Annie Francis (Flangheddy) McAloon was my Great Great Grandmother. Annie was born on January 21, 1871 in Dighton, Massachusetts to Patrick and Catherine (Garon) Flandgeddy. Patrick and Catherine were both immigrants of Ireland. Annie was the youngest of six children. Her brothers and sisters being Mary Agnes, Catherine, Thomas Stephen, Ellen, and James.
Her mother passed away when she was only a year old and by the time she was nine her father passed away also. In the 1880 census it is unclear who the head of the household was, however it appears to be her oldest sister Mary at the age of 19. While Annie was in school the rest of her brothers and sisters worked in the cotton mill.
On June 29, 1893 she married Daniel Joseph McAloon. Together they had seven children. Francis, Harold (died around 2 months old), Mary, Katherine, Anastasia, Edgar, and Dorothea.
I believe someone else besides my Great Great Grandparents gave information to the census taker in 1900. This census lists there children as Frank, Harold and Mary. However, by this time Harold had passed away. Annie’s brother Thomas and his family were also living with them.
By 1910 Annie was home taking care of Francis, Mary, Catherine, and Anna. There is a large age gap between Francis (14) and Mary (10) and Catherine (3) and Anna (2).
By 1920 Annie and Daniel owned there home at 34 Myrtle Street in Taunton, Mass. Also all of there living children where at home. While the oldest two were working, Annie still had the youngest four to take care of.
By the 1930’s and 1940’s not much had changed for Annie except most of her children were now adults. Even her daugther Mary who was now married with a daughter of her own Rented part of the same house.
Annie was proceeded in Death by her husband and four of her children (Harold, Mary, Catherine, and Thomas). My Grandmother (who was Annie’s granddaughter) remembered her fondly. She died on December 17, 1958 in Taunton, Massachusetts.
Her obituary read “Mrs. Annie F. McAloon, 85, widow of Daniel J. McAloon, died Wednesday at her home, 34 Myrtle Street, following a long illness. She was born in North Dighton, daughter of the late Patrick and Catherine (Gearin) Flangheddy. A communicant of St. Joseph’s Church, she was a member of the Degree of Honor and was educated in the Dighton schools. Surviving are two sons, Frank L. and Edgar J. McAloon, both of Taunton; three daughters, Mrs. Nelson H. (Katherine V.) Main, Taunton, Mrs. Michael J. (Ann) Connors, Raynham and Mrs. David C. (Dorothea M.) Murray, South Yarmouth; 19 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.”