Re: [Genealogy Research Club] Doris Eileen Allen O'Sullivan 1912? - 2003
- Tara, Have you tried to get copies of the NYPD pension documents or even the employment documents? Have you reviewed city directories to find out when both were listed for an approximate marriage date? What about religion - there might be a record at a church of either their membership or even the marriage, baptism of children, etc.
Hope this helps, Mary
--- On Thu, 7/3/08, Tara Cucci <arizonacuccis@...> wrote:
From: Tara Cucci <arizonacuccis@...>
Subject: [Genealogy Research Club] Doris Eileen Allen O'Sullivan 1912? - 2003
Date: Thursday, July 3, 2008, 8:15 AM
I'm new to the group and was hoping that someone could help point me in
the right direction!
I had a very mysterious great-grandmother, and have been trying to find
information on her past for years. No elder family members, including
my grandfather and great-aunt, ever saw or found any official records,
and now I cannot find her either! We think she may have been a runaway.
Her name is Doris Eileen Allen, born Mar 1910-1912 (she lied about her
age and it always changed!). She said she was born in Oklahoma, but
she later claimed New Jersey and New York. She says that her mother's
name was Ellen Clark/Clarke and father was William Allen. I searched
census records for 1910, 20 and 30, but haven't found anything that
looked like a match. She always said her mother died on Christmas Day
when she was a little girl (so I'm guessing 1915-25?) She also claims
that her family moved to Oklahoma (from Ireland) and homesteaded during
the Irish Potato Famine (just like the movie "far and away" with Tom
She claims to have married John J O'Sullivan in New York City. She had
two children with him, Michael J O'Sullivan (born 8 Sep 1932, Long
Island, NY) and Joan P O'Sullivan (born Aug 1931, Long Island, NY), but
no records of their marriage have materialized. Upon her death, we did
discover that she was receiving pension from the NYPD (my great-
grandfather died in the 1940s sometime while serving as a motorcycle
patrolman for NYPD).
She died on 10 Dec 2003 in Orange County, California.
Any suggestions on where to look next? I'd like to continue researching
the family tree, but it stops at my shady great-grandma!
Any help would be greatly appreciated.
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