Bridget Flynn’s story
There are a few pre-photography stories in my family that I want to include in my video. One was written down by my Uncle in his family memories essay.
His Grandmother (on his Mom’s side) was named Bridget Flynn. About 1830 she was sent from Ireland to America at 14 years old. She was sent by herself – did I mention she was 14 years old? It was a 10 week voyage on a sailing ship in those days – did I mention she was 14 years old? She was to meet up with relatives in Philadelphia – did I mention she was…
Anyway…In those days ships would sail from Europe and head for Barnaget Point in New Jersey. From there they could turn north and sail to New York or go south to the Delaware and sail into Philadelphia.
There was a third option – to simply shipwreck at Barnaget Point – which is what this captain did.
Much like the crew of the ill-fated Minnow (pop culture reference to Gilligan’s Island) the passengers all swam ashore to the Pine Barrens area of New Jersey.
There stood 14 year old Bridget, on the shoreline of a new country, all her possessions sunk in the Atlantic – so what did she do?
She hiked up her skirts and proceeded to walk across New Jersey to get to Philadelphia. She worked as a house maid or field helper, taking six months to finally reach her relatives, who were a little ticked off because they had been waiting at the dock for half a year.
“So Clancy, are ya thinkin’ that we should go on down to the docks to see if wee little Bridget arrives today?”
“Kathleen me darlin’ girl, we’ve been doing this for so long I’m thinkin’ the poor lass must have been lost at sea.”
“So I guess I’ll be writin’ her Uncle Guiness that we won’t be lookin’ out for her any longer…”
“ Her Uncle Guiness! I’ll get me hat and coat…”