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, March 10, 2012

WR Lynch WW II Diary Days 225 through Day 227

Will Lynch spends his last three days on the ship taking him away from captivity in Shanghai to East Africa. He does not report on how the exchange of diplomats was done. He learns that he will be going to a State Department Post in Cairo, Egypt.  He is now safe in Portuguese East Africa, ready for whatever happens next.  There will be a break, and the rest of the Diary will continue in about a week.  Roselyn

July 20, 1942.  Monday.  225th Day.
     Nice weather.
     We must be around the south end of Madagascar.
     Got my bill amounting to Japanese Yen.  3.18.  Sevena's was 2.77.  We used the alphabet system, and he won mine.  
     So, he pays.

July 21, 1942.  Tuesday.  226th Day.
     Saw a bird aft of ship, so must be near land.
     Turned 2 suitcases back to the baggage room.
     Turned in Military Yen 40.00.
     Supposed to be reimbursed from Washington at 3 1/3 rate.

July 22, 1042.  Wednesday. 227th Day.
     Picked up pilot boat about 7:00, so Lourenco Marques (Africa) can't be far away.
     Arrived at 12:00 noon at Lourenco Marques.  Nice town.
     Weather fine.  I Hear I am to go to Cairo.


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