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Honora O Flynn

Born is 1681 in Kerry, Ireland. She was an only child of Edward, and was kidnapped from her home. She was purchased in Maryland, and gave birth to 14 children.St_medium


Yet another is that she was a kidnapped Irish Princess brought to America for a wife. ——————– Honora O’Flynn was mentioned in old records as an Irish girl of great peity, and it was through her that the Catholic element appears in the Durbin line. (also Logsdon).

Family lore handed down through the generations was of a beautiful Irish girl named Honora O’Flynn who was kidnapped from Ireland, brought to this country to marry an unknown farmer. She escaped and married William Logsdon. These quotes were taken from some Kentucky Catholic records pertaining to one Father Elisha Durbin, son of John J. Durbin and Patience Lodsdon; James M Logsdon, Oct 1999, has birth date of c1886.

The picture is of St. Paul’s Church. St. Paul’s Anglican Church is located in downtown Baltimore, MD. Built in 1692, it is the church where Honora O’Flynn married William Logsdon in 1702. The story surrounding Honora is that she was bought for her steerage from Ireland on the Baltimore docks for one hogshead of tobacco. The Church is the oldest in Baltimore, built in 1692, an historic site.


Her Reference number in some Maryland archive place is 1203.0. Immigrated between 1701-1702Honora is styled as a 'beauriful, the flaming red head, vivacious and pious Irish Catholic girl kidnapped fromthe sourhern coast of Ireland'. According to family lore, William Logsdon was working on his farm in 1702 when he saw a British ship anchored in the Patapsco River and decided to 'inspect' its cargo. Part of the 'cargo' was Honora O'Flynn who had been kidnapped by the British from the coast of Ireland and brought to Maryland by a sea captain for barter. It is reported that William gave the sea captain a hogshead (barrel) of tobacco for Honora's passage. She was bought by William Logsdon and later became his wife in 1702. She is said to have been kidnapped on the Southern coast of Ireland and is known in Logsdon family lore as the "Captive Maiden" while William was known as the "Indentured Servant."

In the Hall of Records, Annapolis, MD, Vol. 15: Several documents state that Honora was kidnapped from Ireland by pirates and brought to Maryland where she was sold as an indentured servant. The name “Honora” was carried down through many generations of both the Logsdon and Durbin families. There is some speculation that her father’s name may have been Edward, for whom she named her second. On 22 May 1730, May, widow of William, released her dower rights at the time of the re-survey of ‘Brotherly Love’. On 22 September 1730, Honour witnessed the sale of land from her son William to Mathew Coulter on the north side of the middle branch of the Patapsco River.

The name O’Flynn (according to MacLysaght’s “Irish Families”) came from the Gaelic personal name Flann and denotes a dull red color and means ruddy when applied to persons. The name O’Flynn ranks 41st in the list of family names in Ireland, and the families are found mainly in Cork and Waterford in the south, and on the borders of Connacht and Ulster in Roscommon, Leitrim, and Cavan Counties. One source suggests that Mary’s death may have been as late as ca. 1750.


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