WILLIAM R. FLANNIGAN & CO.
History of Gallatin, Saline, Hamilton, Franklin, and Williamson Counties,
Illinois (Chicago: Goodspeed Publishing Co., 1887).
Flannigan emigrated to near Charlotte, N. C. from Kings County, Ireland,
prior to our war for independence.
He was the father of ten sons and one daughter.
David O., together with seven of his sons, participated in the
Revolutionary war, and was himself seriously wounded by a gun shot at the
hands of a Tory.
Samuel E. Flannigan, twin brother of David O. Fannigan, Jr.,
intermarried with Nancy Sharp, only daughter of Col. Richaard Sharp, an
exile from Ireland, immigrated to Illinois in 1818, and settled in
Flannigan Precinct, Hamilton County.
The precinct, now township, is named Flannigan in his honor.
James W. Flannigan, his eldest son, intermarried with Sarah
Cantrell, to whom was born Jane, who intermarried with Capt. M. Fittz;
intermarried with Capt. J. H. Hogan; Samuel E., by profession a
lawyer; Sarah M., intermarried with Dr. Thomas D. Ray; Richard C., miller
and merchant; James W., farmer and William R., the subject of this sketch.
Samuel E., the grandsire, was in the war of 1812, and participated
in the battle of New Orleans.
James W. Flannigan, his eldest son, was engaged in the Black Hawk
war in 1832, in the Mexican war, and also a first lieutenant in Company C,
Fifty-sixth Illinois, in the war for the suppression of the Rebellion.
He was appointed by Gov. Yates as enrolling officer for Hamilton
County, Ill., under the conscription act of 1864.
Our subject was born June 1, 1851, and March 30, 1871, married Mary
J., daughter of Josephus and Margrett (Minor) Davis, a native of Hamilton
two children are Joseph Wallace and William R., Jr.
The subject of our sketch has been engaged in farming, milling and
merchandising since his marriage.
In 1885 he and his brother, R. C., have been engaged in general
merchandising and the tobacco trade.
From 1882 he served four years as justice of the peace, giving
In 1887 he was elected supervisor.
He is a Mason, and he and his wife are members of the Christian
a Republican, having cast his first vote for
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