Skip to main content

Sullivan Family Collection

Identifier: 2015.001

Scope and Contents

Containing over 300 items, the Sullivan Family Collection features an assortment of checks, bills, promissory notes, receipts, deeds, and related documents. Patrick Sullivan, Sr., was a capitalist in Clarksville from the latter half of the nineteenth century until his death in 1906. Deeds, promissory notes, tax receipts, and checks show Sullivan's business dealings in the area. Sullivan, along with his wife Honora, accumulated numerous properties in Clarksville. Honora, intemittently listed as Hanorah, Hannah, and Nora, served as executor of her husband's will and survived him by fourteen years. Their daughter Ellen married P.J. Moran; thus, the Morans and Sullivans appear together in tax records. Following the death of her brother William Sullivan in 1907, Ellen Moran inherited real estate valued at $6,000. In 1928, records show Ellen as the owner of a building on Strawberry Street (now Strawberry Alley). A mix of city and county tax receipts further reveal the property holdings of Ellen Moran and family members through 1939.

The Sullivan Family Collection provides a glimpse into late 19th to early 20th-century Clarksville through one family's documents. The Morans and Sullivans frequented local businesses, including Brenner Furniture Company, Dickson-Sadler Company, and Gossett & Rollow on Franklin Street. In addition to a furniture department, Gossett & Rollow provided arrangements for funerals. T.E. McReynolds, Gossett & Rollow's predecessor, occupied the same 125 Franklin Street location and also offered both furniture and undertaking/embalming servives. Papers within this collection show both the Morans and Sullivans opening lines of credit at these buisnesses. For example, through monthly payments at Dickson-Sadler Company, Ellen Moran purchased a piano. The Sullivans were one of the prominent Catholic families in turn-of-the-century Clarksville. Part of the Sullivan Family Collection includes Catholic religious materials, such as small devotional books and pamphlets, dating primarily to the 1930s and 1940s.


  • 1858 - 1961

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research use.

Conditions Governing Use

Some material may be copyrighted or restricted. It is the patron's obligation to determine and satisfy copyright or other case restrictions when publishing or otherwise distributing materials found in the collections.

Biographical / Historical

In 2015, Archivist Jill Hastings-Johnson acquired and donated the Sullivan Family Collection to the Montgomery County Archives.


0.834 Linear Feet

Language of Materials



The Sullivan Family Collection was donated by Jill Hastings-Johnson in 2015. The collection contains over 300 items, dating from 1858 to 1961, arranged into two boxes.


Arranged into 6 series: Series I: Checks and Promissory Notes Series II: Legal Documents Series III: Account Bills and Receipts (Business) Series IV: Tax Receipts (City and County) Series V: Catholic Religious Materials Series VI: Miscellaneous

Custodial History

An antique dealer in East Tennessee contacted Jill Hastings-Johnson, the Montgomery County Archivist, about this collection of Sullivan Family Documents. Hastings-Johnson acquired and donated this collection to the Archvies in late 2015.

Processing Information

The items were originally stored in a single box. The arrangement scheme for this collection was imposed during processing in the absence of a usable original order. The Sullivan Family Collection is now arranged into six series based on material type. All paper clips and staples were also detached from items before being placed into folders and boxes. All photographs are stored in the Archives Photograph Collection.

The Sullivan Family Collection
Jenna Stout
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description

Repository Details

Part of the Montgomery County Archives Repository

350 Pageant Lane
Suite 101D
Clarksville Tennessee 30741 United States