My Evil Family

How to Get Rich Using Evil

September 10, 2010

Tags: the civil war, slavery, Wilbur Norris, Evangeline Norris, Russell Pinkney, B&O Railroad

The Wrong Side of the Civil War—That Would Be the Evil Side

Another branch of my family are the Norrises. They also came to Baltimore from Ireland. Wilbur Norris got rich by ripping off poor people. He bought their farmland cheap, then sold it to the B&O Railroad for a fortune. Soon he was on the board of directors of the railroad, raking it in.

It's pretty hard to get rich without ripping off somebody. That's the point I'm trying to get across here. (more…)

Evil Comes to America

August 13, 2010

Tags: Francis Sullivan, Daniel Sullivan, B&O Railroad, Circle of the Stout Heart, drinking, toilet plungers

My ancestor Francis Sullivan immigrated to Baltimore
from County Meath, Ireland, in 1847, during the
Great Famine. He was twenty-one and illiterate. Like
many Irish immigrants, he found work on the B&O
Railroad. Francis liked to drink a lot. So did most of
the other railroad men. It was starting to become a
problem — fights, broken marriages, the usual — so
some women and priests started an abstinence
movement called Society of the Divine Thirst. It was
kind of like Prohibition in the 1930s, except drinking
wasn’t outlawed, just severely frowned upon. (more…)

Confessions of the Sullivan Sisters