Monday, 3 January 2011

Margaret Flynn - On the Birmingham Pub Black List?

The Birmingham Pub Black List was published by the Holte Brewery and the Watch Committee of the City Birmingham in the early 1900s to inform publicans and club secretaries about local people who had been convicted of being habitually drunk under the Licensing Act, 1902.

An interesting record on the black list is this one (register no.25) of a Margaret Flynn of Park Lane, also known as "Moran" and "Finn". Unemployed Margaret, whose occupation was a flower seller, was convicted of being drunk and disorderly on 11th June 1903 at Birmingham City Police Court. She was sentenced to one month's hard labour and is registered as a habitual drunkard.

Margaret was aged 46, a stout woman with a broad face and fair complexion, she was 5ft 3 and a half inches tall, had blue eyes and brown hair.

The special attention of the Licensee of the Geach Arms in Summer Lane is drawn to Margaret's entry on the record.

But is it be possible that this person was one of our ancestors? She certainly seems to fit the profile of someone on the Flynn side of the family.

Margaret Flynn was the sister of my g-g-grandmother, Bridget Finn, nee. Flynn. Our Margaret was born in Galway in 1852 (she was aged 9 in the 1861 census and 18 in the 1871 census, so would have been either 50 or 49 in 1902).

In 1861 the Flynns were living in Northwood Street in Hockley and in 1871 they were living in Smith Street in Newtown. In 1871 18 year old Margaret was a warehouse girl.

In the 1881 census Margaret's age was given as 26 and she is living with her mother Mary Flynn and younger sister Maria (aged 24) in the home of her older sister Bridget Finn (my g-g-grandmother), husband Thomas Finn and their young children which included my g-grandmother Mary Helen Finn. Margaret's occupation was a press worker. The adjustment of the age brings her even closer to the lady in the Black List, if not an exact match.

Margaret was not living with the Finn family in the 1891 census when they were in Hospital Street or in the 1901 census at St George's Street. But all of these streets were in the Newtown area, close to Park Lane.

Could this have been the same lady listed in Birmingham's Pub Black List in 1902?

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