Sure. Sure. It sounds like I know them. Well, after spending a week with them, I kind of do! Too bad they have been dead for about a hundred years! They were my 2nd great grandparents. And, until this week, they were as far back on the Flynn-side of the house as we knew. John Flynn was born in 1847.
But, in researching one of their five sons, I stumbled across an article listing not just the names of John and Elizabeth (Lemay), but of John’s parents!
James Henry Flynn, Troy, New York, physician and surgeon, was born in Lansingburg, New York, October 28, 1873, son of John Flynn and Elizabeth Lemay, his wife. His paternal grandparents, James and Ann Flynn, emigrated from Ireland about 1835 and settled in Quebec, Canada. Four years later they located in Lansingburg. New York, and engaged in farming. Dr. Flynn’s maternal grandparents were Canadians, who also settled in Lansingburg.
Thank you, Dr. Flynn!
Now, tracing a couple of Micks with names such as James (b. 1805) and Ann (b. 1810) (she also went by Nancy) back across the Canadian border into Quebec (?) in “about” 1839 is going to be tough enough. Tracing them back to Ireland? I am not holding out hope of that. I also found the three brothers of John Flynn, as well. These would be the famous Flynn Brothers of the same named brush factory. The eldest of these brothers, Patrick, was born in Canada in 1836. It is amazing just how many Patrick Flynns were born in Canada in 1836! And then to move to the US at three years of age? Did he just assume US citizenship or did he actually go through the naturalization process? I have yet to find any record of that.
So, that is my blog post on this fine New Year’s Eve. This news has tickled my mother, who never knew just how long the Flynns had been in the States and it also helped to explain why she could never find any records or hints on Ellis Island. I just sealed up the envelope containing the application request for a copy of John and Elizabeth’s wedding certificate. I am hoping, if it can be found, that it might contain some more detailed info on James and Ann/Nancy, as well as Ms Lemay’s parents.