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FAMILY ANDREW EDWARD JOSEPH FLANAGAN. Co. ROSCOMMON, IRELAND

Updated May 7, 2001

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Townland: Cloonmullin
County: Roscommon
Barony: Frenchpark
Parish: Tibohine
PLU: Castlerea

The last member of that family to live there is dead for many
decades, my grandfather's uncle MICHAEL Flanagan. He was already 62 years old in 1948 when he inherited the very small (18 acres) farm from his mother MARGARET whose husband EDWARD Flanagan died prior to the 1911 Census. He was my own grandfather's grandfather. The 1901 Census lists him as a
tenant farmer, which meant the land was owned by a landlord, but in the process of land reform a few years later the Flanagans had gained ownership of the farm themselves by the time of the 1911 Census.

The 1901 Census details for Cloonmullin lists EDWARD Flanagan as the head of the family, aged 70, a tenant farmer by occupation. His wife MARGARET was aged 60. Both were listed as speaking Irish as well as English, since Roscommon was then undergoing a linguistic transition from Irish to English.
But their children did not speak Irish. The children were MARY aged 20, a farmer's daughter, HONORIA aged 18, a farmer's daughter, THOMAS aged 16, a farm labourer, MICHAEL aged 14, a scholar or school-child, and JAMES aged 10, also listed as a scholar, who was my grandfather's father.

By the time of the 1911 Census Edward is dead and both MARY and THOMAS have left Cloonmullin. And my great-great-grandmother MARGARET has taken six years off her age! The 1911 occupants of the Flanagan home are MARGARET aged 64, a widowed head of family and farmer, and her children, NORAH (HONORIA) aged 27, MICHAEL aged 22, a farmer's son, and JAMES aged 19, also listed as a farmer's son.

JAMES Flanagan got married with AGNES Churchill (maiden name) and their children:
MICHAEL Flanagan (who joined in The Royal Army Medical Corps, 1937)
ANDREW EDWARD JOSEPH Flanagan (my grandfather)born 20th October 1917, Castlerea? (maybe Cloonmullin), Co.Roscommon.
EILENN Flanagan
MARY Flanagan

They lived 108 Irving Street, Birmingham, England. Maybe part of the family lived Horse Fair and Edgbaston St., Birmingham.

My grandfather Andrew came to Spain on December 1936 to fought in Spanish Civil War, joined in The International Brigades XV British Battalion. He got married 22nd April 1937, Madrigueras, Albacete, Spain with my grandmother Sagrario Cabaņero Valverde and they got a daugther Andrea Flanagan. Andrew disappear on Civil War at Ebro Battle.

Note:

Edward Flanagan b. 1831 (not 1830)
Margaret b. 1841 (not 1840)
James Flanagan b. 1891 (not 1890)

 
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