Most Distant Known Patrilineal Ancestor of Kelso Lynn (178163)
An account of the Lynns of Knockahollet and Exeter was written in 1925 by Elizabeth (Moor) Wallace, a granddaughter of James Lynn who was eleven when the family came to the U.S., and published in the journal of the Wisconsin Historical Society as "Early Farmers in Exeter". The following year, a lengthier account by Wallace, entitled "This Side the Gully", was published in the serial newspaper "The Wisconsin Farmer". Clearly, some of her information represents firsthand knowledge while some was related to her by her elders, who were the heads of families at the time of immigration. That article provides most of the following history, which is supplemented by data from census, marriage, cemetery, and other historical records.
In 1780, James Lynn was born in County Londonderry (also known as County Derry) in Ulster, Ireland. He married Nancy Ellis, also of County Londonderry. Sometime after their marriage, the couple moved to the County Antrim village of Knockahollet. The chief inhabitants of Knockahollet were farmers and weavers, and James owned several looms on which linen produced from his own flax was woven.
James and Nancy had six sons and two daughters. The firstborn, John, came to America in the 1840s and fought for the U.S. in the Mexican War. He received one land grant for his service and purchased another, and returned to his family in Knockahollet in 1848. With deed in hand and a glowing description of the lands of Wisconsin, he was able to persuade his entire family - indeed, virtually the entire village - to leave Ireland. The exodus was so complete that, within three-quarters of a century, "not so much as one stone of the many stone houses ... remain[ed]". As Elizabeth Wallace related:
The Lynns crossed the water along with the Moors and
the Wallaces, with whom James's children had married. Remarkably, James was
then about seventy years of age and Nancy sixty. Most
immigrant families of that day left parents and grandparents behind,
but not so the Lynns. The family first arrived in New York,
where some stayed for varying lengths of time, as
evidenced by their children's birthplaces as listed in the census.
More's the pity!
JAMES LYNN : born 1780 in County Londonderry, Ireland; died 19
March 1858 in Exeter, Green County, Wisconsin; married Nancy Ellis.
JOHN LYNN : born 17 March 1813 in Ulster, Ireland (possibly
Knockahollet); died 4 July 1887 in Decatur, Green County, Wisconsin;
married Elizabeth Gambel. John was a farmer in Exeter.
MARY LYNN : born 1816 in Ulster (possibly Knockahollet); died 1908 in
Exeter; married Joseph Moor.
JAMES LYNN : born about 1817 in Ulster (possibly Knockahollet); died
4 January 1867 in Exeter, Green County, Wisconsin; married Nancy
Moor. James was a farmer in Exeter.
HENRY LYNN : born about 1820-22 in Ulster (possibly Knockahollet); died unknown; married unknown; children unknown. A carpenter named Henry Lynn, born about 1822 in Ireland, whose oldest son was born about 1850 in New York, lived in Waukesha, Wisconsin as early as 1860 and as late as 1880.
ROBERT LYNN : born about 1823 in Ulster (possibly Knockahollet); died
12 April 1887 in Exeter, Green County, Wisconsin; married Catherine
Lyons. Robert was a farmer in Exeter.
NANCY LYNN : born about March 1827 in Ulster (possibly Knockahollet); died
after 15 June 1900, possibly in Exeter; married Alexander Wallace.
ELLISON LYNN : born about 1830 in County Antrim, Ulster (possibly Knockahollet);
died 4 July 1858 in Charles City, Floyd County, Iowa; married
Roselia Eliza Scott. Ellison died tragically at the age
of 28 when a drag he was unloading from a wagon fell on him.
LESLIE LYNN : born about 1832 in Ulster (possibly Knockahollet); died unknown; married unknown. Soon after coming to the U.S., Leslie left the family's Wisconsin home and was never seen again.
CHILDREN OF JOHN LYNN AND ELIZABETH GAMBEL
NANCY LYNN : born May 1850 in Exeter; died 1938, unmarried.
LAURA LAVINA LYNN : born 1852-53 in Exeter; died 1894, unmarried.
JOHN LYNN : born 1855-56 in Exeter; died unknown; married unknown.
MARY LYNN : born 4 April 1861 in Exeter; died unknown; married unknown.
ELIZA LYNN : born 1862-63 in Exeter; died 1893 in Exeter; unmarried.
ALBERT LYNN : born 1864-65 in Exeter; died 1940 in Exeter; married unknown.
EDWARD EDWIN LYNN : born 1868 in Exeter; died 1954 in Exeter; married unknown.
CHILDREN OF MARY LYNN AND JOSEPH MOOR/MOORE
ELIZABETH MOORE : born on 13 May 1843 in Knockahollet; died unknown;
married William Wallace.
NANCY MOORE : born 6 October 1849 in Knockahollet; died after 4 June
1900; married Thomas B. Richards.
MARY MOORE : born 15 January 1854 in Exeter; died 25 February 1899 in Exeter; unmarried.
JAMES MOORE : born 1857-58 in Exeter; died unknown; married unknown.
JOSEPH LESLIE MOORE : born October 1862 in Exeter; died after 14 June 1900; married unknown.
CHILDREN OF JAMES LYNN AND NANCY MOOR/MOORE
BARBARA LYNN : born 1849-50 in New York; died unknown; married unknown.
MARY ANN LYNN : born March 1852 in New York; died 29 March
1923 in Tacoma, Pierce County, Washington; married John E. Nash.
JAMES H. LYNN : born March 1853 in New York; died after
5 January 1920, possibly in Tacoma, Washington; married Wealthy Multer.
JOHN M. LYNN : born 1854-55 in Exeter; died after 7 January 1920;
married Jennie ?.
ELLISON A. LYNN : born 15 January 1857 in Exeter; died 10 June 1923 in Tacoma,
Washington; married Nellie V. Day.
J. LESLIE LYNN : born 1860-61 in Exeter; died unknown; married unknown.
GEORGE LYNN : born 1862-63 in Exeter; died unknown; married unknown.
CHILDREN OF ROBERT LYNN AND CATHERINE LYONS
HENRY LYNN : born 1853 in New York; died unknown; married; unknown.
MARY LYNN : born 1854 in New York; died unknown; married; unknown.
JOHN LESLIE LYNN : born 1857 in Exeter; died 21 June 1930 in Green County, Wisconsin; married Mary Edgar.
NANCY LYNN : born 1859 in Exeter; died unknown; married unknown.
MARGARET LYNN : born 1860 in Exeter; died unknown; married Henry Gale.
CATHERINE LYNN : born 1865 in Exeter; died unknown; married unknown.
ROBERT LYNN : born 20 May 1863 in Exeter; died 11 January 1896 in Exeter; married Addie Belle Crowe.
ALONZO W. LYNN : born June 1870 in Exeter; died 1942 in Green County, Wisconsin; married unknown.
ALICE M. LYNN : born 1875 in Wisconsin; died unknown; married unknown.
CHILDREN OF NANCY AND ALEXANDER WALLACE
MARY WALLACE : born 7 July 1850 in Knockahollet; died 21 November
1900 in Monticello, Green County, Wisconsin; married James Pierce.
SARAH WALLACE : born 1853-54 in Exeter; died unknown; married unknown.
ROBERT WALLACE : born July 1854 in Exeter; died after 25 June 1900;
married Esther ?
JAMES D. WALLACE : born December 1856 in Exeter; died after 18 June
1900; married Mellie M. ?
MARTHA JANE WALLACE : born 13 May 1859 in Exeter; died 15 September
1899 in Monticello; married Joseph Henry Barlow.
LIZZIE M. WALLACE : born 13 October 1861 in Exeter; died after 2
June 1900; married William F. Kistle.
ANNA WALLACE : born 1863-66 in Exeter; died unknown; married Edwin N. Cadwell.
ESTELLA MAE WALLACE : born 13 May 1868 in Exeter; died 1 October
1953 in Pasadena, Los Angeles County, California; married Edwin
CHILDREN OF ELLISON AND ROSELIA SCOTT
JOSIAH SCOTT LYNN : born 4 April 1857 in Green County, Wisconsin; died 7 May 1901 in Springfield, Sangamon County, Illinois; married (1) Cora Carman and (2) Maggie Sipes.
JAMES LESLIE LYNN : born 13 November 1858 in Charles City, Floyd County, Iowa; died 2 November 1945 in Winner, Tripp County, South Dakota; married Minnie Louella West.
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