William Lynch (Donegal)


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Not much information is as yet available due to the fact that William and his wife Grace Dougherty were born and married (and as far as is known lived thereafter) in Ireland before the brick-wall year 0f 1850, brick-wall in the sense that many historic records prior to 1850 may no longer exist either in Ireland or Scotland. The ancestry trail goes cold around that time.

Their son Patrick migrated from Donegal to Glasgow prior to meeting and marrying Mary McKenzie (from Moville, Donegal) in 1844. There is a page dedicated to Patrick which is accessible from the link above.

William is documented in Patrick’s Scottish death record as a ‘Small Farmer’, taken to mean he was a crofter, at this stage known to be resident in the vicinity of Carndonagh, County Donegal (the Scottish Census record for the year 1861, which also happens to have been the year of Patrick’s early death in Glasgow) shows Patrick came from – i.e. was born in – Carndonagh).

Another son named Daniel, younger than Patrick by about 12 years, remained in Ireland and married to have at least three children in Donegal before emigrating to Boston in the USA (exact emigration details to be confirmed). Daniel passed away in Woburn Massachusetts in 1898 at the age of 68.

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August 2018