James was born on a Saturday in mid-October to 36 year old James Smith and 32 year old Mary Ellen Caton Flanagan near Bakerton. James was the seventh child and third son of the couple.
November 29, 1899Death of Family Member
At only 16, James lost his mother due to a sudden and short illness of only two days. The family chose to bury their mother in Elmwood Cemetery at Shepherdstown.
June 21, 1900Census
18 year old James A. was enumerated in his newly widowed father's household near Bakerton. No occupation for Alvey is listed. James' father states that he is a farmer, who had been married for 30 years.
June 1, 1904Marriage
At 21 years old, James Alvey married Miss Delia Powell on a Wednesday, with Rev. Rev. D. F. Eutsler officiating. The Shepherdstown Register reports that the ceremony was "a very pretty wedding". The couple chose white and blue as their wedding colors.
July 8, 1905Birth of Child
The couple's first child, James William Flanagan, was born on a Saturday in Harpers Ferry District, likely at Bakerton.
August 9, 1908Birth of Child
The couple's second child, Charles Robert, was born on a Sunday, likely at the couple's home in Bakerton.
April 19, 1910Census
28 year old James A. and his small family is enumerated at Bakerton. Alvey and his wife, Delia, had been married six years, and they own their home, although it is mortgaged. Alvey was currently working as a laborer for the lime works in town. The couple had two sons: James William, aged 4 and Charles R., aged 1.
June 9, 1910Event
The Shepherdstown Register reports that James Alvey has a fine black mare for sale. The mare is 8 years old and an excellent driving mare, not scaring at automobiles.
December 4, 1916Death of Family Member
At 33 years old, Alvey lost his father to "a complication of diseases that baffled the skill of all physicians". Alvey's father, James, had been confined to his bedroom for some time. The family buried their father beside their mother in Elmwood Cemetery at Shepherdstown.
April 21, 1917Land Transaction
On Saturday, James Alvey receives an 1 acre portion of his father's real estate, conveyed to him by his brothers and sisters and their spouses. The acre borders his brother-in-law's, Thomas Welsh's, property.
August 27, 1918Event
In the absence of their late father, James Alvey gives his oldest sister away at the Southern Methodist Church in Bakerton. Martha Lee Flanagan, the bride, married Mr. James M. Myers, a respected resident of the neighboring town of Shepherdstown.
A 37 year old J. Alvey Flanagan is enumerated alongside his wife and children in Harpers Ferry district (Bakerton). By 1920, the couple owned their home free and clear, without mortgage. Alvey's youngest brother, Oscar, also lived with the couple. Both Oscar and Alvey were employed at the Bakerton Quarry as laborers.
March 24, 1930Death of Family Member
Alvey and Delia suddenly lost their youngest son, Charles Robert, at only 21 years old on a Monday. The cause of death listed as stated is "probably sudden heart failure". The couple buried their son two days later, on a Wednesday, in Elmwood Cemetery at Shepherdstown.
April 7, 1930Census
April 11, 1940Census
October 25, 1944Death of Family Member
Alvey lost his beloved wife, Delia, due to heart problems on a Wednesday at the Charles Town General Hospital. Delia was 68 years old.