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Re: lynams of delaware
Posted by: dynda andrews Date: March 21, 1999 at 18:42:05
In Reply to: Re: lynams of delaware by Richard T. Brittingham of 386

Somehow (because I didn't know what I was doing) the message I posted in January got printed as being from "Katherina Lynam". I'm a little slow with these things, so it took me a while to figure out what had happened and what the likely consequence was. So... I'll try to do this right this time.

My 4xGGF, Andreas [Andrew] Lynam, married Sarah Hall 25 June 1751, in New Castle DE.

Andrew and Katherina (who married Peter Anderson) were 2 of the five children of Anders Lynam and Brita [Jorans-dotter, I think]. I have, but have not yet connected, John and Margaret (nee Ridge) Lynam, who came to Philadelphia in one of the Penn groups after 1676. They were well-known Quakers and Quaker writers, and Margaret was also a preacher, probably of the itinerant variety. Female itinerant Quaker preachers has been much discussed recently on the Quaker website. Several of Margaret's original writings on religion (? philosophy?) are in the Haverford College Library Special Collections. I am still searching for specifics, but John (orig. Derbyshire, Eng.) and Margaret (originally County Antrim, Ire.), undoubtedly were the ancestors -- perhaps Andreas Lynam was a grandson.

I've looked at wills, property and other info, on Lynam's, Ridges, and others in NJ, PA, DE and MD, and it fits. The Delaware ancestors and descendants of Andreas Lynam included Swedes, Belgians (Walloons), Dutch, Norwegians, Finns, French (Huguenots), English (Quakers) and about anything else you can think of. Anders and Sarah Hall Lynam (there were several Quaker "Hall" families in the vicinity at the time), were among many Quakers in the Delaware area who went to North Carolina between about 1750 and 1760. The North Carolina Quakers of the period produced many Methodists, Baptists and other "modern" Protestants. One of Anders' sons, Andrew Lynam (my ancestor), at age four, went to Virginia (?), where he was or soon became an orphan (apparently taken in by family). Andrew served in the Revolutionary War as a Methodist chaplain, married Elizabeth [Betsey] Greene, went to Bath County KY, where he and Betsey had six children. The eldest was Richard, who married Sarah [Sally] Hunt, and then there were some Anderson's (originally from the Delaware area -- maybe Richard Absalom Anderson, b 1805, Morgan Co.

KY, was a descendant of Peter and Katherina (Lynam) Anderson?). Richard Lee Hezekiah Hunt Lynam (my 2xGG) married his first cousin, Mary Jane Anderson (their mothers were sisters Sally and Lydia Hunt). Richard Absalom Anderson was Mary Jane's father. If that Richard descended from Peter and Katherina, then R.L.H.H. Lynam and Mary Jane Anderson were also a bunch of other kinds of cousins. All of these people had a number of children, none of whom, as far as I know, had two heads or anything, but they were probably getting close. Some of the many descendants ended up (via Mercer Co. MO), in Elk and Moline Counties, KS., in the late 1800's, which is where my Dad, was born in 1924.

You mentioned that you had more Lynam Delaware information. I'm very interested -- tell me more. Do any of these Hunt's, Greene's, Hall's, Anderson's, match anyone you have? Other prominent surnames -- Foster, Doak, Lee. And somewhere along the line, they used biblical given names extensively.

Anyway, please tell me about your Delaware Lynam's.


Dynda Andrews (

If any of this sounds likely, please let me know.



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