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Re: Lynskey Web site
Posted by: Jerrold J. Lynskey Date: September 19, 2000 at 16:50:49
In Reply to: Re: Lynskey Web site by Leonard Tobin of 39

Len---As a followup to my earlier message to you of today, I checked into my own files and then conducted a bit of library research in the Fairfax City Library this afternoon and evening concerning your Patrick Lynskey(s).

As it turns out, the Patrick H. Lynskey that I presume to be the brother of my own great grandfather, Martin Carroll Lynskey, did marry a Virginia woman from Henry County on October 25, 1866. The bride's name was Susan Hartfield. He was 28 years of age, and she was 21. However, an additional note in the record gives his parents' names as P. H. and Mary Lynskey.

I therefore surmise that this may be your Patrick Lynskey and his wife, Mary nee Disken.

I was unable to locate a Milltown in County Galway, Ireland, although there are several Milltowns/Miltowns in Ireland. However, the old Gaelic Irish name od "Diskin" is very common in Galway, and is a name of a family of the old Irish tribe of "Ui Fiachrach that were formerly located in what is now Ballyeeskeen in County Sligo. The original Gaelic from which the name is derived is "O' Discin."

There is also a name in Ireland of English origin spelled "Disken," but I suspect that the variation of the spelling of Mary Disken"s name is much like most of the variations of the spelling of original Irish names.

Also, for your information, the original Gaelic spelling of the Lynskey name was "O'Loinsigh," amongst a few varieties similar to that, and the original tribal name reaches way back in Irish history. The Gaelic name also became "Lynch" for some branches and Lindsey for others, but Lynch is also a common Irish name for the Norman (French origin) name de Lench that came to Ireland during the Anglo-Norman invasion of Ireland in the latter part of the 12th century and became very powerful---also in Galway. That "Lynch" family is not to be confused with the origins of the "Lynskey" family.

Let me know more about your Lynskey family, and I will follow up on it. It just may be that the Patrick & Mary Lynskey pair may actually be of the same generation as my Martin Carroll, and that Martin and Patrick Sr. were brothers.

There was also another Irish-born Lynskey by the name of William, who wound up in Louisiana fighting for the Confederacy. My immediate research has not unearthed much on him, but my recollection of other research conducted by cousins of mine have one or more brothers of my Martin in the U. S., one of which wound up in Georgia or elsewhere further south.

Best regards. Jerrie Lynskey


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