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Enlisted in 1862 in Company D under Captain McGill in Colonel Boyles' 56th Alabama Regiment. Transferred 1 year later to Company B of the 46th Mississippi Regiment.

He served in the military in 1862 in
Company D, 56th Alabama Regiment, CSA. He served as in the military in 1863 in Company B, 46th Mississippi Regiment, CSA

"Cornelius J. (Conn) enlisted in 1862. He was assigned to Company D, under Captain McGill in Colonel Boyles' 56th Alabama Regiment. After twelve months service with this outfit, he was transferred to Company B of the 46th Mississippi Regiment. He was a prisoner at one time. His command surrendered in 1865 at Blakeley Alabama." Taken from the book "Wild Bill Sullivan - The King of the Hollow" by Ann R. Hammons

Refer to Steven Marshall Howell who also served in Company B, 46th Mississippi Regiment, CSA.
Sullivan, Cornelius C "Neese" (I2371)
James Butler Hickok, who became known as Wild Bill Hickok, was born May 27, 1837 in Troy Grove, Illinois, just southeast of Mendota. He was the fourth son of William Alonzo and Polly Butler Hickok. By the age of 17, he was an excellent marksman.

In 1855, at the age of 18, he left to become a part of the growing American West. He drove freight wagons and coaches. During the Civil War, he served as a wagon master, scout, detective, courier, and spy. It was during the war he became known as Wild Bill. Appointed a deputy US marshal in Kansas, he was an express messenger and scout for the cavalry. He never killed without good reason.

It was fourteen years, in 1869, before he returned to Troy Grove to see his mother who was ill. He had received a letter from his sister, Lydia, telling him of his mother's illness and her wishes to see him. During his visit, he stayed at the Passenger House in Mendota, and had a photograph taken by Wilbur Blakeslee, a local photographer.

Becoming bored in Illinois, he returned to Kansas, serving as the sheriff of Ellis County and town marshal of Hays. He then went to Topeka, Fort Harker, and Abileene where he was a US marshal. During 1873-1874, he was with Buffalo Bill in a stage show, but he was unhappy with show business. He went to Cheyenne and Denver, but returned to Cheyenne where he renewed an acquaintance with and married Mrs. Agnes Thatcher Lake. Two weeks later, he set off for the gold fields of the Black Hills with Charlie Utter and his brother Steve.

On August 2, 1876, Wild Bill entered a poker game in a saloon in Deadwood, Dakota Territory and for the first time sat with his back to an open door. Jack McCall put a bullet through the back of Wild Bill's head at 4:10 p.m. His card hand held an ace of spades, ace of clubs, two black eights - clubs and spades - and the jack of diamonds. This became known as aces and eights - the dead man's hand.

Funeral services were held at Charlie Utter's camp and at the head of the grave was placed a large board or stump on which was deeply cut "A brave man: the victim of an assassin, J.B. (Wild Bill) Hickok, age 48 years; murdered by Jack McCall, August 2, 1876." (Note the error - actual age was 39.) Two years later his body was moved to Mount Moriah, South Deadwood.

McCall was found not guilty in 1876 at an illegal trial. Deadwood was an outlaw town and any "acts of justice" were not recognized. Retried in Yankton, Dakota Territory, he was found guilty. Wild Bill's older brother, Lorenzo, was in attendance at the trial. McCall's death was by hanging on March 1, 1877.


Gun fighter, Indian scout, Union spy, U.S. Marshal, gambler and actor, James Butler Hickok is one of the Old West's best- known frontier personalities!

James Butler "Wild Bill" Hickok was born in Troy Grove, LaSalle County, Illinois on 27 May 1837, the fourth of six children born to William and Polly Butler Hickok. His father was an abolitionist, who would later be killed because of his stand. Like his father, Wild Bill was also a supporter of abolition and often helped his father in the risky business of running their "station" on the Underground Railroad. Later, during the Civil War, he would work as a scout and spy for the Union Army.

On 12 July 1861, convalescing from injuries sustained while a wagon master, he was assigned to light duties at the Pony Express stage freight station at Rock Creek, Nebraska. Conflict developed between Dave McCanles over business and a shared woman, Sarah Shull. When it was all over, Hickok had killed McCanles from a protected position inside the station, and two other men also lay dead at the hands of Hickok's friends. It was enough to start the legends and myths, which would begin to spring up surrounding his name. By the time he was a scout for the Union Army, his reputation with a gun was well-known. Sometime during his Army days, he backed down a lynch mob, and a woman shouted, "Good for you, Wild Bill!" It was a name which has stuck for all eternity.

After being critically wounded by a Cheyenne lance during a fierce battle, Hickok ended his scouting career and became the U. S. Marshal of the wild town of Hays City, Kansas, moving from there to Fort Riley and on to the even wilder cattle town of Abilene. In the Fall of 1871, while Marshal in Abilene, he met the notorious James Gang, led by Frank and Jesse James, whom he had gotten to know prior to the Civil War. He allowed them to stay in town, while they replenished their supplies, on the condition they caused no trouble, a promise the gang kept, but he received a lot of criticism from the townsfolk for his actions. The next year, he left Abilene, taking up odd jobs, until his friend Buffalo Bill Cody convinced him to join him on the stage in a melodramatic play recreating their alleged exploits. Wild Bill hated it and finally gave up acting, but he remained with Cody in an early version of Cody's Wild West Show. Since he had a wide-flung reputation for his speed and accuracy with a weapon, he was an instant star. With his eyesight failing, however, he left the show in 1874.

Wild Bill was a dashing figure of a man at over six feet tall with bright blue eyes and auburn hair. According to some reports, he met and married actress Agnes Lake in Cincinnati, Ohio, in 1876, but the two never got along, and Bill never liked the tame life. He soon left, opting for the wild and rowdy mining town of Deadwood, Dakota Territory. There, in the Black Hills, Calamity Jane would also claim to be married to him, but no proof for this has ever been established, and most historians consider it another one of Calamity's many tall tales.

Martha Jane "Calamity Jane" Canary was an expert with a horse and rifle. She was also an expert at cussing and drinking, two "sins" which did nothing to endear her to other women. She led a rough life, supporting herself and her two younger siblings the best way she knew how for her young age of 12. Through her determination and survival instincts, she became one of the Old West's most famous, and colorful, characters. Often clad in men's clothes, Jane warned that to offend her was to court calamity. Legend claims that Wild Bill barely tolerated her, but she always claimed she and Wild Bill were married. There is disagreement on the year of her birth, either 1848 or 1852, but she died in 1903.

On 2 August 1876, Wild Bill Hickok sat playing poker in the Number Ten Saloon in Deadwood. He was older, slower, and suffering the early stages of blindness, so he normally sat with his back to the wall, where he could study the room. On this day, his back was to the door. He was shot and killed with a bullet to the back of his head by a drunken stranger named Jack McCall, who may have lost $110 to Hickok in a card game the day before. The hand that Wild Bill held, two pairs -- black aces and black eights -- has gone down in history as the "Dead Man's Hand." Legend claims his fifth card was the jack of diamonds, but some maintain it was the queen of diamonds. Calamity, on learning of Bill's death, stormed all over Deadwood looking for McCall.

Wild Bill Hickok lies buried in Mount Moriah Cemetery in Deadwood, South Dakota, and after she died, Calamity Jane, the "White Devil of the Yellowstone," was buried (at her request) next to him for all eternity. Some historians think Wild Bill groaned and turned over in his grave.

Hickok, James Butler "Wild Bill" (I251)
Sgt. Miss. US Army WW2

Submitted to Mississippi Geneological Society Cemetary and Bible Records by Mrs. Sidney Howell, 1975:
"On the left side of the old home of Frederick Craven Howell, there is one grave surrounded by a wire fence. This is the son of F. C. Howell He never married and always said he wanted to be buried on the old home place. The house is vacant now and in ill repair, but some of the kinfolks clean off the grave occasionally. It is believed that William Howell, the first to come to Smith County in early 1800s built his home across the road about 1/2 mile from the grave. The house is gone but there are people who remembered the house being there."
Howell, Walter "Dude" (I68)
4 " Mark Sullivan enlisted on July 22,1863, as a private in Company C, 8th Mississippi Infantry under Captain Ward. Courtmartialed at Dalton, Georgia, for being AWOL Mark was reprieved from death by his commanding officer, Captain George Buchanan, and was discharged from service when hostilities ended"

8th Mississippi Infantry Regiment
Company C "True Confederate" of Smith County
Mustered into state service: Raleigh, MS on June 1, 1861
CAPT: William T. Ward, H.W. Crook
1ST LT.: John C. Wilkinson, R.J. Austin
2ND LT.: Cornelius McLaurin

"The people of the Hollow have, from the begining, been absorbed by an interest in law and politics. Sometimes, as in the case of Pappy's son Mark, interest in law and the impulse to joke were at loggerheads. The sheriff of Smith County once gave Mark a summons to appear in Raleigh the following Monday morning for jury duty. Mark, knowing what was on the docket for the week, did not want to serve, but he arose early Monday morning, long before sunup, and made his way to Raleigh on horseback. He was in court early, and when court time finally came the little old courthouse was jammed with people, who didn't care so much about the county's affairs as they did about the news. Watching trials were entertainment for them. When his turn came to be qualified for the jury, Mark said, "Judge, I have an excuse. When I left my home this morning I left my wife and daughter in bed, and I don't know which one is going to die first, and I would like to get off jury duty." The judge replied "Why Mr. Sullivan, why hadn't you done and told me about this? Shore you can get off, and I am very sorry to hear about this, and I hope that they get well, and I want you to let me hear how they are getting along."

"So Mark got up and left the courthouse and went on about his business. That afternoon when court had adjourned for the day, the judge went down into the courtyard, where he happened to see Mark talking with a group of men. He walked over and said,"Why Mr. Sullivan, I thought you said your wife and daughter were in a dying condition - and here you are still up here?" "No, Judge," Mark replied, "You see when I left home this morning it was a way before daylight, and my wife and daughter were still in bed, and you must have misunderstood me, because you ought to know, Judge, they're not sick, but they were in bed when I left." The judge didn't say a word. He turned around and went about his business, knowing that Mark Sullivan had put one over on him. Mark went on to serve as constable for a long time while his son Mac was justice of the peace. "It was woe unto him who was caught violating the law, then. Old Mark would catch him and Mac would sentence him."
Sullivan, Mark D (I1862)
5 "Alexander, Thomas Sullivan's youngest son, enlisted in June 1862, when he was sixteen. He served for three years in Company B under Captain Jasper Eaton, with George W. Stubbs batallion. His unit surrendered near Canton, Mississippi, but Alex was on pass at home to get a horse when the surrender occurred."
Sullivan, Alexander (I1381)
6 "Eliza Jane Sullivan Ates died from Anthrax, buried at Wilbanks Cemetery in Rapides Parrish, LA. They lived and farmed most of their lives on Smith County but moved to Louisanna with their teen-age family by 1874. Their childred all established families and mostly farmed in Louisanna. The remnant family has not been located for 1880 but must have been in Lousianna. It seems quite clear that they grew up and found wives in the nearby Louisanna families, with the possible exception of John Wiley."Story taken from “Sullivans of Sullivan’s Hollow: Cousins, Friends, and Neighbors” by: Granville W. Hough and Maxine (Richardson) Watts
Sullivan, Eliza Jane (I507)
7 "How did Red Jack feel about being brother to such infamous fellow as Bill and Neese? One or two photographs survive which show the three together, and Red Jack may have considered himself protected by their notoriety. that is, no one would bother him or his family, fearing revenge by Bil or Neese. His family does not seem connected to the events which caused bad publicity for the immediate community. He married Laura Meadows, who may have had a calming influence. Nothing notable happened until after the death of both parents, when a grandson, K. C. Jones, was killed in 1938, followed by hanging of the perpetrator, Pearlie Evans, in 1939. In investigating this Jones family, it seems that some children were born after the husband was gone, with the wife, Lou Jones being listed as a widow. The full story has never been recorded, but it is not factually correct to say the Red Jack's family was not affected by the violent traditions."

Taken from the book "Sullivans of Sullivan's Hollow: Cousins, Friends and Neighbors." Written by Granville Hough and Maxine (Richards) Watts
Sullivan, Andrew Jackson "Red Jack" (I1384)
8 "Julius also had trouble with the law in that fateful year, 1903, and the same judge that sent Bill to the Jackson jail sent Julius there. In fact, one headline noted "Father and Son in Stripes." There is no record in the state supreme court archives that Julius appealed his conviction. Julius admitted killing a man named Erle but maintained that he acted in self-defense. There were six indictments against him, buy he pled guilty to a charge of assault and battery with intent to kill and was sentenced on this charge. The judge sentenced Julius to the penitentiary but gave him the option of serving his time working on the Rankin County Farm, which he accepted. The other five indictments were not processed."

Story located in the book: "Wild Bill Sullivan - The King of the Hollow." Written by Ann R. Hammons. Cited in the book was "Noted Feudists on Convict Farm" Laurel Chronicle October 1, 1904
Sullivan, Julius Evander (I2464)
9 "Orlando Jack , enlisted in 1864 and served under Captain Bill Vinzant in Ewall's Guard"
Sullivan, Jack "Orlando Jack" (I1741)
10 "Pappy"
Sullivan, Thomas "Pappy Tom" Jr. (I1205)
11 "Samuel R Sullivan enrolled as a private in Company C, 8th Regiment, with Captain Ward June 1,1861, and was apparently injured or sick most of the time from October, 1862, until the end of the war."

8th Mississippi Infantry Regiment
Company C "True Confederate" of Smith County
Mustered into state service: Raleigh, MS on June 1, 1861
CAPT: William T. Ward, H.W. Crook
1ST LT.: John C. Wilkinson, R.J. Austin
2ND LT.: Cornelius McLaurin
Sullivan, Samuel R (I49)
12 "William Walling, while living in Richland District, SC, enlisted in 1777 or 1778 and served at various times during the Revolution, accounting to 7 months and 20 days in all, as Private and Sergeant, with the South Carolina Troops under Lte. Timothy Reaven, Joel Adams, David McCord, James Labney, Capt John Cook, Cols Robert Goodwin and Thomas Taylor. He was in the Battle of Stone Ferry. For his services, he was granted pension #22450 and his pension was continued to his widow, Lydia Walling, after his death. His name is listed on the monument honoring Revolutionary soldiers who lived in Madison County, Alabama after the Revolutionary War, which is listed at the old court house in Huntsville."

National Society, Sons of the American Revolution, Alabama Chapter application, completed 1965 by Oths Bernon Wilson
Walling, William Sr (I458)
13 <i>Applications for Headstones for U.S. Military Veterans, 1925-1941.</i> Microfilm publication M1916, 134 rolls. ARC ID: <a href="">596118</a>. Records of the Office of the Quartermaster General, Record Group 92. National Archives at Washington, D.C.<p><i>Applications for Headstones, compiled 01/01/1925 - 06/30/1970, documenting the period ca. 1776 - 1970</i> ARC: <a href="">596118</a>. Records of the Office of the Quartermaster General, 1774–1985, Record Group 92. National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C.</p> Source (S49)
14 "Alabama Deaths and Burials, 1881–1952." Index. FamilySearch, Salt Lake City, Utah, 2009, 2010. Index entries derived from digital copies of original and compiled records. Source (S43)
15 1860 U.S. census, population schedule. NARA microfilm publication M653, 1,438 rolls. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d. Source (S60)
16 1861 - 1865 Served with Company C, 8th Mississippi Infantry Regiment. Served at Murfreesborough and Atlanta, wounded at Murfreesborough. There was also a record for E. Sullivan in the 46th Mississippi Infantry Regiment, which had a Smith County Company. Made a statement about war service on August 30, 1912.
Sullivan, Thomas Ephraim "Big Bud" (I2329)
17 1861-1865-2nd Regular Mississippi Partisan Rangers, COM I
Cain, Johnson Wyley (I1592)
18 Find A Grave. Find A Grave. accessed 18 January 2013. Source (S83)
19 Sons of the American Revolution Membership Applications, 1889-1970. Louisville, Kentucky: National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution. Microfilm, 508 rolls. Source (S76)
20 Voter Registration Lists, Public Record Filings, Historical Residential Records, and Other Household Database ListingsSource (S79)

"Alabama Deaths and Burials, 1881–1952." Index. FamilySearch, Salt Lake City, Utah, 2009, 2010. Index entries derived from digital copies of original and compiled records.

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  • 1870 U.S. census, population schedules. NARA microfilm publication M593, 1,761 rolls. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.
  • Minnesota census schedules for 1870. NARA microfilm publication T132, 13 rolls. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.
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  • Selected Records of the War Department Commissary General of Prisoners Relating to Federal Prisoners of War Confined at Andersonville, GA, 1864-65; (National Archives Microfilm Publication M1303, 6 rolls); Records of the Commissary General of Prisoners, Record Group 249; National Archives, Washington, D.C.
  • Selected Records of the War Department Relating to Confederate Prisoners of War, 1861-1865; (National Archives Microfilm Publication M598, 145 rolls); War Department Collection of Confederate Records, Record Group 109; National Archives, Washington, D.C.
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24 ?????????????

Served in the Spanish American War.
Sullivan, Taylor (I846)
25 Accidentally killed himself while in hiding for killing his uncle, Wilson Sullivan.
Sullivan, Andrew Jackson "Black Jack" Sr (I1382)
26 Accidentally killed himself while in hiding for killing his uncle, Wilson Sullivan. Sullivan, Andrew Jackson "Black Jack" Sr (I1382)
27 According to Thomas’ memories, (he was 80 yrs. at the time), his uncles were all hot-tempered and liked to argue and “scrap” quite a bit and they all belonged to the Ku-Klux-Klan. He remembered his father, Franklin as a severe disciplinarian, but said he was also a good story teller and did beautiful woodwork. Franklin also made most of the coffins in his area. He did not do very well as a farmer however.

When Thomas was about 7 years old, his family moved from Texas, to DeQueen, Arkansas. In 1900, at the age of 16 while living in Bear Creek, Sevier, Arkansas, he was baptized into Christ, and at the age of 21 he helped build the church of Christ in DeQueen, Arkansas. The land was donated by Franklin and Elizabeth and the building was still in use in 1997. It is now called the Smyrna church of Christ, Dequeen, Arkansas.

Late 1906 or early 1907, Thomas (about age 22) was hewing cross ties for the railroad in the DeQueen, Arkansas area with a nine-pound broad ax. He was 5’6” and weighed 120 pounds. After hewing six cross-ties in one day, Thomas decided to do something else with his life. That same evening, after working all day, he bathed, packed and left for Texas where his brother James Madison Cain (Jimmy) was living.
Thomas was fine boned, but strong, wiry and tough. He was also quick-tempered and never backed down. His hair was a fine texture, and the color of taffy candy (a pure and delicate blonde). His eyes were a very clear, sparkling blue which he inherited from his mother.

Thomas owned a surrey while in Fannin County -- a two-seater, with a flat, fringed canvas top. The surrey had wooden spoke wheels and the entire rig was painted black and was pulled by two matched bay horses named Jim and Dan (Dan was a Stallion). On Saturday evenings Thomas would clean up the surrey and then on Sunday mornings the family would all drive into town to church. But, before they could leave for church, Thomas would give haircuts to any of the neighbors who stopped by on their way to town. The family had to hurry every week to get to the meeting on time because Thomas had so many haircuts to do.
Around 1919, Thomas and Susie decided to move to the plains of Texas. Thomas sold the surrey and bought a high-wheel wagon approximately 4 feet wide and 10' to 12' in length. He also bought a wagon sheet and bows to make a covered wagon for the 450 mile journey. They took cooking utensils, food supplies, bedding, clothes, and the five children that had been born to them by that time, and started out toward Lubbock. The first night, while dinner was cooking, a wind storm kept putting out the cook fire. A tomato, onion and potato soup was started but couldn't get cooked so they had to pick out the raw potatoes and onion and just eat the canned tomatoes out of the soup. The storm continued to blow all night and Thomas had to stay awake and hold a brace against the wagon bows to keep them from breaking. A little further on in the trip, one of the horses (Jim) got sick and the Cain family had to stay with some people at a farmhouse along the way for about a week until the horse got better. They then continued their journey, averaging 18-20 miles per day. The entire trip took approximately 30 days including the stop-over. They crossed the Red River which borders Arkansas, Texas, and Oklahoma and then settled on government leased land.
Their farm was near a big sheep ranch -- in range country near Idalou, Texas and near enough to the Red River that Thomas could walk over and fish. This was dry farming (reliance upon the weather for water, not irrigation), and Thomas raised cotton and grain (Maize). The family stayed there one year and Daisy Ruth was born on January 13, 1920.
The family then moved to land near Petersburg, Hale County, Texas and did share-crop farming (1/4 of the crop goes back to the landowner for rent). They stayed there one year and Lillie Pearl was born on September 14, 1921.
Early in 1922 the family moved 5 or 6 miles closer to Abernathy, Texas and farmed the "Ross Place" which belonged to "old Brother Ross", a preacher from Idalou, Texas. They share-cropped the Ross Place for 4 years. Lakeview schoolhouse was about 4 miles away from the farm and the church of Christ met there on Sundays. The family went together by wagon and sometimes took a lunch and ate under the shade trees. Ethel May was born on May 25, 1924.
In late 1925 or early in 1926, Thomas bought a 1/2 Section (320 acres) of virgin soil northwest of Abernathy, in Hale County, Texas. The ground had to be broken up and put into cultivation for the first time by using a six-horse team and plow. They had rain and harvested good pay crops. By this time Thomas and Susie owned 20 head of Jersey milk cows plus calves; 36 head of horses and mules; 12 hogs (Durock red hogs that weighed approximately 600 pounds each); and 350 Rhode Island Red laying hens that were "state accredited." There was a surplus of eggs and cream, and during the first year, Thomas would travel into Abernathy once a week to sell the surplus and purchase needed supplies. It took all day to go to town in the wagon and return home. One son, Robert Henry (Hank) was born on June 28, 1926.
In 1927, Thomas bought his first car -- a used 1922 or 1923 Dodge. It was a black high top with metal disk wheels and it had four doors. The doors opened out --together-- on each side (they were later called suicide doors).
In the fall of 1928, Thomas had made enough money to buy an International Farm-All tractor. The front wheels were steel, 18" to 20" tall, at least 4" wide and they had steel ribs that cut into the dirt. The back wheels were much larger, approximately 50" high, and about 12 inches wide with angled lugs for traction.
Also in 1928, Thomas and Susie’s oldest son Walter hurt his hip on a slide and spent 10 days in the hospital. This injury was to cause Walter severe pain and an abscessing of the hip joint for the next 12 years until it was operated on. It would always give him pain and cause him to limp.
Their house was built in the middle of a 1/2 section of land. (A 1/2 section is 320 acres -- 1/2 mile x 1 mile) The house faced the east and was built of 1" x 12" x 8' planks standing vertically, with a 1" x 4" x 8' board nailed over the joint to keep out the elements. The walls were 8' high with an oval roof. The roof consisted of long boards, 1” x 12”x24', bowed (1' higher in the center) over center support beams. Rolled roofing was then placed over the boards. There were no finished ceilings -- the boards were all open to view. The front and back doors had glass windows and there were also 2' x 4' vertical sliding window panes. The windows in the house were also covered with hail screen to protect them from storms.
Two years later, on June 2nd, 1930, Susie died from gangrene a few days after giving birth to their eleventh child, Ruby Fay on May 28th. Susie’s death was recorded on 6/10/1930, in Hale County, Texas.
Susie's death devastated Thomas and the children. Thomas' sister, Mary, took the sickly newborn infant, Ruby, to her home for many months. When Ruby was 8 months old, Thomas decided that she should come back home to the family and be cared for by her older sisters. Inez, who was then age 11 or 12, dropped out of school and cared for baby Ruby. The task of caring for the baby was also shared by sister Daisy (age 9 or 10) after school. Everyone watched out for Hank and May since they were just toddlers and didn't attend school. They went out to the fields with the rest of the family.
Thomas continued to work the farm for a time after Susie's death. In the fall of 1932, the entire family traveled to Lubbock, Texas. There they bought new winter school and Sunday clothes for all the children with the summer harvest money. Jim had also worked for another farmer for the season and had his entire cash savings stored in their house. Just after their trip to town, while everyone was out of the house, a fire started from a gravity-feed oil burning range that wasn't functioning properly. Daisy had started a fire in the stove for dinner, as she usually did, and then had taken the infant Ruby with her to bring in the cows from the pasture. The rest of the family, except Walter, who had taken a wagon load of cotton several miles away to the gin, was south of the house about 1/4 mile, picking cotton. The oil burners on the stove weren't burning all of the oil properly and it ran out onto the wood board floor. The flame then followed the oil and the house began to burn. By the time Thomas saw the smoke and returned to the house it was nearly engulfed in flames. He didn't know if anyone was inside so he ran in to check and as he exited the front door, he grabbed the 12-gauge shotgun that hung on pegs over the door jamb. The house burned completely to the ground. Thomas had stored Susie's cherished belongings in a trunk in the house. After the fire all he found was a small lump of gold that had been her wedding band. Everything else was gone including Jim’s cash savings.
After the house burned down, Thomas and the children cleaned out a large tool shed and lived there. Thomas worked every waking moment to keep from losing his sanity.
By September of 1933, Thomas and a neighbor, E.B. Toler, went to New Mexico to look for land to buy. They found what they were looking for near Mountainair, (Torreon) New Mexico. Thomas left Texas with $4,400 in cash. He bought a 1/4 section (160 acres) at $19.00 per acre, one mile from the land that E.B. Toler bought. The 1/4 section was 18 miles out of what passed for a town. Thomas went back to Texas and moved his children to New Mexico in a ton and a half truck (taken as partial payment on the Texas land) Hank was seven years old and Ruby was just three. The children had a pup named "Jack", a screw-tail bulldog and Collie mix who moved to New Mexico with them.
The first 1/4 section of land in New Mexico that Thomas purchased included a 4-foot square water well, about 30 feet deep -- lined with logs -- and an adobe house. The house was made with 4 inch logs that stood upright (perpendicular to the ground), and were stuccoed with the local dirt which was a red clay. The clay was mixed with stubble and then applied to the logs to make 8" to 12" thick walls. The roof support beams were logs that were 8 to 10 inches in diameter, placed approximately 6 feet apart. Then, smaller poles of approximately 4 inches in diameter were laid the opposite way. Dirt was thrown up on top to make the roof at least 8 inches thick. Hank remembers lying in bed with several other children and insects dropping out of the mud ceiling on to their blankets. This was a very different way of living for Thomas’s family. It was stark and harsh. In Texas they had been surrounded by family and friends, as neighbors living just down the road. They knew their classmates at school, and felt comfortable with their surroundings.
The first year of farming in New Mexico was 1934. Once again the type of farming was dependant upon the weather. So, the land showed no profit since 1934 was a dry year and there was no irrigation. The family lived off of what Thomas had been able to save back after buying the land and seed.
In 1935 and 1936, the land produced good Pinto bean crops and that made it possible to purchase another 1/4 section across the road from the first 1/4 section that had the house on it. Three other parcels of 50 acres each were eventually added to the farm, and then another 1/4 section. The total acreage was over 1,600 acres. Between 1935 and 1937, over 350 acres was fenced off by Thomas and his sons. He also re-stuccoed the house with a mixture of cement, water and sand (brought in from the salt lakes in Willard, New Mexico).
About that same time, Hank raised a long haired, black and white orphaned newborn pup named Spotty. He kept Spotty by the stove to keep him warm and fed him with an eye dropper to keep him alive. Spotty was part of the family for several years until he was run over by their truck.
The neighbor, E.B. Toler was still farming his land down the road from the Cain’s. His daughter, Rachel, had married a young man named Dick Moorhead. Both families had known the Moorhead family in Texas. They had owned the farm 1/4 mile to the east of the Cain’s farm. Thomas’ daughter Daisy married Avrett Alvin Moorhead (Abe), the brother of Dick in 1937. Daisy and Abe lived west of the schoolhouse about 2 miles SW of her family’s farm.
Early in 1938, Albert worked for Mr. Brown, a farmer near Estancia, New Mexico, but 1938 was another dry year and there were no crops. People were leaving New Mexico and going to California to look for work. Albert and Jim decided to do the same & they left for California in Albert's 1930 Model-A Roadster. Jim worked the fruit ranches in Northern California, while Albert worked on a cattle ranch.
Still in New Mexico, Bill traded 50 acres of his own land to his brother Jim for a 1934 Plymouth. And in July of 1938, Bill, Walter and Elman Toler (E.B.'s son) also left for California.
Pearl had gone to Texas with Abe and Daisy for a visit to the Moorhead family. When they came back to New Mexico they found out that all of the brothers, except the youngest, Hank, had gone to California. Pearl, Daisy and Abe followed two weeks later. They ended up in Fairfield, California working in the fruit orchards. That left May, Hank and Ruby at home with Thomas in New Mexico in 1938. Ruby was just 8 years old. When Hank would go to the fields on the tractor, he would usually take little sister, Ruby with him. She would ride on the tractor with him and they would sing and talk until it was time to go back to the house. Then, Hank would help Ruby with her chores. Thomas also suffered his first heart attack in his early 50’s, around 1937 or 1938.
In Fairfield, Bill, Jim and Walt rented a house together and Pearl lived with them. All of the brothers worked the fruit at the Grother Ranch in the Suisun Valley. Pearl worked in the cutting shed which was seasonal work - off season she kept house and cooked for her brothers. In 1939, Jim went back to New Mexico and farmed with his father, Thomas, on the "home place." He also now owned Bill’s 50 acres of land on the East adjoining his father's property. After the harvest, Jim went back out to California and married Pauline Russell in 1940. During 1940, Albert went to New Mexico and farmed with his father, Thomas. When the harvest was finished, Albert went back out to California to live. Also, on June 7, 1941, Bill married Ella Hall in Reno, Nevada.
Pearl Harbor, December 7, 1941, started Al, Bill, Walt, and Jim working for California defense plants early in 1942. Jim worked in Benicia, while Albert and Bill worked at Mare Island. In May of 1942, Walt also went to work at the Benitia Arsenol. Albert bought a house in Talinnes for $900 and Walt and Pearl lived there for awhile. Walter sent Pearl to Texas on the train in June of 1942, to help her sister Daisy during the birth of her second child, Jackie Deon.
In August 1942, on her way back to California, Pearl stopped off in New Mexico to see her family. During her visit, Hank, who had just turned 16 in June, decided to go to California with her on the train. A few months after arriving back in California, Pearl married Norman Cashen on November 8, 1942. Weeks later, May married R.B. Marchbanks on November 21, 1942 in Lubbock, Texas and then went out to California. During his visit to California, Hank stayed with his brother Jim and wife Pauline; and sister May and husband R.B., and then returned to New Mexico in early December of 1942 to continue farming the “home place” with his dad. Walter married Lorraine Eaton in December of 1942 in California.
In 1943, widower, Thomas Monroe, at age 57, re-met a woman from his past, who was visiting her daughter in New Mexico. They had been neighbors when they were teenagers in Arkansas and gone together a bit. Her name was Iva Alice Stokes Packnett (b. 1/18/1885 Texas - d. 6/15/1962 Calif). After her divorce, they were married on July 4, 1943 in Tahekee, New Mexico. (Near Fourth of July Springs)
During the winter of 1943, at age 17, Hank helped W. T. Toler (E.B. Toler’s brother) move to Washington State. He stayed on in Washington and got a job at the Biles-Coleman Lumber Company in the box factory. The factory cut lumber to different sizes for anything from fruit boxes for the Washington orchards to coffins. On May 1, 1944, still 17 years old,(he was 18 in June), Hank married W.T. Toler’s step-daughter, Martha Lou Toler (nicknamed Bobbie Dean from birth), at the court house, in Okanagon, Washington. Bobbie had just turned 14 on April 6th. (Her mother, Mae Lamb Toler signed papers to allow them to marry as did Thomas.)
In May of 1944, with all of his children gone from New Mexico except daughter Ruby, Thomas sold the "home place" in Torreon, and moved wife, Iva, and 14 year old Ruby into the small city of Mountainair to live. He bought the Coronado Courts, a motel with 8 units, and a Phillips “66" gas station out front. They ran the motel and gas station until Thomas sold out in 1945. He was 61 years old and suffering severely from Arthritis. He was under doctor’s care and in continuous pain. He had changed his eating habits, and ate only bland oatmeal (no sugar or salt) and other bland foods. He stopped eating acidic foods such as tomatoes (he even had a little wheel that told him what was acidic and what was not). But the cold winters still disabled him, so he decided to move to a desert clime.
Thomas, Iva and Ruby moved to Blythe, California in December of 1945. Thomas worked several jobs in Blythe, including working at a “76” service station on Hobsenway and Broadway. Eventually he went into partnership with Jack Roe and bought a gas station in East Blythe called the 60/70. It was so named because Highway 60 and Highway 70 came together at Blythe.
Later he purchased 5 houses on the corner of Rice and Spring streets in the city of Blythe as rental income properties and lived at 222 S. Spring. He also purchased a house on South Broadway 1 mile south of town. In 1946, Thomas also purchased 60 acres of land out on 20th Avenue in the Palo Verde Valley near Ripley, to farm.
About 1946, son Bill and his wife Ella (Hall) and family moved to Blythe to see if the desert climate would be good for their son Albert’s Asthma. Thomas sold the house he owned on S. Broadway to them and moved to a house on 18th Avenue 3 miles south of Blythe. He farmed the 60 acres on 20th Avenue and years later would sell that acreage to son Hank.
In August of 1947 Hank and Bobbie surprised his dad by driving into the gas station where Thomas worked and telling him they were moving to Blythe and that Bobbie was pregnant with their first child. They moved into one of the houses Thomas owned on Rice and Spring streets. In September of 1947, Ella went back to Napa to have son Larry so she could be near her parents and then returned to Blythe a few months later.
Ruby met Robert “Bob” Brooks at the Safeway grocery store where he worked in Blythe, and married him after church, on a Sunday morning, December 5, 1948. She was 18 years old.
In 1949 or 1950, Bill moved back to the Northern California area where his wife Ella’s family (the Halls) lived. They settled in Napa, California and raised their family.
In 1950 Thomas sold the rental property on Rice and Spring streets in Blythe to Hank and continued farming, and Ruby and Bob moved 125 miles away to Banning, California in 1953. Several years later, in 1957 they moved to Pomona, California where Bob continued to work for the Safeway grocery store chain. Their address was 941 E. Monterey.
About 1956, Hank had an accident at the cotton gin where he was working in Blythe that blinded his left eye. After a long stay in the hospital in Los Angeles and Riverside, plus a time of recuperation with his sister Ruby, he decided to move his family to Pomona. He also took advantage of training through California State Disability and went back to school to be a TV technician. He still owned the 60 acre farm in Blythe and eventually added more acreage and spent many weekends driving the long distances from his home in Pomona to Blythe to work the crops and check on the rental property he still owned there.
Thomas suffered a second heart attack in 1956 or early 1957 and could not continue farming and living in Blythe because of the desert heat. (His first heart attack had been in New Mexico.) Around 1958 he and Iva bought a two bedroom house in the cooler clime of Pomona, California where both Hank and Ruby were living. The back yard was big enough that Tom could raise thirty to forty beautiful rose bushes, as well as many other plants. There were always Johnny Jump-Ups (Violas-purple and yellow) planted around the base of the clothesline poles behind the detached garage.
Every day at noon, Iva and Thomas would eat their lunch in front of the television while they watched the soap opera, “As the World Turns.” The program gave them a discussion topic for the rest of the day.
Iva broke her hip in a fall from the porch of their house in Pomona and seemed to be recovering. However, June 15, 1963 Iva passed away from a blood clot in her brain. Her family came from Washington, Texas New Mexico and California to comfort Thomas and attend her funeral.
In early 1967, Ruby and family moved from Pomona to Redding, California. Thomas continued to watch “As the World Turns” every day until he died in April of 1979 - and every day he would try to outguess the writers.
Hank went to work for Sears in Pomona as a TV technician after technical school and was later divorced from Bobbie in 1965. He was badly hurt in an accident a couple of years later, when his Sears work van was hit by a teenager that ran a red light. After his recovery, Hank married Martha Jean Taylor and was given full custody of his three minor children.
In 1969 Hank and his second wife, Martha Jean and his children, Keith, Patty and Mark moved from Pomona to Cherry Valley, California. Darlene had already married in 1967 in Pomona.
Having no family left in Pomona, Thomas moved to Cherry Valley as well, and lived in a mobile home on Hank’s property until his death on April 1, 1979 at the age of 94. Thomas was always very proud of the fact that he continued to live by himself in his own place until his death. He was a cordial man in his later years and had mellowed from that quick-tempered young man of his youth. Thomas Monroe Cain: (These figures are not any where near correct! But it’s a beginning.) 39 grandchildren (36 living), 72 great-grandchildren, and an undetermined number of great, great grandchildren as of this writing. Revision date: 2/08/2014

Tom and Iva lived and grew up together in DeQueen, AR. They would have been married, but Tom dragged his feet too long, and Iva married Eugene and they moved away. Sisie passed away when her youngest of 10 children with Tom (5 boys, 5 girls), Ruby was 5 days old. Susie died June 2, 1930. After Eugene had passed away, Iva went to help her daughter, Edris when my father Bulen was born. While there in New Mexico, one Of Edris's children was telling everyone that "grandma was in town". Tom happened to be there and asked who grandma was. When he found out that it was Iva, he went to see her and it was like they had never been apart. They married shortly thereafter. Ruby knew Iva as "mother" since her own mother had never had the opportunity to raise her. I spoke wth her Aug. 27, 2008. She told me 6 of them were still living. I asked about the pin that Iva had worn at her wedding to Tom and she said that pin was Iva's "something borrowed" and that she had borrowed it from Elsa. Ruby was the one who laid both Iva and Tom to rest in Pamona, CA in a mosoleum. Tom was Thomas Monroe Cain, and his father was Franklin Monroe Cain.
Cain, Thomas Monroe (I1549)
28 According to various sources, Loderick was the only son Thomas Sullivan and a woman who also had an older daughter named Mary "Polly" Workman. Her name is unknown and is referred to as the mother of Polly Workman. The older daughter became the mother of 11 of Thomas Sullivan's children. Therefore Loderick was uncle and half-brother to the other children.

Originally printed in Collier's - March 17, 1945 magazine article in "The Sullivan's Hollow" by Harry Henderson & Sam Shaw. Unfolding the Bang-Bang History of Mississippi's Most Legendary Family, and how they got that way.

...the following was written about Loderick Sullivan and his descendents.

Otherwise, things have been relatively quiet in recent years. Most of the Sullivans are as quiet and respectable as anyone you know. Few people could he more respectable than the Lod (Loderick) Sullivans, who were run out of the Hollow by Wild Bill, according to Lod's grandson, Kylie. Lod moved sixteen miles north where he built a new cabin and later a school. Most of his descendants have since turned out to be either ministers or teachers. They are known as the "preachin', teachin' Sullivans" and are regarded as something quite different from an ordinary Hollow Sullivan. They are also the branch of the family which has moved into the outside world. One is Rev. W. L. Sullivan, minister of one of the largest Baptist congregations in Natchez. Another, J. E. Sullivan, is superintendent of schools at Meadville.
Sullivan, Loderick (I1925)
29 Age: 77 Howell, Leroy "Jack" Hunter (I263)
30 Age: 87 Walling, Lela Vernon (I1948)
31 Age: 87, buried Clear Creek Baptist Church Cemetery Windham, Albert Columbus "Polk" (I2761)
32 Alex Sullivan Cemetary Howell, Dovie Jane (I172)
33 Alex Sullivan Cemetary Howell, John Burley (I611)
34 Alex Sullivan Cemetary Pickering, George Washington (I558)
35 Alex Sullivan Cemetary Sullivan, Harvey Lovell (I2226)
36 Alex Sullivan Cemetary Sullivan, Mark Alexander "Mack" (I627)
37 Alex Sullivan Cemetary Sullivan, Martha Adeline "Addie" (I1001)
38 Alex Sullivan Cemetary Sullivan, Mary Beryl (I1641)
39 Alex Sullivan Cemetary Sullivan, Shelford Bush "Shep" (I847)
40 Alex Sullivan Cemetary Sullivan, Virginia Estelle "Stelle" (I628)
41 Alex Sullivan Cemetary, Mize, Smith County, Mississippi, USA Sullivan, Arthur Floyd (I2491)
42 Alex Sullivan Cemetery Howell, Clyde Kenneth (I501)
43 Arthur worked for L&N Railroad and he died on a train. Drake, Arthur Patton (I1144)
44 Assassinated Sullivan, W Taylor (I421)
45 Banks, Ray, comp.. World War I Civilian Draft RegistrationsSource (S78)
46 Barton Cemetary, Lucedale, George County, Mississippi, USA Howell, Robert Craven (I517)
47 bd Aug 1892 on 1900 Census Sullivan, Chester Fredrick (I1197)
48 Benjamin Weeks was born on 4 April 1685 in Falmouth, Massachusetts, and as an adult operated the ferry between Falmouth and Martha's Vineyard. He married Mary Chase at Martha's Vineyard on 14 January 1704. Mary was born in Tisbury, Ma., on 17 January 1687. The ancestry of Benjamin and Mary is still open to question though it is certain that they count among their forebears the early Pilgrim and Puritan settlers of Massachusetts Bay Colony. As more settlers flocked to the Bay area good arable land grew scarcer, forcing the children and grandchildren of the original colonists to seek elsewhere for the means with which to support their families. The newly-established Carolinas answered this need with the promise of plentiful land and a gentler climate to those of an ambitious and pioneering spirit. Benjamin and Mary were among such a group of kinsmen and neighbors from the Falmouth region who migrated together to the White Oak River area of eastern North Carolina. Court records first indicate the presence of Benjamin and Mary in the area in 1741 though it is thought they had arrived as early as 1730. The Weeks family obtained land in Carteret County on Hadnots Creek at its confluence with White Oak River and set up housekeeping. Their grown children and other relatives and former Falmouth neighbors were soon established on lands of their own on both sides of the river. Benjamin died in 1744 and left the following will. All the children named in the will were born in Falmouth. BENJAMIN WEEKS' WILL In the Name of God Amen, ys. Ninth Day of November in the Year of our Lord, One thousand, seven hundred & Forty Four. I, Benjamin Weeks, of Cartwright County, in North Carolina, being of sick and weak Body, but of Perfect Mind & Memory, Thanks be given unto almighty God for it, & Knowing it is appointed for all Men Once to Die, do make & ordain this to be my last Will & Testament, that is to say; First of all I give my Sole into the Hands of God that gave it; & for my body, I recommend to the Earth to be buried in a Christian like manner at the Discretion of my Executors, Nothing Doubting but at the General Resurrection I shal receive the same again by the mighty Power of God that gave it; And as for Touching such Worldly Estate wherewith if has pleased God to bless me with, I give & Dispose of the same in the Manner & form following. Item, I give and bequeath unto my two sons, Isaac Weeks & Jabas Weeks, the Tract of Land that I now dwell on with the March thereunto belonging, to be Equally divided between them and their Heirs & Assigns for Ever. That is to say, my son Jabas to have that Part of the Land that the Plantation & Houses is on, and Isaac to have the other Part with half the Marsh. Item, I give to my Son, Theoflis Weaks, One Shilling, Sterling. Item, I give to my Son, Archelas, One Shilling, Sterling. Item, I give to my Son, Bingman, One Shilling, Sterling. Item, I give to my Daughter, Lidde Witton, One Shilling, Sterling. Item, I give to my Dafter, Mary Williams, One Shilling, Sterling. Item, I give to my Dafter, Christian Weake, One Shilling, Sterling. Item, I give to my Dafter, Thankful Hicks, One Shilling, Sterling. Item, I give to my Dafter, Elizabeth Weake, One Shilling, Sterling. Item, my Will & Desire is for my Wife to have the Plantation in her Lifetime. Item, my Will and Desire is that my two Sons, Isaac & Jabas, do Each of them pay unto my Grand Son Edward Weaks, the Sum of Ten Pounds, current money of Carolina, & upon Failure thereof to be Dispossessed of the Land before given. Item, I give unto my well beloved wife, Mary Weake, Two Beds & Furniture, Two Cows & Horses, and all other Household Goods & all the Remaining Part of my Estate that is not yet given During her Widowhood, She Paying all my Lawful Debts. I also Depute and apoint my sd. Wife to be my whole & sole Executor of this my last Will and Testament, Ratifying and alowing this & no other to be my last Will & Testament, Disanulling all other Wills formarly by me made.In Testimony hereunto I have Set my Hand & Seal the year and date written above.His MarkSigned: BENJAMIN (B) WEEKS
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49 Bill farmed with his father in Texas and New Mexico during his younger years. He was 19 when the family moved to New Mexico. In July of 1938, Bill, Walter and Elman Toler (E.B.’s son) followed Albert and Jim out to Northern California looking for work. They traveled in a 1934 Plymouth that Bill traded his 50 acres to Jim for. In Fairfield, Bill Jim and Walt rented a house together and Pearl lived with them. All of the brothers worked the fruit at the Grother Ranch in the Suisun Valley. And Pearl worked in the cutting shed during the season and otherwise kept house for her brothers.
When Bill was 25 years old he married Ella Blanche Hall on June 7, 1941 in Reno, Nevada. The bombing of Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941 started him working for California’s Mare Island Navy Defense Plant in early 1942. He worked at Mare Island from 1942 thru 1945. After WW II, around 1946, Bill and Ella moved to Blythe, California to see if the desert climate would help their son Albert’s Asthma. In September of 1947, Ella returned to Northern California to be near her parents for the birth of son, Larry. She returned to Blythe after a couple of months. They moved to Napa, California in 1948 or 1950 and settled there. Bill went to work for Travis Air Force Base in Fairfield, California. Bill and Ella had five sons:
Cain, William Tommy (I2072)
50 Black Dutch
Dickerson, Toney (I1858)

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