Kelly (Sullivan) Rishor

Kelly (Sullivan) Rishor

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Kelly J. Rishor formerly Sullivan
Born 1950s.
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Daughter of and [private mother (1930s - unknown)]
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Hi all,

My name, Kelly Joleen Sullivan, is obviously Irish and for years I've tried to find the exact locations in Ireland my ancestors emigrated from. Recently, I found paternal ancestry from Ulster Ireland, and the "dark Irish" heritage came to light. As a young girl, I remember my father talking about the differences of black haired, dark skinned Irish and Mom's family being red headed, freckled faced Irish. Lucky me, I have all the traits mentioned here!

While I do know that "Dark Irish" is rumored to be of religious historical origin, or relating to poor heritages of Irish immigrants and the stories that bounce around year after year, I personally believe it was more about physicality and nothing more.

Moving on, from what I know, Dad's family was originally from Ulster Ireland, migrated from New York to Louisiana and then settled in California. Through maternal marriages, he picked up relations from Daniel Boone's brother George Boone. Also, Irish immigrant Elisha Warren Holmes, Sr, settler George Calvert Yount and Philip Stone born 1220 in Ardleigh, Essex, England.

Mom's family was from England and the Woolsey line. (One of the most frustrating geological adventures to date. So many trees full of mistakes that it has been a nightmare to allocate profiles). With her heritage Irish, Welsh and English, we are connected to Cornell, Cheesbrough, Allen, Ault, Thomas, Case, and Woolsey. Her Grandmother traveled from Kansas to Wyoming by stage coach. Most of the men worked in the coal mines. Little by little, they moved away. Oregon is where mom was raised. After marriage, my parents settled in California.

Which brings me to my childhood. We lived in Santa Barbara, well, Goleta. A medium sized family with five kids. We played outside until dark, ate dinners at the table and used words like "please" and "thank you."

We all looked so much alike, and went boy, girl, boy, girl, boy in birth order and were each one year apart in age. The middle brother was born a day after our Dad's birthday date and he teased Mom, "You missed my Birthday." The next year... I was born...on Dad's Birthday! One Sunday morning we all went to a pancake house downtown and a woman asked my parents, "Oh my, they all looks so much alike, are they twins?" My parents laughed about that question for years.

Santa Barbara was a lovely place and we all grew up to be hard working adults. Because we are all still living, that is all I will say about the kids.

For several years I've used and for research (not as a premium $$ member) and have built a tree of over 1000 family members. The tree growing excites my daughter and she too wants to grow trees, so I hope with the help of WikiTree, we could all use one platform to plant our roots. We are very diligent in our documentations and hope others will benefit as we add and edit data. I think I'm getting the hang of formatting profiles. Hair pulling tediousness.

Anyway, I'm here to help WikiTree and the free collaborative efforts. If I've stepped over any boundaries in my eagerness to help, just drop me a note.

Keep calm and carry on!


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  • First-hand information. Entered by Kelly Sullivan,
  • Maternal relationship is confirmed with AncestryDNA test matches between Kelly and a first cousin Terry Elliott. They are a first cousin once removed and a second cousin to Chris. This matches the predicted relationships reported by AncestryDNA: 1st cousins, Confidence: Extremely High.

Digital Afterlife

As my generation begins to pass away, it is prudent to make provision for the work I have done on our family tree. In the case of my demise, I hereby give permission for management of all of my private profiles to be transferred to any of my Family Members active at that time on WikiTree, whether or not they are on the Trusted Lists, in the order listed as follows:

Katrina Davis [Sullivan-5635] and Joe Sullivan (Not on Wiki yet).

Famous Ancestors

Mayflower Connections

My 11th great grandfather William White and Dorothy (May) Bradford my first cousins 12 times removed were both confirmed passengers of the Mayflower. Dorthy died by drowning on 7 December 1620 in Provincetown Harbor when she fell from the Mayflower.


Edward I Plantagenet is the 23rd great grandfather of Kelly. He was Edward (Edward I) "Longshanks, Hammer of the Scots, King of England" Plantagenet, so that means I have Royal blood.  :) Thanks Ken Parman for the cookie crumb! Going back 9 more father's is Geoffrey II (Perche) de Château-Landon born in about 1000 in Chateau Landon, Seine-et-Marne, Ile-de-France, France.

This trail tells us that William Welles is the 23rd great grandfather of Kelly. I have even more Grand Fathers on this tree dating back to 1087 in Well, Lincolnshire, , England with Walter DeWelle WikiTree can't even make a trail that far back! He is my 29th grandfather.

Again on my Father's side, Duke Hrolf (Robert) "le Marcheur, the Walker, The Dane, Duke of Normandy" Ganger formerly Normandie Born about 0842 in Maer, Jutland, Nord-Trondelag, Norway, is my 36th Grandfather. So we went from Norway, to England and then Ireland. There we were Butler's of the Butler Dynasty. [1]

George Calvert Yount was my 5th Grandfather. He was the first Euro-American permanent settler in the Napa Valley, where he was the grantee of two Mexican land grants. Yountville, California is named for him. He was the first to plant grapes in Sonoma, Co. Also credited for rescue of the Donner Party. His nephew, Harry Yount, was a gamekeeper in Yellowstone National Park and is considered the first park ranger of the National Park Service.


Kelly and Daniel Boone are 8th cousins 9 times removed.

William Frederick (Bill) "Buffalo Bill" Cody is a 16th cousins five times removed. In 1883, Buffalo Bill started his own show,Buffalo Bill's Wild West, which was a touring circus. In 1893, Cody changed the title to "Buffalo Bill's Wild West and Congress of Rough Riders of the World".

I'm also related to "Johnny Appleseed" as 15th cousins four times removed.

Cornell is another line and Ezra Cornell Co-founder of Cornell University, b. 1807 is my fifth cousins five times removed.

Warren Buffett and Kelly are 16th cousins once removed. In February 2008, he was ranked by Forbes as the richest person in the world, worth about $62 billion. Despite his massive wealth, he lives relatively frugally, still resides in the home he bought in 1958 for $31,500, and drives his own car. In 2006, he announced his plans to give 83 percent of his fortune to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

Bill Gates and I are 18th cousins once removed. Gates is one of the most influential and richest people in the world.

Henry Livingston and I are 12th cousins 9 times removed. Henry Livingston, Sr. settled at Poughkeepsie, where he had a grant, for life, of the clerkship of Dutchess County. He was for many years a member of the Provincial Assembly from the County of Dutchess; was a Whig of the Revolution. He was also an Elder and Deacon of Poughkeepsie Dutch Reformed Church.

Joel R. Poinsett and Kelly are second cousins 6 times removed. US Congressman, Presidential Cabinet Secretary, US Diplomat. He was elected as a Jacksonian Republican to represent South Carolina's 1st Congressional District in the United States House of Representatives, serving from 1821 until his resignation in 1825. Appointed as United States Minister to Mexico, he served in that diplomatic post from 1825 until 1829. In 1837 he was appointed as Secretary of War in the cabinet of President Martin Van Buren, serving until 1841. He introduced to the United States the poinsettia flower plant, which was named in his honor.

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Bayless connects on my Woosley line.
I'm connected to Boone's through the Andrew Tribble Jr's marriage to Lucy Boone.
My Grandmother's maiden name.
My Greatgrandma's maiden name.
On my father's line.
My maiden name.
My Grandfather on Mom's side.
Love the wild west movement. Studied Southwest History in college.
Giddie up little doggies.
Woolsey is one of the most challenging trees I fall from. George Woolsey Sr. (abt. 1584 - 1629 is the end of the line for documentation, yet when you see his profile, another arm is attached as parents etc. The internet folks have tried desperately to connect George to Cardinal Wolsy* of England royalty, but Wilford Whitaker (The lines most dedicated reasercher) has even traveled to England and found zero evidence of the connection.Recently one more marriage record has surfaced.
Younts are a fascinating line. I'm connected to , George Calvert Yount trapper, pioneer and settler of wine country in California. Yountville, CA was named after him. His nephew, Harry Yount, was a gamekeeper in Yellowstone National Park and is considered the first park ranger of the National Park Service

DNA Tested
Kelly Rishor's DNA has been tested for genealogical purposes. It may be possible to confirm family relationships by comparing test results with Kelly or other carriers of her ancestors' mitochondrial DNA. It is likely that these autosomal DNA test-takers will share DNA with Kelly:

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On 3 Sep 2018 at 19:35 GMT Melissa (Reamore) Mineo wrote:

Thank you, Kelly for the help with my grandfather's page and initiating the merge! I appreciate your help!

On 19 Aug 2018 at 23:30 GMT Kathryn Morse wrote:

Thank you for the work on some Morse profiles and merge suggestions. I am not related to this particular line of Morses, but did some work on some of the profiles to demonstrate that Daniel and Ruth's son, Joel C, did NOT have families in Pennsylvania AND Mississippi.

On 22 Jun 2018 at 19:26 GMT Paul Mooney wrote:

Kelly, I don't know if you've seen this but here is a list of the persons buried at the Crim Family Cemetery in the Town of Brutus, New York:

Regards, Paul Mooney

On 11 May 2018 at 23:00 GMT Bonnie Behrend wrote:

re Abraham Le Sueur's wives Margaret or Catherine being the same person, interesting but some of my research (if I can find it) indicates otherwise. I think - I think - Margaret and Catherine were cousins. I think I may have seen a record that indicates Margaret and Catherine had different parents.

On 7 Apr 2018 at 22:48 GMT Linda Barnett wrote:

Hi Hi I would like to invite you again this year to join the 2018 Spring Clean-a-Thon and join the Team Tennessee Volunteers 2018 Spring Clean-a-Thon this year I am going to be the leader like I was for Team Tennessee 2017 Source-a-Thon. I will also be the leader of Team Tennessee Volunteers 2018 Source-a-Thon too this year. Notice the change in the name of the team. Here is our free space page: It is April 21 - 23. You need to register for this by April 19th that is the last day to register.

Star this is the link you need to go to and The registration deadline is April 19, 2018, at 12:01 am. Note: Please post as an answer not as a comment. Thanks!

On 5 Mar 2018 at 07:04 GMT Gillian Thomas wrote:

Hi Kelly, you wrote a comment on the page of George Alleyne last year indicating you had some sources. I am currently looking at this family and would appreciate if you could point me in the direction of any relevant sources. Thanks so much.

On 17 Sep 2017 at 23:49 GMT Cheryl (Stone) Caudill wrote:

RE; Trees on FS have her LNAB as Hoskins. I haven't looked into that name.

This Mary has often mistaken for Mary Hoskins Stone which is incorrect. The Mary Stone married to Joshua Stone is my 7th Great Grandmother and to date cannot find a record of her maiden name. Many family trees have mixed up the Stone lines and it is like someone mixing similar jigsaw puzzles into one box, a time consuming mess to be figured out. I once assumed incorrectly that Hoskins was her last name cause of other online trees, but at this point, I try and find actual proof.

On 13 Aug 2017 at 01:57 GMT Bobby Holmes Jr. wrote:

Kelly has been a great help in getting me started with WikiTree. I am blessed to have such an active member who is also a distant cousin.

Thank you again,

Bobby Holmes

On 8 Mar 2017 at 07:29 GMT Kelly Hardcastle wrote:

Hello-Are you related to Benjamin Drake? I saw your comment and wondered why you posted a quote from my findagrave as I too already posted that same information on Benjamin's profile last month.

On 6 Mar 2017 at 21:00 GMT Abby (Brown) Glann wrote:

Welcome to the Connectors Project! Be sure to check out the Connectors project page to see some of what we do, our To-Do lists which have folks who need connected to our Global Tree, and please add the connectors tag to your G2G feed. We've also got a great sub-project, Connectors Chat, where we talk about what we're working on and where we'd like to help out. Thanks for joining us!

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Queen Victoria Kelly is 26 degrees from Rosa Parks, 23 degrees from Anne Tichborne and 21 degrees from Victoria of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland on our single family tree. Login to find your connection.

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