Thomas D. Sullivan Family of Long Lake

This is NOT intended to be a COMPLETE record. It is however, a study of this family taken primarily from sources available online on various free and fee sites. Everything in this compilation should be checked against primary sources, where available, for the best accuracy. The authors of this work are not related to this family!

Timothy D. Sullivan was born February 1854 in Connecticut to John and Bridget (Unknown) Sullivan who were both born in Ireland and immigrated to this country about 1850. He married about 1885, Bridget A. Bulger (or Breen). She was born 1865 in NY and died in 1924. She is buried in Long Lake Cemetery, Hamilton Co., NY. Timothy died after 1930. The Long Lake Cemetery listing gives 1945 as an approximate date of death.

Some of Timothy's siblings: [Bridget (the mother) reports having 9 children with 4 surviving in 1900]

  1. Michael (b. abt. December 1844 Ireland), - Michael, his wife Mary, and son Timothy (b. June 1877) lived in Day, Saratoga Co., NY with his mother in 1900. By 1905, Michael and his son had moved to Long Lake, Hamilton Co., NY and were living with his brother (Timothy).
  2. John (b. abt. 1852 CT) Possibly the John Sullivan who was one of three men appointed constable for three days to help keep the peace at the annual Long Lake town meeting of 1909. Also may be the John F. Sullivan who lived in Long Lake with the family of Charles Daniels in 1915 and was employed as the family's cook.
  3. Dennis (b. abt 1856 NY)
  4. Julia (b. abt. 1858 NY)
  5. Mary (b. abt. 1860 NY)

Timothy served as Chairman of the Board of Supervisors of Hamilton County from 1898 to 1900 and as Surrogate & County Judge for Hamilton County from 1903 to 1925. His 22 year service was the longest any one man had held that position in Hamilton county from 1838 until at least 1964. Timothy also served as Long Lake Town Supervisor from 1896 until he resigned in 1902. In 1924 and again in 1927, T.D. Sullivan was a trustee for Union Free School District 1 in Long Lake.

Timothy and Bridget were both involved with the community in which they lived. When money was needed to build the Catholic Church at nearby Blue Mountain Lake, "Help was gained from Mrs. Bridget Breen Sullivan, wife of Surrogate Judge Timothy D. Sullivan of Long Lake, who made a substantial loan and held the mortgage." (HOHC pg. 482) The church was completed in 1903. The Sullivans were instrumental in bringing the telephone to Long Lake. The History of Hamilton County, by Ted Aber (Pg. 826) says, "The Long Lake Telephone Company was incorporated on July 7, 1913 by Timothy D. Sullivan, Bridget A. Sullivan, Joan M. Sullivan, Rae Sullivan, John Morris, Louis H. Buck and Clarence F. Fuller.....The stamp of approval was given to T.D. Sullivan's Telephone Company on September 8, 1913."

Timothy's occupation was that of a merchant. He was the proprietor of a general store in Long Lake from at least 1900 to 1920. According to The History of Hamilton County (Pg. 828) his store "was incorporated 14 October 1921 by T.D. Sullivan and Charles F. Fletcher of Long Lake and George C. Steel of Herkimer."

Children of Timothy & Bridget Sullivan:

  1. Mary Elizabeth was born before 1900 and died between 1900 and 1910. She was not living with her parents in 1900 or 1905. Her mother stated that she had 2 children at this time and in 1910 she said she had 4 children with 3 surviving.

    From: Saratoga County, NYGenWeb site. Sacandaga River Valley Scrapbook, Image #93 Image Copyright 2003 Alice Zetterstrom and Heritage Hunters of Saratoga County:

    [1880's to 1930's] March 6 - West Day

    "Mary Elizabeth Sullivan, aged 12 years and 11 months, daughter of Mr. And Mrs. T.D. Sullivan of Long Lake, died at St. Joseph's Convent in Troy on February 24, where she was attending school, after an illness of 30 hours, from an attack of acute intestinal grip. The deceased was a bright young girl, intellectually advanced beyond her years. The remains, accompanied by Mr. And Mrs. Sullivan and friends of the family, were brought to Northville Saturday, the 25th, and the following day taken to Northampton for burial. Mr. Sullivan's earlier years were spent in this town, the home of his childhood, and where his mother and sister now reside."

  2. John Michael was born 8 October 1888 Day, Saratoga Co., NY and died 1962. He married Anna Rae and had 3 children: Timothy Daniel (b. 1 Sept 1912 and d. Oct 1979), John "Jack" Jr. (b. abt. 1915), and James G. (b. abt. 1916). All three sons served their country in WW II. John Sr. served as Long Lake Postmaster from 16 September 1914 to 17 August 1921. In 1925 he was employed as a probation officer for Long Lake High School and in 1930 he was a laborer working on road construction. John's physical description as given on his WW I draft registration card was: Tall and slender with gray eyes and dark brown hair.
  3. Timothy Henrick was born about 1901. In 1925 he lived in Long Lake and was employed as a telephone lineman.
  4. David Thomas was born about 1906.


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