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Thomas Flood, circa 1800, Townland of Rath, RC Parish of Moyvore (or Tang), County Longford

Researchers:  Kevin Patrick Flood

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and Raymond Maiara

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This part of the site is dedicated to locating Thomas Flood and Bridget McGovern.  Some of their children, Margaret, Catherine and Eliza (Lizzie) Flood immigrated from Ireland to the United States to Brooklyn, New York. We believe that their son was Patrick, born November 1844, came to the U.S. in 1866, who is my great-great-grandfather.  Mary Agatha Flood Maiara's recollection is that Eliza and Patrick were siblings, and that is the family lore, although I have found no documented proof of that.  Interestingly, my grandfather John F. Flood is buried in Eliza's plot at Holy Cross Cemetery in Brooklyn. This would mean that Margaret and Catherine are also, and we had no knowledge of them until I received marriage records that showed common parents. We have not yet found either their Irish place of origin or their entry into the U.S.  One family rumor has it that 11 of this family all entered the Port of New York in their own boat  The original family historian & genealogist was Reverend Francis Xavier Flood, Society of Jesus, and much of the work compiling this history was done by Father Frank.

As of this writing, we have not yet located any definite records as to Thomas Flood and Bridget McGovern.  The only clue we have is from Pauline Flood (no known relation) of the Genealogy Centre in Longford City that there was a Thomas Flood married to Bridget McGovern (MacGovern/Mc Gauran/ MacGauran) on September 6, 1833 in the Civil Parish of Forgney, Catholic Parish of Moyvore (which crosses the border and is in both Longford and WestMeath).

The following children were found;

Name

Date of Baptism

Bridget June 22, 1856
Eliz September 22, 1850
Thomas March 17, 1834
Mary October 27, 1841
Peter November 14, 1843

However, Pauline states that these records were from the Parish of Tang, but listed Moyvore as place of birth. After looking at the Catholic Parish maps, it seems that Tang is in the Westmeath part of the RC Parish of Drumraney. (see Maps)

Guy A. Rymsza's work, "County Longford, Residents Prior to the Famine", a transcription of the Tithe Applotment Books (1823-1835) lists 2 Thomas Floods, 1 in Forgeny:

Surname

Forename

Townland

Parish

County

Flood

Thomas

Rath

Forgeny

Longford

Flood

Thomas

Derrycassin

Columbkille

Longford

Griffiths Valuations (1848-1864) list a Thomas Flood in Forgeny, as well as 3 others:

Surname

Forename

Townland

Parish

County

Flood

Thomas

Derrycassan

Columbkille

Longford

Flood

Thomas

Dring

Columbkille

Longford

Flood

Thomas

Forgney

Forgney

Longford

Flood

Thomas

Ballynacross

Granard

Longford

In addition to the Floods, the other ancestors of Kevin Patrick Flood are being researched.


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