Daniel Lynch, Newtown, Aug 4, 62, male, married, County Clare, Ireland, Newtown Conn, Paralysis Caused by fall, Farmer, W, Michael Lynch, Mary O'Day, Albert L Schuyler MD
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Johnny Kennedy (d. 18 July 1888 aged 66?) ... was a very powerful man, pugnacious and given to drink. His only equal was a giant uncle of his [Seán A’Chatha(igh) McInnery] from Moveen. They battled many times. The mother used to be proud that her son was a match for her brother. She ruined him I fear ... Seán A'Chatha Mac Inerney, a splendid man, married on the home farm at Moveen, a very fine farm too. His son Patsh Sheán A’Chatha another fine man and clever, did not marry, and sold his farm before he died some years ago.
Because our grandfather, Eugene Lynch, is such a mystery to us we really don't know how to find him. All we have for certain is the 1910 census [lines 39-43]. It says he came over in 1887. The story is this: Eugene married my grandmother in San Jose in 1904 and they lived in Sacramento. He abandoned her and their children in 1909 [sic] when my grandmother was pregnant with my father. We didn't really know anything about him until we started doing this genealogy. We knew [sic] he died in San Francisco in 1917 but were surprised to discover that he was the captain of a schooner at the time.
8 8,292,285 54,555,905 50.2 10692 Claire/Ed
8 17,609,398 38,378,638 27.4 5563 Ed/Michael
8 17,648,866 37,812,773 26.9 5499 Michael/Claire
That day was the highlight of our trip to Ireland, and for me it was an unbelievable gift. I have been wondering and imagining for so long about my grandfather's (and thus my own) origins that I still quite can't believe I went there. It was a profound and moving experience for me. My sister Pat and I speak of it often ... It was magical to us. Both of my parents were from families who didn't stay connected with their homeland, and this journey has really fulfilled a need that I hadn't realized I had. I'll be forever grateful to Tom Kearney for introducing me to you, and to you for so generously sharing your expertise with us.
Could Eugene have taken his mother's surname?
We could trace our roots from the time [my great grandfather Thomas Lynch] landed in New York state in the early 1850s; before that, we have nothing solid. Family folklore has it that his parents were a Michael and Mary in Ireland. A bit of searching I tried to do while I was in Ireland some time ago led nowhere, so this news is encouraging.
Then, ten years later, meditating I was on the banks of the Delaware where better men than me have meditated, and M.J. Curry came back into my mind and heart, if he had ever left them, and I began to write a novella that I called Proxopera. The year, as you may have readily worked out, was 1976, and the part of the world I come from, and the absurd political contrivance set up there, by the British and history and ourselves, in 1920, was falling or being blown to pieces ... when I wrote about [Binchey], I was thinking of Michael J. Curry who came originally from the County Clare and who took his academic degrees across the water.
(quote from Kiely's 1991 memoir Drink to the Bird, on p. 95 of "'My Town': Proxopera and the Politics of Remembrance" by Gerald Dawe, in the Irish University Review, Vol. 38, No. 1, Special Issue: Benedict Kiely (Spring - Summer, 2008), Published by: Edinburgh University Press.)