"Tribute to Civil War Veterans"

Van Zandt County Genealogical Society

Civil War Veterans Obituaries


We would like to share with researchers our Tribute to Civil War Veterans who lived out their lives in Van Zandt County. Many came here from other states. The following is an obituary found in the collection of old newspapers on microfilm in the Library of Genealogy and Local History, Canton, TX. If you have an obituary of a Civil War Veteran ancestor and would like to share, please contact Sibyl. We would be happy to add your material to this site.


Elijah Sullivan

Wills Point Chronicle

20 Feb 1913

"A Pioneer Van Zandter Dies At Cedar Grove"

Mr. Elijah Sullivan died at his late residence in the Cedar Grove community, five miles northwest of Wills Point, last Wednesday evening, Feb. 12, 1913, at 9:45 o'clock, death resulting from appendicitis after an illness of about a week's duration. The remains were interred in the Cedar Grove cemetery Friday afternoon at 2 o'clock, the funeral services being conducted by the Masonic lodge, assisted by Rev. Geo. F. Robertson, pastor of the Wills Point Presbyterian church. A large number of neighbors and friends were present to pay a last tribute of respect to the deceased.

Elijah Sullivan was a native Texan and a pioneer Van Zandter, being one of the oldest, if not the oldest settler in this county. He was born in Red River county, Texas, February 26, 1841, and came to Van Zandt county with his father, Adam Sullivan, and family in 1844, when he was only three years of age and has resided in this county since. He received his education under the trying conditions of the early settler, his father building the first school house and hiring the teacher.

Mr. Sullivan enlisted in Dallas as a Confederate soldier in July, 1861, Company G., Third Texas Cavalry, Ross' Brigade. His first service was a forced march to Spingfield, MO, where they joined Gen. Price. He was in Wilson's Creek battle August 10, following. He was in more than fifty general engagements, including Blue Ridge, Prairie Grove, Mansfield, and Pleasant Hill. He enjoyed good health throughout and never received a wound of any kind. He was a typical Southerner and a believer in Texas and her future.

In May, 1865, Mr. Sullivan was married to Miss Mattie Huff. She became the mother of ten children, all of whom are still living. She died Sept. 3, 1886. On April 29, 1896, Mr. Sullivan was united in marriage to Miss Estelle Hill, who survives him. The surviving children are: Mrs. W.D. Irby, Graham, Okla.; Dr. W.R. Sullivan, San Antonio; A.A. Sullivan, Fort Worth; Mrs. C.L. Feagan, Fort Worth; Mrs. S.E. Gray, Dallas; D.H. Sullivan, Leland, Miss.; J. A. Sullivan, Dallas; Mrs. R.F. Briggs, Cedar Grove; Mrs. J.A. Burrow, Royal, OKla.; and S.A. Sullivan, Dallas. All of the children except the two last named attended the funeral. The following were also present: S.E. Gray and children; Dallas; C.L. Feagan, Fort Worth; Mrs. S.A. Sullivan and son, Fort Worth; Miss May Sullivan, Leland, Miss., and Master Robert Irby, Graham, Okla.

Mr. Sullivan was a constistent Christian, being a member of the Presbyterian church; and a useful citizen and good neighbor. He was a Mason.


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