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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Saturday, October 1, 2011

WR Lynch American Consular Service in Shanghai

American Consular Service in Shanghai, China  1922
WR Lynch is in back row, third from right.
No identify of the others.
Click on picture to enlarge.

Above is a picture of the people in the American Consular Service in Shanghai, China in 1922, taken in Shanghai. 

     We will take a break from Will Lynch's "detention" to show where he worked with the Diplomatic Corps in Shanghai.
     I don't know how many were there twenty years later when some of this group were taken hostage on December 7, 1941.  The Japanese captured Shanghai the same day they bombed Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.   America joined World War II against the Axis--mainly Germany and Japan.  
     I love the hats and dresses the women are wearing.  The women may have been wives.  Will was a bachelor.  
     The family story was that he had been engaged to a young woman, but when he went to the Philippine Islands to teach in 1912, she did not want to go to the other side of the world,  so they never married.  Her mother did not want her to go there, and who could blame her?  It was very "foreign" and very far away.  I guess he wanted to have adventure more than he wanted to marry!
     All of the people were Americans and probably had a close relationship, as there were not many Americans in China at that time.     
     Will lynch would have been 37 years old when this picture was taken and 56 years old when he was taken diplomatic hostage in 1941.

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