James "Jim" Henry Lynch (1866-1965)

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James "Jim" Henry Lynch

Also Known As: "Jim"
Birthplace: Wildersville, Henderson County, Tennessee, United States
Death: Died in Mt. Pleasant, Titus County, Texas, USA
Cause of death: Pneumonia, left lower lobe due to arteriosclerosis, generalized
Place of Burial: Presbyterian Cemetery, Chicota, Lamar County, Texas, USA
Immediate Family:

Son of Thomas McAfee Lynch (1832-1884) and Rebecca Lynch
Husband of Edna Ann (Lee) Lynch (1873-1902) and Margaret "Maggie" (Pope) Lynch (1868-1945)
Father of Ira Lynch (1898-?); Thomas "Tom" Lynch (1901-1977) and Kitty Bell (Lynch) McEwin (1894-1982)

Occupation: Carpenter
Managed by: Jim Semple, Jr
Last Updated:

About James "Jim" Henry Lynch (1866-1965)

SEE "Timeline" for chronological order of life events including any photos and documents as available; SEE "Media" for any documents and photos included from "Timeline" as available.

MEMORIAL: http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=31562798

James "Jim" Henry Lynch was born on February 19, 1866 in Wildersville, Henderson County, Tennessee, a son of Thomas McAfee and Rebecca Jane (Nelms) Lynch. In time, wanting to become a doctor, he was apprenticed to a medical doctor. However, in his 2nd year of study, his father died. He gave up becoming a doctor to help support his family.

As a young man, Jim came to Texas with his cousin, Tom Proctor, following his Uncle James Renwick Lynch to the Hill Country, but the boys preferred Northeast Texas. He got settled and sent for his mother and unmarried sisters. His first wife was Edna Ann (Lee) Lynch (1873-1902). Their 3 children were Ira Lynch (born 1898); Thomas "Tom" Lynch (1901-1977) and Kitty Bell (Lynch) McEwin (1894-1982).

He was a farmer in Chicota and the county road supervisor for northern Lamar County, Texas. He was known for being kind to the chain-gang prisoners who worked the roads under his supervision. The prisoners never gave him trouble because he always treated them fairly and fed them decent food, and provided shelter. Troublemakers were headed off by other prisoners because they respected him. He gave up supervising the prisoners because the county wouldn't provide him the funds or supplies to proper meet the needs of basic human existence. His wife, Edna, died in 1902.

Later, he married Margaret “Maggie“ Pope. They homesteaded for a while in New Mexico and also ran a hotel there. She died in 1945. His last residence was at 2230 Culbertson St, Paris, TX. He was a retired carpenter.

Jim went to live with his granddaughter, Martha Aline Lynch-Greenstein, in Mt. Pleasant, Titus County, TX, during the final days of his life. He was placed in the Mt. Pleasant Nursing Home before his death.

On Friday, August 27, 1965, Jim H. Lynch, age 99, died of pneumonia, due to arteriosclerosis, in the Titus County Memorial Hospital, Mt. Pleasant, TX. The service was held on the following Sunday at 2 p.m. in the Presbyterian Church in Chicota where Jim had served as an elder and deacon. Arrangements were with Fry and Gibbs with burial in the Presbyterian Cemetery behind the church in Chicota, Lamar County, TX.

"Sources": Family Genealogy Researcher Tory Crook, Link 1: http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=jkeene2000&id=I02647, Link 2: http://records.ancestry.com/james_henry_lynch_records.ashx?pid=26360164, U.S. Census Records, The Paris News, Lamar County Texas Genealogy site (See documents under “Media”, “Timeline” & “Sources” headings)

Note: Biography Overview arranged by family researcher Jim Semple, Jr.

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James "Jim" Henry Lynch (1866-1965)'s Timeline

February 19, 1866
Wildersville, Henderson County, Tennessee, United States
January 19, 1892
Age 25
Lamar County, Texas, United States

Texas Marriages Index (1837-1973)

Name: J. H. Lynch (James Henry Lynch)
Spouse's Name: Edna Lee
Event Date: 19 Jan 1892 (Marriage)
Event Place: Lamar (County), Texas

SOURCE: Texas, Marriages, 1837-1973, index, J. H. Lynch and Edna Lee, 19 Jan 1892; citing, Lamar, Texas, reference 2:28S066C; FHL microfilm 1293618, Indexing Project (Batch) Number: M59232-5 , System Origin: Texas-VR , GS Film number: 1293618 , Reference ID: 2:28S066C.

May 17, 1894
Age 28
Chicota, Lamar County, TX, USA
November 1898
Age 32
Lamar County, Texas, USA
Age 33

1900 U.S. Census Record

Household Gender Age Birthplace
Head James H Lynch M 34 Tennessee
Wife Edna Lynch F 27 Alabama
Daughter Kittie B Lynch F 6 Texas
Son Ira Lynch M 2 Texas

June 18, 1901
Age 35
Chicota, Lamar, Texas, United States
Age 39
Blair, Jackson County, Oklahoma, United States
May 31, 1936
Age 70

SEE "Documents" for this event for copy of 1936 newspaper article

Article in the May 31, 1936 Paris News where Maggie (Pope) Lynch talks about her life and over 50 years as a school teacher. (Includes brief mention of husband J.H. Lynch and life in Chicota.)
Teacher Of Half Century Wants To Die Near School

“Let me teach as long as I wish and then let me die in the shadow of my school house,” was the hope and wish expressed by Mrs. Maggie Lynch, Chicota school teacher, as she resigned her position as teacher and moved into her little home across the road from the school. The past term gave her a record of teaching.

“Miss Maggie” as she is called by all her pupils, has been teaching school for approximately 50 years, beginning when she was 14 years of age. She was born in Charlotte, North Carolina, Dec. 17, 1868.

Mrs. Lynch was the seventh child in a family of 14. She attended Salem Female college, at Winston-Salem, North Carolina, for two and one-half years. In the fall of 1882, she began her teaching career in an elementary school in Charlotte teaching primary grades. Miss Maggie taught there 10 years.

Mrs. Lynch came to Texas in 1898 and settled west of Chicota (TX). She had a sister there who was the wife of the pastor of the First Presbyterian church, Rev. T.W. Hayes. Mrs. Hayes had been in Texas for two years and asked her sister to come live with her.

Miss Maggie married J.H. Lynch in 1906 in Blair, Okla., where she was teaching that year. Mr. Lynch had three children, one girl and two boys, by a previous marriage.

Mrs. Lynch has taught in five states, including North Carolina and Texas. She has taught in Little Rock, Ark., for a year; in Blair and Altus, Okla., for three years; and in Elida, New Mexico, for four years. Mrs. Lynch was forced to try different climates because of poor health. She taught out of Texas from 1905 to 1912. Since 1912, she has been teaching in Chicota (TX).

Mrs. Lynch attended college after she moved to Texas. She attended East Texas State Teachers college, Commerce (TX), for two years and State Teachers college, Canyon, for one year. She holds a permanent primary teaching certificate.

Mr. Lynch built their present home, across the road from the school, since it was his wife’s wish to live near the school. It took him six years to build the house, completing it four years ago.

Mrs. Lynch says that she has taught approximately 2,000 children in Chicota since she began to teach there. She was a modern, up-to-date teacher, always studying and keeping up with new books and ideas about teaching.

Listed among her former pupils are several prominent Paris (TX) citizens, and other well-known residents of this vicinity. Alex Haynes, manager of the Simmons Grocery company, and Mrs. Lee Caviness, wife of the president of the Paris Fair association, are listed, among them. Others include C. H. Townsend and Frank Whiteside, business men of Chicota; Read Caldwell, teacher at Hopewell; Miss Maggie Mae Carpenter, former Chicota teacher (now living in Oakland, Calif.); Miss Sue Hauser, Chicota teacher; James Edward Caldwell, teacher at Spring Hill (TX); Marshall Vanderburg, teacher Sumner (TX): Dr. W. C. Colbert, Memphis, Tenn.

Mrs. Lynch has been a member of the Presbyterian church since she was 13 years of age. She is also a member of the Ladies Aid society and the Missionary society of the church,

The Country Gentleman is her favorite magazine because she is interested in farming also. She was 40 years of age before she ever planned and cooked a rneal.

Mr. and Mrs. Lynch will leave the first of June for Charlotte (N.C.), where they will visit Mrs. Lynch's family about a month.

REFERENCE: The Paris News, Paris, TX, May 31, 1936 (courtesy of Adrienne Dancer, 11-2014)

August 27, 1965
Age 99
Mt. Pleasant, Titus County, Texas, USA
August 29, 1965
Age 99
Chicota, Lamar County, Texas, USA

Burial: Presbyterian Cemetery
Lamar County
Texas, USA

Created by: Rebecca Craig Campbell
Record added: Nov 19, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 31562798
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