The Lynch surname is Irish: a reduced Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Loingsigh (‘descendant of Loingseach’), a personal name meaning ‘mariner’ (from long ‘ship’). 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.
   This is now a common surname in Ireland, but not all of this surname are related: One strain was first recorded in County Galway (Irish: Gaillimh), in the province of Connacht on the west coast of the Island. This family was originally called Ó Loingseacháin, then shortened their name to Ó Loingsigh, and then Anglicized it as Lynch; Meanwhile, there were chieftain families in the counties of Antrim and Tipperary with the same Lynch surname, but who were unrelated. Another strain arrived in Ireland with the army of Strongbow, Earl of Pembroke, and were granted lands there after the English-Norman invasion of Ireland in 1172. It is believed that this family is descended from emperor Charlemagne. This Lynch family settled initially in County Meath, and a branch then migrated westwards and established itself in the early 15th century, as one of the 'Tribes of Galway'. Anyway, all this these means that if you're Irish and a Lynch, and you meet somebody who is also Irish and a Lynch, it doesn't necessarily mean that you're related.

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Name:John Lynch
Home in 1850:

Argyle, Washington, New York

Estimated Birth Year:1829
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Name:John Lynch
Home in 1860:Pulaski, Iowa, Wisconsin
Estimated Birth Year:1831
Post Office:Avoca
Value of Real Estate:600
Value of Personal Estate:250
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SOURCE INFORMATION: 1850 and 1860 United States Federal Census. National Archives and Records Administration, Washington DC.

   Our particular line of the Lynch family comes from Ireland, through a man born in the early 1830s who settled in New York: JOHN MICHAEL LYNCH. In about 1849, John married another native of Ireland named ANNA DALY (sometimes listed as MARY ANN DALY), born there around 1832. The spelling and overall form of Irish names often vary considerably. The original Gaelic form of the name Daley is O Dalaigh, from the word "dalach," which comes from "dail," which means "assembly." The surname Daley was first found in the barony of Magheradernon, in County Westmeath and traditionally claim descent from Eanna Ceannselach (Ian Kinsella), King of Leinster. They became Chiefs of Muintir Bhaire in the south west of Cork, and later in the north west of the same county, largely in O'Keefe's country. A distinct sept was found in Desmond as early as 1165. "Cuconnachta-na-Scoil O'Daly (or "Cuconnachta of the Schools") was the first of this family that assumed the surname. The Daley family motto is "Deo fidelis et Regi," meaning "Loyal to God and king."¹
   The English-ruled Ireland of the 1800s featured a rapidly increasing population and an agricultural-based economy. This combination proved to be disastrous in the 1840s after a couple of failed potato harvests. Thousands died of disease and starvation, and thousands more left the country, often bound for North America, like John and Ann. It's unknown if they married in Ireland or after arriving in the United States, but they are a married couple working on the farm of Gardner Fowler in Argyle, Washington County, New York in the 1850 Census with a new daughter, Ann. By the time of the 1855 New York State Census, they are not yet naturalized, but now have their own farm with four kids: Ellen Ann (b. 1850), John P (b. 1851), William James (b. 1852) and Catherine Eleanor, or "Kate" (b. 1853).

Fort Edward in 1853 (Map of Washington Co. New York, 1853; Publisher/Engraver: J.D. Scott & R.P Smith).
   The family's own farm was listed near Argyle, Washington, New York, like Fowler's, but the children would later place the homestead closer to Fort Edward, about five miles away. The town is located at the "Great Carrying Place," a portage around the falls on the Hudson, located on what was the Native American "Great War Path," that had later been used by French and English colonists during their own warfare in the the previous century. The town of Fort Edward was established in 1818. The community of Fort Edward set itself off from the town by incorporating as a village at about the same time that John and Ann were getting married, in 1849.
   The marriage of John and Ann proved to be sturdier than the farm, and by 1860, the family had pulled up stakes and moved west to a $600 farm (not acres, dollars) in Pulaski, Iowa, Wisconsin, with $250 is personal worth and three more children in tow, for a grand total of seven:


  • ELLEN ANN LYNCH was born in November of 1850, in Fort Edward, Washington Co., New York. She moved to Wisconsin with her family, then up to Cleveland, Ohio with her mother, siblings and half-siblings around 1870. Ellen died on 18 Apr 1927 in Cleveland, and is buried with her mother and other family members at Saint Josephs Cemetery in Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, Ohio, Sec 10, lot 400.
  • JOHN P LYNCH was born around 1851 in Fort Edward, Washington Co., New York. He traveled to Pulaski, Iowa, Wisconsin, with his family and appears in the 1860 Federal Census, then disappears from the record with his father. A John Lynch was married too IDA on 11 Apr 1874 in Iowa Co., Wisconsin, although there was more than one John Lynch in Iowa County at the time, and John P isn't mentioned in any more of the family literature (Wisconsin Department of Health and Family Services: Vital Record Index, pre-1907, Volume 02, page 0283. Courtesy of the Wisconsin Historical Society).
  • WILLIAM JAMES LYNCH was born in July of 1852 in Fort Edward, Washington, New York. He traveled to Pulaski, Iowa, Wisconsin, with his family and appears in the 1860 Federal Census. Some time before 1876 he married (1) EMMA WILSON and they had three children in Cleveland, Ohio: ANNA MAY (1876-bef. 1951), JOHN DALY (1878-1949) and HELEN MADELINE "NELLIE" LYNCH (1880-1965). Next he married (2) MARTHA "MATTIE" BURNS (b. 1867) and they had two children, WILLIAM JAMES II (1886-1936) and EMMA WILSON LYNCH (1891-1951). William disappears from the record, as does Mattie, and Willam and Emma were raised by various relatives.
  • CATHERINE ELEANOR LYNCH was born on 13 Feb 1853 in Fort Edward, Washington, New York. She traveled to Wisconsin with her family, then on 10 Oct 1874 she married Lucius G Loomis (1850-1918) and lived in Jefferson, Ohio until moving to Painesville, Lake County, Ohio, around 1902. They had the following children: John Carlton (1875-1943), Georgia Anna (1879-1899), Eleanor Mary (b. 1881), Henry Stephen (1883-1938) and Dorothy Elizabeth (1885-1941). The Painesville Telegraph dated Saturday, 19 Feb 1927, stated that she was one of the town's "most beloved citizens" and that she was "survived by Miss Eleanor Loomis of Seattle, Wash., who has been with her mother for the past nine weeks; Mrs. Carl Giblin of this city; J. C. Loomis of Detroit, Mich; and H. S. Loomis, of San Diego, Calif.; ten grandchildren, and five sisters, Mrs. P. T. Ferris and Miss Ellen Lynch, of Cleveland; Mr. U. C. Burns, of Boulder, Colo.; Mrs. A. J. Weatherhead, of Pasa Grille, Fla.; and Mrs. Edward Boone of Goodrich, N. D."² Catherine helped raise her brother William's daughter, Emma Wilson Lynch, while she was attending school. Catherine died on 19 Feb 1927 in Painesville, Lake County, Ohio.² She's buried with Lucious at Saint Mary Cemetery in Painesville, Lake County, Ohio, Section B Row 11 Stone 2.
  • MARY LYNCH was born in 1856,according to the 1860 Federal Census. It lists her birthplace as Wisconsin (although it does so for all of the children, even those born in New York). No further record.
  • SARAH E LYNCH was born in 1858, according to the 1860 Federal Census. It is believed that she married into the Burns family, like her brother, William, as her niece Emma Lynch's 1912 wedding notice lists a "Mrs S. E. Burns of Cleveland" among visiting relatives, and the 1927 obituary of sister Kate shows a surviving sister as married to a "U. C. Burns, of Boulder, Colo."²
  • THOMAS LYNCH was born early in 1860 and is listed as "3/12" of a year old in the Federal Census, dated 14 Aug 1860, in Pulaski, Iowa, Wisconsin. No further record.
  • ANNA CECELIA LYNCH was born on 04 Feb 1861 in in Pulaski, Iowa, Wisconsin. She moved to Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, Ohio, with much of her family. On 13 Nov 1889 she married Edward Harding Weatherhead (1857-1937) in Cleveland, Ohio. They had the following children: Henrietta Marie (1890-1966) and Charles Holland Weatherhead (1892-1971). Anna passed away on 19 Jun 1909 in Cleveland (Ohio, Cuyahoga County, Probate Estate Files; County Court Estate Files, Docket 86, Case No 49337-49379, 1909). Edward remarried and moved to Riverside, California, where he passed in 1937.
  • Draft Registration
    Name:   John Lynch
    DOB:   Abt. 1829
    Birthplace:   Ireland
    Residence:   Arena, Iowa, Wisconsin
    District:   3rd
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    SOURCE: Consolidated Lists of Civil War Draft Registrations, 1863-1865. NM-65, entry 172, 620 volumes. NAI: 4213514. Records of the Provost Marshal General's Bureau (Civil War), Record Group 110. National Archives at Washington D.C.
       The hardships weren't over for this family, however. On 1 July 1863, a man named John Lynch (b. 1829 in Ireland) and his probable brother Peter Lynch (b. 1835 in Ireland) volunteered for the Union Army in the neighboring town of Arena, Iowa, Wisconsin to fight in the Civil War. In total, Wisconsin raised 91,379 soldiers for the Union Army during the Civil War, organized into 53 infantry regiments, 4 cavalry regiments, a company of Berdan's sharpshooters, 13 light artillery batteries and 1 unit of heavy artillery. Most of the Wisconsin troops served in the Western Theater, although several regiments served in Eastern armies, including three regiments within the famed "Iron Brigade". 3,794 of those men were killed in action or mortally wounded, 8,022 died of disease, and 400 were killed in accidents. The total mortality of Wisconsin soldiery was 12,216 men, or 13.4 percent of total enlistments. One of those mortalities was probably John.
       We can't be sure if the Irish immigrant John Lynch who volunteered in Arena is our ancestor—at least ten men named John Lynch served for Wisconsin (and three named Michael)—but what we do know is that at some point between 1860 and 1866, our ancestor disappears from the record—a time period covering the entire Civil War. It's hard to say whether he died or just disappeared; He could be one of several men by that name buried locally at that time, or anonymously buried in some far-off battlefield. He could even be an Irish immigrant named John Lynch (b. 1831) living near Anna in Highland, Iowa County in the 1870 census, with a wife named Catharine and three kids aged between 4-10; Whatever happened, Anna found herself alone at the end of the war, and raising about half a dozen kids.

    Ellsworth Parmely
       Just after the war ended in 1866, Ann remarried to a Civil War veteran in the nearbye town of Highland, named ELLSWORTH M PARMELY (18 May 1819 - 30 Sep 1913), starting another family (we know this from the obituary of John and Anna's daughter Kate, which lists the Parmely daughters as her sisters). Ellsworth Parmely was a remarkable man. In his 94 years, he had four wives and at least 22 children (outliving most of them). Ann was his third wife, and by the time they parted ways in 1870 and before Ellsworth moved on to wife #4 (21-year-old widow Mary Jane Stewart), they had three daughters together: Elsie Agnes Parmaley (married name Fahey, then Boone, 10 Dec 1867 - 15 May 1943), Bertha Marie Parmeley (married name Ferrie, 2 Feb 1869 - 20 May 1942),³ and Henrietta Elizabeth Parmely (married name Weatherhead, 21 Dec 1870 - 29 Apr 1960).
       The two families had integrated nicely by the time of the 1870 Federal Census, Anna and Ellsworth are in Highland, Iowa, Wisconsin with children Edwin Sylvanus Parmely (age 19), Charles Fremont Parmely (age 13), Elsie Agnes Parmely (age 2), Bertha Parmely (age 1), William J Lynch (13), Mary Lynch (14), Sarah Lynch (12) and Anna Lynch (10). The half siblings would remain close throughout their lives... However, Anna and Ellsworth? Not so much. In the 1880 Federal Census, 48-year-old Anna is divorced and going by the surname of "Lynch" again. She is running a boarding house at 83 Hanover Street in Cleveland, with daughters Ellen Ann Lynch (age 30), Anna Cecelia Lynch (age 20) and Henrietta Parmely (age 10). Ann Daly Lynch hung on until 1891, and is buried at Saint Josephs Cemetery in Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, Ohio, with daughter Bertha Parmely Ferrie's family.

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    Name:   Anna Parmely
    Age in 1870:   38
    Birth Year:   1832
    Birthplace:   Ireland
    Home in 1870:   Highland, Iowa, Wisconsin
    Occupation:   Keeping House
    Post Office:   Avoca
    Roll:   M593_
    Page:   98A
    FHL Image:   553217
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    Name:   Ann Lynch
    Age:   48
    Estimated birth year:   <1832>
    Birthplace:   Ireland
    Occupation:   Boarding House
    Marital Status:   Divorced
    Home in 1880:   Cleveland, Cuyahoga, Ohio
    Father's birthplace:   Ireland
    Mother's birthplace:   Ireland
    Read/Write:   Yes
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    City Directory
    Directory:   Cleveland, Vol. XV, for 1886
    Name:   Mrs. Ann Lynch
    William J Lynch
    Home Address:   7 Washington
    Business:   Lynch & Trask meat market (W.J. Lynch and Lewellyn Trask)
    Address:   237 Pearl
    Pages:   383-384
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    SOURCE: Cleveland Directory Company, 65 and 67 Frankfort Street, Cleveland; 1885.
       The next in our line, WILLIAM J. LYNCH, born in July of 1852 in Fort Edward, Washington Co., New York. William lived with his mother, siblings and stepfather, step-siblings and half-siblings in the Parmely family in Wisconsin, then was part of a wave of Irish workers who migrated to Cleveland during the 1800s, following his mother, siblings, and half-siblings. Starting with the construction of the Ohio-Erie Canal during the late 1820's, a large Irish community had grown around the Cuyahoga River, called "Irishtown." The Irish community shaped Cleveland through the development of businesses, social groups, religious organizations, and even crime, with the notorious McCart Street Gang that ruled the area just west of the intersection of West 65th Street and Detroit Avenue. In turn, the Irish faced prejudice in Cleveland. The Cleveland Leader consistently reported all barroom scuffles involving Irishmen, and once claimed that 60% of all criminal activity had Irishmen at its roots.
       William married his first wife, Emma Wilson of Canada, before 1876, and set up a meat market on Pearl Street in Cleveland's Irishtown, working as a butcher. William and Emma raised three children in Cleveland:


  • ANNA MAY LYNCH was born on 20 May 1876 in Cleveland, Cuyahoga, Ohio. In the 1900 Federal Census she lived with the family of her aunt, Bertha Parmely Ferrie. On 23 Oct 1901 she married Walter Allen Beaumont (13 May 1873 - 19 Jul 1961) in Cuyahoga, Ohio. Anna died in January of 1942.⁴ Click on the photo at right to see the Beaumonts and Brunners, left to right: L-R: Walt Beaumont, Helen Brunner-Bass, Margie Brunner-Carlin, Anna Lynch-Beaumont, Al Brunner, and Emma Lynch Brunner. (I didn't cut their heads off at the top, that's just how the photograph is.)
  • JOHN DALY LYNCH was born on 15 Jun 1878 in Cleveland, Cuyahoga, Ohio, with his grandfather's first name, and his middle name being his grandmother's surname (which was a key in helping me figure out the heritage of this family). On 22 Jun 1898 he enlisted as a private in Ohio's 14th Infantry, Company C during the Spanish-American War, and was honorably discharged on 18 Aug 1899 (Pension #2365140). On 9 Sep 1918 he married Gertrude Cummings (b. 1892) in Wayne, Ohio. John died on 15 Jun 1949 in Portland, Multnomah County, Oregon, and in buried in the Veteran's Lawn section, Row 13, at Lincoln Memorial Park, Portland, Multnomah County, Oregon.
  • HELEN MADELINE "NELLIE" LYNCH was born on 8 Nov 1880 in Cleveland, Cuyahoga, Ohio. On 22 Apr 1902 she married Thomas Francis Kilcoyne (1877-1940) in Cleveland. They had the following children: John Joseph (1906-1954); Elizabeth Collette (1908-1994), and Genievieve D (1908-1974). The family moved to California before 1924, when they had another daughter, Julia "Joy" Constance Kilkoyne (1924-2010). Their daughter Genevieve was a professional whistler in Vaudeville during the 1920s and 1930s (The Los Angeles Times, Fri, 19 Jan 1923; Page 17). Helen died on 24 Oct 1965 in Los Angeles, California.
  • Burns
       Emma passed away around 1886. In that year's Cleveland City Directory, William's mother Ann is listed with him at 297 Washington St. to help raise the children, while he was co-running the Lynch & Trask meat market with Lewellyn Trask on 237 Pearl Street. William then married MARTHA "MATTIE" BURNS (b. Jul 1867) before 1888. (William's sister, Sarah E Lynch, may have married into the same family, as a sister named "Mrs. S.E. Burns" attends many of the Lynch family functions reported in the newspapers of the time.) The history of the Burns Surname goes back to medieval Scotland. The ancestors of the Burns family lived among the Strathclyde-Briton people of the Scottish/English Borderlands. They derived from the Boernicians, a race of early Scots that ruled the north East coast of England as far north as Edinburgh. Around 1296, during the reign of King Edward I, the Burns Clan began to migrate to the parish of Glenbervie from Burneshead, Cumberland, where the original name was Burness. They were described as an unruly Clan; unruly and hard to pronounce in Galeic, so the name was shortened to Burns.
       The Burns Family Coat of Arms is a silver shield with three silver fleur-de-lis on a blue chevron between two black spur rowels in chief, and a black hunting-horn in base. The Family Crest: A hand holding a hunting-horn, proper. The Family Motto is "Ever ready."¹ Family legend has it that Martha was related to poet Robert Burns, but there is no proof of this. (And believe me, I have looked.)
       The family moved around Cleveland while William maintained the meat market in Irishtown. In the 1894 directory he's still running the business on Pearl Street, but Trask is gone, and William's residence is now at 12 Dexter Place. William and Martha had two children:


  • WILLIAM "BILLY" JAMES LYNCH was born on 31 Aug 1886 in Cleveland, Cuyahoga, Ohio (FHL Film Number: 1893711). On 25 Jun 1906 he married Stella Emily Marquardt (11 Jan 1887 - 2 Jul 1949) in Ashtabula, Cuyahoga, Ohio (Film Number: 000890270). William died around 1936 and Emily remarried to a German/Polish immigrant named August Kirschner (17 Aug 1893 - 2 Sep 1951) on 14 Mar 1939.
  • EMMA WILSON LYNCH (named after William's first wife) was born on 8 Aug 1891 in Lorain, Lorain, Ohio. After the death of her mother before 1910, she lived with various family members. She married ALBERT GODFREY BRUNNER (16 Oct 1892 - 12 Jan 1972) on 16 Apr 1912 at at St Colman's church in Cleveland, Cuyahoga, Ohio, and they had three daughters, listed below. She died on 5 Mar 1951 in Detroit, Wayne, Michigan.

  • Emma Lynch (right) on the Grand River

       Their daughter, EMMA WILSON LYNCH, was named after William's late first wife. They lived on Franklin Street in Irishtown, but by 1900, most Irish residents had left the area, and it had become an Eastern European immigrant enclave. This would prove to be very fortuitous for Emma Wilson Lynch, and our family.
       Martha Burns Lynch passed away after 1900, but the exact date isn't known. After that, Emma was raised by relatives around Painesville, Ohio. While attending school she stayed with her aunt, Catherine Eleanor "Kate" Lynch Loomis (13 Feb 1853 - 19 Feb 1927) and her husband Lucius G. Loomis (1850 - 14 Dec 1918). Emma had a sister-like relationship with cousin Dorothy Elizabeth Loomis (18 Dec 1885 - 26 Sep 1941), when they were children. Dorothy then married Carl Joseph Giblin (14 Sep 1886 - 01 Nov 1942) and remained in Painesville, Ohio. They had three children, Josephine (Moodey, 1 Mar 1912 - 17 Jun 1977), Dorothy "Dottie" (Carrig 25 Feb 1914 - 7 Jul 2010) and Carl Joseph Gibblin, Jr. (b. 1918), who was a priest.
       In the 1910 Census, Emma was working as a telephone operator, and was living at 5902 Bridge Avenue with her half-sister Helen Madeline "Nellie" Lynch (8 Nov 1880 - 24 Oct 1965), eleven years her senior, and brother-in-law, Thomas Francis Kilcoyne (15 Apr 1877 - 17 Aug 1940), listed as "Kilegore," in Ohio. (They moved to Southern California in the mid-1920's.)

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    Name:W J Lynch
    Birth Date:Jul 1852
    Birthplace:New York
    Home in 1900:Cleveland Ward 33, Cuyahoga, Ohio
    Birthplace of Father:Ohio
    Birthplace of MotherOhio
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    Roll: T623; Page: 290 A; Enumeration District: 0161.
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    Name: Emma Lynch
    Age in 1910: 21
    Birthplace: Ohio
    Home in 1910: Cleveland Ward 3, Cuyahoga, Ohio
    Occupation: Telephone Operator
    Father's POB: Ohio
    Mother's POB: Ohio
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    Series: T624 Roll: 1168; Page 5B.
    SOURCE INFORMATION: 1900 and 1910 US Census data imaged from National Archives and Records Administration. Washington, DC.

       Then Emma met an outgoing, gregarious man named ALBERT GODFREY BRUNNER (16 Oct 1892 - 12 Jan 1972), who lived 3/4 of a mile away at 7103 Colgate. Albert grew up in a poor but hardworking family (his father was a varnisher and his grandfather was a leather-worker) that had already lived in the Cleveland area for about sixty years. Albert hadn't attended school past the eighth grade, but he was extremely industrious, and good with numbers. In the 1910 census, Albert is 18 years old, living at home with his folks and working full-time as a balance clerk in an automobile factory.
       On April 16, 1912, Emma married Albert at St. Colman Catholic Church, located on on Gordon Street in Cleveland. As Emma's parents had both passed on, her aunts and uncles stepped in to give the bride away. The happy event was covered in the local paper:

    SOCIAL EVENTS: Lynch-Brunner—Miss Emma Lynch, formerly of Painesville, was married at St Colman'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.

    Emma Lynch

       St. Colman Catholic Church was founded in 1880 as a response to the rapidly growing Irish immigrant population on Cleveland's West Side, of where the extended Lynch family was based. J. D. Lynch was Emma's half-brother, John D. Lynch, and Mrs L. G. Loomis was her aunt Catherine Lynch Loomis, who lived at 139 Jackson Street in Painesville at the time of the 1900 Census. (Aunt Elma Lynch was also living there at the time of the Census.) Mrs P. T. Ferrie was Bertha Parmely Ferrie, the daughter of Emma's grandmother Ann Daly Lynch and Ellsworth Parmely, who resided at 200 Woodbine in Painesville at the time of the 1900 Census with Emma's half-sister Anna Lynch. Mrs S. E. Burns is probably Emma's Aunt Sarah E Lynch, whose husband may have been a brother of Emma's mother.
       Emma stayed close with her family. Her uncle William Beaumont and her mother's half-sister, Anna Lynch-Beaumont (pictured above) were the godparents for her daughter, Marjorie. Her brother Billy was called a "hobo," who would show up every so often at the Brunner house for meals, according to Emma's daughter, Jeanne Brunner-Hause, then disappear again for a few years. (I think this was mis-remembered, as William J Lynch worked for the railroad.)
       Albert and Emma lived the American Dream, riding a wave of prosperity that began following the Great Depression. By the 1950's, he was a Vice President at Kelsey Hayes, a manufacturer of steel car wheels, making a lot of money, dining on hundred dollar meals at a fine country club in Dearborn, Michigan, and enjoying VIP box seats at Tiger games in Detroit. He was always the first to reach for the bill at a restaurant, and always tried to pay at least a hundred dollars for dinner, not counting the liquor bill (no easy task in the fifties, when prime rib only cost two bucks). 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 attended the University of Detroit and inherited her father's artistic talent. Dianna Carlin has a painting done by Helen in 1926, when she was thirteen years old. Helen died on 3 May 1966 in Chevy Chase, Montgomery, Maryland, and 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. Children are listed below. Jeanne died on 15 May 2000 in Oceanside, San Diego Co., California. Her ashes were spread at sea.

    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. (1939-2014) 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: Fort Edward (No. 10 of The Hudson River Portfolio), circa 1822-23; by John Hill American, born in England. Description by the Metropolitan Museum of Art: "We look upriver in this print from a turnpike road that descends towards the Hudson, eleven miles north of the Fort Miller Bridge ... The related text emphasizes the region's tumultuous history, noting that although, 'the ploughshare now peacefully turns up the soil moistened by the blood of thousands...the memory of days of glorious enterprise remains vigorous...and the scene of their operation will be held sacred to remotest ages.'"


    ¹—A family motto originally was a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will.

    ²—The Painesville Telegraph dated 19 Feb 1927, Saturday: "Mrs. Catherine Loomis Is Dead; Beloved Woman Had Been Ill Three Months: In the passing away this morning of Mrs. Catherine Eleanor Loomis, 230 Richmond St., Painesville has lost one of her most beloved citizens. Although ill for the past three months, her death came as a shock to her many friends. Mrs. Loomis was born at Fort Edwards, N. Y., February 13, 1853, and moved with her parents to Wisconsin, graduating from St. Rose's Academy at La Porte, Ind., at the age of sixteen. She taught school in the grammar grades at Ligonier, Ind., until her marriage in 1874 to L. G. Loomis of Jefferson, O., living there until coming to Painesville about 25 years ago. While in Jefferson, Mrs. Loomis was always active in social work, being a charter member of the Jefferson Library Association, a charter member of the W. C. T. U., of which she was secretary for 29 years, the Women's Relief Corps and the Jefferson Literary society. She was the first woman in Ashtabula County to be a member of the board of visitors, later serving in like capacity for Lake county. After coming to Painesville, Mrs. Loomis was a member of the board of trustees for the Lake County Memorial Hospital, president of the C. L. of C.; secretary and treasurer of the Altar and Rosary Society, also a member of the Isabella Club and the D. of R. C. She is survived by Miss Eleanor Loomis of Seattle, Wash., who has been with her mother for the past nine weeks; Mrs. Carl Giblin of this city; J. C. Loomis of Detroit, Mich; and H. S. Loomis, of San Diego, Calif.; ten grandchildren, and five sisters, Mrs. P. T. Ferris and Miss Ellen Lynch, of Cleveland; Mr. U. C. Burns, of Boulder, Colo.; Mrs. A. J. Weatherhead, of Pasa Grille, Fla.; and Mrs. Edward Boone of Goodrich, N. D." (Google News Archive)

    ³—Fun Fact: Bertha is the grandmother of David William Ferrie (28 Mar 1918 - 22 Feb 1967), a JFK Assassination Figure. My 2nd cousin, twice-removed, was accused by New Orleans DA Jim Garrison of being a co-conspirator in the assassination of John F. Kennedy. Ferrie was under investigation at the time of his death. He had been interviewed 3 days prior by investigators and was under surveillance. His death was ruled by Garrison as an "apparent suicide." However, the coroner lists the cause of death as a "berry aneurysm." He had left two unsigned notes, thought to be suicide notes. Conspiracy theorists have long maintained his complicity in the JFK assassination. Joe Pesci played him in Oliver Stone's movie, JFK.

    ⁴—Cleveland Public Library Necrology File, Reel #05: Jan 23 1942, source unknown. "Beaumont: Anna M., beloved wife of Walter A., sister of John D. Lynch of Portland, Ore., Mrs. T. F. Kilcoyne of Los Angeles, and Mrs. Albert Brunner of Detroit, residence, 1886 E. 97. Friends received at De Vand Funeral Home, 11130 Euclid ave. Services at St. Agnes' Church, Friday, at 10 a. m."


  • The Loy (also Lynch) Family in America by Jennie E. Stewart
  • Scharnhorst, Lynch, Barnett, Thornton by Frances Carter.
  • Home of the Lynch Clan
  • Irish Surname Lynch: The Ireland Roots Project, with information on Irish Surnames, the Irish Diaspora, Irish Family History and how to become an Irish Citizen. "One of the most memorable stories about the Galway Lynches concerns James Lynch, the stern mayor of Galway who, in 1493, is reputed to have hanged his own son for murder, when no one else could be found to carry out the sentence. The spot where this took place is known as the gate of the Old Jail and is still pointed out and the story retold to visitors to the city. Nearby is Lynch's Castle which was built in 1320. Once the residence of the Lynch family, it is now a bank branch. The history of the family is documented inside the building."
  • "Wisconsin Volunteers, War of the Rebellion, 1861-1865 : arranged alphabetically, Volume 1". Wisconsin Adjutant General's Office, Madison, Wis. Published by the Democrat Print. Co., 1914. Page 617: John Lynch, private, unassigned; John Lynch, private, Co. G, 2nd Infantry; John Lynch, private, unassigned, 5th Regiment; John Lynch, private, Co. A, 27th Regiment, John Lynch, private, Co. I, 34th Regiment, John Lynch, private, Co. D, 51st Regiment; John C Lynch, 1st lieutenant, Co. C, 3rd Cavalry Reorganized; John H Lynch, private, Co. B, 4th Infantry; John S Lynch, sergeant, Co. H, 42nd Infantry; John W Lynch, corporal, Co. A, 23rd Infantry; Michael Lynch, private, unassigned, 5th Regiment Reorganized; Michael Lynch, corporal, Co. C, 17th Infantry; Michael Lynch, private, Co. H, 46th Regiment.
  • "Wisconsin Losses in the Civil War : A list of names of Wisconsin soldiers killed in action, mortally wounded or dying from other causes in the Civil War". Edited by Estabrook, Charles Edward (1847-1918); Published by the State of Wisconsin, 1915. Listed: John Lynch of the 4th Cavalry, Co. B., died in Maryland in 1861; Sergeant Michael Lynch of Company C in the 17th Infantry died of disease in St. Louis, MO in May of 1863; Infantryman Michael Lynch in Company C of the 46th Regiment died of disease in Athens, Ala., in March of 1865.
  • The Family Parmelee: Jim Walters' Home Page for the Parmelee Family. "I've been collecting facts, pictures, clippings and stories about the family for about 40 years now and have more than 22,000 Parmelees and their spouses in my genealogy database. I've been saving family pictures and other memorabilia too. (The earliest portrait I've found is that of Ebenezer (1738-1802) of Guilford. ... And Joel's (1679/80-1748) tombstone, the oldest I've run across, in Durham, Conn.)"
  • Pulaski Area Historical Society: "To preserve the history of Pulaski and surrounding communities. If you would like to, you can help by volunteering your time at our museum or for events, donating articles or even monetary donations. Every little bit helps and is appreciated." 129 W. Pulaski St., P.O. Box 944, Pulaski, WI 54162. Phone: 920-655-4587 for Website Info; 920-822-1762 for Research (Steve Karcz)
  • St. Colman Church: 2027 West 65th Street, Cleveland, OH 44102. "As the city of Cleveland grew, more and more immigrants were attracted to the area. On the West Side, this included a large population from Ireland. As this community grew, the need for Catholic Churches also increased. In 1880, Fr. Eugene O'Callahan, then assigned to St. Patrick's Church, Bridge Avenue, petitioned the Bishop to create a new Parish on Gordon Street (now West 65th Street), which was the western border of Cleveland at that time. After gaining permission, Fr. O'Callahan rented a modest schoolhouse at 6000 Pear Street for $6/month and the first Mass at St. Colman's was said on July 25, 1880. A new Church, a wooden structure on Gordon Street was completed on September 26, 1880, at a cost of $1,000... A former boxer, Fr. O'Callahan was a man of many gifts and talents. Following the death of Fr. O'Callahan in 1901, Fr. James O'Leary was assigned as Pastor, serving until 1922."