Researching the surname Flood


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Thomas Flood, County Meath, Ireland

Researcher: Bob Flood



Thomas Flood was born in County Meath, Ireland, November 24, 1837. He attended Maynooth Seminary called college in those days, intending to be a priest. However, he married Anne Mullen on June 16, 1861. In 1862 they sailed for America where in route he bought Irish Woolens from a salvaged Ship in Halifax, which resulted in his being the first Importer of Irish Woolens in the U.S. Thomas and Ann had fourteen children, and thirty-two grandchildren. 

Thomas Flood’s wedding took place in Longford Cathedral, Longford County, Ireland. The Reverend Father Lee performed the ceremony. He left Ireland on March 17, 1862, arriving in New York City 30 days later, April 21. 

Thomas Flood and his bride, Anne Mullen lived at 1541 Turner Avenue, Chicago, eventually owning two- two flats buildings side by side., one of which he sold to synagogue. Home still there. 

Thomas and his two brothers were importers of Irish Woolens and Linens in the early day, located at Madison and Clark streets. Thomas traveled the country, soliciting business and buying merchandise. He served as a Health Department Supervisor for forty years and had a hand in a flourishing Undertaking business, “Flood Bros.” 

In 1899, Flood Bros. buried all the Small Pox victims. Emmet Flood, who planned on being a priest, was in charge of the establishment. When his father learned of his upcoming marriage, threw him out of the house, replacing him with Jim, a dancing master.

Emmet and Anna G. Houlihan were married August 9, 1899. Emmet dug ditches, light the gas streetlights, etc. until 1901 when he entered the Union striving for an eight-hour workday and for a Child Labor Law. His first job was organizing Marshall Field drivers. 

Thomas Flood was one of the founders of St. Columkill’s parish in 1864. Emmet attended this school. He was a prominent official in the Health Department, where he displayed his Christian spirit by often risking his life in epidemics to attend to the poor and for his many noble acts he was presented with a gold-headed cane by his associates. Tom Flood, his grandchild, son of Albert, had his gold beaded cane. Albert moved to Denver early in his life because of his asthmatic condition. 

He was married 58 years to Anne Mullen and celebrated his silver wedding June 16, 1886 and his golden wedding June 16, 1911. He was the father of fourteen children. Surviving are the following; James, Albert, Lillie, Mary, Emmet, Eddie, Annie, Charlie, Blanche and Erin. He had thirty- two grandchildren.                                               

The funeral services of Thomas Flood, who died at his home, 1541 Turner Ave on Wednesday August 20, 1919 were held at Saint Agatha’s Church. The Reverend M.S. Kane celebrated the Requiem Mass and in the sermon paid high tribute to the deceased. Interment was at Mount Carmel Cemetery. The pall- bearers were officials of the Health Department. The Mayor and his cabinet attended the funeral.

He was a model Catholic, a sterling American and always in the first rank of Irish Americans who hoped and worked to see Ireland free.                                                       

Thomas and Anne’s Children: 

Patrick born on May 29, 1862 and passed away on September 3, 1862.
Thomas James born on December 25, 1863; died February 23, 1885.
James born on January 19, 1866; died 1953.
Albert Henry born on January 8, 1868; passed away June 8, 1927.
Lillie born on February 25, 1870; died June 3, 1950.
Mary born on December 8, 1874; died 1938.
Thomas Robert Emmet born on January 19, 1872; died 1940.
Edward Fitzgerald born on July 6, 1877.
Annie Elizabeth born on January 3, 1880.
Charles Stewart Parnell born on August 18, 1882.
Blanche born on March 5, 1885; died November 15, 1972.