(30) John Heyward Lynah
born May 16, 1848, in Grahamville
married Ella Louise Heyward (Nov. 6, 1855 - January 27,
1925) and died Dec. 4, 1935 at Savannah, Georgia. Both are interred at
Magnolia Cemetary, Charleston, S. C. Issue:
I. (46) Savage Heyward born 1879
II. (47) James born Oct. 5, 1881
(48) Lilly Heyward born July 5, 1884, married Harry Timrod Dearing
(Aug. 6, 1877 - June 16, 1962) and died March 21, 1956. N.I.
(49) Eloise, born 1879, married Paul Trapier Palmer. From this marriage
are descended branches of the Palmer, Dowdney, Bisco, and Buckley
V. (50) John Heyward born Dec. 19, 1891.
VI. (51) Marie Glover 1897 died infant.
VII. (52) Edward born 1897 died 1898
VIII. (53) Anne Cuthbert born Oct. 8, 1899 married Reider Arnljot Trosdal (born Feb. 14, 1880) one son, Reider.
How rice planters hated to give up the planting of rice, especially these who clung to it to the very last! It was their life.
Heyward Lynah was one of the very last of the rice planters. His home
during the latter part of his life was in Savannah, Georgia, but his
plantation (Fife & Rice Hope) lay in South Carolina, just across
the Savannah River. He visited it nearly every day and, toward the
later part of his life, he planted only thirty acres; just enough for
him to think of the old days.
year at harvest time, his family noticed that he hung a sheaf of rice
on the wall of his house on the plantation, and removed the one he had
placed there the year before. When he died at a ripe old aye, he
requested that his family place the sheaf on his casket instead of
flowers. He wanted the sheaf of rice to go with him to the grave. (It
He was one who demanded,
and because it was deserved, obtained the respect from those around
him. On one occassion he is reported to have gone for his shotgun when
one of his colored hands had the audacity to address him as "Mr.
On another occassion he
ran a poacher from Rice Hope by firing over his head with his rifle
until the man was out of sight, sans gun, clothes, and game. This
poacher turned out to be a physic's teacher in Savannah High School,
later principal. Years later, I went to register for Physics and I was
told the story and advised to take some other course of study, which
advice was followed.
He was a very
religious Episcopalian. Always active and attentive to Christ Church in
Savannah. He was physically active and mentally alert until his death.
He aided in the support of his three maiden sisters as long as they
lived. He was of impressive appearance, tall, upright, and wore a
moustache which extended and connected to his sideburns, and tickled.
financial comeback after the Civil War was nothing short of phenominal.
The usefulness of Venezobre, having been destroyed by government
meddling with the tides of the Savannah River, he started planting on
Rice Hope and later Fife, eventually acquiring both. He died a man of
means who had made his way through troubled times.
wife, who died many years before (1922), had wished to be returned to
her home in Charleston for burial, and so she and later he, with one of
their infant children, were interred in Magnolia Cemetary.