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19. Zadock Wright FLYNN11 was born on 14 November 1795 in Surry County, North Carolina.17 He died on 1 December 1868 at the age of 73 in Morgan County, Illinois.

Family said to have moved to Kentucky when Zadock was 14; at age 22 he pioneered on Richland Creek, Sangamon Co IL. Located land in Morgan Co IL in 1821. His Will recorded in Morgan Co IL, dated 12 Jul 1852.

1830 Census. Morgan Co IL, p.67 with Arche Poindexter & Richard Jones & two of his sisters & their husbands; Reel #24, B'ham Library: 1m 30-40; 3f -5; 2f 5-10; 1f-15-20. His brother Josiah is also in Morgan Co, as is a William Flynn of about the same age.

Zadock fought in the Black Hawk War.
He is found first as a private on the Muster Roll of Captain William B. Smith's Company of the Brigade of mounted Volunteers, commanded by Brigadier General Samuel Whitesides, mustered into service at Beardstown, IL, on the 26th of April 1832, 25 miles from the place of enrollment. Eight names to include Zadock W. Flinn and his next door neighbor Equilla Hall, were added last and not listed as enrolled with the others on 21 Apr 1832 at Jacksonville.
"I certify on honor that this Muster Roll exhibits the true state of Captain William B. Smiths Company of Mounted Volunteers of Illinois Militia on this day..... Signed at Beardstown this 26th day of April 1832." Wm. B. Smith, Commanding the Company
"Mustered and countersigned this 26th of April 1832" John J. Hardin, Inspector and Mustering officer.
A footnote states that they were enrolled for sixty days - obviously Zadock did not stay in this unit the full time, as he is also listed in Lindsey's Spy Battalion by the 16th of May - he seems to be the only person listed in both.
The Black Hawk War 1831-1832, Vol I, Illinois Volunteers; compiled and edited by Ellen M. Whitney, Illinois State Historical Library, Vol. XXXV, Springfield, 1970, p.167

Zadock W., William & Royal Flynn are all shown as members of the Company of Allen F. Lindsey, most from Morgan Co, the Spy Battalion, 3rd Brigade, Illinois Mounted Volunteers, called into service 16 May 1832. Royal was a Corporal, the others Privates.
Zadock W. Flynn is noted as "1 Bay horse lost in service"
Note signed Alen F. Lindsey: This company organized 4th day of Jun 1832. Took up line of march for head Quarters 9th day June 1832 mustered into service 19th day of June 1832. Eight days Rations for Seventeen men have Been drawn for traveling purposes 16th Aug 1832.
The Black Hawk War 1831-1832, Vol I, Illinois Volunteers; compiled and edited by Ellen M. Whitney, Illinois State Historical Library, Vol. XXXV, Springfield, 1970, p.423.


I have never been able to find Zadock in 1840. The handwriting of parts of the census in Morgan Co is terrible and there are 166 digital images. I feel sure he is there, and likely Josiah, too.

1850 Census, Morgan Co IL
Z. W. Flynn, age 55, b. NC, property worth $20,000. Elizabeth age 45 b. KY.
Children living with them all born in Illinois. Elizabeth 19, Anne 17, Louista 15, Hezekiah 12, Franklin 9, Marietta 5. Four young males were living with the family as laborers.
Since Zadock and Elizabeth had married in 1821, I feel sure there were older children - Elizabeth shown here was born circa 1831. The article that follows states they had 14 children - I have found only eight in 1850 and 1860; others were in the marriage or cemetery records. The 1830 census indicates five daughters born before 1830, and I have found only three.

In 1850 there is a William Flynn living in Morgan Co - he was age 24, but born in Tennessee. Diana age 20 and Henry age 6 months, probably his wife and child. Daniel Flynn, age 21, born in Illinois, was living there - they would fit well as two additional sons for Zadock and Elizabeth. However, in the household of Royal Flinn is a William, age 23, b. Tenn. and a Daniel, age 20, b. Tenn. - they would seem to have been counted twice. Other records do indicate this William was Royal's son.


1860 Census, Morgan Co IL [this one was difficult to find!]
"Yazo Flint", age 64, b. NC. Value of property $68,400. Eliz. 54, b. KY
Hez age 22, b. IL, Frank 19 b. IL, Mary 15, Quintilla [f] age 12, Ed age 10.
Wm Vinter, age 24, b. Germany working as a Laborer.

Will is recorded in Morgan Co, IL, dated 12 July 1852; obviously probated some years later as he was living in 1860. Names son Hezekiah.

1870 Census, Morgan Co, IL, Yatesville
Flinn, Elizabeth, age 64, b. KY. Value of property $70,000.
Franklin age 29, b. IL. Edward 19 b. IL
She also had a female servant and two young farmhands.

1880 Census, Morgan Co, IL.
Elizabeth Flinn, age 73, b. KY father b. VA, mother b. SC
Franklin, now 38, her son, b. IL.
Two young male boarders.

Plat Book of Morgan County, Illinois 1894.
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ZADOCH W. FLINN - Among those who have risen from poverty to a position of prominence and great wealth, will be noticed the above-named. He was born in Surrey county, North Carolina, on November 14, 1795. Mr. Flinn was one of a large family of children born to Laughlin and Elizabeth Flinn, and, as was the custom in those days, he, at an early age, worked on that rugged soil, and assisted in the arduous labor of clearing land. What little education he possessed was obtained in the schools of his native state. When fourteen years of age, his parents removed to Kentucky, and he remained at home, working as usual, til 1818. Then being in his twenty-third year, he resolved to visit the prairie state and carve a fortune out of her fertile soil. So, after a long journey, in that year, the subject of this record settled on Richland Creek, Sangamon county, where he built the first cabin, and started a settlement on that creek. The neighborhood yet bears the original name of Richland, which is peculiarly applicable, on account of its fertility of soil. At this time Mr. Flinn was unmarried, and lived in the cabin solitary and alone, with the exception of an occasional visit from the Indians. He was so generous toward the latter that they gave him the name of "The Good Man." His land was equally divided between prairie and timber, and to the tillage and improvement of the farm he applied himself with that tenacity of purpose which has ever characterized the efforts of the early pioneers of Illinois. Feeling assured of his final success as an agriculturist, his labors were urged on by an indomitable will, and at the same time they were characterized by an honest and straightforward line of conduct, which, despite his poverty and forlorn condition, won for him the respect of the whites as well as the aborigines. As was previously remarked, the Indians paid a great tribute to his character, by terming him a good man, and the early settlers fully corroborated the title, on account of his generosity and benevolence toward them when in sickness or distress.
He resided on Richland creek about three years, and then removed to Morgan county, and located on land in township 16-9, in the month of October, 1821. Previous to this, on the 23rd of August, 1821, he was married to Miss Elizabeth Hill, daughter of Francis and Rebecca Hill, of Monroe county, Kentucky. Mr. Hill was a native of Virginia, but had emigrated to Kentucky with his parents at an early age. Mrs. Hill, whose maiden name was Rebecca Hall, was a native of South Carolina; her parents removed to Kentucky when she was quite a young girl. Mrs. Flinn's education was obtained in Kentucky, and what few advantages she possessed were well improved. Being the oldest child, much of the care of the family devolved upon her. Mr. Flinn was married to Miss Hill in Monroe county, Kentucky, and immediately after marriage, came to Illinois, and located his land as above stated. Mr. F., with the exception of some raw land, was extremely poor, but encouraged by the sympathy and aid of his youthful bride, he set out to dig out of the rugged soil a home and competence. By reason of his untiring energy and incessant industry, he soon began to accumulate property. Early in his agricultural career he connected stock raising and grazing with farming, and in both of these branches of industry he was very successful. As soon as a small sum of money was obtained, on the application of citizens, he would loan the same to them at rates of interest determined upon by them, as the law permitted any rate contracted by and between the parties. In this manner a large amount of money was earned. A peculiarity of Mr. Flinn's business was, as the settlers rightly stated, that everything he touched seemed to turn into gold. In fact, he "made success," and obtained a reputation as a shrewd, energetic, and far-seeing man of business without tarnishing his honor and casting a stain upon his name. These statements cannot but assure the reader of Mr. Flinn's inherent nobleness of heart, that would not stoop to dissimulation for the purpose of wealth.
Mr. Flinn was engaged in those Indian troubles known as the Black Hawk war. He participated in most of the campaigns, and in those fierce conflicts fought again and again, fortunately without receiving any wounds. At the time of the "deep snow" their cabin was nearly buried by the drifts of feathery element, and it was with difficulty that the stock was reached, wood hauled, etc. One morning, before ten o'clock, with the assistance of Stephen Flinn, he brought thirteen fine deer to the house. The snow was so deep that the deer were easily caught by the dogs, or shot at will by the hunter. Their bill of fare contained the corn-bread and the savory meat of the wild deer; and this could not but bring forth and develop the muscular frames and strong mental powers for which the yeomanry of the garden state are so noted. At this time, as ever since has been the case, his hospitality and benevolence were constantly tested. The latch-string of his door hung out," and many a weary pioneer and belated traveler rejoiced at the sight of his domicile, for they knew full well that none were turned away from his board, but all met a cordial welcome from this generous family. At the time of his death (December 1, 1868), he possessed over two thousand acres of land, and most of the same was under a fair state of cultivation. He always regarded with great pride blooded cattle, and was the first person in this section to import fine stock from the eastern and southern states. To his efforts are due the fine native cattle of this section, which meet the admiration of the farmer and stock raiser. In the feeding and sale of his stock, Mr. Flinn accumulated most of his large fortune, and this, by the way, on the farm on which he first settled, and on which his widow still resides. Mr. and Mrs. Flinn were the parents of fourteen children (seven of whom are dead), ten girls and four boys. Nine of the girls lived to be married. There are now living four daughters and three sons; as regards the latter, one is married. Of the daughters living, their names appear below, in the order of their ages; viz.: Mary Jane, the wife of Wm. C. Owen, Esq.; Amanda, the wife of Aaron Thompson; Levesta, the widow of John Sulley; Quintilla H., the wife of David Clark. The sons, in the order of their ages, are: Hezekiah W., Franklin M., and Edward M.
Though not an active politician, Mr. Flinn was a strong advocate and supporter of the old Jeffersonian and Jacksonian principles of democracy, and ever upheld the honor of his country as well as he was able. He was not a member of any church, but yet entertained a high opinion of religion, and aided and encouraged the support of the gospel in a kind and liberal manner, that evinced the deep esteem he had for morality and religion. While on a visit with his wife to their old home in Kentucky, he was seized with a sudden illness, from the effects of which he died, on December 1, 1868. His remains were brought to Morgan county, and buried in the family grave yard, on the old homestead. There reposes a kind father, an affectionate husband, a good neighbor, and a faithful friend. An appropriate monument marks the last resting place of all that is mortal of Mr. Flinn. Such, in brief, is the history of one who, in early life had to undergo the privation of poverty, and who, by his own strong will and determined heart, step by step, rose to a position of wealth and prominence in society. He is kindly remembered by all of the old settlers who are yet living, as one who, in the early struggles of this county, was ever willing to lend a helping hand to distressed pioneers. His estimable widow, at the advanced age of sixty-seven, is residing on the old homestead, where in the past she spent so many happy days with her husband. There their children were born, and for the extended period of forty-seven years, they enjoyed the comforts of married life. With her two youngest sons, she manages the many household affairs, and dispenses hospitality with the same open hand that has characterized her actions for over fifty years. Mrs. Flinn is now the oldest resident of Morgan county, and bids fair (to judge from her energetic walk) to live for many years more. As an incident of her industrious life, we would state that the second bed-tick she owned after marriage was manufactured by herself; she raised the cotton, picked the seeds by hand, carded and spun the same at home, and walked over a mile to weave it. This, in connection with making all the clothing worn by the family, formed only a portion of her multitudinous labors. What a difference between the labors of the women of that time and the ease and luxury of those of today! She was a help-mate worthy of so noble a husband, and justly ranks among the representative women in the early history of Illinois.
<http://www.rootsweb.com/~ilmorgan/1894/flinn.htm>

Buried Flinn Cemetery, Morgan Co, IL along with his wife and several other members of the family.

Zadock apparently had a Will. Found on Google Books:
Reports of Cases At Law and In Chancery Argued and Determined in the Supreme Court of Illinois, by Norman L. Freeman, Reporter. Volume LVIII. Cases decided at January Term, 1871; p.111-114
Case of Hezekiah W. Flinn et al v. William C. Owen et al.
Some of the heirs of Hezekiah had taken the others to court protesting that the will was not legal, having not been signed by two witnesses together in the presence of each other and the testator. One of the allegations was that the wife had exerted improper influences over Flinn and that she had obtained the second signature and Zadock did not know the will had ever been perfected. The lower court had declared the will to be illegal. However there was no evidence presented to support the allegations and it was not the law that both witnesses sign in the presence of each other. The court stated that the statute did not require that the attesting witnesses be in the presence of each other at the time of signing. Therefore the decree of the lower court was reversed and the cause sent back with leave to amend the bill at the cost of the complainants.

Zadock Wright FLYNN and Elizabeth HILL were married on 23 August 1821 in Monroe County, Kentucky.17 Elizabeth HILL, daughter of Francis HILL and Rebecca HALL, was born on 26 January 1803 in Kentucky. She died on 4 August 1889 at the age of 86 in Morgan County, Illinois.

1870 Census. Yatesville Precinct, Morgan Co IL, Hh 198
Elizabeth Flinn, age 64, b. KY Value of Real Estate - $70,000 PersProp $30,000
Franklin, 29, b. IL
Edward, 19, b. IL
Isabelle Magee, 22, servant, b. Ireland
Roser Richmond 24, farm hand, b. IL
John McDonald, 22, farm hand, b. Ireland

1880 Census Yatesville Precinct, Dist 160, Morgan Co IL, Hh 35
Elizabeth W. Flinn, age 73, b. KY, father b. VA, mother b.SC
Franklin W., age 38, son, b. IL, father b. NC, mother b. KY
Andrew J. Shipley, age 28, boarder, works on farm, b. TN
Isaac N. Burns, age 33, boarder, works on farm, b. VA

Zadock Wright FLYNN and Elizabeth HILL had the following children:

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Mary Jane FLYNN was born in 1824 in Illinois.

Named in article about Zadock her father. Already married before the 1850 census.
Mary Jane Flinn married Cain Owen, 28 Jun 1840, Morgan Co, IL. [he may have been William Cain Owen]

1850 Census. Morgan Co IL
William Owens, age 31, b. TN
Mary, age 26, b. IL
Elizabeth 9. James 7. Josiah 5. Dennis 3. Almanda, age 1.
Robert Thomas, age 27, laborer

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Nancy Helen FLYNN was born on 16 November 1825 in Illinois. She died maybe 1841 at the age of 16.

Nancy Helen Flinn married Joseph Hays, 7 Sep 1841, Morgan Co IL

Listed in the 1850 Morgan Co IL census is a Joseph Hays, age 30. His wife is "Mary" age 25. The age is right, but the name is wrong. There are three children, Sarah 7, Penina 4, and Mary 1.

Did Nancy Helen die young?

There is a second marriage in Morgan Co for Joseph Hays to Mary Taylor Bowen, 16 Nov 1842, only a year after the marriage to Nancy Helen.

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Miriam Amanda FLYNN was born in 1828 in Illinois.

Amanda, the wife of Aaron Thompson was named in the article written about Zadock. I found no Indiana marriage, until after looking at the 1860 census. Miriam Amanda was apparently married twice.
Aaron Thompson married Mirian A. Obanion, 18 apr 1856, Morgan Co IL

1860 Census. Menard Co, IL, Hh 582
Aaron Thompson, age 50, b. New Jersey
Amanda, age 32, b. IL
Frances H. Obanion, age 11. [Amanda's child of 1st marriage]
Cynthia A. Thompson, age 10. Levi Thompson, age 8. [children of Aaron's 1st marriage]
Edwin Thompson, age 3. Zadoc Thompson age 1.

I found Amanda's first marriage.
George M. Obanion, married Marium A. Flinn, 10 Feb 1848, Morgan Co, IL
There were several marriages for an Aaron Thompson, but datewise this one works as the only one that would allow a daughter Cynthia to be born in 1850.
Aaron Thompson married Sarah Jane Carson, 21 Sep 1848, Sangamon Co, IL

Next door to Zadock Flynn in 1850
Morgan Co, IL Hh 818
George O Bannen, age 22, b. IL
Amanda, age 22, b. IL
Frances, age 1.

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Elizabeth M. FLYNN was born on 19 January 1831 in Illinois. She died on 2 January 1861 at the age of 29.

Maybe this Elizabeth:
Elizabeth M. Flinn married Isaiah Strawn, 9 Aug 1853, Marriage Book B, p.92, Morgan Co IL

However, a database online says that Elizabeth died in 1861, and that it was her sister Maryietta that married Isaiah Strawn. That cannot be correct. The sister Marietta was only age 5 in 1850 and was still at home with her parents in 1860, age 15.

The cemetery records for Flinn Cemetery, Morgan Co, IL, has published at USGenWeb have both sisters buried there.
Elizabeth M. Strawn died 2 Jan 1861, age 29 yr 14 da, Wife of I. Strawn
Maryetta Strawn, died 22 Sept 1863, age 17 yr 10 mo 6 day, Wife of Isaiah Strawn.

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Almarinda F. FLYNN was born in 1833 in Illinois.

An Almirinda Flynn married Washington Graff, 18 Jun 1851, in Morgan Co, IL. A database online has a daughter Almirinda born in 1833. In 1850, the daughter who was age 17, appears to be "Ann" - the name also could have been "Am" or "Ami"

1860 Census. Manvistene Twp, Morgan Co IL
Wash Graff, age 34, b. KY
Mi, age 27, b. IL
Mary 8. Wm 6. Mar 4 [female]. Frank, 6 months.

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Lavista Ann FLYNN was born in 1835 in Illinois.

Lavista Ann Flinn married John Salle, 4 Jun 1854, Marriage book B, p.97, Morgan Co, IL

1870 Census. Virginia Twp, Cass Co IL Hh 27
Levista Salley, age 34, b. IL [widowed in the past year or so]
Mary J. 15. Joanna 12. Lucinda 11. Quintella 9. Henry F. 6. Etta 4. John 2.
Oliver Fielden, age 20, farm labor.

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Hezekiah W. FLYNN was born on 6 October 1837 in Illinois. He died on 15 July 1894 at the age of 56 in Morgan County, Illinois.

Illinois Statewide Marriage Index, 1763-1900; Online
Hezekiah W. Flinn married Eliza J. Stout, 9 Mar 1865, Marriage Book C, p.20, Morgan Co, IL

1870 Census. Yatesville Precinct, Morgan Co, IL Hh 224
Hezekiah Flinn, age 32, b. IL
Eliza age 21
Jonathan, age 1

1880 Census. Yatesville Precinct, Dist 160, Morgan Co, IL Hh 62
Hezekiah Flinn, age 43, b. IL, father b. SC, mother b. KY
Liza, 37, wife, b. IL, father b. NJ, mother b. Ohio
John, 11, son. George, 6, son.
Robert W. Bennett, age 38, farm labor, b. IL
Joseph Bacon, age 27, farm labor, b. TN
Susan Bennett, age 17, servant, works in kitchen, b. IL

1900 Census. Prentice, Dist 100, Morgan Co, IL Hh 18
Eliza Flinn, b. Dec 1842, age 58, had 3 children, 2 are living. b. IL, father b. NJ, mother b. OH
George, son, b. Sep 1873, age 26, married for 1 year. b. IL, parents b. IL
Edna L, wife, b. Jun 1879, age 20, has 1 child, b. IL, parents b. IL
Loyd, son, b. Sep 1899, age 8 months
Eugene Vanzant, b. Mar 1872, age 28, laborer
Will E. Pherigo, b. May 1877, age 23, laborer


HISTORY OF MORGAN CO ILLINOIS; Its Past and Present
Chicago: Donnelley, Loyd & Co., Publishers, 1878
FLINN, H. W. [Hezekiah] Farmer and stock dealer, Sec. 29, P.O. Prentice; was born in this precinct in 1837, and has always lived here; married Elizabeth Stout in 1866; she was born in this county in 1845; have two children living; his father, Z. W. Flinn, was the pioneer of this precinct; he was born in North Carolina, and came to Kentucky, and then to this county in 1818, where he died Dec 1, 1868; owns 400 acres valued at $20,000, and is one of the largest stock dealers in this county.
<http://www.rootsweb.com/~ilmorgan/1878/flinn.htm>


Buried Yatesville Cemetery, Morgan Co, ILL
Eliza J. Flinn, b. 3 Dec 1842, d. 13 May 1916; Wife of Hezekiah W. Flinn
Hezekiah W. Flinn, b. 6 Oct 1837, d. 15 Jul 1894
Zedoc W. Flinn, d. 10 Apr 1870, 4y 2m 10d. Son of H.W. & E.J. Flinn

The Illinois Statewide Death Index, Pre 1916; online at the Illinois Archives has:
Flinn, Hezekiah W., died 15 Jul 1894 at the Hospital for the Insane. He was 57 years, 2 months old. Morgan Co.

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Joseph FLYNN was born on 6 June 1838 in Morgan County, Illinois. He died on 8 August 1839 at the age of 1 in Morgan County, Illinois.

Joseph, Son of Z. W. & E. Flinn is buried Flinn Cemetery in Morgan Co. Dates were found online and are not proved. The date of birth is too close to Hezekiah - one or other is probably off by a year.

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Franklin M. FLYNN was born on 1 July 1841 in Illinois. He died on 22 August 1901 at the age of 60 in Morgan County, Illinois.

Franklin is buried Flinn Cemetery in Morgan Co, IL

1880 Census Yatesville Precinct, Dist 160, Morgan Co IL, Hh 35
Elizabeth W. Flinn, age 73, b. KY, father b. VA, mother b.SC
Franklin W., age 38, son, b. IL, father b. NC, mother b. KY
Andrew J. Shipley, age 28, boarder, works on farm, b. TN
Isaac N. Burns, age 33, boarder, works on farm, b. VA

Although he is said to have lived until 1901, I'm not sure I found him in 1900.
Living as a boarder, Prentice, Morgan Co IL, with the family of Maggie Hall was:
Frank Flinn, b. May 1839 [doesn't agree with the cemetery record or the earlier censuses], age 61, wd [not known to have ever married]. Born IL, parents, b. KY [almost true, his father was born in NC]
Thjs was the only available candidate in Morgan Co.

Listed in the Illinois Statewide Death Index, Pre 1916; online at the Illinois Archives
Flinn, F. M. Died 22 Aug 1901, age 60 years, 3 months. He died at Jacksonville, Morgan Co, IL

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Marietta F. FLYNN was born on 16 November 1845 in Illinois. She died on 22 September 1863 at the age of 17.

Marietta apparently married Isaiah Stawn after her sister died.
Mary F. Flinn to Isaiah Strawn, 20 Nov 1861, Morgan Co, IL
She died less than two years later and is buried Flinn Cemetery, as is her sister.

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Quintilla H. FLYNN was born in 1848 in Illinois.

In 1850, Marietta was age 5 and no younger child was listed in the family. This daughter's name is unreadable in the 1860 census. Ed who was age 10 in 1860, was Edward, age 19, in 1870, so I feel sure he was not yet born in 1850.

Quintilla H. Flinn married David W. Clark, 17 Sep 1868, Marriage Book C, p.47, Morgan Co, IL.

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Edward M. FLYNN was born in 1851 in Illinois. He died on 9 June 1878 at the age of 27.

Edward was listed as age 10 in 1860 but he had not appeared in the 1850 census. In 1870 he was age 19, so I feel sure he was born in 1851.

Edward is in the Flinn Cemetery in Morgan Co. A note online said that he had hung himself at the Oak Hill Home for the Insane.
Listed in the Illinois Statewide Death Index, Pre 1916; online at the Illinois Archives
Flin, Edmund M. Died 10 Jun 1878 at Oak Lawn Retreat. He was 28 years, 1 month old. Morgan Co. His brother Hezekiah also died at the Hospital for the Insane at age 57.