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Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Mysteries in my Family Tree - Part 2

Thomas Flanagan was born in 1836 at the Flanagan Farm in Termonfechin, Louth, Ireland.  His parents were John Flanagan (1805-1891) and Anne Maguire (1810-1867).  For the first 14 years of his life, Thomas lived in Termonfechin.  Just as his siblings, he would have learned to read and write proficiently and knew how to farm the land.

In 1850, Thomas Flanagan left Termonfechin never to be seen or heard from again.  It is presumed that he went to Dublin, Ireland.  The family has always considered that he must have died there.  That may be the case.  There was apparently no further word from Thomas after he left home.  This is rather uncharacteristic for members of this family.  Even in a bleak moment of dissatisfaction with the "Grandfather" at the Flanagan Farm at the time, the family members still wrote home after leaving Ireland for good.

Flanagan Farm Aerial

So what did come of Thomas Flanagan?  Did he make it to Dublin?  Did he live there and die there?  Did he leave Ireland?  Did he change his name?

Trying to find Thomas is and will continue to be like finding a needle in a haystack.  The name Flanagan itself is not uncommon.  Searching Irish records turns up plenty of Thomas Flanagan's.  The sad thing about Thomas is that there is a story there, long or short, that remains a mystery.

To be continued...............  

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