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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Friday, October 14, 2011

WR Lynch WW II Diary re Japanese Take-Over in Shanghai China. Day 35

Will Lynch thinks of his Mother, who was my Grandmother, Caroline Dunmire Lynch.  I remember attending her funeral.  The casket was in the living room of her home in Miller, Kansas, where we went  for lunch before the funeral, which was held in the small Methodist Church.   It seemed right that she was there, as she was always hosting us when we went for holidays and most Sunday afternoons.  Of course, there was not enough time for Will to come from Shanghai to attend the funeral.  I remember the family saying later, that since she had died in January, 1941, before Will was captured in December, 1941, she did not have to worry about him.   Roselyn

Caroline Lynch Family
Back Row-left to right: (Sons)--Will Lynch, Carl Lynch, Floyd Lynch, Frank Lynch and (son-in-law) Vic Skonberg.
Front Row-left to right:  Myrtle,  (Carl's wife),  Hazel Lynch Skonberg ( daughter) , Caroline Lynch,(Mother)
 Mae, ( Floyd's wife) and Inez, ( Frank's wife).  Father, James Lynch, had died in 1923.
Picture taken in late 1930's in Kansas.
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January 11, 1942.  Sunday.  35th Day.
     Dreary Day.  A.M. called.  I won Rummy 2-1.
     Mother died one year ago today at 11 p.m.  It is now 8:50 p.m.

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