Roberts, and Mr. Thomas Sullivan as linguist & pilot to them through the Creek Nation unto the settlement on the Tom Bigby and back to this State -- which were prsented and signed --

Apparent from this that Thomas Sullivan has been travelling back and fourth to the Settlements at St. Stephens for some time. Mississippi Territory declared in 1798. Washington County declared in 1800. Mississippi Territory divided into two Districts, being the Natchez District and the St. Stephens [Tombigbee] District.

Land Grants were titled to Owen Sullivan [Spanish Patent] in 1795. Claims proved and approved by US Land Commissioners to the Heirs of Owen Sullivan in 1804-1805. Commissioners also approved titles to Thomas Sullivan and Thomas Sullivan, Jr. for parcels near the Tombigbee River.

1810 Washington County/Baldwin County, Mississippi Territory Census Records record both Owen and Thomas as heads of families with children. As Owen of the Land Grants died sometime between 1795 and 1804, the Owen of the Census Records is probably Owen, Jr. and Thomas Sullivan [Sr.] a brother and Thomas Sullivan, Jr. son of Thomas.

Rebecca Sullivan b. Abt 1795 in GA married Joseph Pryor Roberts on 19 November 1816. Rebecca Sullivan is the daughter of Thomas Sullivan and it appears to me that Joseph is descendent of John Roberts of the Passport.

Owen Sullivan applied for marriage license to Elizabeth Farr on 23 October 1816. I believe this is Owen Sullivan son of the deceased Owen of the Land Grants.

Stephen Sullivan married Joan [Joann] Duff on 28 July 1818 [have not proved paternity on Stephen yet].

The daughter of Rebecca Sullivan Roberts, Orra Nanette Roberts b. 9/24/1821 marries John A. Richardson, Sr. b. 2/20/1816 on 9/3/1851. John A. Richardson, Sr. is son of John Richardson b. Abt. 1784 in GA near Augusta who m. Lucinda Bassett, d/o Thomas Bassett V [grandson of Thomas Bassett III who died in Richmond County, GA in 1758. Thomas Bassett I departed London 6-10-1635 on boat "True Love". Settled in VA, two children, William Bassett and Mary Bassett. Thomas II is son of William, who is found in New Kent Co., VA.] Their daughter Julia Ann Richardson b. Abt 1827/28 m. Mark R. Sullivan, Jr. b. Abt. 1825. Both were born in Alabama.

Rebecca's son, Solomon W. Roberts b. Abt 1819 m. Martha Wheat b. Abt 1837 on 1-27-1858; Martha Wheat was born in Mississippi, her father Solomon Wheat was born in Alabama; Sol Wheat, father of Solomon Wheat was born in Georgia Abt. 1777.

Mark R. Sullivan, Jr. has a brother Gibeon Joseph Sullivan b. 1831 who marries Susan Lane. Their children marry grandchildren of John A. Richardson, Sr.

1817 Voter Registration Records of Baldwin County show Owen Sullivan, Cornelius Sullivan and Stephen Sullivan as valid registrants. [Boundries of Washington and Baldwin Counties change frequently between 1810-1850; it is necessary to review records of both as well as surrounding Counties depending on the time period one is searching.]

Cornelius Sullivan married Mary Bassett, d/o Thomas Bassett V. They have 5 children between Cornelius appearance in 1817 and 1830. Mary apparently dies prior to 1830 Census and Cornelius marries Rachel Danley in 1831 and moves to Lauderdale County, MS for awhile, returning to Washington Co., AL around 1849.

Thomas Sullivan [Sr?] apparently dies sometime after 1820: Census records he is HOF with 8 children uner 21 yrs old., a son over 21, with Spouse resides with him. I feel this is Thomas Sullivan, Jr. As Rebecca was born in Georgia about 1795, Thomas, Jr. is born somewhere in the same time frame. Thomas Sullivan, Jr., I belieive is the Thomas Sullivan who moves to Mississippi with the result being Sullivan's Hollow.

There is also a Widow Sullivan in the 1816 Mississippi Territory Census Records with 2 sons under 21, 2 daughters under 21 and another female over 21 residing in the same household.

Plem Sullivan shows up in the 1820 Mississippi Territory Census Records with 1 son over 21, 1 son under 21, and 2 daughters under 21 years of age.

Cornelius is either a son of Owen, Thomas or Mark R. Sr. I hope to learn more regarding this parentage by digging in the Probate Court Records of both Washington and Baldwin Counties.

Would appreciate any information from GEORGIA Sullivan Clan who may be online and researching. The Georgia Sullivans migrated from either VA, NC or SC.

As one of the GA Crown Grants is connected to both Owen Sullivan and Thomas Bassett III, I believe the Bassetts, Sullivans and Richardsons were acquainted in Georgia prior to moving to Alabama.

Sorting out who is the head of which families is difficult as the AL Clans Bassett/Richardson, Bassett/Sullivan, Bassett/Bowling Bassett/Dearman, Bassett/Woodyard married their cousins. The Sullivans also married their Sullivan Cousins. If I could get the Sullivan Clan sorted in GA, then would have greater success in sorting the Zoo in Baldwin/Washington Counties.

Am from Chatom, AL [Wash. Co] and live in Mobile, AL researching Washington/Baldwin County records easily accomplished. My difficulty is with GA records as the GA Census records are not available here on microfilm until 1820. Limited Index Records from Richmond Co. and Columbia Co. Georgia.

Oh, Cornelius Sullivan was born Abt. 1798 in GA, has a sister Elizabeth Sullivan b. Abt 1800 in Alabama who married Isaac Tedder from North Carolina, also born abt. 1800. This leads me back to Owen, Thomas and Mark in Richmond County (Estate of Samuel Sullivan, deceased) and Columbia County (Passports) with the land titles.


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