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Philip Flynn

Patrick Flynn (my grandfather) married Ann Smith from Kilnavara, Cavan in November 1889. They lived in Swellan, Cavan.

They went on to have two children, Mary Ellen born in March 1892 and Peter Francis born October 1893. Anne’s father was Peter Smith and her mother was Bridget Donohoe.

Anne Smith died in 1895. I have tried to find Mary Ellen and Peter Francis but cannot find out anything about them. I did find them both on the 1901 census in Cavan.

The family had moved to Galway by the 1911 census and Peter was there living with another family but Mary Ellen was not on the census.  I believe she may have gone to New York. 

Patrick went on to marry my grandmother Kate Donohoe from Pullamore, Cavan in January 1898 and also lived in Swellan. 

Patrick’s father Philip’s (my great grandfather) address on the first marriage certificate is given as Ballintemple although it states that he was deceased at the time of the marriage. 

I think this was possibly his last address with the railway.

I can find no record of Philip’s death. I have tried everywhere. Philip and Patrick both worked on the M.G.W.R railway.

On the marriage certificate to my grandmother in 1898 Philip’s address is given as M.G.W.Railway although he would have been deceased for over nine years at that time.

I have found Philip’s wife Ellen’s death in Swellan, Cavan in June 1889 stating she was a widow aged 62.  Patrick (my grandfather) was the informant. I believe Ellen to be Eleanor Morris who was born in Kilkenny in 1826 but this would make her about nine years older than Philip, who I think was born in 1835 in Castlepollard.  I am having a problem trying to ensure that I have the right marriage which took place in Drumlumman in 1858, as I cannot confirm her maiden name. I could possibly be on the wrong track.

Patrick had a long working life on the railway through various counties ending up in Dublin in 1912 until he retired and died there in 1940.

Philip is the one member of my family tree I am having real difficulty in finding out any information about. 

Thanks in advance for any help.


Maeve Flynn O'Brien

Tuesday 15th September 2020, 06:30PM