James H. Flannigan

Contributed by Jean Wells.  Thanks, Jean!

From: The McLeansboro Times; April 29. 1920


          James H. Flannigan, son of William and Nancy Flannigan, was born in Hamilton county April 22, 1839, died April 21, 1920; aged 80 years, 11 months and 29 days.

          He was united in marriage to Mary O. Crabtree, Feb. 16, 1858.  To this union nine children were born, seven sons and two daughters, three sons still survive him, namely: William D., John P. and Samuel E.  He has spent his entire life near the place of his birth.  His parents were among the earliest settlers of this county--Flannigan township derived its name from his ancestors.  When the call was made in 1860 for men to defend this country he was one of those noble men that offered his life for its defense.  He was in Co. A. 40th Inft.  He was wounded at the battle of Shiloh.  After the war was over he returned home and took upon himself the responsibilities of raising a family, of which he successfully did.  His companion preceded him in death 16 years ago.

          He was a man that would contend firmly for anything he thought was right and as a father his love for his children could not be surpassed.  He was not a member of any church, but was a strong believer in Christianity and believed in people living up to their profession.

          He leaves to mourn the above named children, two brothers, eight grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren.  Five of his grandchildren were in the late war, and one other called and was ready to go when the armistice was signed.  But our loss is his gain.  He has passed to the great beyond to meet his companion and children gone on before.

          Funeral services were conducted by D. H. Knight, assisted by Elds. T. R. Hunt and W. A. Vinsons at Little Springs, April 22.

*James H. Flannigan's grandparents were John C. Oglesby, born abt 1793 in NC and died June 22 1879 in Hamilton County and Sarah "Sally" Oglesby, born July 11, 1803 in Christian Co., KY and died June 20, 1876 in Hamilton County.  Sally was the daughter of John and Sarah Wade Knight. Both are buried at Little Springs cemetery.

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