NORTHERN NEW YORK
Genealogical and family history of northern New York: a record of the achievements of her people
in the making of a commonwealth and the founding of a nation.
New York: Lewis Historical Pub. Co. 1910.
Transcribed by Coralynn Brown
James Flanagan was born in county Queens, Ireland, 1800. He came to Montreal, Canada, and afterward to Louisville, St. Lawrence county, New York, where he followed farming for the remainder of his life.
He married Catherine Fury, a native of Ireland, who was educated in the schools of Dublin, Ireland.
James, mentioned below.
Bridget, Peter, Thomas, Catherine, Maria, Mary,
and four who died in young manhood and womanhood.
(II) James (2), son of James (1) and Catherine (Fury) Flanagan, was born in Montreal, Canada, 1826, died in Louisville, New York, Oct. 4, 1905. He came to Louisville, N.Y. with his father, and located on a farm, receiving a common school education there. Before the civil war he went west and was engaged in the Second Minnesota Regiment of Volunteer Infantry, Company H, re-enlisted in 1864, and served until the close of the war. He was with the western army under General Thomas and fought at the battles of Mill Springs, Shilo, Perryville, Mission Ridge, Chattanooga, and Chickamuaugs, and was in "Sherman's March to the Sea." He received a Medal of Honor from congress for special service and gallantry at Nolinsville, Tennessee, Feb. 15, 1863.
At the close of hostilities, in 1865, he returned to Louisville and settled on his mother's farm, which he conducted for the remainder of his life. He had about eighty acres of land and conducted a dairy.
In politics he was a Democrat.
He married, Sept., 1868, Kate Mallen, of Waddington, N.Y., born 1840, now (1910) living in Louisville.
1. Frederick James, mentioned below.
2. Agnes, resides in Louisville, N.Y.
3. Thomas, employed in the street railway business in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania.
4. John, a detective, in the employ of the Webster Detective Agency of St. Louis, Missiouri.
(III) Frederick James, son of James (2) and Kate (Mallen) Flanagan, was born in Louisville, N.Y., Oct. 9, 1869. He was educated in the public schools of Louisville and the schools of Massena, also at Ogdensburg Academy from which institution he graduated in 1893. He taught school in Louisville, Chase's Mills and Norfolk, N.Y.
He studied law in the office of James H. Martin and of Judge John M. Kellogg at Ogdensburg, N.Y., and was admitted to the bar in 1902. He began the practice of law in Norfolk, N.Y., in the same year, forming a partnership with Horace G. Atwater, under the firm name of Atwater & Flanagan. This firm has taken a prominent position among the lawyers of this section, and enjoys a large and growing practice.
Mr. Flanagan is a member of the Modern Woodmen of America and of the Independent Order of Foresters.
He married, 1904, Minerva Plumley, of Colton, N.Y., daughter of David and Eliza (Coats) Plumley.
Alexander R. Flanagan was of Irish descent. His father came from Ireland and made his home in Waddington, St. Lawrence county, N.Y. His mother, Mary, was daughter of James and Johanna (McCarthy) Chambers. James Chambers was born in county Cork, Ireland, and settled in the town of St. Lawrence, St. Lawrence county, N.Y., and followed farming; children: Mary, Daniel, James, Charles, Elizabeth, Katherine, Nellie, Thomas.
Alexander R. Flanagan was born in Waddington, N.Y. in 1825, and was educated there in the public schools. He entered the railroad business when a young man and rose to the position of passenger agent. In 1854-56 he was traveling passenger agent of the Rutland & Burlington railroad, and was stationed at Saratoga, Montreal and Rouse's Point. In 1857 he became the proprietor of the Miller House at Rouse's Point and conducted it successfully until 1871, when he took the Ferguson House at Malone, N.Y. and continued there until he retired in 1882.
He was interested in horses and owned many valuable animals. He was well known among horsemen, and undoubtedly one of the best judges of horses in that section.
Personally attractive and genial, he was popular as a landlord and among all classes of horsemen. A sturdy, upright, honorable man of business, a useful citizen in the community, of sound judgment and successful in business, he had the respect and esteem of all who knew him.
He was a member of the local lodges of Odd Fellows and Free Masons.
He died at Malone, July 30, 1894.
He married, May 2, 1852, Mary E. Chambers, born Oct., 1830, died Feb. 13, 1909, daughter of James Chambers. She was a member of St. Mark's Church, and active in charitable works and caring for the poor of the vicinity. For fifty-two years she was actively engaged in the hotel business with husband and sons.
1. William R., born Sept. 22, 1854.
2. Charles W., born Jan. 18, 1858.
3. Frederick A., born Dec. 3, 1860; died Dec. 30, 1893.
4. George, born June 23, 1861.
5. Samuel James, born Oct. 6, 1862; was in partnership with his brother, William R., in conducting Hotel Flanagan, from 1888 to 1890, when he entered partnership with his brother, John Alexander, as proprietors of the Howard House at Malone.
6. John Alexander, born Feb. 1, 1864; mentioned below.
7. Mary Josephine, born Feb. 17, 1868.
8. Joseph J., born in 1870.
(II) John Alexander, son of Alexander R. Flanagan, was born in Malone, N.Y., Feb. 1, 1864, and educated in the public schools of his native town. He studied law in the offices of Judge Beman and of Cantwell, Badger & Cantwell, and was admitted to the bar May 3, 1888. He graduated from Columbia Law School, New York City, June 15, 1888. He preferred business to his profession, however, and took up his father's calling, entering partnership with his brother, Samuel J. Flanagan, in 1890. They have conducted the Howard House at Malone with notable success to the present (1910) time. This is one of the best known, best managed and popular hotels in northern New York.
He is a prominent member of St. Mark's Protestant Episcopal Church, of Malone, of which his mother was many years an active member, and of which he is a vestryman.
He is a member of the local lodge of Free Masons, of the Chapter, Council, Commandery, and of Central Consistory of Syracuse, and of Karnak Temple, A.A.O.N.M.S.
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