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The Flood's - John Flood

John & Anna Tierney FloodJOHN FLOOD, 1824-died Jan. 5, 1910, ANNA TIERNEY FLOOD, died Jan. 22, 1911. He died at 86 years, she at 78.

On back of the old photo was typed, "He was a member of Queen Victoria's bodyguard before being sent to Canada as a soldier. He then came to the United States where he met Grandmother in Osenego, New York. He was of the Church of England and she, Irish Catholic. All of their children were Baptists."

See page 1120, Portrait & Biographical Album of Sedgwich County, Kansas, Chapman Brothers 1888 which says:

"Anna Tierney, wife of John Flood, was a native of Ireland, brought to this country by an elder sister when Anna was a small girl.

John, first settled in Canada, he had been a soldier of the British regular army before crossing the Atlantic coast upon leaving the Dominion. He took up his abode in New York City where he married, and worked a few years for the nursery firm of Ellwanger & Barry. Finally he purchased a piece of ground near Rochester, where he pursued this calling a number of years."

There were eleven children [ only nine are listed]. The nine children listed are all shown to be born in New York. However, it is certain, Henry was born in Illinois.

John Flood came to Kansas in 1873.

1. John Flood, born in New York at this time 30 years old.
2. James Flood, 28 at this time, born in New York.
3. William Flood, 26 at this time born in New York
4. Sarah Flood, 24 at this time, born in New York.
5. Henry Flood, 21 at this time, born in New York, his son, John Wesley Flood says he was born in Illinois.
6. Emma Flood, 16 at this time, born in New York
7. Joseph Flood, 11 at this time, born in New York.
8. Anna Flood, 9 at this time, born in New York
9. Maggie Flood, 8 at this time, born in New York.

John & Anna are parents of Henry Flood, and grandparents of John Wesley Flood, great grandparents of Rodney Lee Flood, great great grandparents of Rhonda Louise Flood, Mark Joseph Flood, Kharis (Kay) Flood.

John & Anna's markers are near Nardin, Oklahoma, where they are buried.

Newspaper article of John Flood's obituary:

In Memorian

John Flood, the subject of this sketch, was born in England April 17th, 1824. In early manhood he enlisted in the English militia in her Majesty's service, Queen Victoria and served under the British flag five years; was present, as a soldier at the coronation of his Queen, June 28th 1838th

About the year 1839 or 1820 he came to Canada on a sailing "man of war;" did service in Montreal, Canada as a soldier. After being discharged at that place he came to Rochester, N.Y., where met, won and married Miss Ann Tierney.  From Rochester he came to Illinois at an early day and lived there until 1873 when he came to Oklahoma where he lived until his death.

By this union eleven children were born, eight now living. All of the children and a number of the grandchildren were present at the funeral on January 6th 1910, following his death which occurred  January 5th.

Grampa Flood, as we all knew him, lived a strenuous and industrious life.

In his early youth he became a member of the Episcopal or State church of England, but did not keep up his relation with it in after life but sought and found a personal saviour, whom he trusted; ordering the course of his life as he understood it by the divine will; dying in the triumphs of a living faith; leaving a heritage to his companion and children that money can not buy.

A short funeral service was held at the home by the writer, assisted by Elder Grimsley, after which his body was laid to rest in Mt. Olive cemetery by loving hands there to remain until Christ shall come to
claim his own.

His pall-bearers were six young men who were loved by him in life. Good bye for a time, good bye.

W.W. Dorman



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