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Dennis' Irish ancestors came from Limerick, Ireland to Chicago, IL directly, or by way of Georgia. His German ancestors came from many parts of Germany to Lake County, IL. They all arrived between 1840 - 1870. The Irish SURNAMES are: RALEIGH, LEE, LAFFIN, MURPHY, RYAN, SHANAHAN. The German SURNAMES are: RUFFING, BAADE, GRAEBER/GRAVER/GRUBER, GRAVER/GREVER, HEINSOHN, and FASSE. Cousin names also include: FRANKE, TONNE, VON GEISENDORF, and HOLSTEIN.

Betty has over 170 surnames in New England, mostly MA and CT, arriving from 1620 - 1690,but also in VT after about 1750. Down in VA and KY,we have never been able to locate the parents of Asael DAVIS, Sr. who we believe was b. somewhere in VA, possibly Augusta Co., or in what eventually became Rockbridge County. He m. Martha "Patsy" COOLEY, dau.of Wm. COOLEY. We can find nothing about either of their parents or their b. places and dates.
Asael went to what later became Garrard Co., KY in 1774, to stake out claims. He received 1,400 acres there, on the Dix River and Clear Creek. This is just a little ways north of Lancaster. We'd appreciate hearing from anyone who knows anything at all about these people.
In 2009, we finally found the only mention of James Preston Hawkins' early life anywhere. We learned his father is George, b. Jessamine Co, KY from a list of slaves left to George's children. His grandfather is Giles, originally from MD, then Jessamine Co. Don't know wives. He m. Barbara Henderson DAVIS in 1830 in Gerrard Co., KY.
We have Native American ancestors from both the Narragansett and Wampanoag tribes. Of the Wampanoag, the families are from Martha's Vinyard (NOPEE), at Aquinnah), and Barnstable on Cape Cod.
Also, Charity MUNSEE, who m. Moses LUCAS, Sr. in CT, doesn't seem to have any records, and some descendants believe she was a member of the MUNSEE sub-tribe. Could anyone verify thatt?

The index given here is limited to 2000, so many people are left out. However, you will find most of Betty's ancestors in the book about Mabel BLOOD'S ancestors, and in the reports. Be sure to check out the photos, links, and reports, too. This family tree is also on
Betty & Dennis Sullivan Family Page
Updated August 31, 2009

Betty Sullivan
14699 State Route 93
Bradford, IL 61421
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309 897 8069

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  • RUFFING'S Grown Children In TEXAS, 1991 (12 KB)
    Dennis SULLIVAN'S aunt and uncle, Charles and Nora RUFFING moved to Texas in 1946 because of his severe arthritis. It went away completely in the very dry climate there, so they stayed. So, Denny had never seen their family until they sent this photo. They are: seated, Barbara, Charles O., and standing, Betsy, and Diana, Denny's first cousins.
  • Hugh Cole's 320-yr. old Home (64 KB)
    We can be justly proud of our eighth-greatgrandfather, Hugh COLE, who was a good friend of King Phillip. Because of his friendship, Phillip warned his family that their house was to be burned, and they all escaped by river to Portsmouth. They came back after the war and rebuilt.This is the third home Hugh built in Swansea, and it looks like this in 2001, after 320 years. He vcalled it "River-by".
  • Uncle Charles (Karl) and Nora RUFFING, 1991 (21 KB)
    Dennis, right, enjoys his first visit in 61 years with Uncle Charles, his mother's brother, and Aunt Nora. He had last seen them when Charles was leaving for Texas to try to get over his arthritis, which he did. He was a carpenter for some 45 years in Texas. He died four years after this visit, and Nora died in 1999.
    Mabel (BLOOD) HARPER, right, and Sarah, Dreda, Mabel and Billy wait patiently for the return of their father, Stuart S. HARPER from a Gold Rush. He never returned, and foul play was suspected.
  • St. Adrian Fortescue's Beheading (930 KB)
    St. Adrian Fortescue, a distant ggrandfather, was beheaded for holding to the Catholic faith and refusing to recognize Henry VIII as head of the church.
  • Oldest Living Family Member and Daughter,2000 (472 KB)
    Betty (MOELLER) HARPER, age 96 and her daughter, Betty (HARPER) SULLIVAN, age 68, on May 23, 2000, as they celebrate GGrandma HARPER'S birthday.Betty, Sr. died Dec. 23, 2003, five months before her 100th birthday.
  • Sullivan Kids in 1974 (152 KB)
    Joe, age 20, is home from Texas. Mary, age 6, is on his lap. The other boys, from the left are Greg, 13, Chris, 15, and John, 9. This was our first family portrait after moving to 248 Hollis St., Kewanee.
  • Rev. William Frederick Stuart HARPER, 1810 - 1875 (348 KB)
    Rev. HARPER may have been b. in Yorkshire, England. He was ordained in Toronto and was a traveling missionary for a couple of years in Ontario. Then he became pastor of St. John's Anglican Church, Bath, Ontario from 1842 - 1875, at which time he retired due to blindness.He m. Eliza Emily HARPER, who had the same they may have been related. Rev. HARPER was Harry HARPER'S ggrandfather, and Betty Sullivan's gggrandfather.
  • First Settler in Flora Twn, Boone County, IL, 1839 (83 KB)
    This photo was taken in 1984 of a sign commemorating the first cabin built here in 1839 by Arthur BLOOD. He was the son of Moses and Anna (COLE) BLOOD, and brother of our ancestor, Abel Russell BLOOD. He later sold most of his two sections of land to Abel R., who in turn sold to his in-laws, the LUCAS brothers, when he moved on to IA. This sign had been torn doown by 1996. It was originally placed by the Bicentennial Committee of Boone County and recorded in Ida Library of Belvidere, IL, four miles to the north.The sign was gone a few years later, and the cemetery fence had been removed, also.
  • W. Harry HARPER at age 18 (104 KB)
    W. Harry HARPER, the father of Betty SULLIVAN, had this photo taken when he finished at Charles City High School, Floyd Co., IA, in 1923. He later went on to graduate from the School of Journalism, University of IA in 1927.
  • Map of Hanover, Shelby, IN in 1820 (308 KB)
    The BLOOD, LUCAS, and COLE families all came to a spot about two miles south of Morristown, IN in 1820, when the land opened up for settlement. Morristown was not in existance, and they formed their own little town of Hanover along the Blue River. The cemetery is the main thing left, besides a few homes, and if you drive around to the west side of the river, you can see the remains of the dam and mill that were in use for many years. The dam ran from the LUCAS property on the east to land they sold to the dam builder on the west in Freemont. Abel COLE and Moses BLOOD blazed the path to the spot from Connorsville, IN, about 30 miles to the east.

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