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Ursuline Convent / Orphanage in Iowa around 1880

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Posted: 1364928287000
Classification: Query
Surnames: Sullivan, Mercer, Lynch, Barlow, McCarthy
I believe your John SULLIVAN may have been enumerated twice in Grand Forks County, ND, in 1880--once with his daughters and once with his adult sons:

1880 US Census, Rye, Grand Forks County, Dakota Territory
John Sullivan 53, widowed, head, farmer, born IRE
Nellie Sullivan 18, dau, born IA
Maggie Sullivan 15, dau, born IA
Mary Sullivan 13, dau, born IA
Kate Sullivan 10, dau, born IA
Elizabeth Sullivan 7, dau, born IA

Possible second enumeration of father, plus Kathryn’s older brothers:
1880 US Census, DakotaTerr GrandForks Ferry
John SULLIVAN, 55 [c1825], head, widowed, Farmer, IRE IRE IRE
Thomas, 23 [c1857], IA IRE IRE, son, single, Farm Laborer
Michael, 21 [c1859], IA IRE IRE, son, single, Farm Lab

1860 US Census, IA Winneshiek Glenwood
John Sullivan 31
Mary Sullivan 27
Sarah Sullivan 8
William Sullivan 6
Michael Sullivan 2
Thomas Sullivan 2/12

Going back to the decade 1860-1870, I believe the family may have lived first in Winneshiek County IA, then in Webster County IA:

1860 US Census, IA Winneshiek Glenwood
John Sullivan 31 [c1828], IRE
Mary Sullivan 27 [c1832], IRE
Sarah Sullivan 8 [c1852], IN
William Sullivan 6 [c1853], IL
Michael Sullivan 2 [c1857], IA
Thomas Sullivan, 2mo [Mar/Apr 1860], IA

1863-1865 U.S. Civil War Draft Registrations Records
Name: John Sullivan
Residence: Glenwood, Winneshiek, Iowa
Class: 2
Congressional District: 3rd
Age on 1 July 1863: 36
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1827
Race: White
Place of Birth: Ireland

1870 US Census, IA Webster FtDodge
John Sullivan 47, born IRE
Mary Sullivan 40, born IRE
Sarah Sullivan 16, born IN
William Sullivan 15, born IRE [sic; IL or IA]
Michael Sullivan 11, born IA
Thomas Sullivan 8, born IA
Ellen Sullivan 6, born IA
Maggie Sullivan 4, born IA
Mary Sullivan 3, born IA

Please contact me directly via email if you would like to make arrangements to receive these and other documents upon which I based my conclusions.

Also, see attached item further linking a brother Thomas SULLIVAN to the known sisters. (Note that, through a record for one of her sons, I have established that Mrs. Margaret McCarthy's maiden name was, indeed, SULLIVAN.)
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