This is the third part of a story I wrote about in my columns on Oct. 14, 2011 and Oct. 21, 2011. More than likely, there will be a Part IV.
This is about a cemetery plot at Prince George Winyah Episcopal Church which contains five graves: Sarah A. Sullivan, who died in 1922; her sister Catherine S. McFeely, who died in 1884; Catherine’s husband John T. McFeely, who died in 1869; their son John T.McFeely, who died in 1898; and Daniel J. Crowley, who died in 1913.
Daniel, who came to Georgetown from the Catholic Orphanage Home in Charleston at the age of 12 or 13, became one of Georgetown’s most prosperous businessmen. He never married and left no children.
Catherine and John McFeely, who took Daniel in and gave him a job in their retail store, had only one child of their own, John.
As far as I know, John never married and died at the age of 29 at The St. Francis Infirmary in Charleston.
His death record shows that he died of “rupture of a blood vessel in the heart.”
That, of course, leaves Sarah.
Sarah never married and had no children, but early newspaper articles suggest that Sarah’s relationship with Daniel Crowley was as close as mother and son.
Sarah Sullivan was the last of the circle of five to die.
Her will, dated Aug. 26, 1918, shows just how prosperous and generous she was. Some of the bequests:
• $500 to “Sister Marceline” of the Charleston City Male Orphanage
• $500 to Agnes Crowley, cousin of Daniel Crowley
• $500 each to Jack and Louise Arrowsmith
• $500 to Rene Y. Cathou
• $500 to Patrick Gleason
• $500 to niece, “Sister Mary M. Callista”, born Catherine Sullivan, teacher in convent in Kansas
• $500 to niece, “Sister Loretta”, born Mary Sullivan, St. Mary’s Hospital, Newark, New Jersey
• $500 to Miss Fannie(?) Lynch of Kingstree
• $1,000 to Miss Katie Morgan of Georgetown
• Lot and building at 109 Broad St. to Mrs. Agnes M. Wasdin
• $1,000 to cousin Julia Gleason
• $500 to Wilson B. Arnholter
• $500 to Gustav Adolph Lohre (?)
• $500 to Mrs. Albert V. Green of Charleston
• $500 to St. Mary’s Catholic Church
• lot and buildings at 293 Cleland St. to Clara Gallant, colored
• $200 to Dianna Clayville, colored
• $200 to Titus Johnson, colored
• $500 to namesake, Sarah Sullivan McQuade
• two suitable glass memorial windows to be placed in St. Mary’s Catholic Church in memory of Daniel J. Crowley and in her memory
• a suitable monument for her grave
• $500 to Father Charles D. Wood of Florence, pastor of St. Mary’s Catholic Church
• all of the remainder to her brother, Daniel Sullivan of Ballinamore, County of Tipperary, Ireland, and to her nephew, John Sullivan, son of Patrick Sullivan
The fascination of this circle of five started when Margaret O’Sullivan Byrne, of Ireland, inquired about this cemetery plot. Margaret is the granddaughter of John Sullivan, Sarah and Catherine’s nephew.
John came to Georgetown in 1934 to settle Sarah’s estate.
Margaret also pointed out the beautiful stained glass windows at St. Mary’s inscribed with the names Daniel J. Crowley, Catherine S. McFeely, John T. McFeely, and Sarah A. Sullivan.
There’s so much more to tell, but I’ve run out of space. Stay tuned.
To Margaret O’Sullivan ... thanks for the memories.
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