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William Lynn was born 1672 in Loch Lynn, Scotland, and died 1727. He married Margaret Patton.

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William Lynn, Birth: Abt 1672 in Loch Lynn, Scotland 1 2, Death: 1727 1 3
Note: Alt Name: William LINN, Alt. Birth: Ireland. William married Margaret Patton (John, William) b: 1676 in, Scotland.
From "The Tinkling Spring: Headwater of Freedom by Howard Wilson: "There is very little documented fact available to day in Virginia about the early life of the Lewis family in Europe. However, the earliest source found __ George Rockingham Gilmer, Governor of Georgia, who wrote with his mother (granddaughter of John Lewis and daughter of Thomas Lewis) at his side - said that John Lewis was a native of county Dublin, Ireland; that John Lewis' grandfather, or other more remote ancestor, emigrated from Wales to Ireland in the tie of Charles I, King of Great Britain and Ireland; that circumstances induced him to the opinion that the Lynns' emigrated with the Lewis's; that "the red hair and irascible temper which still continues to distinguish the family" indicates Welsh rather than French, Scotch, or English origin; and finally that the John Lewis family - three sons and two daughters - came to the South Fork of the Shenandoah River in 1731. Mr. Virgil A. Lewis, who repeats these early writings about his family, traces the source, and brands as imaginary the traditional history about his emigrant ancestor, so often repeated in Virginia History.
Margaret Lynn, wife of John Lewis, was almost certainly of the Lynn family of Donegal and Londonderry counties, Province of Ulster, Ireland. She was the daughter of William Lynn, and his wife, Margaret Patton, who brought him to the estate, "Ruskie," Parish of Drumachose, county Derry, inherited from her father, John Patton. Another child of William and Margaret Patton Lynn was a physician, Dr. William Lynn, who immigrated to the Virginia Colony and settled in Fredericksburg. He was a member of the earliest land company that made discoveries and petitioner, in 1727, the Council of Virginia for a land grant west of the Blue Ridge."
Donegal - This Ulster county is largely bog and mountain land and contains the towns of Letterkenny, Donegal, Ballyshannon, Lifford, Stranorlar, Killybegs, and Bundoran. County Donegal was known as the Kingdom of Tirconnel in the old Irish administrative system. It was the territory of the powerful O'Donnell family. The other major family names were O'Boyle, O'Doherty, O'Friel, O'Sheil, MacWard, McLoughlin, McDunlevy, McGillespie, MacRearty, McGrath, McGonagle, O'Mulholland, O'Harkin, O'Derry, and O'Strahan. The McSweeneys, also a realtively common name in the county, were a gallowglass, or mercenary, family who arrived in the county in the thirteenth century. The county wasn't effected much by the Norman invasion of the twelfth century and it wasn't until the later 16th century that England gained a foothold in the county. In 1592 they lost that when the O'Donnells, under their chief Red Hugh O'Donnell, joined with the O'Neills in a rebellino against the English. It ended in the defeat of the Ulster Chieftains in 1602 and the county was then included in the plantation of Ulster. The lands were confiscated and the native Irish owners were disinherited and their property given to English undertaker. Among the names that became common were: Elliott, Campbell, Anderson, Baird, Thompson, McClintock, Hamilton, Browne, Barr, Stewart, Smith, Johnston, Irwin, Morrison, Young, and White.
William Lynn and Margaret Patton's Children:
i Elizabeth Lynn, married ? Hutchenson, Children David Hutchenson William Hutchenson, Marriage 2 John Patton b: 1772, Children: Martha Patton
ii Samuel Lynn
iii William Lynn b: in , Ireland, Death: Abt 1758 in Fredericksburg, Spotsylvania, Virginia 1 2 3 4 5 Notes from Barbara Shave: "According to records, he was here in 1727. He and ? Lewis, William Lewis, ? Brooke Jr., James Mills and Beverley Robinson petitioned for 50,000 acres in Virginia. Owned land in Fredericksburg, Northern Neck, Culpepper and branches on "James" and "Cow Pasture" Rivers. Secured 1530 acres (in two tracts) in Prince William County from Isaac Savage of Boston, Massachusetts in the early 1750s. Owned land in Orange County which he farmed with many slaves. A major in the Virginia Militia. On Feb. 7, 1753, he took oath as Capt. of the Independent Company of Foot, composed of "The Gentlemen Inhabitants of the town of Fredericksburg, Virginia." During this service, son-in-law, John Dent, was Capt. of the same company. He had no male children. Doctor to George Washington. Court records of Augusta County, Virginia dated Nov. 1751 show that Dr. John sued his brother, Dr. William for an ? cause: "Glisterpipe vs Gilisterpipe, alias, Irish Doctor William Lynn of Fredericksburg vs Irish Doctor John Lynn of Augusta... At the time of his will in 1758, Fauquier Co had not yet been formed from Prince William County, Virginia. Executors were Col. Fielding Lewis and Col. John Thornton. (Lewis married to Elizabeth (Betty) Washington, sister of Gen. George Washington. Thornton may have married another Washington. This will refers to brother, Charles, in Ireland and to Charles' oldest son, William. However, it fails to say where this nephew is located. Also reference to "kinswoman," Margaret Lynn, married to John Stuart and "kinsman," Moses, as remaining in Ireland. Married: Calhoun, Children: Ann Linn, Hannah Linn
iv Jane Linn/Lynn
v Margaret Linn/Lynn b: 3 Jul 1693 in County Donegal, Ireland
vi John Linn/Lynn b: 1695 in County Donegal, Ireland (our line)
vii Charles Linn b: Abt 1700 in County Donegal, Ireland Death: 1795 in , Prince William, Virginia 1 1 2 3 Note: Sister, Margaret, Born There Alt Name: Charles LYNN Charles is referred to in the will of brother, Dr. William Lynn, of Fredericksburg, Spotsylvania, Virginia in 1757 as living in Ireland, and his son, William Sr., is also mentioned in this will. Lynn researchers have concluded son William immigrated to America and settled in Prince William County, Virginia near his aunts and uncles. Each arrived in the 1750s, each acquired land near Powell's Run and farmed there in the 1760s, each was a practicing "Primitive Baptist," and each was illiterate and thus signed documents with an X, and all died at about the same time. Each had children about the same age, and each named one son John. The names of the children were similar and also indicate an association with the other Laird Lynn descendants in the region. In common with the Laird Lynn line, they used the same surname spelling. There were numerous presumed first-cousin intermarriages with the other Lynns of the area. Children: Benson Linn Lynn, John Linn Lynn b: in , , Ireland, Moses Linn Lynn, Michael, Micale Linn Lynn b: After 1730 in , Prince William, Virginia, William Lynn b: Bef 1733 in, Ireland

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Record Change: 05 Apr 2005

Children of William Lynn and Margaret Patton are:
  1. +John Lynn Linn, b. 1695, County Donegal, Ireland, d. Aft. Nov 1752, Manor of Beverley, Augusta County, Virginia.
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