Name: Ellen O'CONNELL
Given Name: Ellen
Change Date: 17 NOV 2015
Ellen was married twice, first to Dennis Sullivan and later on December 17, 1867 to Francis E. Shanley, whom she divorced in 1884.
Birth: 1832 in Ireland
Directory 1867/8 Wheeling, Ohio Co., WV
Census: JUN 1870 Wheeling, Ohio Co., WV
Directory 1875/6 Bellaire, Belmont Co., OH
Census: JUN 1880 Bellaire, Belmont Co., OH
Will: 25 OCT 1888
Death: 4 JAN 1889 in Bellaire, Belmont Co., OH
Note: She died after several weeks sickness of dropsy. According to the Wheeling Register, she was 55.
Burial: 5 JAN 1889 Wheeling, Ohio Co., WV
ADDR: Mt. Calvary Cemetery
Event: the Wheeling Daily Intelligencer
Obituary 5 JAN 1889
Directory 1888/9 Bellaire, Belmont Co., OH
Probate: 1 MAY 1894 Belmont Co., OH
In 1867, she ran a saloon in Wheeling and lived at 3 Main Street. It was a rowdy place with press reports of fights, including Ellen herself physically dealing with hostile, inebriated customers. By 1875 she had moved across the river to Bellaire and had opened a saloon and boarding house there. She was fined numerous times in both towns for operating without a liquor license and selling on Sundays. By 1880 Ellen was living on Union Street in Bellaire with her three youngest. Her saloon, the Olive Branch, served as the election polling place for Bellaire's 2nd ward from 1881 to 1886.
At her death, she bequeathed nominal amounts to her son Dennis C. Sullivan and daughters Ellen T. Sullivan Smith, Hanna Sullivan Rufer, and Elizabeth Shanley Somers and the bulk of her estate, summing to $1,200, to her widowed daughter Mary R. Sullivan Sherry.
Ruth McGuire Scott, granddaughter of daughter Ellen T., recalled stories Mary Sullivan Sherry told about this matriarch, whom Mary called a strong woman. One involved Ellen riding a horse across a river to get to the capital to pay taxes because they were late.
O'CONNELL is an Anglicization of the Gaelic Ó Conaill (meaning "descendant of Conall"). The personal name Conall is possibly composed of the elements con (from cú meaning "hound" or "wolf") and gal (meaning "valor").
Dennis SULLIVAN b: ABT 1827 in Ireland
- Ella T. SULLIVAN b: 1855 in VA
- Mary Elizabeth SULLIVAN b: 21 JUN 1857 in Wheeling, Ohio Co., WV
- Johanna Delores SULLIVAN b: 22 MAR 1859 in Charleston, Kanawa Co., WV
- Dennis SULLIVAN b: 1861 in WV
Francis E. SHANLEY b: 1839 in OH
17 DEC 1867
in Wheeling, Ohio Co., WV
in Belmont Co., OH
- Note: Ellen was granted custody of minor children.
- Elisabeth SHANLEY b: 1868 in WV