Sullivan vrs. Sillivan analysis by Elizabeth Tuck 2011 links need membership

Benjamin Sullivan

  • 1820 census
  • 1830 census

Benj Sullivan

  • 1840 census

Benjamin Sillivan

Benjamin L. Sillivan

  • North Carolina Marriage Bonds, 1741-1868, Concerning marriage to Eliza Gentry 2 Jan 1825, Bond #: 000141499, ImageNum: 002898, Record #: 02 276 (no image)
  • Tombstone Tarkington Cemetery, Monroe County, Indiana, USA (To be verified)
  • Will of Benjamin L Sillivan, SOURCE: Monroe County (IN) Historical Society, P-3-70. (transcription of primary source, no image available)


...reminiscence by Bob Hoyt 2000

While reading a while back about the Norman conquest of 1155 and the occupation of Ireland I learned that most common names thought to be of Irish origin are really early Norman (French) names. Such as Sullivan, Sillivan, Reily and etc. I had always been told that the original family name was Sullivan and that it was changed to Sillivan in a dispute with the Catholic Church some time back in Northern Ireland.

Based on this rumor, my uncles Elmer, Jack, and Jim ( the youngest three ) all changed their names to Sullivan while my mother uncle Bud and aunt Mable all stayed with the Sillivan spelling. This confused a lot of people as to which of my cousins were related to each other, Probably confused my cousins too. But as it turns out they were Sillivans from the beginning and it was only a rumor and not a fact. Sillivan is a French name.

General Sources:

1 Elizabeth Tuck see her source page

Betsy Skalland of Rocklin, CA has the old documents such as Richard Gentry's (1700s?) will and court summons and Benjamin Sillivan/Eliza Gentry's marriage license

3 Jackie Laux It was her lengthy manuscript that provides the overall information on this entire web site.
4 James Jellison who worked with Bob Hoyt in researching these lines.