Mr John Flynn, 48,1 was born in Carrowhekeen2, Clonbur, Co Galway, Ireland around 1864. He was the son of farmers John and Catherine Flynn (b. 1821) and he had two sisters, Bridget (b. 1851) and Mary.
Sources differ as to when John first emigrated to the USA; the 1910 census states he arrived in 1889 whilst other sources say that he had been a resident for 28 years as of 1912. Whatever the date of his arrival he stayed with an uncle in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and worked in the local steel mills.
He was married in Pittsburgh during the summer of 1891 to Mary Cassidy (b. 14 August 1871) who had emigrated from Cornamona, Galway, Ireland in 1885. The couple had six children: Catherine (b. 1893), Marie (b. 1894), Edward (b. 1899), John (b. 1904), Elizabeth (b. 1908) and Dolores (b. 1910).
In early 1912 John returned to his native Ireland to visit his widowed sister Bridget whose husband Martin Mannion had died in 1910. Bridget had taken over the farm from her parents and her father died sometime before 1901 and her mother died in 1906. John assisted her on the farm, perhaps with the intention of taking it over. He was summoned back to the USA however for reasons uncertain.
For the return voyage to the USA John boarded the Titanic at Queenstown on 11 April 1912. He was travelling as a third class passenger (ticket number 368323 which cost £6, 19s) and was described as an agricultural labourer and as aged 32.
John Flynn died in the sinking and his body, if recovered, was never identified.
His widow Mary was never remarried and continued to live in Pittsburgh and was taking in lodgers to make ends meet by the time of the 1920 census. What became of her and her children is unknown.
A memorial was erected to John Flynn in Clonbur, Galway to commemorate the 100th anniversary of his death:
IN HONOUR OF
WHO PERISHED ON THE TITANIC
15TH APRIL 1912
- Bracken lists as 48. In the Queenstown passsenger list his age is given as 42.
- Sometimes listed as Carrowhawkin or Carrowhakeen; in Irish Ceathrú Shéicín.
References and Sources
Robert L. Bracken (2000) Irish Titanic Passengers Contract Ticket List, White Star Line 1912 (National Archives, New York; NRAN-21-SDNYCIVCAS-55) Names and Descriptions of British Passengers Embarked at the Port of Queenstown, 11 April 1912 (PRO London, BT 27/776/2). Noel Ray (1999) List of Passengers who Boarded RMS Titanic at Queenstown, April 11, 1912. The Irish Titanic Historical Society
Gavin Bell, UK
Robert L. Bracken, USA
Noel Ray, Ireland