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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Monday, September 19, 2011

James Lynch Biography Part 6

This final part of the James Lynch Biography tells of his children and of his and Caroline's death.  When they married, Caroline was barely 17 years old and James was 44 years old.  Roselyn
Caroline Dunmore Lynch age 17 years

James Lynch age 44 years

Carrie Lynch and Family
Back Row--Will Lynch, Carl Lynch, Floyd Lynch, Frank Lynch, Vic Skonberg
Front Row--Myrtle Lynch (Carl), Hazel Lynch Skonberg, Caroline Lynch,
Mae Lynch (Floyd), Inez Lynch (Frank)

James and Caroline Lynch had five children:  Carlos James lynch (November 8, 1862), William Reuben Lynch (June 5, 1885), Floyd Thomas Lynch (February 6, 1894, Franklin Benjamin Lynch (March 20, 1896) and Hazel Lucile Lynch Skonberg (July 11, 1904).
     James Lynch died at his home in Miller, Kansas, (where they had moved after he list his sight from cataracts) on April 8, 1923.  Caroline died at that same home on January 11, 1941.  James was 87 at his death.  Caroline was 77, lacking eight days of being 78.
     Burkes Registry records that the name of Lynch came from the O'Loingsigh family and was the Gaelic way of spelling.  It was anglicized to O'Lynchy in the 1500's, then to just Lynch.  This name was first recorded in the Irish Counties of Galway, Antrim, and Down.  It was translated as "Sons of the Navy Man",  They were one of the original "Tribes of Galway".  The Lynch Shield was a blue shield with a gold chevron between three rosettes.

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