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         Dr Lynah 2
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         Dr Lynah 4
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      Edward 2
      James 3
      Lt Col James 4
      Dr Edward Thomas 9
      Edward 16
      Dr Arthur 18
      Paul Hamilton 26
      James Lynah 28
      Edward 29
      John Heyward 30
      Arthur 31
      Savage 46
      James 47
      John Heyward 50
      Arthur Ancrum 54
      John Heyward 56
      John Heyward 63
      Mary Howard 64
      Savage Heyward 65
      Wallace Howard 66
      Arthur Ancrum 69
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Lynah family history

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(1) Doctor James Lynah
1735 - 1809
Early Beginnings

That the family name, and in fact the family itself, had its beginning in Ireland, there is no doubt. (1) The name is a mutation of the word "Leinsterman" a place name, meaning out of, or from, Leinster, one of the four provinces of Ireland, and dates from the thirteenth or fourteenth century. Many variations of the name can be found in Ireland, and some are still in general use. (2) At this writing only one reference worthy of note has been found in Ireland and its connection, if any with the family, is yet to be established. (3) There are two records of other Lynah immigrants to Charleston, but the writer has not found evidence of family relationship. (4) The first written record of Doctor Lynah appears to be July 1, 1766. (5) His grandson, also James Lynah, has, in a letter written at age 73, stated that he immigrated somewhere about 1765 or 1766(6). This letter is remarkable for its accuracy and so worthy of note that it will be the basis of the early history of Doctor Lynah with footnotes added to elaborate where necessary. To quote:

"I was in my 16th year when my grandfather died in Charleston corner of Meeting and Queen Streets.(7) He bore the reputation of a fine surgeon and physician, and in a practice of more than fifty years, grew rich.(8) He was 74 at the time of his death of consumption produced by accidental catarrah, taken at one of the great conflagrations in Charleston where he worked and exerted

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(1) Parish Register St. Mary's Church Vol. 11 pg. 138 (Jan. 13, 1814) was buried Eleanor Lynah, widow of Dr. James Lynah, in the eightieth year of her age, by birth an Irishwoman and by religion a most ardent Catholic.

(2) Laighneach, Leynaugh, Lynaugh, Lynagh, Linagh, Lynam, etc. from Woulfe's Irish Names and Surnames.

(3) St. Johns Parish Register. Dublin 1720 Mar 16 marriage Andrew Lynah and June Hughes, widow, by the Rev. Mr. Hugh Vaughn. The early generations of the family believed that the original surname was Welch, Lynor, and later O'Neil (the maiden name of an early wife, taken because of inheritance rights). It was thought that this Dr. James Lynah was the first or second of this name. Dr. Bullock, the noted Georgian genealogist has recorded this tradition. The "O'Neil" being that great family of Ulster. If this is so, tracing the line will be even more difficult, if not impossible.

(4) St. Phillips Parish Register, pg. 321: died, Lynah, John of Ireland. Burried Oct. 7, 1762. Charleston County Dept. of Health, died, Timothy Lynah, age 32 of Ireland (Sept. 1838).

(5) Deed from John Pamor & Wife to Dr. James Lynah for 289 acres north side Santee River. St. Marks Parish dated July 1, 1766. Price concealed. The property was bounded on the north by that of Peter Porcher. RMC book N3, pg. 288.

(6) His obituary reads in part as follows: Died on the 17th, Dr. James Lynah, physician in this state, age 72 years, 46 of which he has been a resident thereof. (The obituary is in error as to his age but confirms the time of immigration.) (Oct. 1809)

(7) The house #55 Meeting Street was destroyed by fire in 1861. However an interesting description of it appeared in the CITY GAZETTE of Jan. 10, 1829. See Appendix I.

(8) First U. S. Census 1790 lists: Lynah, James having

2 white males 16 years & upward
1 white female
11 slaves

11 slaves should be adequate to staff a household. In addition to the residence on Meeting and Queen Street he is known to have acquired additional properties. See appendix.