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Tuesday, September 14, 2010

The Many Richard Flanagans

The name Richard comes from Old German origins.  It means "powerful leader".  It is a Norman name commonly used for the last 900 years except in the 19th century it took on a new meaning. England's King Richard the Lionheart gave the name lasting impressions of kingliness and the exploits of a crusading knight.  The name Richard is found in my Flanagan lineage before Richard the Lionheart was around.

Richard Flanagan, b. 1733, d. 20 Jan 1808, Termonfechin, Louth, Ireland:
- He was the first generation at the Flanagan Farm in Termonfechin. His father was Patrick Flanagan of Termonfechin who died around 1779. He was a flax grower and produced linen. He also maintained records of the farm in a ledger. His wife was Alice Bellew.

Rev. Richard Flanagan, b. 15 Oct 1802, d. 11 May 1880, Termonfechin, Louth, Ireland:
- As part of the third generation of Flanagan’s, he was the son of Patrick Flanagan and Judith Kirwan, and grandson of Richard Flanagan b. 1733 who originally started the Flanagan Farm in its location in Termonfechin. Much of his correspondence to his nephews is preserved. He is interned at the Church of the Immaculate Conception in Termonfechin. His life and story is more extensive than this information presented here.

Richard Flanagan, b. 1830, Termonfechin, Louth, Ireland, d. 7 Jul 1878, London, England:
- As part of the fourth generation of Flanagan’s at the farm, he immigrated to England from Ireland at a young age, maybe around 1850, to work as a customs clerk. He spent the rest of his life living in London with some trips to Ireland to visit his family. He married Maria Cutler and had one child, Kathleen Anne Flanagan. He is the nephew of Rev. Richard Flanagan and a great-grandson of the first Richard Flanagan at the Flanagan Farm in Termonfechin. His parents were John and Anne Flanagan. His brothers include Patrick, Michael, Nicholas and John Flanagan for which correspondence was written between them plus their uncle, Fr. Richard. He is, in fact, a main correspondent until his death in 1878.

Richard Austin Flanagan, Sr., b. 13 Jul 1881, d. 8 Mar 1971, Napa, California, USA:
- He is the son of Patrick and Kate Flanagan.  They immigrated from Ireland to Australia to California. He is the great-great grandson of the original Richard Flanagan, b. 1733, of the Flanagan Farm in Termonfechin. He married Mary Towey.

Richard Joseph Flanagan, b. 29 Oct 1912, d. 29 Oct 2000, Napa, California, USA:
- He is a grandchild of Patrick and Kate Flanagan. They immigrated from Ireland to Australia to California. His parents were John Francis and Mary (McLaughlin) Flanagan. His uncle was Richard Austin Flanagan, Sr. He is a direct descendant of the Flanagan’s of Termonfechin. His line and his siblings' lines continue today.

Richard Austin Flanagan, Jr., b. 2 Mar 1917, Napa, California, USA, d. 12 Oct 2004, Montana, USA:
- He is the only child of Richard Austin Flanagan, Sr., and one of six grandchildren of Patrick and Kate Flanagan. They immigrated from Ireland to Australia to California. He is a direct descendant of the Flanagan’s of Termonfechin. His line continues today.

The latter three Richards all lived in Napa, California at the same time, were all related to one another, and were easily mistaken for each other.  I'm not sure if they looked alike but they were all Richard Flanagan's from Napa, California.  I would imagine that there was some mistaken identity between Richard Joseph Flanagan and his cousin, Richard Austin Flanagan, Jr.  They were only four 1/2 years apart in age.

Richard Flanagan......What a great name for some great people!

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