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Monday, January 31, 2011

Thomas Flanagan of Termonfechin

The Flanagan Family that I am connected to has a long history in Termonfechin, Louth, Ireland. In fact, the family tree has been traced back to around 1690. Descendants of one generation of Flanagan's from this tree, has remained rather close even today.  John Flanagan and Anne Maguire married in 1829 in Termonfechin. They had eleven children. Of all eleven children, there is really only one child where it is unknown what happened to him. He was Thomas Flanagan, b. 1836, Termonfechin, Louth on the Flanagan Farm.

Thomas was the third child of John and Anne but the first to leave home. In 1850, at the age of 14 he left for Dublin and was never heard from again....at least, there are no letters or records that remain recording any information or contact from him. This is unusual for this family since there are so many records and letters of communication from the other ten children. Why Thomas left and never returned or made contact with his family is not really known. His grandfather was the head of the household and ran the farm rather tight. Thomas may have wanted to branch out on his own at an early age.

It has been presumed for over 150 years that Thomas died in Dublin.....maybe.  Did he emigrate to the U.S.? What happened to this Thomas Flanagan? He is connected to a family who would like to find out.

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