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Timothy J. Sullivan Biography

from Warren County, Kentucky – Biographies

Timothy J. Sullivan is a native of Auglaize County, Ohio, born in 1850.  He is the youngest of nine children born to Patrick and Hanorah (Callahan) Sullivan, and is of Irish extraction.  The parents of Mr. Sullivan were both born in the Emerald Isle, but emigrated from their native country in 1840, and landed at St. John, N. B.  In 1849 the family came to northwestern Ohio, having resided in different states until that year.  The mother of our subject died in 1865, and his father in 1871.  Mr. Sullivan was reared on the farm.  He received a common school education.  At seventeen years of age he began making his own way in life, and for two years worked by the month on the farm.  In the latter part of 1869 he began working in a stave factory at Delphos, Ohio.  In 1871 he came to Louisville, Kentucky, and there continued in the same business.  In 1876 he came to Bowling Green and for one year was in the employ of the old Bowling Green Stave & Heading Company.  In 1878 he began the manufacture of staves and heading in partnership with John Getty and C. S. Allen.  Since 1883 he has been alone in the business.  He employs fifty men and is doing a thriving trade.  His marriage took place September 5, 1872, with Maggie Wilcox, of Hardin County, Kentucky.  To this union have been born six children, viz.:  Nora E., Reuel L., Jessie C., Tim J., Rowena E. and Robert G.  Mr. Sullivan is a Democrat, though disposed to be liberal in his views, and is an honorable and enterprising citizen.

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