Ancestry and Family of Arthur Sherry

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  • ID: I15
  • Name: Ellen O'CONNELL
  • Given Name: Ellen
  • Surname: O'Connell
  • Sex: F
  • _AMTID: 290109405663:1030:113019317
  • Change Date: 17 NOV 2015
  • Note:
    Ellen was married twice, first to Dennis Sullivan and later on December 17, 1867 to Francis E. Shanley, whom she divorced in 1884.

    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 Conaill (meaning "descendant of Conall"). The personal name Conall is possibly composed of the elements con (from c meaning "hound" or "wolf") and gal (meaning "valor").
  • Birth: 1832 in Ireland
  • Event: Directory 1867/8 Wheeling, Ohio Co., WV
  • Census: JUN 1870 Wheeling, Ohio Co., WV
  • Event: 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
  • Event: Directory 1888/9 Bellaire, Belmont Co., OH
  • Probate: 1 MAY 1894 Belmont Co., OH

    Marriage 1 Dennis SULLIVAN b: ABT 1827 in Ireland
      1. Has Children Ella T. SULLIVAN b: 1855 in VA
      2. Has Children Mary Elizabeth SULLIVAN b: 21 JUN 1857 in Wheeling, Ohio Co., WV
      3. Has Children Johanna Delores SULLIVAN b: 22 MAR 1859 in Charleston, Kanawa Co., WV
      4. Has Children Dennis SULLIVAN b: 1861 in WV

      Marriage 2 Francis E. SHANLEY b: 1839 in OH
      • Married: 17 DEC 1867 in Wheeling, Ohio Co., WV
      • Divorced: APR 1884 in Belmont Co., OH
      • Note: Ellen was granted custody of minor children.
      1. Has Children Elisabeth SHANLEY b: 1868 in WV
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