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Jesse Thomas Sullivan
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Birth: May 9, 1859
Nahunta
Wayne County
North Carolina, USA
Death: Dec. 14, 1894
Cotton Plant
Woodruff County
Arkansas, USA

Early in 1889 Jesse Thomas Sullivan, the only son of Sally and Ruffin Sullivan to be lured away from North Carolina by agents from Woodruff County, Arkansas who were representing a colonization company. He was married to Missouri Ann Mitchell, the daughter of Morris and Amanda Mitchell. Jesse and Missouri were married 15 Nov 1882, and they had four children who were born in North Carolina Ida, Norma, Carrie, Gerney. They had two more children, Bertha and Luby Sullivan who were born in Cotton Plant, Arkansas. Jesse Thomas and Missouri never returned to North Carolina since Jesse died in 1894 and Missouri Ann died the following year. Her brother, "Doc" (Morris Zadoc Mitchell) also went with them and the children stayed in his home after the deaths of their parents.
Jesse's parents were Henry Ruffin (known the most as Ruffin) and Sally Sullivan.
They had 10 children with Sally dying with the last Child. Ruffin then married Mary A. Mozingo and she had 10 more children. She helped to raise Sally's Children as well as her own. James Henry Sullivan and Loue E. Sullivan (my grandmother) were two of their children.
In 1924 James Henry Sullivan (while on a trip back East) inquired about Jesse Thomas Sullivan and Missouri Mitchell and their family as recorded in his autobiography.
"I took the train at Petersburg and traveled over to Memphis where I made inquiry relative to making a trip out to Cotton Plant, Arkansas. It had been my opinion that I would have to take the train out to Cotton Plant and then return via the same route to Memphis and pick up my jouuney again, however, when I made inquiry, I learned that I could continue my journey and stop off at a place called Jelks, where I could catch a rock Island train for Cotton Plant. When I arrived at Jelks near noon, I found a bus waiting to make the trip over to Cotton Plant, I therefore chose that conveyance rather than wait for the train. I have recorded in this narrataive, the fact that my brother Jesse Thomas Sullivan and his wife were dead, his six children and their families were living". He talks more about that experience but I am only giving a part of it to help people In Arkansas know more about why he came to Arkansas.
Gerney took him around to meet and visit with Jesse and Missouri's children. He also took him out to the farm that Jesse had when he first arrived in Ark. They moved from that farm by boat to the 2nd. farm land. This is where Jesse had planted his first crop. This is where Jesse had passed away. From the old farm we went to the grave yard where Jesse and Missouri are buried, although, Gerney didn't know where the grave was, the head pieces being distroyed".
I have cut some of the information on visiting the children short.
If anyone has any more information on this family please contact me at my email address. jsgholson@verizon.net.

 
 
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 Parents:
  Ruffin Sullivan (1829 - 1894)
  Sally Sullivan (1833 - 1870)
 
 Spouse:
  Missouri Ann Mitchell Sullivan (1859 - 1895)*
 
 Children:
  Ida Frances Sullivan Hudson (1883 - 1951)*
  Normey E Sullivan Latner (1885 - 1975)*
  Carrie Eva Sullivan Williams (1886 - 1978)*
  Girney Edgar Sullivan (1888 - 1945)*
  Luby Ruffin Sullivan (1890 - 1965)*
 
 Siblings:
  Nancy Anne Sullivan (1852 - 1919)*
  John Ruffin Sullivan (1855 - 1924)*
  Chellie Elizabeth Sullivan Mitchell (1857 - 1927)*
  Jesse Thomas Sullivan (1859 - 1894)
  Loue Evie Sullivan Mitchell (1875 - 1934)**
  James Henry Sullivan (1880 - 1968)**
  Gary Ruffin Sullivan (1882 - 1960)**
  Dysena Sullivan Winfree (1884 - 1937)**
  Mary Alecia Sullivan Whiting (1888 - 1992)**
  Elsie Florence Sullivan Poulsen (1891 - 1990)**
  Eva Ruffin Sullivan (1894 - 1976)**
 
*Calculated relationship
**Half-sibling
 
Burial:
Sullivan Family Farm
Woodruff County
Arkansas, USA
 
Maintained by: Jewel Gholson
Originally Created by: rachel
Record added: May 14, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 90117891
 

Good to have found your story. All from a family tree drawn up by Grandma in 1946. Who knew I would come this far with the names Grandpa Jesse and Grandma Annie! Welcome back to our family.
- Toni James
 Added: May. 16, 2015
Jesse, rest in peace with Missouri.
- KD Herring
 Added: May. 12, 2015
 
 
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