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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Tuesday, March 20, 2012

WR Lynch WW II Diary Days 228, 229, and 230.

Will Lynch changes boats as the hostages are exchanged.  He stays at Polana Hotel at Lourenco Marques, Portuguese East Africa.   Roselyn

July 23, 1942.  THursday.  228th Day.
     At Lourenco Marquest, changing boats.
     Am informed I must leave this boat as I will get no berth.
     Left at 9:00 p.m., and went to Polana Hotel.

July 24, 1942.  Friday.  229th Day.
     Warm and pleasant.
     Still at Polana Hotel, with part of gear.
     Trunk and 2 duffel bags yet to come.
     Portuguese national holiday.

July 25, 1942.  Saturday.  230th Day.
     At Polana Hotel.  Prepared many letters to go back on Gripsholm (Ship returning to America.  As I remember, he often came back on the Gripsholm ship.)

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