|Birth: ||Jun. 10, 1895|
County Cork, Ireland
|Death: ||Apr. 26, 1936|
Born on Bere Island at the family farm in Ardaragh, a twin to Michael. This Sullivan/o'Sullivan were the 'clan' Roger, the name of his grandfather.
John & Michale started school at the age of four which was custom on the island. They were the only twins and their Mama would always dress them in either sailor suits or Norfolk suits with little Lord Fauntleroy collars.
At about age 15, as there was no advanced school on the island, his Uncle Mikey, who was chief engineer on an Irish Lightboat, got John work as a cabin boy. Uncle Mikey noticed that John was a great reader and always studying. So when the ship, the 'Ierne went to Dublin for it's annual repairs, John looked into procurring a scholarship, which he did in due time. He went on to the MacLaren's Engineering School and was doing well.
In 1914 he began drilling for the Irish Republican Army in preparation for the 1916 Easter Uprising in Dublin. He was imprisoned at Stafford and Frongoch prisons. Being in broken health, he was released and returned home. However he refused to sign allegiance to Britain and instead chose to emmigrate to the United States. He brought with him his wife Kate originally from Baltimore, Ireland and a son, Pierce, who was born on Beare Island also.
He arrived in the United States by 1924 and first lived in Elizabeth, New Jersey where Kate bore him three daughters, Patricia C., Margaret Mary and Catherine Theresa. He then moved to Michigan and became a foreman at the Schnorberger Pattern Works. Here his youngest child, John William O'Sullivan was born. He lived in Monroe a short 6 years before he became sick. After 2 days in Mercy Hospital he succumbed to pneumonia.
He was a member os St. John's Holy Name Society and Pattern Makers of North America.
Funeral services were held at 9 a.m. on Thursday at St. John's Catholic Church with the Reverend Father John McDace in charge. Burial was arranged by the Allore and Beam Funeral home.
from his obit:
"Mr. O'Sullivan is survived by his father and mother, Mr. and Mrs. John O'Sullivan of Cork: his wife Mrs. Katherine [Kathryn] O'Sullivan; two sons, Patrick 17 years old and John 5 years old; three daughters, Patricia 12 years old , Margaret 9 years old and Katherine 7 years old; four brothers, Patrick of Elizabeth, New Jersey, Michael, Eugene and Timothy all of Ireland; and nine sisters, Mrs. Mary Hurley, Mrs. Katherine Duggan, Josephine, Margaret, and Lucy O'Sullivan all of Mt Everest Massachusetts, [this should have read Everett, MA] Miss Agnes O'Sullivan of Sacramento, California, Miss Cissi and Miss Wynnie O'Sullivan of Ireland and Miss Theresa O'Sullivan of London England.
The O'Sullivan home is at 137 Roessler Street."
Burial of Irish Patriot at Monroe, Michigan
written by Patrick Cahill, Detroit Correspondent
April 1936, Detroit Michigan
"With the passing of the late Captain Sean O'Sullivan, Executive Officer of the Irish Rifle Association, at Monroe, Michigan on sunday April 26, 1936, Ireland has lost one of its truest Patriots. Sean fought in the Irish Republican Army in the 1916 Easter Week Rebellion under Commandant E. Daly in the Four Courts. When taken prisoner, he was interned at Stafford and Frangock [Frongoch, Wales, known as the University of Revolution] prison. After months of prison torture, he was released from Frangock broken in health.
He was refused reappointment to his old position in Dublin, owing to him refusing to sign an order swearing his allegiance to the British Empire. Sean, seeing that there was no chance of him making even an existence in Dublin, he went to Limrick and became connected to the 2nd Battalion, Mid-Limerick Brigade, he was later transferred to the Cork First Brigade with which he remained until after the "cease fire order".
Because of the economic conditions brought about by the forcing of the Free State on the Irish people, and becase Sean's republican ideals conflicted with the British imposed Free State laws, he migrated to the United States to make this the country of his adoption.
His funeral took place on Thursday, April 30, burial at Monroe, Michigan. The last salute was fired over his grave by a firing party of his former comrades in the IRA, composed of: Thomas Hanlon, Sean O'Brian, Jerry O'Toole, Lee Middleditch, James O'Sullivan, and Joseph O'Sullivan, under the command of Lieutentant Thomas Spillane, formerly of the Cork 2nd Brigade, IRA.
The firing party marched with arms reversed behind the casket for a mile and a half, from the church to the burial place. This showed the esteem that his former comrades held for the late Capt. O'Sullivan as this honor is extended to only truly great Irishmen in the United States. It is the intention of his former comrades of the IRA at a later date to ship his body back to his Motherland, the land he suffered so much to try to make it a better place for Irishmen to live in.
The example of the late Capt. Sean O'Sullivan will always remain with us a guiding light for the future generations of Irishmen to follow, and harken to the voice of the late Patrick Pearse at the grave of O'Donovan Roasa:
"Ireland unfree shall never be at peace."
The late Captain O'Sullivan is survived by his wife and five children, and his parents, who reside at Berehaven CO. Cork, Ireland"
John O'Sullivan (1856 - 1946)
Bridget O'Sullivan (Seer) O'Sullivan (Roger) (1870 - 1944)
Kathyrn Logan O'Sullivan (1889 - 1940)*
Patricia Constance O'Sullivan Fudge (1924 - 2006)*
Catherine O'Sullivan Strachan (1928 - 1999)*
John William O'Sullivan (1931 - 1995)*
Saint Joseph Cemetery
Created by: Lisa O
Record added: Feb 17, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 48263279