Bio: Sullivan, John L. (1849 - 1902)



Surnames: Sullivan, Maddaugh, Meddaugh, Dewhurst,


----Sources: Newspaper Clippings, published histories, family notes, Clark Co. Illustrated.



John L. Sullivan


Mr. Sullivan was born in Scotland in 1849, but came to this country and to Jackson county, Wis., with his parents when quite young, where he lived until 1885. He was a member of the county board in Jackson county, and the town of Sullivan, in that County, was named in his honor. Since 1885 he has resided in the town of Sherwood Forest, in Clark County, Wisconsin, where he has been engaged in lumbering and farming. He is now serving his second term as chairman of that town. Mr. Sullivan denies being of kin to our national sluggar bearing the same name. He served in Co. F-5th Wisconsin, Infantry during the war. Is a member of the G. A. R., also of the Kof P. and I. O. O. F.

----Source: Badger State Banner, Black River Falls, Wis., Jan 5,1884


John L Sullivan of City Point has bought a tract of land on East Fork of about 3000 acres and proposes to have it settled up with immigrants.

----Source: Neillsville Rep & Press (Neillsville, Wis.); Jan 6,1887


John L Sullivan, a former resident of Jackson County, after whom the town of Sullivan was named, now resides in Clark County. The Journal is pleased to note that continued prosperity of the distinguished recipient of the “Sullivan Letter” owns a hub and spoke factory in the town of Sherwood Forest, Clark County and has the foundation for a little city. He has named it Dewhurst in honor of Judge Richard Dewhurst of Neillsville. A fine vein of iron ore has been found near there and Mr. Sullivan expects to realize a handsome little fortune from it as soon as developed. A representative of the Journal had the pleasure of meeting him in Merrillan the other day and was pleased to learn that he still retained a warm feeling for Black River Falls. As soon as John attains a modest competence he intends to return and live with us again. His breast still swells in remembrance of scenes that surround our little city. Jackson County Journal.

----Source: Neillsville, Wis., July 10 1902


J. L. Sullivan of City Point, formerly a resident of this town, is reportedly seriously ill with pneumonia.


Obit: Sullivan, John L. (1849 - 1902)

----Source: July 17,1902 – John L Sullivan of City Point, died at that place of pneumonia. He was sick about a week his death occurring on Friday July 11th. A number of people from here attended his funeral on Saturday afternoon.

----Source: Badger State Banner, Black River Falls; July 17,1902


John L. Sullivan Dead – We are called upon to chronicle the death of a long time and well known resident of Jackson County. Most of our readers will learn with much surprise that John L Sullivan died at his home at City Point on Friday afternoon last July 11th. It seems that he contracted a cold when on his return home from the county convention he attended as a delegate from the town of City Point. The cold developed into pneumonia. He was born in Scotland in 1849 and came with his parents to this country when in his infancy and has been a resident of Jackson County the greater portion of his time ever since, thought he resided in the town of Sherwood Forest in Clark County a number of years, returning to City Point a few years since. Some old settlers will remember his father was killed in a fire accident in this city sometime in the 50's. John served in the Civil War in Co G 5th WI. Infantry enlisting when but fifteen years of age. After the War he was an employee of the Banner for a few years but a number of years later went to the vicinity where he died to engage in the work of lumbering. He served quite a few years as a member of the county board of Clark Co. and was Chairman of his town and a member of the Jackson County board at the time of his death and the reputation of always faithfully representing the interests of his constituents. He leaves a wife and several children.... Internment was had at the City Point Cemetery, where the deceased was given the honors of the M.W.A. (Modern Woodmen of America) of which order he was an associate member.


1870 Federal Census, Albion, Black River Falls, Wisconsin, 1 Jun 1870


John Sullivan
Birth Year (Estimated): 1849
Gender: Male
Age (Original): 21y
Race: White
Birthplace: Scotland
Event Place: Wisconsin, United States
Household Gender Age Birthplace
Hugh Meek M 57y Ohio, lumber watchman, Estate: $500
Jane Meek F 41y Scotland
Frank Meek M 5y Wisconsin
Laurie Meek F 1y Wisconsin
George Sullivan M 17y Pennsylvania
John Sullivan M 21y Scotland, printer


1880 Federal Census, Sullivan, Jackson, Wisconsin, United States, pg. 367

Name: John L. Sullivan, married, male laborer
Ethnicity: American
Relationship to Head of Household: Self
Birthplace: Scotland
Birth Date: 1849
Spouse's Name: Isabella Sullivan
Spouse's Birthplace: Norway
Father's Birthplace: Ireland
Mother's Birthplace: Scotland

Household Members
Self John L. Sullivan M 31 Scotland
Wife Isabella Sullivan F 32 Norway
Daughter Hellen Sullivan F 0 Wisconsin, United States


Wisconsin Death Records


John L. Sullivan
Gender: Male
Burial Date: 12 Jul 1902
Burial Place: City Point
Death Date: 11 Jul 1902
Death Place: Wisconsin
Age: 58
Birth Date: 20 May 1849
Birthplace: Scotland
Occupation: Farmer And Real Estate
Race: White
Marital Status: Married
Spouse's Name: Edna Maddaugh (Meddaugh) Sullivan
Father's Name: Catrick Sullivan
Father's Birthplace: Ireland
Mother's Name: Jane Sullivan
Mother's Birthplace: Scotland



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