Facts and Events
Early Land Acquisition in Virginia
Acquisition of Land from Northern Neck Warrants & Surveys:
- Doct'r William Lynn/Linn, 27 Feb. 1747 - 15 Feb. 1748/49; 378 acres in fork of Rappidan River, on Dark Run; from warrant - adj. his own pat. land, Mr. Waugh, Alex Buchanon, Wm. Rue, John Bruse, Ben. Powell, Geo. Long. From survey & plat - adj. Benjamin Powell, Lance Crest, Mattias Castler, Edward & John Doughardy. CC - Wm. Givens & Christopher Moyer. Surv. George Hume. [Abstracts of Virginia's Northern Neck Warrants & Surveys, Orange & Augusta Counties, with Tithables, Delinquents, Petitioners, 1730-1754, Volume One, Peggy Smomo Joyner, pg. 12].
- G-365: William Lynn of Spotsylvania County, Gent. & Practicioner of Physick, 378 acres in Orange County. Surv. Mr. George Hume. Adj. Benjamin Powell, Calce Crest, Mathew Castler, Edware & John Daughity. 16 Feb. 1749. [Index - Linn]. [Virginia Northern Neck Land Grants, 1742-1775, Vol. 2, Gertrude E. Gray, pg. 41].
Records in Virginia
- Christian Bowman, no warrant, date of survey - 8 Dec. 1749 - 13 Mar. 1749/50; 535 acres on North River of Shannandoa, bought of Doc't. Linn & within Hites claim, near Narrow Passage. From plat - land surveyed for Augustus Coffman, surveyed for Samuel Byrne, surveyed for said Christian Bowman & granted to Will'm. Hoober. CC - Joseph Langdon & Archibell Ruddel. Daniel Holeman present on survey. Surv. George Byrne. [Abstracts of Virginia's Northern Neck Warrants & Surveys, Orange & Augusta Counties, with Tithables, Delinquents, Petitioners, 1730-1754, Volume One, Peggy Smomo Joyner, pg. 19].
- NOVEMBER, 1751. - Glisterpipe vs. Glisterpipe, alias, Irish Doctor William Lynn of Fredericksburg, vs. Irish Doctor John Lynn, of Augusta.--Now here is Potts ye peddlars. Irish upon Irish. (Note: Dr.'s William and John Lynn were brothers).
- £100 William Lynn, admr. of John Dent, decd., with Roger Dixon, sec. Apr. 6, 1756. [Source: Spotsylvania, Virginia County Records, 1721-1800]. (Note: John Dent had married William Lynn's daughter, Ann),
- Dec. 2, 1766. James Finnie and Ann, his wife, to James Duncanson of Fredksbg. £90 curr., life interest of sd. Ann Finnie in Lot 22 in town of Fredksbg., etc., Whereas, Dr. Wm. Lynn, by his will dated Oct. 1, 1752, did devise his daughter Ann, then wife of Jno. Dent, now party to these presents, a life interest in a lot dwelling house etc., etc., in town of Fredksbg, etc. No witnesses. Dec. 2, 1766. [Source: Virginia County Records SPOTSYLVANIA COUNTY 1721-1800 DEEDS, DEED BOOK G 1766-1771, page 252].
Will Abstract of William Lynn
- LYNN, WILLIAM, Doctor of Physic, Fredericksburg, written Oct. 21, 1757, proved Mar. 7, 1758.
- Wit. John Holloday, William Houston, Robert Duncanson.
- Ex. Colo. John Thornton, William McWilliams, Junr., and Roger Dixon, to whom is given a suit of mourning of the price of £12 current money, each.
- Leg. My body to be decently interred in my garden; daughter Ann Dent, plantation in Culpeper Co. bought of William Eddings, also tract of land adjoining, bought of Alexander Waugh, during her natural life, then to the heirs of the said Ann Dent, and in event of said Ann Dent dying without issue, then to be divided among the children of my reputed daughter, Mrs. Hannah MaCaulay, of her lawfully begotten; to Ann Dent, my house and lot on the Hill in Fredericksburg.
- To my reputed daughter, Mrs. Hannah McCauley, use of my let tenement houses, garden, etc. which I now rent to William Houston in Fredericksburg, and also a lot of ground bought of Gibson Berryman, also tract of land in Culpeper Co., which I bought of William Eddings.
- To Mary McCauley, daughter of the aforementioned Hannah McCauley, a tract of land in Culpeper Co. which I hold by deed from the proprietors of the Northern Neck; children of my brother Charles in Ireland, his eldest son, William Lynn; Ann daughter of my brother Audley Lynn, deced; David and William the two eldest children of my sister Elizabeth Hutcherson, in Ireland; kinsman, Moses Lynn, near Strabane in Ireland, and his sister Elizabeth, who first married Samuel Cook; kinswoman Margaret Stuart, living in Augusta Co. Va. and her children by her former husband, the Rev. Mr. Paul; mentions the female issue of Lieut. Matthew Lynn, near Londonderry; mentions wife and children of Francis Cochland, who is sister to Mrs. Cook in Strabane; friend Roger Dixon, land in Orange County; brother-in-law Charles Colhoun and sister-in-law Rebecca Colhoun, both of Letter-kenny in Ireland; sister Lewis and my nephews Thomas, Andrew, William and Charles Lewis, and Mrs. Margaret Long, all of Augusta Co.
- Directs his executors to sell three tracts of land in Culpeper Co., and a third tract purchased of John and Edward Daugherty, also two tracts of land in Prince William Co., which I lately agreed with Mr. Isaac Savage, of Boston, in New England, for the purchase of. A codicil to the above, dated Feb. 16, 1758, and witnessed by William Finnie, William Houston and Lewis Willis, appoints his friend, Col. Fielding Lewis as one of the executors.
- At a Court held for Spotsylvania Co. Aug. 2nd, 1758, Ann Dent, widow, (since the wife of James Finnie) having been legally summoned to appear and make objection, if any she had, against the proof of the will of William Lynn, Gentl. deced. to whom she is heir at law, etc. etc. (Page 350)"
- [Source: "Virginia County Records SPOTSYLVANIA COUNTY 1721-1800", WILL BOOK B 1749-1759, page 10].
- From "Leaves of a Stunted Shrub", pg. 58:
- The Orange County land of Robert Cave and William Boughton (Booten) adjoined a tract of 400 acres on Dark Run that was warranted to Mr. George Hume on 10 December 1747 and surveyed for him on February 1747/8. It also adjoined the lands of John Bruce, Theophilus Eddings (Addings) and William Eddings (Addings). The land of William Eddings then belonged to Dr. William Lynn. Alexander Bohannon (Buchanon) also had land adjecent to Dr. William Lynn. Dr. Lynn (Linn) had a warrant for 378 acres on 27 February 1747 that was surveyed on 15 February 1747/48, in the fork of Rapidan River on Dark Run. It also adjoined his own land and the lands of Mr. Waugh, William Rue, John Bruce (Bruse), Benjamin Powell and George Long. The survey also showed it next to the lands of Lance Crest, Mattias Castler and Edward and John Doughardy.
- From "Family Tree Maker:
- 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
Points of fact from Loretta Lynn Layman
(1) The November 1751 court record indicates that it was Dr. William Lynn who took Dr. John Lynn to court, and not vice versa: "Irish Doctor William Lynn of Fredericksburg, vs. Irish Doctor John Lynn, of Augusta." [Lyman Chalkley: "Chronicles of the Scotch-Irish Settlement ...", vol. 1, p. 305].
(2) The court record does not say the doctors were brothers, though they likely were.
(3) On 16 February 1758, Dr. William Lynn added, dated, and signed the appointment of an additional executor; and the will was probated less than a month later, on 7 March 1758. Thus, Dr. Lynn must have died between 16 February and 7 March 1758. [Spotsylvania County Will Book B, 1749-1759 : pp. 350-54].
See also : http://www.house-of-lynn.com/Dr_William_Lynn.html