THE GLYNN FAMILY

The Glynn/Glenn/McGlynn family originating in Culkeen, Co. Roscommon 1825 - 2015

Biography - C1 Patrick James Eugene McGlynn.

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Born 6th January 1916 son and only child, of B1 Michael Joseph McGlynn and Margaret Yeager. Jim’s childhood seems a rather unusual one. His father was a railroad contractor working in remote Montana. Nothing much is known of his mother but it would appear that the marriage didn’t last and Margaret later married a man called Robert Reed. Robert had a sister called Cora who was married to a David Jones and it was with his Aunt Cora and Uncle Dave that Jim spent much of his childhood. He lived with them from 1924-1928 in New Cambria, Missouri and went to school there. He would have been aged 8-12 years then.
Jim was apparently in and out of an orphanage – most likely St Vincent’s in Topeka, as mentioned in his Uncle Thomas Felix’s will. Jim remembers being "in" as a teenager. Thomas Felix is credited with arranging Jim’s "release" from the orphanage. Jim is mentioned as being in Kansas in March 1929 in a letter from James Glynn of Dunmore – more than likely in response to the annual Christmas letter.
From Mary Agnes’ letters home we learnt that Patrick James, son of Michael Joseph, graduated from High School on June 1st 1932 and went on to St. Benedict’s, Maur Hill, Achison, as a boarder. During the war he served in the US army in the Aleutian Islands where he was a captain when his father died in January 1944. In July 1944 he was sent to Fort Benning, Georgia, from whence he was demobbed in the week ended September 21st 1945. He came home to Kansas City on September 23rd 1945 and got a job "in recreation work in the Welfare Department" according to Mary Agnes’ last letter (# 4).
  • 1924-1928 With the Jones Family (aged 8-12 years)
  • 1928-1932 In Kansas with the McGlynns (aged 12-16)
  • 1930 First Communion at St John the Evangelist in Argentine
  • 1932-1936 At Maur Hill boarding school (aged 16-20 years)
  • 1936-1941 At St Benedict’s College – BSc in Physical Education and Biology
  • 1941-1945 In the army
  • 1952 Mary Agnes died and Jim was living in Manteca, California
  • 1953 Married Marilyn Platt
  • 1973 Died on 26 June 1973 aged 57 years
Jim’s army record describes him as 5ft 9ins, brown eyes, 145lbs in weight, inducted 17 February 1941, discharged in September 1945.
In August 1930 Michael was making arrangements for Jim to be sent to him in Montana and a letter from Michael to Jim consists of instructions for the journey. Jim never spoke to Marilyn about this trip so perhaps it never took place. Marilyn never heard from Jim about another trip that did happen however. During the summer of 1933 Mary Agnes, Thomas and Patrick went with Jim (who would have been seventeen years of age) to the World Fair in Chicago – a journey of 540 miles by car – while Michael looked after the farm in Argentine. Mary Agnes described the trip in her Christmas 1933 letter to Williamstown.
Aunt Cora wrote in August 1933 inviting "Jim, Mary Agnes and family" to visit New Cambria before the Maur Hill boarding school opened in the fall.
Jim and Marilyn had four children
  • Michael born circa 1953,
  • Mary born circa 1954,
  • Margaret born circa 1957 and died
  • Mark born circa 1962.
Mary married James Delatore and, as of 1990, had two children – Michael James born circa 1988 and Margaret Rose born circa 1990. Margaret – nicknamed "Tuck" – married in 1990, Daniel James McCampbell. They have three sons, Aidan, Patrick and Connor.  
 

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