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Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Flanagan's of County Louth - Part 4

Richard Flanagan (1733-1808) was successful in the linen manufacturing business.  It was his focus from 1773 until 1798.  The production of linen includes growing flax, harvesting it, and forming the fibers into a textile.   Part of the process includes a bleaching process.   There were bleach fields on the properties where the Flanagan's manufactured the linen.  The property in Termonfechin was picked for linen making specifically because a stream ran through it.  It is thought that Richard left Ganderpark for Termonfechin because the Lorenz Family was also big into linen manufacturing which placed a strain on the resources in that area.   Richard had done quite well  by 1777.

By 1798, the linen manufacturing in the area had all died out because of the big mills now producing linen. Richard had started farming by 1803.  The former bleach field in Ganderpark were being farmed as were the fields at the Flanagan Farm in Termonfechin, according to the farm account books.  The Flanagan Family farmlands could also be found in Baltray near Newtown.  It is likely that Richard's sister owned this property near Baltray.  That location is still owned by another related family line today (Murphy).

Patrick Flanagan, Richard's son, married Judith Kirwan on January 18, 1801.  Their first child, Richard Flanagan, was born on October 15, 1802.  He went onto to be a priest and is one of the main correspondents in the Flanagan Family letter collection.  In 1805, Patrick's mother Alice Bellew Flanagan died followed by his father Richard in 1808. 

Patrick (generation 3) and Judith had six children.  They were all born between 1802 and 1815.  This included five boys and one girl.  Mary died in 1815 at just 21 weeks old.   Richard went onto to be a priest.  Only John got married.  Nicholas, Patrick and Peter never married.  Patrick did work in the British Civil Service in London.  Nicholas and Peter died at the family farm.  They lived and worked on the farm for their entire lives.  When Patrick retired from the civil service, he spent the rest of his days in Termonfechin on the family farm.

Judith was sent to the "House of Industry" in Dublin around 1812.  She was very sick.  It is presumed that she was depressed and/or suffered some mental illness.  The "House of Industry" was mainly for those who had mental issues.   She returned home to have Mary in 1815 but apparently returned to Dublin after Mary died.  Judith likely passed away in Dublin around 1819.

Around 1812, Patrick's Aunt Mary Flanagan Campbell came to live with the family.  She apparently never had any children.  She was born in Ganderpark in 1739 and married in 1773.  She was Richard Flanagan's (1733-1808) sister.  Her husband, James Campbell, must have died before 1800.  At this point in time, Mary was the only living relative except for Patrick's sisters.  Granny Campbell, as she was known, was 73 when she came to help raise Patrick's children.   She died in 1829 at age 90.

Patrick Flanagan (b. 1780) lived well into his 80s and died on the family farm in Termonfechin in 1866. 

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

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