Mrs. Sulivane was born in Port Gibson, Miss. Her maiden name was Van Dorn, being a sister of the distinguished Confederate general of that name. She was twice married, her first husband being Mr. Alison Ross, of Mississippi, and her second husband, Dr. Vans Murray Sulivane, of Cambridge, Maryland, who afterwards removed to Mississippi. Colonel Clement Sulivane, a learned member of the Dorchester County bar, is one of her sons, the other being Isaac Ross by her first marriage and Mrs. (Octavia Sulivane) Rider Henry her only daughter. Her grandchildren are Miss Ruth Sulivane and Mr. Murray Sulivane, of Cambridge; Mr. Earl Sulivane, of Chattanooga, Tenn.; Mrs. John J. Hemphill and Mrs. John Goldsborough, of Washington, D. C, and Messrs. Clement and Rider Henry, of New York.
This remarkable woman remarkable alike for her strength of body and mind lightly bore the burden of her more than four- score years, and 81 still found her at the post of duty, cheerfully and resolutely sharing responsiblities for the sake of those she loved and who loved her. Hers was a gentle and heroic nature, combining in a rare degree those strong elements of character which in prosperity grace true womanhood and in adversity constitute the heroine.
" Life's race well run; Life's work well done; Life's victory won; Now comes rest."
One who knew her well has this to say of her :
" Lovely in character, beautiful even in old age, in form and feature, her life was an exquisite poem filled with the rarest gems that adorn noble womanhood. A life of devotion and goodness insures a future of glory from which those who loved her would not recall her.
Octavia Van Dorn was born July 20, 1816 in Mississippi, and died July 26, 1897. She married (1) ALLISON ROSS April 17, 1833 in near Port Gibson, Claiborne County, Mississippi. She married (2) VANS MURRAY SULIVANE November 14, 1837 in Claiborne, Mississippi, son of JAMES SULIVANE and ELIZABETH ENNALLS. He was born June 01, 1810 in Mississippi, and died October 02, 1840.
Isaac Allison Ross was the only son of Octavia Sulivane by her first husband, Allison Ross, who died after they were married only two years, leaving her this one son. Isaac Ross, the son, later married Eugenia Calhoun, a daughter of John C. Calhoun, Vice President of the United States during Andrew Jackson's first term, and later his bitter political foe. This is another irony in the fact that the younger people apparently ignored the animosities of their parents and collateral antecedents. Isaac Ross was a great-great nephew of Jackson's wife, Rachel.
Peter Aaron Van Dorn