The now and then postings of the discoveries and contributions of the Miller and Bechtold families .

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Miller / McCaffrey getting our way to the Irish Isles

Timothy Sullivan, his wife Johanna (Harrington), and his sons Florence and Daniel, (who both were railroad men). 

1st Cousin thrice removed of 
Lord Mayor of Dublin Timothy Charles Harrington
(who is the nephew of Johanna Harrington Sullivan)

"Past and present of Washtenaw County, Michigan"

A Catholic church was completed about 1846,
on Section 21, the first priest being the Rev.
Father Cullen, and at that time was the only
Catholic church between Ann Arbor and Jack-
son. Among its leading members were John
McGuerrin, John Harrington, Michael McCabe,
Timothy Sullivan, John Doody, John Patrick,
Michael Rabbitt, Patrick, Michael and James
Lavey, and James McMahon.

Timothy Sullivan + Johanna Harrington
Florence Sullivan + Anna Quirk
Caroline Frances Sullivan + Hugh McCaffrey
15 McCaffrey Children [Elizabeth McCaffrey + Herman C. Miller, Margaret McCaffrey + Alexius Byrne ]
Millers / Hugh Byrne
Miller Children  +  Dreslaine, Shivonne Byrne

The Brother of Florence Sullivan = Daniel E. Sullivan:

Centennial history of Columbus and Franklin County, Ohio, Volume 2
 By William Alexander Taylor, S.J. Clarke Publishing Company


Daniel E. Sullivan, although now living retired, figured for many years as a prominent contractor in railroad building and street improvements. His success in this direction brought him into important business relations and enables him at the present time to enjoy the well earned fruit of former toil. Mr. Sullivan was born in Washtenaw county, Michigan, in 1840, a son of Timothy Sullivan, who was a native of Ireland, and on coming to America settled at Seneca Falls, New York, in 1832. In 1835 he removed westward to Michigan. where he resided until his death in 1867. He married Johanna Harrington, who was also a native of the Emerald Isle and died in Michigan in 1882, having survived her husband for almost fifteen years. She was an aunt to one of the lord mayors of Dublin. By this marriage there were eleven children, of whom six are still living: Michael, who resides on the old homestead; Margaret Maguire and Ellen Cunningham, who are living in Detroit; James W., located at Salt Lake City: Florence, of Indiana; and Daniel E., of this review. The father was for many years a sea captain, making trips between New York and Liverpool.

Daniel E. Sullivan was educated in a country school, the term covering three months of winter. When fourteen years of age he put aside his textbooks and began carrying water for a construction train. At the age of nineteen years he was running a locomotive engine, and was thus employed until twenty-two years of age, when he began work on the track, and was thus employed until promoted to road master when twenty-eight years of ago. representing the Chicago & Eastern Illinois Railroad. There he remained for two years. He then took a contract from the Grand Rapids & Indiana Railroad to build twenty-five miles of track from Paris, Michigan, to Clam Lake. Michigan, after which he was awarded the contract for the construction of fifty miles of track for the Cincinnati & Fort Wayne Railroad. He was next appointed roadmaster for the Pittsburg, Fort Wayne & Chicago Railway, serving two years, and on the expiration of that period he was appointed general road master for the Southwestern Pennsylvania lines, acting in that capacity for seven years. On resigning he made a contract with the Nickel Plate Railway to build one hundred and ten miles of track from Arcadia. Ohio, to Cleveland, and subsequently he built forty-five miles of track for the Rochester & Pittsburg Railway and straightened the line of the Norfolk & Western Railway. Thus for many years he had been closely associated with railroad construction, and, retiring from that field of contracting, he turned his attention to street improvements, taking contracts for such work in Columbus. His last important contract here was the Sewage Purification Works, which after two years' work was completed in August, 1908. Mr. Sullivan retired from the active management of the business four years ago, but his three sons still carry it on, and the firm retains the high place in business circles that was won by the father. Mr. Sullivan has invested to some extent in real estate, and has valuable property here.

On the 13th of November, 1866, Mr. .Sullivan was married to Miss Ella A. Hartsuff and unto them were born six children, of whom five are living: James A., F. D. and G. W., who carry on the business; Mrs. Rose: and Ella Gertrude, at home.

In his political views Mr. Sullivan has long been a stalwart republican, and served for two years as a member of the city council in the '80s. He has always been a representative of that public-spirited class of men who see and utilize the opportunities for promoting the general welfare, withholding his cooperation and aid from no movement which he deems of value in promoting the best interests of the city. In his own business career he has been recognized as a man of stern integrity and honesty of purpose, who has despised all unworthy or questionable means to secure advancement or success in any undertaking or for any purpose.

Johanna Harrington, aunt of Timothy Charles Harrington, born in Castletownbere which has the Church of the Sacred Heart (Roman Catholic) (where we can look for records).

Harrington may be regarded as essentially a West Cork name. There, at Castletownbere, was born Timothy Harrington (1851-1910), who was probably the best known Irishman of that name: he was secretary of the Land League, M.P., and Lord Mayor of Dublin.

Timothy Charles Harrington winds up in the famous Joyce book:

James Joyce
Episode 15 - Circe
(Several wellknown burgesses, city magnates and freemen of the city shake hands with Bloom and congratulate him. Timothy Harrington, late thrice Lord Mayor of Dublin, imposing in mayoral scarlet, gold chain and white silk tie, confers with councillor Lorcan Sherlock, locum tenens. They nod vigorously in agreement.)

LATE LORD MAYOR HARRINGTON (In scarlet robe with mace, gold mayoral chain and lace white silk scarf) That alder man sir Leo Bloom's speech be printed at the expense of the ratepayers. That the house in which he was born be ornamented with a commemorative tablet and that the thoroughfare hitherto known as Cow Parlour off Cork street be henceforth designated Boulevard Bloom.

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