Patrick was reportedly born in 1806 in County Cork, Ireland.
Patrick immigrated to the Chatham area of New Brunswick in the spring of 1834, fully 30 years before Canada came into being.
Three years after his arrival, in 1837 Patrick purchased land for the princely sum of 200 pounds from Joseph Cunard, local entrepreneur and the brother of famed shipping magnet Samuel Cunard.
Patrick married Bridget Sullivan circa 1840.
We now believe that Patrick died at age 73 in 1879 . He left the bulk of his estate, along with the responsibility of caring for his wife Bridget, to his son Peter.
We intend to form a group dedicated to tracing Patrick's origins back to Ireland.
Let us know if you want to join in.
Issues to resolve - and some possible answers
Did Patrick travel to North America on his own or was he accompanied by any of his siblings, and if so whom? - Possibly sisters Catherine and Mary
Any new information on Bridget Sullivan including the date of her marriage to Patrick. We now believe Patrick's sister Mary married his wife Bridget's brother, William Sullivan.
Where, (the village, town, or parish) did Patrick hail from and a copy of his birth record?
The specific dates of the marriage and death of Patrick and Bridget?
Any photographic record of Patrick and Bridget. We now have two photos of second generation Flynn's - Patrick's daughter Elizabeth and his son Patrick, the first with Patrick alone and the second with his 1st wife Annie Carroll, before her death.
Contribute to a genealogical research project in Ireland.
Assume that many of the families originated from the same area in Ireland and check out other Chatham/Miramichi families.
We are trying DNA testing which while it may not find Patrick himself may well surface other Flynn families that are related to us. It now seems we are very likely part of the R1B1C7 haplogroup. Our 25 markers are 13-26-14-11-11-13-12-12-12-13-14-29- 18-9-10-11-11-25-16-18-30-15-16-16-17.
The proposed process:
Contracted genealogical research once we have found target Irish communities.
Positing and monitoring DNA results in international data banks.
Become a Flynn Rooter by contributing to our standing fund for research into the family's origins.
See our line forum for input, comments and suggestions on tracing our family roots.
We will provide e-mail report backs on the results of any documentary or other research directly to Flynn Rooters.
We will keep the website updated on the DNA search.