Introduction to Lynch Clan

My Lynch ancestors from Ireland came to America in 1848. The group included my Grandfather James Lynch and his five siblings, ages 10 to 18, who sailed without their parents to New York City. Soon they were living in a tenement house in Massachusetts working in a textile mill. From there they gradually migrated west. This blog will contain information gathered by my mother, Hazel Lynch Skonberg from her father, giving details of the trip over and life in America. There is also a diary written by his son, Will Lynch, who was with the American Consular Service of the State Department, and was taken hostage on Dec. 8, 1941, by the Japanese Army who had captured Shanghai that day. I hope you enjoy this blog about the James Lynch family in America.
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Sunday, September 18, 2011

James Lynch Biography Part 5

Part 5 of James Lynch's biography tells of his marriage.

     1874 was a terrible year for farming.  In August, the grasshoppers came like a cloud and ate everything until the ground was bare.  Many tales are told of these times and of how devastating these grasshoppers were,
     1876 was another bad year.  A flood that year wiped out all of the shocked wheat in just a matter of six or seven hours.  Two feet of water covered the whole farm.  There was a similar flood in July of 1908.  The water was in the cellar, so that Mother's geese swam in and out of the windows.  Men were waist deep in water on the road between the houses.  Now this year of 1982, there has been a similar flood.
James and Caroline Dunmire Lynch
Wedding Picture March 3, 1880

On March 3, 1880, James Lynch married Caroline Eliza Dunmire in Emporia, Kansas.  She was the daughter of Reuben and Susanna Cannon Dunmire.  Caroline was born in Fulton County, Illinois on January 19, 1863.
James and Caroline Lynch Wedding
Page from Old Family Bible

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