James Tarrence Flanagan and Elizabeth Roney
James Tarrence Flanagan was born in Cork County, Ireland, in 1760. His oath of Fidelity is recorded in Baltimore County, Maryland, in 1778. He married Elizabeth Roney about 1786, and by 1790 they were living in Kentucky. The Flanagans first moved to Mercer County, and in 1797 moved to Washington County, the area that would become Marion County in 1834. James Flanagan bought a small farm of 107 acres between the small towns of St. Joe and Raywick. Tarrence and Elizabeth had ten children: Patrick married Catherine French; Mary married James McAlister; James remained single; John married Sussana Buckman; Margaret remained single; Nancy married John Mills, Jr.; Stephen remained single; Elizabeth married George Buckman; Catherine became Sister Bibanna; and Benedict married Mary Jane Russell.
Benedict Joseph Flanagan and Mary Jane Russell
Benedict J. Flanagan, born February 8, 1812, died April 30, 1874. St. Charles Catholic Cemetery, St. Mary, Marion County, Kentucky. ‘A faithful husband by my side, he filled our house with glee, but now our homes are on distant tides and as a far distant be.’
According to tax records, Benedict Joseph Flanagan, Sr., purchased a farm two and one half miles from St. Mary, Kentucky, on Hardins Creek, in 1844. It is the Flanagan farm located now on Sam Browning Road. Benedict married Mary Jane Russell in 1845, daughter of James and Nancy (Mudd) Russell.
Ten children were born of this union: James Tarrence married Eliza Walker
William Patrick married Mildred Hollis; John Albert married Eliza Hamilton; Amanda Catherine married William C. Hamilton; Elizabeth Frances married Jim Ed Mattingly; Benedict Jr., married Nannie Pike
Annie Mary married Bernard Mattingly; Charles Kendrick married Florence Clayton; Sarah Eliza remained single and Thomas David married Louise Cynthia Pike.
Thomas David Flanagan and Louise Cynthia Pike
Thomas David Flanagan married Cynthia Louise Pike, daughter of John Pike and Anna Minerva (Vittitow) Pike. Six children were born to this union: Mary Lea became Sister Mary Angela; Joseph Elbert married Mary Burke; Joseph Edward married Catherine Roberta Mudd; Althea David married Joseph William Ray; John Thomas married Roberta O’Bryan and Ida married Ernest Byrley.
In 1947, Thomas David Flanagan deeded to his son, Joseph Edward, the farm. Joseph Edward Flanagan, Sr., married Catherine Roberta Mudd, daughter of Martin John and Teresa Barbara Blandford Mudd, on November 25, 1937. Their eight children include: Joseph Edward, Jr., married Carolyn Hardy; Francis Jerome married Mary Ann Rice; Mary Cecilia married Kenneth Slater; Frances Patricia married David Langley; Barbara Alice married Benedict Miles; Charles Louis married Alice Peters; Dorothy Jean married David Kehm; Teresa Martin married Larry Richard Hawkins.
A later descendant, Charles Gerard Flanagan, bought the Flanagan farm and built a new home on the location of the original Flanagan homestead. The Flanagan farm has been in the same name for 156 years.
Information from History of Marion County Kentucky Volume I, compiled by the Marion County Historical Society. All photos taken by Ritchey and Phyllis Brown, Kentucky Kindred Genealogy, at St. Charles Catholic Cemetery in St. Mary, Marion County, Kentucky. This was my home parish for many years.
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