The Lynch surname is Irish: a reduced Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Loingsigh (‘descendant of Loingseach’), a personal name meaning ‘mariner’ (from long ‘ship’). This is now a common surname in Ireland but of different local origins, for example, chieftain families in counties Antrim and Tipperary, while in Ulster and Connacht there were families called Ó Loingseacháin who later shortened their name to Ó Loingsigh, and also Anglicized it as Lynch. Another Irish (Anglo-Norman) version is an Anglicized form of the Gaelic word Linseach, itself a Gaelicized form of Anglo-Norman French de Lench, the version found in old records. This seems to be a local name, but its origin is unknown. One family of bearers of this name was of Norman origin, but became one of the most important tribes of Galway. An English strain is a topographic name for someone who lived on a slope or hillside, from the Old English term hlinc, or perhaps a habitational name from Lynch in Dorset, or Somerset, or Linch in Sussex, all named with this word.   The Coat of Arms is blue with a gold chevron between three gold three leafed clovers. The Chevron design represents the roof of a house - which signifies protection, and faithful service. The three trefoils (clovers or shamrocks) represent perpetuity, or longevity. (In Ireland the Shamrock was used by Saint Patrick to explain the Holy Trinity and had Christian significance.) The Crest features a blue Lynx.

Emma Lynch

   The Lynch surname was first found in county Galway where the family was granted lands by Strongbow after the English Norman invasion of Ireland in 1172. Some of the first settlers of this name or some of its variants were: Francis Lynch, who settled in Georgia in 1733; Jeremiah Lynch settled in Virginia in 1638; Patrick Lynch settled at Prescot Ontario in 1825 with his wife and seven children.
   Our lineage to the Lynch family can be traced through the ancestry of EMMA WILSON LYNCH. Emma was the daughter of WILLIAM LYNCH and MARTHA BURNS. But she was raised by her aunt in Painesville, Ohio after her mother died.
   According to MARJORIE CARLIN, Emma's daughter, she had a cousin named Dorothy Elizabeth Giblin (d. 26 Sep 1941), and they were very close as children. Dorothy married Philip Giblin and remained in Painesville, Ohio, and they had a son who was a priest.
   Emma's grandson, Carl Hause, located his grandmother in the 1910 Census living with her brother-in-law, Thomas Kilgore (listed as Kilegore), in Ohio. (The relationship has not been clarified as it appears she only had a brother.)
   On April 16, 1912, she married ALBERT GODFREY BRUNNER at St. Coleman's church in Cleveland:

Miss Emma Lynch, formerly of Painesville, was married at St Coleman's church, Cleveland, Tuesday morning, April 16 to Albert Brunner of the firm of Brunner & Sons. After a wedding breakfast at the Hollenden, they came to Painesville and spent the day with Mrs Brunner's aunt, Mrs L. G. Loomis, with whom she lived while attending school here. They were accompanied by her brother, J. D. Lynch of Grand Rapids, Mich, Mrs P. T. Ferrie and Mrs S. E. Burns of Cleveland. A bridal dinner was served at _______. After an informal reception during the evening, the party returned to Cleveland where, after May 1, Mr & Mrs Brunner will receive their friends at their pretty new home on 83rd Street.

   J. D. Lynch would have been Emma's step brother, John D. Lynch, and Mrs L. G. Loomis was Catherine Loomis, who was married to Lucas G. Loomis and lived at 139 Jackson Street in Painesville at the time of the 1900 Census. (Her sister, Elma Lynch, born May, 1848, was living there at the time of the Census.) Mrs P. T. Ferrie is believed to be Bertha Ferrie, wife of Patrick T. Ferrie who resided at 200 Woodbine in Painesville at the time of the 1900 Census. (There was an Anna Lynch residing with them.) Bertha Ferrie could be Emma's aunt, Bertha Burns, sister of Emma's mother, Martha Burns. Mrs S. E. Burns is probably a relationship through Emma's mother, as well.
   Emma stayed close with her family. Her uncle William Lynch and her mother's half-sister, Anna Lynch-Beaumont (pictured above) were the godparents for her daughter, Marjorie. Her brother Billy was a hobo, who would show up every so often at the house of Emma's daughter, Jeanne Brunner-Hause, for meals, then disappear again for a few years. Speaking of children, Albert and Emma had three daughters, all cute, all popular, and all married off very quickly:


  • HELEN BRUNNER was born 26 February 1913 in Cleveland. Helen was married three times, to: (1) FRANK MESKILL, the Manager of the exclusive Chevy Chase Country Club in Chevy Chase, MD. (2) WILLIAM BASS, a successful builder in the Cleveland area. (3) LARRY RAGAN, who worked at the Pentagon. Helen is buried with her parents at the Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, listed as "Helen B. Meskill."
  • MARJORIE ANNE BRUNNER was born on November 07, 1916, in Wheeling, West Virginia; Her god parents were William Lynch (her uncle) and Anna Lynch Beaumont, her mother's half-sister. She was baptized on December 10, 1916, at St Vincent de Paul Church in Elm Grove, West Virginia. Marjorie married auto worker JOHN BERNARD CARLIN, SR, on June 26, 1937, Detroit, Michigan. Marge died on August 22, 1999, at Lighthouse Point, FLA. She rests with her husband, parents and sister, Helen, in the Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in Southfield, MI.
  • JEANNE MAY BRUNNER, born 17 May 1918. Baptized May 23, 1918 at St Vincent de Paul 2244 Marshall Avenue, Wheeling WV 26003 by Rev J. B. Capesius, S.M. Sponsors were Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Brunner. She married CARLETON MARCHANT HAUSE, SR. They had two children, CARLETON JR. and MARJORIE JEANNE.

    Emma Lynch (right) on the Grand River

    WILLIAM LYNCH married SARAH BURNS and begat...

    EMMA LYNCH (1891 - 1951), who married ALBERT G. BRUNNER (1892 - 1972) and begat...

    JEANNE BRUNNER (1918 - 2000) who married CARLETON MARCHANT HAUSE, SR. (1917 - 1983) and begat...

    CARLETON MARCHANT HAUSE, JR. (b. 1939) who married MARTHA WENK (b. 1940) and begat...

    JEFF (who married LORI ANN DOTSON), KATHY (who married HAL LARSEN), ERIC (who married MARY MOONSAMMY), and MICHELE HAUSE (who married JOHN SCOTT HOUSTON).


    TOP PHOTO, left to right: L-R: Walt Beamont, Helen Brunner-Bass, Margie Brunner-Carlin, Anna Lynch-Beamont, Al Brunner, Emma Lynch Brunner.


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