I appreciated your response.
Timothy is my Great Grandfather. His son Clifford George Flavin is my Grandfather. Hilton B. Flavin is my father.
I started my search on 08/04/06 to see if I could find out what happened to Clifford. Clifford literally disappeared from the face of the earth sometime between 1915 and 1920. My grandmother (Cora) claimed that he abandoned the family. He either ended up at the bottom of a river or assumed a different name. If he assumed a different name, then I surmise that he settled near family. It didn’t take me long to get hooked on genealogy and my tree keeps expanding. I’m into Europe on my mother’s side, as well as with Clifford’s wife, Cora. However, Timothy and his family has been an obstacle for me.
For now, the only person that I have a good trace on is Timothy and Ettie’s daughter, Pearl Edyth Flavin, who married John Canutt. She lived in Seattle, WA and died there in 1951. I haven’t done much yet regarding their son, James.
I ordered birth records for Clifford on 08/12/06 hoping that this will shed some light on the subject. I may also have to order records on Pearl and James. Ettie Flavin, Timothy’s wife, has also eluded me.I found one record for Clifford stating that Timothy Flavin was married to E. Sharp. The 1880 census indicates that her name was Ettie. It also indicates that she was born in 1859, which means that she was 14 when they had their first child, James. Not uncommon during this period (or this period, now that I think about it), but I suspect that she was born earlier, especially if Timothy was, in fact, born in 1842/1843 versus the 1848 indicated in the 1880 census.I found an Ettie Sharp born during 1849 in Pennsylvania who resided in Oilcreek, PA during the 1870 census, but dead ended there. Also, plaguing me is did she leave Timothy? If not, what happened to her?Back to Timothy. Apparently he stayed in WI, at least until 1898 as I found records showing he worked as a laborer in Appleton until then.
I found that the Timothy Flavin in South Dakota was apparently born during 1848 in Illinois to John and Margaret, based on the 1850 census. It also appears that the IL Timothy may have been married twice. However, there might also have been two Timothy’s in SD during the same period.
My wife and I share a haunting feeling that there may be a stealth Timothy in the overall Dodge, Outagamie and Fond Du Lac County picture who may have actually been born in 1848 and immigrated from Ireland. The Flavin’s appear to have been a tightly knit (and prolific) family, so it’s sometimes hard to distinguish who’s who in the zoo. I recently started separate trees on the elder Flavin’s (Flahavin, Flahvin, Flahavan), James, David, John, Patrick, etc. to determine their relationship to each other, if any.I’ve also started separate trees on the Timothy’s to determine their lineage - including New Brunswick, Minnesota, Illinois, Wisconsin, Missouri, South Dakota, and etc. Flavin’s. Additionally, I’m looking for more information on Timothy Flahavan (1852, Virginia, Source publication:HARRIS, RUTH-ANN, AND B. EMER O'KEEFFE. The Search for Missing Friends, Irish Immigrant Advertisements Placed in the Boston Pilot, Volume II: 1851-1853. Boston, MA: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1991. 672p.) – I’ll exhaust existing resources before I pay for it on the New England Historic Genealogical Society web site (this can be an expensive hobby).
I’ve actually uncovered more questions than answers.Are the data disparities a result of lies, laissez-faire philosophy, memory failure and/or incompetence in recording? I’m primarily using Family Tree Maker, Ancestry.com, Genealogy.com and Familysearch.org to extract data (basically the same source).Do you have any other suggestions? It would also be helpful if I could write my own queries.
Anne, now that I’ve talked your ear off, who are you tracing? We’re probably related. We were born in the same generation (my being 2 years older than yourself, born in Milwaukee) and we appear to mapping the same area(s).
Please, let’s compare notes. My e-mail is firstname.lastname@example.org.