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Patrick Sullivan Papers, 1865-1977.

Identifier: MSC 0851

Scope and Contents

Patrick Sullivan was born in Kerry County, Ireland, on August 9, 1841, and moved to America with his family. In 1850 the family settled in Rogersville, Tenn. Patrick Sullivan moved to Knoxville, Tenn, in 1853 and lived there until his death in June 1925. During the Civil War he served as a soldier with the Union Army. After the war he went into the saloon business in Knoxville, operating a saloon on the corner of Central & Jackson. After living in Knoxville for 71 years, Patrick Sullivan died at the age of 84 in 1925. He was buried in Calvary Cemetery. Surviving Patrick Sullivan were his sons Michael J., Daniel J., and T. A. Sullivan. His daughter, Sister Frances Mercedes, lived in New York. The papers range in date from 1865 to 1977. The majority of the papers pertain to the various properties owned by Patrick Sullivan in Knoxville, and to the trust created in his will. The collection includes: 1865 ledger pages from when Patrick Sullivan was Wagon Master of the supply train for Cumberland Gap; an 1874 letter to Sullivan as Chairman of the Street Commission accepting the bid to provide a sidewalk and guttering for the new Custom House (now the East Tennessee History Center); deeds for lots in Calvary Cemetery in Knoxville; wills of Margaret Theresa Sullivan, Alice C. Sullivan, and Thomas A. Sullivan. The collection also contains: naturalization papers for Josephine De Cristofaro; a citizenship certificate for John W. Friebel; an Army discharge for William P. Shea in 1918; and birth certificates for Charlotte Ann Shea, Hans Wolfgang Friebel, and Ellen Mercedes Sullivan.


  • 1865-1977

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1 box

Patrick Sullivan Papers, 1865-1977.
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Repository Details

Part of the Calvin M. McClung Historical Collection Repository

601 S Gay Street
3rd floor
Knoxville Tennessee 37902 United States