Bob Flanagan's Family

Most reports I have seen to date refer to three brothers who left from Dublin, Ireland on a voyage to end on "some wood land and some sandy hills" at a place called "Absecon Island" or " Absecon Beach". 'Drawne by the only labour and endeavour of Augustine Herrman' 'A note on the map states that the area is "Inhabited only or most by Indians". 'Indian longhouses are shown along the rivers.' 'The Great Egg Harbor and Little Egg Harbor Inlets are both labled. In 1693 this region was called "Egg Harbour". On March 20th, 1693 it was mentioned in Gloucester County in court records. Also know as Atlantic County and New Waymouth at times. Today this area is around Atlantic City, New Jersey.

In 1732 these three brothers disembarked from ship with members of their family(s). Probably born in Roscommon County, Ireland, the brothers were named; Ambrose, earliest estimated birth: 1700, Whittle, ealiest estimated birth: 1702, James, earliest estimated birth: 1704. With Ambrose Flanagan, at least one family-tree record indicates, was his wife and son. His wife's first name is not indicated, but her last name was Winwright. His son's name was James Winwright Flanagan (the Elder), earliest estimated birth; 1723.

Little is know of the years following their landing in 1732, except that; Ambrose went with family to Virginia and was 'a planter'. Whittle went (with family?) to North Carolina. James (with family?) stayed in the area which became New Jersey.

In at least one record it says that James (the Elder) settled in Fluvanna County, Virginia in 1740. Then he 'removed' to Albermarle County, Virginia. Another record says that he 'lived in Louisa Couty, VA. as early as 1744'.

It is in 1747 that the first 'formal records' of James Flanagan (the Elder) are found. Up until this first record all that I have advanced has been from family-tree records/statements passed down in family writings of their ancestory.

The first record of James Flanagan of Louisa County, Virginia, is found in the Fredericksville Parish Vestry Book, 29 July 1747, and states, "That Samuel Dalton and James Flanagan do procession the lands from Nick Meriwether's line ye Mountain and the county line to Cuffy's Creek".

Also during 1747 James married Serena Frances Whittall of Albemarle County, the daughter of Francis Whittall and Sarah Cole.

On August 20, 1747 James 'obtained two tracts of land in Louisa Couty from Lieut. Governor Gooch, issued at Williamsburg, one containing 400 acres "on both sides of north fork of Hudson's Creek" for "forty shillings of good and lawful money". This 400 acres also is the land grant from King George II refered to in many accounts. 'The second tract of 250 acres for "twenty shillings of good and lawful money" beginning at the said Flanagan's corner pine in Sylvanus Morris' line...crossing three branches of Bunches' Creek...and white oak saplins in said Flanagan's line...' These tracts of land constituted 'the total land holdings in James Flanagan's estate'.

The earliest recorded home built by James was in 1747, and we believe the original building (along with additions added) is still standing today. The home was called Red Hill. The site is in the Greensprings District of Louisa County, Virginia, located south of Route 22 on the west side of Route 15 near the waters of Hudson and Bunches' Creeks.

Micki Flanagan Perry has sent me pictures of this house along with letters describing the house and 'line of residents' that have lived there. It is fascinating to also find in a map of the area described a road leading off of Hwy. 15 (south of Route 22) named Red Hill Trail. This 'trail' I believe leads to the Flanagan home built by James in 1747.

In 1747 James (the Elder) and wife Serena had their first child named Ambrose. On November 18, 1749 their second child was born named Whittle. Sometime in 1750 their third child was born named James (2nd) after his father. Sometime in 1751 their fourth and last child was born and named Mary. Mary was called 'Milly', and was likely named after her mother's sister, her aunt Mary Whittall.

"At a Vestry held for Fredericksville Parish ye 5th day of June 1749, ordered that James Flanakin be appointed Sexton of the Middle Church in the room of Wilmoth Davis, and that his wages commence the 20th of May last". There are variations in the spelling of the name Flanagan in the records of Louisa, Albemarle and Fluvanna Counties. I believe this Flanakin is James Flanagan (the Elder). It is also noted in research of the early settlers that the actual spelling of the name was many times Flannagan, and that with the children of James and Serena was the name thereafter consistent with the spelling Flanagan of my line.

In June of 1752 James Winwright Flanagan (the Elder) died in Louisa Couty, Virginia, I believe at his Red Hill home and probably buried in the cemetery nearby. If born in 1723, James was only 29 or 30 when he died leaving Serena with four children under 6 years of age. Tradition has it that Serena remarried a man named Lane who was not kind to his stepchildren.

Two things to mention that are my opinions; 1) because James was a Sexton of the Middle Church in Fredericksville Parish, I believe he and family were religious members of the Church of Ireland. Being from Dublin I think he and parents likely prayed at Christ Church which is not Catholic, but Anglican. 2) because of his land grant from King George II that he (through father Ambrose?) had some connection back to England for influence.

In 1782 Serena Whittall Flanagan died at the home of her son James (2nd).

Whittle Flanagan, second child and son of James Winwright Flanagan (the Elder) and Serena Whittall Flanagan, born November 18, 1749, was just over 2 1/2 years old when his father died. Whittle, as all his siblings, was born in Louisa County, Virginia most likely at Red Hill.

Records show that Whittle and his two brothers all had early interests in Albemarle County. The first account of Whittle being in Albemarle is the purchase of the dower interest of Sarah Whittall, his grandmother, consisting of 112 acres of land in Louisa County on Hudson's Creek for 100 pounds of current money and the deed of conveyance stated that Sarah and Whittle were of Albemarle County. Whittle's name does not appear on the land books of Albemarle County until 1810. The first land book of Louisa County, 1782, records 60 acres of land in the name of Whittle Flanagan but doesn't indicate how he obtained it.

On April 12, 1773 Whittle Flanagan married Judith Ferguson probably in Louisa County, VA. Their children are as follows:

James Wainrite born 1774
Mary born 1775
Stephen Ferguson born 1777
Charles W. born January 1,1779
Ambrose born 1780
Ruben born 1782
Susannah born 1783
Daniel born 1784
Francis Whittle born 1789
John born 1791
Elizabeth born 1794

All children were born in Louisa County, Virginia.

There are several entries in Deed Books (land dealings) and Order Books (legal cases) of Louisa and Albemarle Counties that show Whittle and Judith were active in buying and selling land, and in some cases legal judgments were made against him in which monetary settlements were directed by the court.

On March 14, 1791, Whittle was appointed Surveyor of the road from the river to the county line. He also served on the grand jury beginning May 3, 1800.

No record has been found that Whittle or his two brothers were in the Revolutionary War. Whittle was 27 years old when the war started. The Gilmer Papers, 1672-1865, Virginia Hist. Soc. Library, records that Whittle took the Oath of Allegiance to the Commonwealth of Virginia in 1776. The Oath was subscribed to by 217 persons including Thomas Jefferson.

Whittle and his family lived at Red Hill, and there is some conjecture that it was Whittle who built the house not his father. Red Hill was passed down to Whittle's daughter Elizabeth, and in 1873 to her daughter Julia. Julia deeded it to her daughter Ida in 1911, and in 1964 Ida deeded it to her children Ruby and Graham. In 1986, Ruby and her niece Sarah Amick and her husband J.R. Amick were living at Red Hill.

The last legal record I show for Whittle and his wife Judith is a deed of trust dated October 18, 1825. Most family-tree records I have show Whittle died in 1830. I only know that Judith died after 1825.

Because the next in my line is Charles W. Flanagan, 4th born child, I thought I would leave this section with the following:

'It appears from the record that Charles Flanagan, son of Whittle, got into some trouble and was brought into court and Ewel Boulware went his bale and Whittle Flanagan gave a deed of trust, 13 of June 1823, to John D. Fielding, Trustee, on 100 acres of land and certain personal property to guarantee security to Ewel Boulware'.

The lives of my line gets VERY interesting during the 1800's. Soon I want to 'lay down' what I have for those adventures, first 1800 to 1850.

I don't claim that everything above is 100% accurate. I believe from what I have read that most is true. I'm putting this down so that anyone who has infrmation to correct or add to this writing will please substantiate more.

I hope this helps some of our Clan to find and search for more of our heritage.