Maggie was born to James Smith Flanagan and Mary Ellen Caton Flanagan on Tuesday, October 14th, in Bolivar district, near Bakerton. Maggie was likely named after her maternal grandmother, Margaret Ann Hunter Caton. Maggie was James' and Mary's third child, and second daughter.
June 12, 1880 Census
A six year old Maggie is enumerated in the Federal Census in her parents household. Her father, James, notes that he is a farmer, but also a laborer.
October 12, 1890 Marriage
Maggie married the love of her life, Thomas Welsh, in Brunswick on a Sunday in mid-October. Many Bakerton folks spoke fondly of their loving relationship. Much like her father, Thomas was a quarryman, and the two families had previously held a warm friendship for many years.
April 22, 1892 Birth of Child
Thomas and Maggie's first child was born on a Friday in late April. Thomas named their son after his Uncle, who immigrated from Ireland sometime during the 1830's.
May 3, 1894 Birth of Child
Thomas and Maggie's second child was born on a Thursday. Maggie chose to name their daughter after her sister, Essie. She chose the middle name "Tamson" as a tribute her Uncle John G. Flanagan's late wife.
April 16, 1899 Event
According to the Shepherdstown Register, Maggie, her sister Martha Flanagan, and her sister-in-law Nora Moore took a trip to D.C. to visit friends. We know that both the Flanagan and Welsh families had ties to D.C. area residents due to the limestone industry, however it is unclear what families they visited.
May 10, 1899 Accident
Maggie's husband was hit by a blast a dynamite while at work in the quarries in the early morning, causing extremely severe injuries. Tommy had severe scalp wounds, a mangled leg, and multiple cuts and abrasions all over. Tommy recovered after being forced to spend weeks on bed rest.
November 29, 1899 Death of Family Member
Maggie loses her mother, Mrs. Mary Ellen Caton Flanagan suddenly and unexpectedly, after being ill for only two days. Maggie appears to have been rather close with her mother.
November 29, 1900 Event
Maggie writes a beautiful prose in memory of her mother, Mrs. Mary Ellen Caton Flanagan on the first anniversary of her death. It is published in the Shepherdstown Register.
June 22, 1900 Census
April 19, 1910 Census
December 4, 1916 Death of Family Member
Maggie loses her father late in the year of 1916. The family buries him beside her mother in Elmwood Cemetery.
January 30, 1920 Census
A 47 year old Maggie and her husband are now empty nesters, and are enumerated in their household without their children. Maggie's husband lists his occupation as a lime kiln laborer.
November 17, 1922 Death of Family Member
Maggie's mother-in-law, Mrs. Annie Gertrude Murphy Welsh, passes away from senility. The family buries her beside her husband in St. Peters Cemetery.
January 22, 1925 Death
Maggie died unexpectedly on Thursday, January 22 at 2:30 in the afternoon, from a short battle with bowel obstruction.
January 28, 1925 Burial
Thomas, Maggie's husband, laid her to rest in Elmwood Cemetery, in Shepherdstown, alongside many of her Flanagan family members, including her beloved parents.
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