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Friday, December 31, 2010

Susan Boyle...A McLaughlin?

One of my favorite Maxwell/McLaughlin researchers emailed me the other day with some interesting anecdotal information.  A relative received a copy of Susan Boyle's autobiography for Christmas.  As everyone probably knows, Susan Boyle was the winner of the 2009 Britain's Got Talent.

In her autobiography, she mentions that her mother's maiden name is McLaughlin.  Susan was born in Scotland but did have an affinity for singing mostly Irish songs as a child because of her mother's family.  Her McLaughlin's came from a village outside of Derry in Northern Ireland.  Her mom played piano while her father sang.

How fun to find McLaughlin connections in the world!

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Maxwell/McLaughlin Posts

The Maxwell/McLaughlin Posts are now clickable with hyperlinks from the Maxwell/McLaughlin Page.  Feel free to click on the link below.  This page is an index of posts about my maternal grandfather's mother's family.  My maternal grandfather was Richard Joseph Flanagan (1912-2000) of Napa, CA.

This page includes my extensive information gathered from several other researchers and sources about the McLaughlin's, Maxwell's, Gartlan's (Gartland's), Shaffrey's, and Fox's that are all connected to this side of my family via my grandfather.  There are also Duffy cousin's mentioned here and there.  If you are looking to find out more about these families and the Irish Settlement in Newport, New York, you have reached a good starting place.  I have placed the posts in a sort of alphabetical order.

Maxwell/McLaughlin Page

If you seek the Flanagan's, I have a separate page with posts about my Flanagan Family Line.

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

New U.S. "Who Do You Think You Are?"

I just found listed on that the new episodes of "Who Do You Think You Are?" will air on Friday, February 4th, 2011, 8pm, on NBC.  Can't wait!

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

UK: Who Do You Think You Are? - Jeremy Clarkson

I recently watched the UK "Who Do You Think You Are?" for Jeremy Clarkson.  He is the host of the BBC show Top Gear.  Top Gear is a worldwide car enthusiast show.  My husband watches it.  Jeremy and his co-hosts are pretty funny and informative when it comes to automobiles.

In Jeremy's exploration of his family tree, he comes across the Kilner Jar.  The Kilner's were his ancestors.  This was a very interesting episode found on YouTube.

Monday, December 27, 2010

UK: Who Do You Think You Are? - Zoe Wanamaker

Another fascinating UK "Who Do You Think You Are?" that can be found on YouTube is for Zoe Wanamaker.  Her ancestry is truly interesting including the fact that she is actually an American, of Russian/Ukranian lineage, and her father moved the family from the USA to England to escape worry of persecution.  Zoe has actually been in the Harry Potter movies as one of the teachers at Hogwart's.

Sunday, December 26, 2010

UK TV: Who Do You Think You Are? - Kim Cattrall and Jeremy Irons

If anyone likes the show, "Who Do You Think You Are?", U.S. version, several of the UK episodes are on YouTube -  I particularly have enjoyed the episodes for Kim Cattrall and Jeremy Irons.  Kim's was so good and yet so heartbreaking.  Jeremy's was rather long, full of interesting anecdotal information but once he ended up in Ireland, it was home for him and I could so relate.  Those two are a must see for anyone interested in their family tree.

Check them out if you get a chance!  The new stateside season is set for January 2011.

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas to everyone!

From Mine, Yours', and the Other Guy's Genealogy.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Searchable Site

I am in the process of making all of my index pages clickable to the actual posts.  Another feature of the blog site that can be useful until I get the index updated, and will probably continue to be useful, is the search option.   If you are looking for a particular topic, you can use the search in the top upper left corner of the site.  For example, if you type in "Flanagan", any post with the Flanagan's mentioned will display from newest to oldest.  Happy reading!

Monday, December 20, 2010

Photos Photos Photos

Send your photos of our ancestors my way.  I plan to build out photo albums of my ancestors on my little used website and link it to this blog.   I am not planning on posting photos of living individuals unless you, as the living person, wants your picture on the stie.

My email at can handle large files so there are no worries on this end about how many photos and/or how large the files are.  Send away!

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Miscellaneous Posts - Now Clickable

I have now completed my first index page that includes a "clickable" index.   All you have to do is click on the title and go to the archived post. 

Check out the index page:  Miscellaneous Posts

I will be completing the other pages soon!

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Clickable Index Pages

It occurred to me the other day that I should figure out how to make my index pages clickable links.  I am in the process of working on this.  With over 200 posts for my blog, it may take a bit of time but I am linking the index pages to each blog post.  What this means is that very soon, you can just look on the index page for a topic that you'd like to read about, find the post, click on the title and be taken directly to the archived post.

Technology is a wonderful thing!

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

6 Months of Posts and Counting

Today is the 6 month anniversary of this blog!  I've posted something just about every day.

This has been a wonderful experience to write about my family and connect with other family and researchers.   Since it is the holidays, it is time for a break.  I will return to regular posts in 2011 but for now will be on hiatus with maybe a couple of quick posts here and there.  

This can give any newcomers and relatives the opportunity to catch up on reading about the Maxwell's, McLaughlin's, and Flanagan's.  I have other family surnames included in my blog along with general genealogy posts.  Please check out the index pages to find the posts that you'd like to read.  I'd love feedback too.

My blog has comment sections for anyone to type a message.  The blog is also attached to my website at and "Mine, Yours', and the Other Guys Genealogy" is on Facebook.  Feel free to sign my guestbook on the website or email me.   I will continue to check email during the holiday season.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all!

Monday, December 13, 2010

Hannah Gartland

Recently, I completed posting the Descendants of Thomas McLaughlin online.  In doing so, I noted that Hannah Gartland was an author of a few mystery novels.  A cousin sent me a quick email with the titles of two of her books that she found online.

The books are as follows:
The Globe Hollow Mystery - 1923
The House of Cards - 1922

I decided to see what else I could find about Hannah and found some info.

A review for the book:  The House of Cards, by Hannah Gartland

"No clues?  There are too many clues in this murder mystery story.  The police go in one direction, the District Attorney in another, and a clever reporter who is on the case in still another.  Not even the most confirmed reader of detective fiction will guess the real criminal.  $1.75"

-This is found in the Atlantic Monthly circa 1922.

GARTLAND, HANNAH. 1856-1947. Born in New York; graduate of Columbia University; teacher and eventual Dean of Women at Rollins College, Florida.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Maguire McGuire

I've known for a long time that I am both a Maguire and a McGuire.  I know that may sound funny but it is true.  When I look up heraldry information for McGuire it refers me to the Maguire surname.  I suppose even back in time on my McGuire lineage, I am a Maguire at some point.  That is, if I go back several hundred years give or take.  However, I am actually a Maguire as my great-great-great (G3) grandmother was Anne Maguire.

My McGuire family tree information is rather limited on my Dad's side of the family.  I have Francis "Frank" Joseph McGuire on my tree who was born on August 1, 1878, in New York.  His parents were apparently born in Ireland and emigrated to the United States.   What their names were eludes me.   Maybe my great-great-grandfather's name was Frank. Or was it Charles?  My grandfather's brothers' names were John and Charles.  His sister's names were Cecilia and Marion.  My grandfather was Francis "Frank" Robert McGuire (b. 1908).  I keep finding Charles McGuire on U.S. Census but have no good information about my great-grandfather's own family unit to know for sure if that was his father.  I don't know Frank Joseph's siblings' names either.

What I have determined is that locations like Brooklyn, New York, and Greenwich Village in Manhattan, New York, were locations that my McGuire family lived.  My grandfather told me in 1990 that his parents were Frank McGuire and Mary Romaine.  He did not know the first names of his grandparents because he did not call them by those names.  His grandfather was a McGuire from County Fermanagh and his grandmother was a McGrath.  They were apparently both from Ireland.  This is all that I've got.

Do I have much more on my Maguire's?  Not yet, but I bet I could get my hands on that information.  On my mom's side of the family, Anne Maguire was born in 1810 and lived across the road from her future husband, John Flanagan (b. 1805) in Termonfechin, County Louth, Ireland.   In 1829, she married John and moved across the road.  They had eleven children for which I have the family tree.  These individuals are Flanagan's but also Maguire's.  What does the rest of the Maguire family tree look like?

The Flanagan Family Letter Collection from 1864-1909 mentions some Maguire's.  In 1870, there is reference to a marriage of Kate Maguire of the Mill to Pat Johnson of Canontown.  In an 1874 letter, the Maguire cousin's who lived across the road are mentioned.  I find Thomas, John, and Judith Maguire indicated in the letter.  An 1881 letter from California to Ireland mentions the Maguire's as if some of them were headed there. 

In 1888, Thomas Maguire of Termonfechin married Jane Sheridan who was the sister of Bridget Sheridan, Peter Flanagan's wife.  Thomas and Peter were cousins.  This letter indicates that Thomas is the only one at home in Ireland.   John Maguire was in Chicago.  In 1889, John Maguire is indicated as being in Chicago again.  The letter indicates that there are also four Sheridan's in Chicago too.  A letter from 1893 mentions an Andy Maguire in Chicago.

It would appear that the Maguire and Flanagan families of Termonfechin were close to the Sheridan's too.   The Maguire's and Sheridan's seem to have emigrated to Chicago at the time.  However, even today the Flanagan's live right next door to the Maguire's in Termonfechin.  Also, there appears to be some additional connections to the Sheridan's.  That completely amazes me and I love these types of family connections.  Who's got that Maguire Family Tree?

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Flanagan's of County Louth - Part 7

Termonfechin is quite a beautiful place.  It is a village along the Irish Sea.  It should be noted that the severe winter weather was probably not very forgiving in this location, especially prior to modern conveniences like modern heating, electricity, and indoor plumbing.  Let's not forget to mention the rain.   I can't say that I witnessed much rain in my visit to Ireland but have been told that wet weather is very common.  I had sunny beautiful days during my visit. 

At this point, the 7th, 8th and, now, 9th generation Flanagan's from this line in Ireland are in contact with each other including those stateside.  There was a time where some of the family in Napa, California lost contact. Because of the desire of this Flanagan family, specifically those who descend from John Flanagan and Anne Maguire Flanagan, they have reconnected even today.

I continue to be on the hunt for any photos and information that anyone has on our Flanagan Family.  I have particular interest in any letters, photos, and documentation that may exist for Patrick and Kate Flanagan's line of Napa, CA.  My desire is to have digital photos or scanned copies of the information.  I do not need to possess the originals.

A mission that I accepted a few months back was to try and find Richard Flanagan (b. 1830) who went to London.  I seek his Wingrove descendants who are, of course, of this Flanagan lineage.  For now, it appears to be a waiting game.  I need to wait for new source documents to become available online for searches and see if anyone responds to my various message board posts.  I am patient for now but am hoping for more.

The stories of life that connect my Flanagan's together are of ordinary people, living ordinary lives. Or were they that ordinary?  Not in my opinion.  I know many others who would agree.

Friday, December 10, 2010

Flanagan's of County Louth - Part 6

John Flanagan (4th generation) and Anne Maguire had eleven children between the years of 1830 and 1854.  They were Richard, Patrick, Thomas, John, Michael, Nicholas, Peter, Judith, Mary, and Catherine Flanagan.  The second John was born the same year that the first John passed away, 1854.   

What happened to the 5th generation of Flanagan's of the Flanagan Farm in Termonfechin, Louth, Ireland?

Thomas Flanagan (b. 1836) was the first to leave the farm when he was 14 years old.  He went to Dublin in August of 1850 and it is not known what happened to him from there.  He may have emigrated.  There is no further reference to Thomas in the farm account books that has been determined.  He may have died.
Mary Flanagan (1848) married Pat O'Rourke.  She moved to Dunany.  Judith Flanagan (1846) married Pat Garvey and moved to Ballydonnell.

Richard Flanagan (b. 1830) was the first of this Flanagan line to leave the country.  He entered Maynooth in 1851 to possibly become a priest.  Later he moved to London by 1856 where his Uncle Pat was since 1843.  He worked as a clerk in Her Majesty's Customs.  Richard is a main correspondent in the Flanagan Family Letter Collection until his death in 1878.  Richard married Maria Cutler in 1871 and had one daughter, Kathleen Anne Flanagan.  Uncle Pat may have visited Richard on a regular basis once he was retired and living back in Termonfechin.

Patrick (1834) and Michael (1839) Flanagan emigrated to Australia.  On Friday, July 10, 1857, there is an entry in the account book by Grandpa Patrick.  He gave Patrick and Michael 14 pounds for their trip to Australia.  Once "down under", Patrick and Michael immediately got involved in digging for gold.  It is not known what their exploits were from 1857 to 1864.  The first surviving letters start in 1864.  By 1864, Michael had been to Victoria and Patrick to Westport, New Zealand.  The digging for gold appears to have produced mixed results over the years. 

Patrick Flanagan met Catherine "Kate" Mary O'Brien during his time in Australia and New Zealand.  They later immigrated to California in 1870 and ended up in Napa.  Patrick and Kate were married in San Francisco.  Michael joined them in 1871.  Michael later returned to Ireland.  Pat and Kate had eight children that they raised in Napa, CA.  Michael, Patrick, and Kate are three main correspondents in the Flanagan Family Letter Collection.  In fact, Michael wrote several of the letters.  His style of writing is very descriptive and expressive.  Patrick's early letters seem to be brief as he must have been in a rush when writing them.  Kate is a main correspondent in later years.  Her letters are full of information.
Nicholas Flanagan (1842) left on Sunday, March 12, 1864.  He emigrated to Portland, Maine.  Nicholas spent some time working on the railroad and then moved onto Napa by 1872.  In Napa, he and his family spent time with Patrick, Kate, and Michael.  He and his family ultimately settled in Olimpo/Corning, California.  Nicholas married Mary Ann Lynch and they had thirteen children.  Nicholas also wrote letters found in the Flanagan Family Letter Collection.  One of his daughter's wrote many letters to Ireland too.

Catherine Flanagan (1850) died on July 30, 1876 in Termonfechin.  Peter and John Flanagan remained in Ireland.  Peter Flanagan (1844) married Bridget Sheridan in 1882.  John Flanagan (1854) married Margaret Moore in 1887 and moved to Ballyfaddock.  Peter and John both died in 1890 leaving families and the farm behind.  This is when Michael Flanagan (b. 1839) returned to Ireland to head the family and run the farm.

What happened to Thomas is still somewhat of a mystery.   Also, what happened to Richard's family (Wingrove's) is also a question.

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

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..............................

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................

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Flanagan's of County Louth - Part 3

The second generation of Flanagan's is headed by Richard Flanagan (1733-1808).  He was born in Ganderpark and moved to the current Flanagan location in Termonfechin by 1777.  The original farm account books were started by him in 1773.  He was a flax grower and linen manufacturer.

Richard married Alice Bellew before 1766 (per religious census).  Their children were John, Anne, Michael, Catherine, Mary, and Patrick.  Richard made notes of other important personal events in the farm account books including births, confirmations, and deaths.   Richard and Alice lost four children at young ages as noted in the account books but no other information is indicated about them.  Apparently, it is noted how upsetting this was for the family though.

The farm account books were kept by only two individuals.  They were Richard and his son, Patrick.  The farm account books tell the financial and personal story of this Flanagan Family from 1773 to 1866 when Patrick passed away.  One of the first entries in the account books is about money left for Richard's sisters (Mary, Catherine, and Margaret) and his brother, John.  There is strong reason to believe that Richard took in his sisters and/or took responsibility for them until they were married.

By 1774 it is clear that Richard was doing well leasing land and he had hired journeymen.  Journeymen would travel around selling linen for Richard.  He let land in Termonfechin and Newtownstabalan.  While he did lease the land from British Landlords, he did run these farmlands.  At this time, the Irish were not able to own their own land in their own country. 

In 1777, the original farm house in Termonfechin was built at a cost of 44 pounds which included the house, plow, and harrow.  Richard's father, Patrick, died in 1779 leaving him everything he owned including 48 pounds.  The original house was a thatched roof dwelling and it was quite large for the time.  Some facts about the house include that it took 21 days to build and taxes were paid on the house based on the size of the windows.

In 1780, Richard and Alice's son Patrick was born.   He was not the first born son.  They broke slightly with tradition in this case as usually the first born son was named after the grandfather.  Patrick was not the first born but appears to be the last born child to Richard and Alice.  In 1780, their son, John, died at the age of 10 years old.  In 1789, at the age of 17 years old, Michael Flanagan died.

Patrick Flanagan (b. 1780) was the only surviving male of this family.  The three girls (Anne, Catherine, and Mary) all married and left Termonfechin. It is not known what happened to them. Some information about their names and who they married is known.  Anne married a Donnelly.  Catherine married a Ward.  Mary married Nicholas McKone (McKeown).  This information is recorded in the farm account books.

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

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

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Flanagan's of County Louth - Part 1

My Flanagan Family in Ireland has a huge amount of information about our family tree and history that any genealogist or historian would find amazing.  What is even more impressive is that they are records located in Ireland which has indicated are so hard to come by.  Well then, I feel even more fortunate to have access to my Flanagan Family History via family in Ireland.

If you are wondering what type of family records that the Flanagan's have, I will reference some of these records in my posts.  They are, in fact, primary source records for all of those researchers out there.  The sources I am referring to are letters, account books, and diaries.  There are also other publications that would be considered secondary sources, I suppose, as they include transcriptions of the information and the family tree.  

A distant cousin also completed research on the Flanagan's.  His information from 2004 is pretty darn awesome.  He uses modern day media to present this information.  Since he is a living individual and actually appears to be either my age or a little younger, I will not call out his name here.   As always, with a few exceptions, I do not include living individuals in my blog.  Let's just say that he lives very close to the "source information".  He also deserves the credit for compiling the information that I write about in the following posts. 

Where did the Flanagan's originate and how did they end up in County Louth?  

The Flanagan's descend from one family who held the hereditary post of the Steward of the Kings of Connaught since the 13th Century in County Roscommon.  Their specific kingdom location was based near Elphin in County Roscommon.

It is likely that my Flanagan's moved to Louth around the Battle of the Boyne in the 17th Century.  The other possibility was that the English transplanted them from Connaught.

What does the name Flanagan mean?

"Flann" meaning reddish or ruddy which could be hair or complexion.

Is anyone interested in learning more about the Flanagan's of County Louth?   See my next post.........

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Kuyahoora Churches' Timeline -- Newport, New York and nearby

This page is also from the book "History of the Roman Catholic Churches of the Kuyahoora Valley".

Friday, December 3, 2010

On a Whim and a Prayer - McGuire Romaine

On a whim, I decided to look closely at my granddad's (Francis Robert McGuire) baptism certificate.  He was baptized at St. Louis Roman Catholic Church in Brooklyn, New York, in 1908.   I poked around online and found that it closed in 1939.  The parish and it's records were transferred to St. Lucy's in Brooklyn until that parish combined to become St. Lucy's/St. Patrick's Roman Catholic Church of Brooklyn, New York on Willoughby and Kent.

I picked up the phone and called St. Lucy's/St. Patrick's when I could not locate a website for the church.  A very nice priest answered.  He was willing to take down the names of my great-grandparents, Francis Joseph McGuire and Mary Elizabeth Romaine, and said that he'd do a search for their names as part of St. Louis' parish.  They have the records on site.

He did tell me that Romaine is French and that St. Louis was definitely the French speaking Roman Catholic Parish in Brooklyn at the time.   He also indicated that there are plenty of McGuire's (Irish surname) still around in the current parish.

Information about St. Louis Roman Catholic Church, Brooklyn, New York:
33 xx St. Louis (French) [1869; Closed 1939] - Ellery & Nostrand {21st ward}
(located at Seigel & Manhattan until 1889)
(mission 1939-1946 until absorbed by St. Lucy)

He said that when he gets a chance, he'll get back to me.  I am good with this.  I figure that I can always call back sometime and check if I haven't heard anything.  I'll be prayin'!


Thursday, December 2, 2010

Coughlin Hickey Research - Part 2

Below is the rest of my research for the Coughlin and Hickey family line.  I am placing it out here with hopes that someone knows more about them.

1. A Coughlin married a McManus in Ireland.

2. The Coughlin's had 16 children – Anna, Bridget, Daniel, Edward, James, John, Kathleen, Lena, Margaret, Mary Ann, Michael, Patrick, Stephen, Thomas, Timothy, and Johanna.

3. I know that Johanna Coughlin married Patrick Hickey in Rye, New York, on November 26, 1911.

4. Johanna Coughlin was born around 1889 in County Clare, Ireland and passed away sometime in 1971-1972 in Brooklyn, NY. I have found two different potential pieces of information for her year of death. I have seen Johanna’s name written in census information as Josephine T. Hickey. It is her in the census because all Patrick's and Johanna’s children are listed including my grandmother, Josephine Hickey. I am not sure if this is just the transcriber making it easier to write it or a misinterpretation of her name on the part of the census person. She is listed as Johanna on other years' census. I have found information that she immigrated to the U.S. in 1905 and that Patrick Hickey did in 1904.

5. I have been told that Margaret Coughlin, Johanna’s sister, immigrated to the U.S. before her and was a housekeeper in Rye, NY, for different families. I think that I found her on a census but am not sure if it is her.  I do have her as a witness to Patrick and Johanna Hickey's wedding in Rye, New York.

6. Other information: I have a possible match on information for a Coughlin Family living in Co. Wexford, Ireland in the 1901 Irish Census. I am not sure if it is them. A lot of the names look like nicknames and the parents names are John and Bridget.

7.  I do know that while Patrick Hickey was baptized in Whitegate, County Clare, Ireland, he may have actually been from Tipperary or lived there.  Tipperary is indicated on what appears to be his WWI draft registration.  His origins and locating his family in Ireland really evade me.

8.  Michael Hickey was a witness to Patrick and Johanna's wedding in Rye, New York in 1911.  My uncle advised me that Patrick did have a brother who lived in Woodside, NY.  He may have been an NYC fireman.  I also have have a sister by the name of Mary Hickey for Patrick.

9.  I have my own handwritten notes from 1990.  My Grandparents, Francis Robert McGuire and Josephine Hickey provided the following information:

-Patrick Hickey - b. Clare, Ireland, married Rye, NY; d. 1965 at the age of 81
-Johanna Coughlin - b. 1890, Clare, Ireland, d. 1972
-Children of Patrick and Johanna Hickey - Anna, Eleanor, Josephine, William, Margaret, Kathleen, Mary, Martin Hickey

    Coughlin Family Children circa 1870-1890:

    -16 children

    -They were all from County Clare, Ireland.

    -Children's names:  Anna, Bridget, Daniel, Edward, James, John, Kathleen, Lena, Margaret, Mary Ann, Michael, Patrick, Stephen, Thomas, Timothy, and Johanna.

    -The following are the children who ended up in Rye, New York:  John, James, Stephen, Thomas, Anna, Bridget, Margaret, Kathleen, and Edward.

   -The following are the children who ended up in New York City:  Johanna and Lena

   -The following children stayed in Ireland:  Timothy and Mary Ann

   -It is unknown what happened to the following:  Daniel, Michael, and Patrick

10.  Margaret Coughlin was known as Aunt Peg to my father's family.  She worked as a domestic in Rye. 

11.  Stephen Coughlin -  My uncle indicated that a Coughlin brother worked on a farm in Rye.  I believe that I located Stephen Coughlin working as a gardener in a U.S. Census for this location.

12.  A Martin Hickey was a sponsor for my grandmother’s (Josephine Hickey) baptism on November 15, 1915, at St. Anthony’s Church (153 Sullivan Street, New York).  This may have been another of Patrick Hickey's brothers.

So do I have more information about the Hickey's and Coughlin's?  Not really.  I do have information about my own grandmother, Josephine Hickey McGuire.  I have a copy of her baptismal certificate.  She was baptized at an Italian Catholic Church in the Village (Greenwich Village).   The original copy has the church named in Italian.  A more current version of the certificate is in English.  I have a copy of each.  I have many photos of my grandmother also.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Coughlin Hickey Research - Part 1

I received a letter a few weeks back dated October 21, 2010, from the State of New York Department of Health.  It says the following:

"We have completed your genealogy request.

Uncertified copies enclosed:  0

No Record Notifications:  1

No Record For:  Johanna Coughlin  

Dates Searched:  1910-1912"

Really?   Did they try and search for her husband, Patrick Hickey?  I admit to be a little disappointed here.  There is still hope though.  I have had some success in my search for Johanna Coughlin and Patrick Hickey.  They are one set of my great-grandparents on my Dad's side of the family.

I am fortunate to have the marriage record for Johanna and Patrick from Roman Catholic Church records.  I sought this out and was delightfully surprised back in May of this year.  I had been told by my uncle that Johanna and Patrick had been married in Rye, New York.  Armed with this scrap of information plus the year of their marriage as around 1912, I searched down the Roman Catholic Churches in Rye, New York.  There are only a couple in this location.  Knowing that it would have to be an old church, I found The Church of the Resurrection and emailed them.

A delightful and very helpful pastoral assistant looked up the records for the timeframe.  What she found was amazing to me.  I say that because I have next to nothing on my Dad's side in the way of family tree information.

"The date of the marriage was November 26, 1911. Priest was Fr. Meehan; witnesses were Michael Hickey and Margaret Coughlin. Patrick Hickey was baptized on November 20, 1884 in White Gate, County Clare, Ireland. Johanna Coughalin was baptized on February 9th, 1889 in County Clare, Ireland.

At the time of the marriage, Patrick was living in NYC and Johanna in Rye."

This is a as good as gold to me.   I can wish all want that their parents names were indicated in the church record but that is just not the case.   This is why I was so very much hoping for the marriage certificate.  I guess it is not to be had.

So do I have additional information?

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