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a well known lumber dealer of Tyrone, and who effected the largest sale of
lumber ever made in the State of Pennsylvania, is a son of Captain John and
Avesia (Kingston) Flynn, and was born at Miramichi, in the province of New
Brunswick, Dominion of Canada, January 1, 1833. His paternal grandfather,
John Flynn, was a native and life long resident of Ireland, where he followed
his profession of civil engineer for many years. His son, Captain John Flynn
(father), was born in county Roscommon, near Dublin, Ireland, in the first
year of the present century. At twenty-five years of age he emigrated from
Ireland to New Brunswick, where he remained until 1855, when he removed to
Lock Haven, this State, and from that city went in 1874 to Smith's Mills,
Clearfield county, at which place he died in 1876, aged seventy-six years.
His principal business in life was that of lumbering, and at different times
after coming to America he shipped large quantities of choice and selected
lumber to England and Ireland, where it was required for special purposes.
In addition to lumbering he was engaged to some extent in farming, in which
he met with good success. He was an old time democrat in politics, who never
believed in half-way measures in political campaigns. He was active in
militia affairs for several years, during which time he held the commission
of captain and commanded a militia company in which he took great pride. He
was a consistent member of the Catholic church, and married Avesia Kingston,
by whom he had a family of thirteen children: Edward T., now dead; Patrick;
Francis (deceased); Anthony, a lumberman, and now residing on the old
homestead at Smith's Mills; Paul G., who is engaged in lumbering in West
Virginia; John, who is likewise in the lumber business in West Virginia; Hon.
James, a heavy lumber dealer of Altoona, who represented Clearfield county in
the house of representatives during the sessions of 1881; Daniel, a resident
and lumberman of West Virginia--the New Dominion; Margaret, widow of Daniel
Chaplin; Lydia, widow of Edward Flanders, who was a lumberman, and was killed
in 1891 by a log falling on him; Avesia, married George W. Chaplin, who is
engaged in lumbering, and they reside in Clearfield county; and Madge
Marcella, who married Levi P. Smith, of Chippewa, Wisconsin, where they
reside, and where Mr. Smith is superintendent of a log scaling.
Patrick Flynn was reared in the British province of New Brunswick, where he
received his education and resided until he was twenty-two years of age, when
he accompanied his father to Lock Haven, this State. He removed in 1858 to
Clearfield county, where he engaged extensively and with good success in the
lumbering business, and while residing in that county he effected one sale of
lumber amounting to five hundred and fifty thousand dollars, which was the
largest private lumber sale ever made in the State of Pennsylvania. After
following the lumber business in Clearfield county for eighteen years, he
came, in 1876, to Tyrone, where he soon established lumber yards and has
handled lumber in large quantities ever since.
Patrick Flynn has been twice married. His first wife, Roberta J., daughter
of Allen Sturdevant, he married in August, 1865, and she died on July 4, 1876
and left three children: John P.; Mary E., now dead; and Roberta E. On
August 7, 1879, he was united in marriage with Clara A. Sneeringer, daughter
of Pius Sneeringer, one of the most successful business men and highly
respected citizens of Tyrone, and whose sketch appears elsewhere in this volume.
Patrick Flynn is an unswerving democrat in politics, and a member of St.
Matthew's Catholic church of Tyrone. He commenced his busy life with nerve,
will, and persevering industry and, confident of success, he entered into the
lumbering business of central Pennsylvania. His efforts in his chosen field
soon placed him in command of a business that daily increased until it has
reached its present extensive proportions. He is a man who is faithful to
every business duty, and his efficiency for strong work, good judgment in
determining upon new enterprises, and fertility in resources, are recognized
by all who know him.
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