Catherine SULLIVAN (nee RIORDAN) (1831-1917) - Foxton
for Kiwikane's query 6 Nov 2012...
taken from the book Irish Migrants in New Zealand, 1840-1937: 'The Desired Haven'
CATHERINE SULLIVAN (nee RIORDAN)
... Catherine Sullivan was probably born on 17 March 1831 to Patrick Riordan and Mary Brown of County Limerick. Little is known about her own family, but her husband John Sullivan, whom she married on 17 November 1855, was the son of Cornelius Sullivan and Mary Lynch who had married on July 1827 at the Catholic church in Ballingarry, County Limerick. John was brought up in a house located in the townland of Common, County Limerick rented for 10 shillings per annum.
The Sullivans were assisted to New Zealand with their five children in January 1874 on the "Wennington" bound for Wellington. The family settled at Foxton, Manawatu, renowned for its flax industry and known colloquially as the town of 'flax, fires and fleas'.
The sole surviving letter from Catherine Sullivan so far to come to light was written to her brother-in-law in Ballingarry in 1905 informing him of his brother John's death in April the year previous.
Three years before her death on 22 February 1917 at 86 years of age, Catherine had relocated to live with her daughter Margaret and son-in-law Michael Spelman at Raumai, Palmerston North.
Catherine Sullivan's obituary proclaimed her as 'one of the pioneers of the Foxton district ... well known and highly respected throughout the Manawatu.
(Her last address was Pohangina)
24 Feb 1917 - Wairarapa Daily Times
... The death is announced of Mrs Catherine Sullivan, which occurred at the residence of her daughter, Mrs M. Spelman, of Raumai, yesterday at the advanced age of 86 years. The deceased lady was well known throughout this district and Foxton, having been a resident of the latter place for many years, removing to Raumai some three years ago. her husband predeceased her twelve years ago.
The late Mrs Sullivan leaces a grown up family of six daughters and one son, and a very large circle of friends to mourn her loss. The funeral took place at Foxton to-day
Catherine was buried two days after her death beside her husband
- they are in in Roman Catholic, Block 2, Plot 41, at Foxton
• Michael SPELMAN + Margaret O'SULLIVAN
• Patrick SPELMAN + Bridget SULLIVAN
• SPELMAN - SPELLMAN buried in Palmerston North
• SULLIVAN buried Foxton, Manawatu
• 'residents' of ASHHURST cemetery
HEADSTONE of John & Catherine Sullivan
Roman Catholic Block 2 Plot 40 at Foxton cemetery