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Monday, December 6, 2010

Flanagan's of County Louth - Part 2

The first Flanagan of my line is thought to have arrived in and around the Termonfechin area of County Louth circa 1690.  He was possibly born in County Roscommon circa 1670.  The first Flanagan Family, of a good size, is identified in records from 1707 as being in Mullaughmapis, County Louth, just outside of Clogherhead.  The next Flanagan Family identified is found in Galroostown, County Louth in parish records.  These records indicate mainly death dates of these Flanagan's. 

The next locations for Flanagan's are in Newtownstalaban and Ganderpark, County Louth.  The Flanagan's from my line went from Ganderpark to Termonfechin according to the farm account books. The understanding from all of the early 18th Century records for the area is that all of the above mentioned Flanagan's were highly likely related to each other. 

The original names of the main three Flanagan brothers are believed to be James, Patrick, and Peter.   There are other Flanagan first names that recur in the Flanagan's of Louth that lend themselves to the belief that all of them are related.  These names are Richard, Thomas, John, Michael, and Patrick.   The names Richard and Patrick recur in every generation of my own Flanagan line from this location.   There are additional frequencies of the names Thomas, John, Michael, and even Peter.   The only deviation of a male first name that I noticed is the first instance of the name, Nicholas.  The name, James, was not reused again in my own family line that I've found.

Of the original three brothers from my line, Patrick Flanagan, is identified as my ancestor.  He is the first generation of Flanagan's that can be identified and sourced with some certainty.  He moved from Galroostown to Ganderpark, County Louth.  He died in 1779.  It is not known how old he was at the time but was a resident of Ganderpark at the time of his death.   He was involved in the linen industry in Ganderpark (Termonfechin Area). 

The first generation, Patrick Flanagan, had nine children.  It is not known for sure who his wife was.   At different times, the name of Campbell surfaces.   A few Flanagan researchers believe that Patrick's wife was a Campbell, however, others discount this information as it is unproven.  There is a possibly that the confusion comes from an aunt who was referred to as Granny Campbell.  I will talk about her later.   The nine children were Catherine, John, Margaret, Nicholas, Patrick, Peter, Thomas, Richard, and Mary. 

Of the nine children, it is not clear what became of Catherine, Margaret, Nicholas, Patrick, Peter, and Thomas.  Catherine was the last known Flanagan to reside at the family farm in Ganderpark.  She died around 1800.  Margaret married one Joseph Connor in 1776.  Her date of death is indicated as 1836.  It is not known what happened to Nicholas and Patrick of this generation (mid 1700s).  Peter is indicated as having passed away in 1800 in Cnocsheeby.  Thomas also passed away in Cnocsheeby in 1809.  I have not been able to locate this place on a map.

Richard went onto Termonfechin (a very specific location) and is my ancestor.   His brother, John, is indicated as helping Richard farm, traveling from Ganderpark during that time to assist him.  It is thought that some of the Flanagan families living in Newtownstabalan, at the time, were the relatives of the Flanagan's in Ganderpark and Termonfechin.  The final child was Mary Flanagan who married James Campbell of Newtown.  Newtown is near Baltray.

There is a strong possibility that Mary's husband, James Campbell, was a direct relative of Andrew Campbell who was suspected to be the Piper Bishop.  He was the Bishop of Kilmore.   During the penal law times, he would disguise himself as a piper and travel around saying mass for the Catholics in the area.  I did try to find out more information about the piper bishop but could not find information online.  Ironically, the Campbell's of Newtown and the Piper Bishop are all buried in the same place.

If anyone has more information about the piper bishop, I'd be very interested in knowing his story.

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

Additional information 1/27/2012

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