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Thursday, December 9, 2010

Flanagan's of County Louth - Part 5

Fr. Richard Flanagan is the oldest child of the fourth generation of the Flanagan Family Line that I write about here.  He left for Maynooth in 1824 to study for the priesthood.  After he was ordained he served as curate in Dunleer before being transferred to Termonfechin in 1843.  He served the rest of his time as curate in Termonfechin until his death in May 1880.  He was never a parish priest as there was not a shortage of priests at this time.  It is very clear that he was close to his brother's (John) eleven children.  He appears to be a main influence in their lives in addition to corresponding with them as adults.

As I indicated previously, Nicholas and Peter also seemed to have stayed at home.  They never married or had children.  Patrick remained single but lived in London (circa 1843) where he worked in the civil service.  He retired and died in Termonfechin at the age of 83 in 1890.  There is correspondence preserved that this Patrick received from people he knew in London.

John Flanagan was the child from this generation who got married.  He married Anne Maguire who lived across the road.  They were married in 1829.  Their children were Richard, Patrick, Thomas, John, Michael, Nicholas, Peter, Judith, Mary, and Catherine Flanagan.  All were born between 1830 and 1850.  John died in 1854 and another son, John, was born that year and named after him.  It was the second John who was a main correspondent up until his death in the Flanagan Family Letter Collection.

Grandpa Patrick (Patrick Flanagan 1780-1866, John's father) was the head of the family and ran the farm from 1800 until his death.  Grandpa Patrick was in control of the farm during this entire time as evidenced in the farm account books.  He was known as the "Grandfather".  I like to refer to him as Grandpa Patrick.  It does not appear that John got control of the farm until Patrick passed away.  John and his family lived on and worked the farm.  The uncles, Nicholas and Peter, were also living on the farm during the same timeframe.

The Great Famine hit Ireland 1846-50 because of the failure of the potato.  It is interesting here to note that apparently the potato famine did not have much of an effect on the Flanagan's.  There are no entries in the farm account books about any suffering by the Flanagan's because of famine issues.  Grandpa Patrick did help several people, however.  Individuals in the parish were impacted by the times.  He gave money to people to immigrate and to those who needed food.  Because of the east coast location of the Flanagan's, the famine did not have the same impact as it did in the west and other parts of Ireland.  The east coast did get more assistance from England.

So what happened to all of John and Anne Maguire Flanagan's children?

To be continued..............................

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