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1. John LYNCH was born about 1806 in Ireland. He died on 19 Oct 1873 in 27 Great Russell Street, St. Giles North, London. He was buried on 23 Oct 1873 in St. Mary's Cemetery, Kensal Green, London.

I am very grateful to Ursula Staszynski, a great-great-great-granddaughter of John Lynch, above, for sharing the results of her considerable research into the Lynch family.

According to the 1841 and 1861 censuses of England and Wales, John was a tailor. According to his death certificate, John died of enteritis, the duration of which was 12 days. His son William was present at his death.

John is buried, along with his wife, Mary Ann, in St. Mary's Cemetery, Kensal Green, London. Unfortunately, their grave was public (a cheaper option than private) and when the cemetery needed to create new private graves in 1980 public graves had their headstones removed and the public area was covered over with a new mound of earth. Although John and Mary Ann's grave was undisturbed no trace of it is now visible, although we do know that they were buried in plot no. 89 in section NP.

I have been told by George Butler, a great-grandson of John's, that our Lynch family may have had Galway origins. The Lynch surname, one of the most common in Ireland, is unusual in that it comes from two distinct sources. The first of these is the Norman 'de Lench' family which settled in Co. Meath, a branch later establishing itself in Co. Galway where they rapidly became one of the strongest of the famous Tribes of Galway. The second origin of the surname is the Irish 'Ó Loingsigh', meaning 'seamen'. Considering the importance of the sea in Irish life, the surname arose quite separately in a number of areas, including Clare/Limerick, Sligo, west Cork, Cavan, Donegal, and the north Antrim/Derry region.

John married Mary Ann EGAN, daughter of 'unknown' EGAN, on 13 Feb 1832 in Parish of St. Nicholas, Dublin. Mary was born about 1813 in Dublin. She died on 29 Dec 1887 in 8 Tavistock St., St. Giles North, London. She was buried on 3 Jan 1888 in St. Mary's Cemetery, Kensal Green, London.

It is a possibility that Mary Ann's parents' names were William Egan and Mary Gallagher as a baptismal record has been located (om for a Maria A. Egan, daughter of Gulielmi (Latin version of William) Egan and Maria A. Gallagher, who was baptised in the parish of St. Nicholas, Dublin (where our Mary Ann was married) on 4 December 1814. This baptismal date ties in roughly with Mary Ann's age as given in a number of censuses, and it is the only baptismal record I have come across for any Mary Ann Egan who was born in Dublin around this time (census information tells us that our Mary Ann was born in Dublin). However, this is not sufficient proof that the Mary Ann Egan who was baptised in St. Nicholas's parish on 4 December 1814 is our Mary Ann who married John Lynch in 1833.     

At the time of the 1841 census Mary Ann, her husband, John, and their family were living on Greek Street, Soho in London. Twenty years later, at the time of the 1861 census, the family was at 57a Charlotte Street, St Pancras in London, and the 1881 census tells us that Mary Ann, by now a widow, was living at 8 Tavistock St., St. Giles, Finsbury, London. Listed with her are her daughters Abigail and Anna and son William, all single, and young grandchildren Teresa and Rosa Turner (the daughters of Mary Ann's daughter Teresa).

Marriage Notes:

Witnesses were Henrico (presumably Henry) English and Brigida (presumably Bridget) Grady.

John and Mary had the following children.

+ 2 F i Jane LYNCH was born about 1834. She died on 22 Jul 1902.
  3 F ii
Abigail (Abby) LYNCH was born about 1835 in St. Martin's, London. She died on 22 Dec 1916 in Hanwell, Middlesex.

Abby never married. According to the 1861 census she worked as a milliner. By the time of the 1881 census she was a dressmaker and living with her widowed mother. By 1901 she was living at 10 Doughty St., St. Pancras, London with her sister Anna Maria and brother William. Ten years later she was still at the same address and living with Anna Maria and her widowered brother John (William had died in 1906).
  4 M iii
Edward LYNCH was born about 1837 in London. He died on 15 Nov 1902 in Cheshire. He was buried on 19 Nov 1902 in St. Mary's Cemetery, Kensal Green, London (grave 2556).

Edward became a priest. According to his obituary in the 22 November 1902 edition of The Tablet "Sedgley Park [in Wolverhamption] was his first college, after which he proceeded to Ushaw [County Durham], where he finished his studies and stayed on for some time as a professor" (the 1861 census tells us he was a student at the time at St. Cuthbert's College, a seminary in Ushaw). "Leaving college he went as curate first to St. Werburgh's, Chester" (the 1871 census tells us he was serving at St. Werburgh's). "He next moved to St. Lawrence's, Birkenhead, then to Shrewsbury, then back again to the mission of Our Lady Star of the Sea at Seacombe" (he was at St. Joseph's Presbytery, Wheatland Lane, Seacombe at the time of the 1881 census). "Returning to his first mission of St. Werburgh's, Chester, he remained there till his death" (the 1891 census tells us he was at St. Werburgh's Presbytery, and according to the 1901 census he was living on Union St. in Chester).

After Edward's death probate was granted to Canon Thomas John Marsden and to George Butler, husband of his sister Jane. He left effects amounting to £805 2s. 4d.
  5 M iv
John Joseph LYNCH was born on 7 Feb 1840 in 54 Greek St., Soho, London. He died on 21 Aug 1912 in 10 Doughty St., St. Pancras, London.

According to the 1861 census John was a compositor (type setter). At the time of the 1881 census John and his wife, Maria, were living at 4 Archer Street, Kensington, London and John was working as a bootmaker. They later moved to 34 and then 98 Hazellville Road, Islington, London. They had no children. After Maria's death in 1903 John moved in with his sister Abby who lived 10 Doughty St., St. Pancras, London.

Vera Connolly, a niece of Maria's, would marry Joseph's grandnephew Bob Hussey in 1921.
John married Maria Eliza CONNOLLY, daughter of John CONNOLLY and Maria KERSLAND, in Oct 1872 in St. Aloysius Chapel, St. Pancras, London. Maria was born on 23 Jul 1845 in 56 Barclay St., St. Pancras, London. She died on 19 Jun 1903 in 98 Hazellville Road, Islington, London.

Marriage Notes:

Witnesses to the marriage were Frank Castle Turner (a brother-in-law of John) and Georgina Connolly (probably Maria's sister). John's address at the time was 27 Great Russell Street, St. Giles, London, the address of his parents; and Maria's address was 11 Wharfdale Road, Islington, London, her parents' address.

  6 M v
William Stephen LYNCH was born about 1841 in St. Anne's, London. He died on 4 Feb 1906 in St. Pancras, London (probably 10 Doughty St.).

According to the 1861 and 1881 censuses William was a chronometer (watch) maker. He never married and lived with his sisters Abby and Anna Maria at 10 Doughty St., St. Pancras towards the end of his life.
  7 F vi
Anna Maria LYNCH was born about 1844 in St. Giles, London. She died after 22 Dec 1916.

According to the 1881 census, Anna was a dressmaker. She never married.
  8 M vii
Albert Henry LYNCH was born about 1846 in London. He died on 13 Apr 1854 in 192 Tottenham Court Road, North St. Giles, London.

Albert was only seven years of age when he died of enteritis.
+ 9 F viii Teresa L. LYNCH was born about 1849. She died on 1 Jun 1881.

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