91st PA: John J Flynn

John J Flynn

Before the war

He was born in 1846/1849, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, or in England, to Patrick Flynn and Margaret [unknown surname]. [sources: date: 3 (18 in 1864), 12 (11 in 1860). place: 3 (Philadelphia), 12 (England). parents: 7, 12]

In 1860, he was apparently living in ward 3, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was living with his parents, Patrick and Margaret Flynn, and one other person. He had attended school within the year. [source: 12]

When he enlisted (and apparently for several years before enlisting), he was a printer. He earned approximately three dollars per week, which he gave to his mother to support the family. [sources: 3, 7]

Description

When he enlisted, he was 5 feet 6-3/4 inches tall, had a light complexion, brown eyes, and light hair. [source: 3]

During the war

He enlisted, as a recruit, and was mustered into service for three years, on 27 January 1864, at Philadelphia Pennsylvania. He was enlisted by Lieutenant Shipley, and was mustered into service by Lieutenant Burke. He was a private in company E. [sources: 1, 3, 13]

On 31 December 1864, he went on a furlough, which ended on 9 January 1865. He returned. [source: 4]

On 25 February 1865, he sent two letters to his parents, enclosing $20 in each. They had been paid the previous evening, but only for four months (apparently through 31 December 1864). [sources: 7, 8, 9]

He was killed in action on 31 March 1865, near Boydtown Plank Road, in Virginia, by a gun shot wound. He was buried at Five Forks, and later reburied in Poplar Grove National Cemetery, Petersburg, Virginia, division A section D grave 64 (grave 0277). He was a private, in company E. [sources: 1, 2, 5, 7, 10, 13]

After the war

On 2 June 1865, his mother, Margaret Flynn, successfully applied for a pension. Her post office address was 743 South 13th Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She had no surviving children, and her husband (Patrick Flynn) had been unable to support the family for three years because of chronic bronchitis and complicated asthma. Her application was approved on 7 November 1865. She initially received $8 per month, retroactive to 31 March 1865. [sources: 6, 7]

On 10 April 1896, his mother, Margaret Flynn, died, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She died of senility. She was widowed. She died at, or was buried from, 2826 Edgemont Street, the residence of Mrs Mary Dorigan. She was buried in Cathedral Cemetery. [source: 11; see also 7]

Sources

1 Bates, Samuel Penniman. History of Pennsylvania volunteers, 1861-5. Harrisburg: B. Singerly, state printer, 1869-71. 5 volumes. 'Ninety-first regiment', volume 3, pages 186-233. (In the roster)

2 list of deaths, company E

3 descriptive roll, company E, entry 124 (John Flyn)

4 enlisted men's furloughs (Privt Flynn)

5 Poplar Grove Cemetery records (thanks to Elizabeth Dinger-Glisan for the information!) (John Flynn)

6 pension index, by regiment, 91st PA Infantry, company E (John Flynn)

7 dependent's pension certificate file, National Archives and Records Administration, Record Group 15, certificate WC 59,310, Margaret Flynn mother of John Flynn (John Flynn)

8 letter, John Flynn to parents, 25 February 1865, from National Archives and Records Administration, record group 15, dependents' pension certificate files, WC 59,310, Margaret Flynn mother of John Flynn (John Flynn)

9 letter, John Flynn to parents, 25 February 1865, from National Archives and Records Administration, record group 15, dependents' pension certificate files, WC 59,310, Margaret Flynn mother of John Flynn (John Flynn)

10 death notice, Public Ledger 29 April 1865, page 2 (John J Flynn)

11 death notice, Philadelphia Inquirer, 12 April 1896, page supplement 17 (Margaret Flynn)

12 1860 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, ward 3 west of 5th street, microfilm series M653, film 1153, page 442 = 218 handwritten (John Flynn)

13 index to compiled service records of volunteer Union soldiers who served in organizations from the state of Pennsylvania (John Flynn)

Sources checked unsuccessfully

1850 US census
checked FamilySearch, for (a) Patrick Flynn residing in Philadelphia, born 1815-25, (b) John Flynn residing in Philadelphia, born 1843-1849, and (c) Margaret Flynn, residing in Philadelphia, born 1818-1824 (2 June 2012)
1870 US census
searched FamilySearch for John Flynn born England 1846-1849 resident in Philadelphia (accessed 2 June 2012)
1880 US census
searched FamilySearch for John Flynn born England 1846-1849 resident in Philadelphia (accessed 2 June 2012)
1900 US census
searched FamilySearch for John Flynn born England 1846-1849 resident in Philadelphia (accessed 2 June 2012)
1910 US census
searched FamilySearch for John Flynn born England 1846-1849 resident in Philadelphia (accessed 2 June 2012)
1920 US census
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1930 US census
searched FamilySearch for John Flynn born England 1846-1849 resident in Philadelphia (accessed 2 June 2012)
RootsWeb WorldConnect
searched for John Flynn (metaphone) son of Patrick and Margaret (accessed 1 June 2012)
Philadelphia city directories
no John Flynn printer in the 1863 (p.257) or 1864 (p.237) Biddle and McElroy's Philadelphia directories (accessed on Fold3 1 June 2012)
the 1864 directory (p.237) has this entry: "Flynn Patrick, tobacconist, 745 S 13th"; no Margaret or John is listed there (see Margaret's address in her pension application)
the 1863 directory (p.257) has this entry: "Flynn Patrick, segars, &c, 743 S 13th"; no Margaret or John is listed there

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John J Flynn in the 91st PA database

1860 census

[1860 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, ward 3 west of 5th street, microfilm series M653, film 1153, page 442 = 218 handwritten]
[identification is uncertain, based on the absence of other candidates]
line37383940
Dwelling number1403   
Family number1738 [sic; should be 1739]
NamePatrick FlynnMarg "John " John Dorehan
Age38321177
Sexmfmm
Color    
Occupation    
Value of real estate owned    
Value of personal estate200   
Place of birthIreland"EnglandIreland
Married within year    
Attended school within year  1 
Cannot read & write    
Deaf, dumb, blind, etc.    

index to compiled service records

[index to compiled service records of volunteer Union soldiers who served in organizations from the state of Pennsylvania]
[transcribed 13 Apr 2014, from Fold3]


Flynn, John
Co. E, 91 Pennsylvania Inf.
Pvt. | Pvt.
See also [blank]

GENERAL INDEX CARD.

Widow's pension certificate file

[dependent's pension certificate file, National Archives and Records Administration, Record Group 15, certificate WC 59,310, Margaret Flynn mother of John Flynn]
[abstracted from 15 pages, on Fold3, May 2012]
31 Dec 1864
Adjutant General's records showed last paid to 31 December 1864
31 March 1865
killed in action near Boydtown Plank Road VA (pp.4, 6 [adj. genl's records])
he had last been paid by Major Gresson, to 31 December 1864 (p.6)
1863-1865
John Flynn gave his mother $3 to $4 per week for 2-3 years before he enlisted, which he had earned as a printer (p.5 [$3.50 per week on average], p.14 [$2.50 to $3 per week for 2 years before enlisting])
25 Feb 1865
John Flynn wrote a letter and a second letter to his parents (p.10)
2 June 1865
Margaret Flynn wife of Patrick Flynn and mother of John Flynn (private E), 43 years old, applied for a pension (p.4)
application #96,300, dated 27 April 1865 (p.4)
post office address 743 South 13th Street, Philadelphia Pennsylvania
her husband, Patrick Flynn had been disabled for 3 years by chronic bronchitis and complicated asthma (p.4 [5 years])
her husband was about 45 years old, and because of asthma couldn't earn a living by manual labor (p.14)
William H Hooper MD swore that Patrick Flynn had chronic bronchitis and complicated asthma, was very feeble, could not do any hard labor, and had no way of supporting his family (p.15)
witnesses Rosanna Collins, Mary Dougherty (both residents of Philadelphia) (p.4)
she had no surviving children, and no property (p.5)
attorney W N Ashman 1307 Chestnut St Philadelphia (US Sanitary Commission) (p.4)
application accepted 7 November 1865. received $8 per month retroactive to 31 March 1865 (p.8)
certificate 59,310 dated 11 November 1865, sent to Ashman (p.8)
23 Oct 1865
the Adjutant General's Office replied to the Pension Office with the above-summarized information (p.6)
30 June 1899
Margaret Flynn was dropped from the pension rolls, because of failure to claim her pension (p.9)

letter, 25 February 1865

[letter, John Flynn to parents, 25 February 1865, from National Archives and Records Administration, record group 15, dependents' pension certificate files, WC 59,310, Margaret Flynn mother of John Flynn]
[transcribed from page 12, on Fold3 (1 June 2012)]


U.S. Christian Commission
"This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief."
[the preceding two lines are printed on the stationary]


Camp near Hatchers Run
February 25th 65
Dear Father and Mother

I take my pencil in hand to let you know that I am well hoping these few lines will find yous [sic] in the same: I would not have wrote [sic] now but we got paid last evening and I thought I would send it to yous [sic]: I send you twenti [sic] dollars in this letter and 20 in another write and let me know if you get it we were only paid for four months and I had some stoped [sic] out for that furlough. I had a letter from Leonard this morning he expects to be down in a week or so. it has been [page 13] raining for three or four days pretty hard for three or four days [sic] and is pretty muddy. give my love to my Uncle and Aunts no more at present from your affectionate son

John Flynn

Write soon.

letter, 25 February 1865

[letter, John Flynn to parents, 25 February 1865, from National Archives and Records Administration, record group 15, dependents' pension certificate files, WC 59,310, Margaret Flynn mother of John Flynn]
[transcribed from page 10, on Fold3 (1 June 2012)]

Camp near hatchers run
Feb 25 65

Dear Father and Mother

I sent you twenty dollars in this letter and twenty in another one I guess you will get them both together write and let me know

John Flynn

death notice

[death notice, John J Flynn, Public Ledger 29 April 1865, page 2]
[transcribed from GenealogyBank, 1 June 2012]

FLYNN--Killed at the breastworks of Petersburg, March 31st, while nobly fighting for his country a [?] honor, JOHN J FLYNN, of the 91st P.V., in the 17th year of his age, only son of Patrick and Margaret Flynn.

Gone, but not forgotten.

Due notice will be given if the body is recovered.

death notice, mother Margaret Flynn

[death notice, Philadelphia Inquirer, 12 April 1896, page supplement 17, Margaret Flynn]
[transcribed 1 June 2012, from GenealogyBank]
[see also her death certificate, available on FamilySearch]

see

FLYNN.--On April 10, 1896, Margaret, widow of Patrick Flynn, aged 75 years. The relatives and friends of the family are respectfully invited to attend the funeral, on Tuesday morning, at 8.30 o'clock, from the residence of Mrs. Mary Dorigan, No. 2826 Edgemont street, Twenty-fifth ward. Solemn requiem mass at St. Anne's. Interment at Cathedral Cemetery.


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