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  • Born: 1832, Guelph, , ON, CAN
  • Marriage: Lynch, Thomas on 19 Oct 1852 in St. Bartholomew's Chruch
  • Died: 8 Dec 1922, Guelph, , ON, CAN
  • Buried: 11 Dec 1922, St. Joseph Cem, Guelph - Blk D Sec 47, Grave 30

bullet  General Notes:

Thomas and Ellen Farrell Lynch had ten children while living on this farm - Martin, Margaret Ann, John, Thomas Andrew, Mary, James, Michael Leo, Sarah Ellen, Catherine Anastasia and Joseph Patrick.

It appears that Thomas was not able to keep the farm financially sound as he obtained three mortgages on it - the first on 1 Feb 1873 to Provincial Permanent Building and Savings Society for $1500, the second on 28 Mar 1874 to Michael P. Doyle for $300 and the third on 29 Apr 1875 to David MacMillan for $250. Finally, on 7 Nov 1876, he sold the 95 acres to Michael P. Doyle, all three mortgages were discharged and the Lynch family moved to Guelph. Later on he took up the Keleher farm which was near the Steffler farm - Lot 2 Concession 7. On 5 May 1899 he bought North Half Lots 7 and 8 Concession 4 from John A. Lamprey which he farmed with his son, Joseph. Thomas died 17 Feb 1903. The following is his obituary:

"After a very brief illness and one that gave little indication of fatal consequences, Mr. Thomas Lynch, of the fourth concession of Puslinch, passed away at six o'clock on Tuesday evening. Mr. Lynch was taken ill on Saturday, but relieved the anxiety of his family by assuring them that it was only a slight cold and that he would be all right in a day or so. Monday evening he was able to sit up, but through the night he took a change for the worse, and a physician was called, who pronounced it a case of pneumonia, which at Mr. Lynch's advanced age was naturally serious. Tuesday morning unconsciousness came and he slept quietly away that evening.

Deceased was born in Carlow, Ireland seventy three years ago. When he was only two years of age his parents came to Canada and settled on the fourth concession of Puslinch. They were among the pioneers in that section. Indeed it has been recorded that the township derived its name from an incident at a logging bee, of which the father of the deceased was the central figure. This theory, however, is not borne out by Mr. David Stirton's early chronicles of the township.

Twenty five years ago he gave up farming temporarily and removed to the city. Later on he took up the Keleher farm and three years ago purchased the Howitt property which, with his son Joseph, he continued to work, enjoying good health up to the attack which resulted in his demise.

Mr. Lynch, on Oct 19, 1852, was married to Ellen Farrell. The fiftieth anniversary of their wedding was quietly celebrated last October, the most impressive feature of the celebration being a high mass of Thanksgiving in the Church of Our Lady. Besides the bereaved widow, ten children - six sons and four daughters - survive. They are: Martin, in Michigan; John, in British Columbia; Thomas and James, Cleveland; Michael, on the old Keleher farm, Puslinch; Joseph, at home; Mrs. Michael Ryan, Walla Walla, Washington; Mrs. James Bicker, Guelph; Mrs. James Doyle, Puslinch and Kate at home.

Mr. Lynch was a kindly, retiring, warm-hearted man, a good neighbour and a devoted husband and father. In his death, there has passed away one of the last of the pioneers in that section of Puslinch".

The pallbearers for his funeral two days later were M.P. Doyle, George McGill, Patrick Hanlon, John Hanlon, William Moran and Charles Neubauer. Thomas was buried in Block D Section 47 Grave 29 in St. Joseph's Cemetery, Guelph.

His widow, Ellen, continued to live on the farm with her son, Joseph. She was a small, thin, quiet woman whom everyone liked. She would often give treats to the children as they were walking by on their way to school. One day she was bringing them cookies on a plate but tripped on a wire and she exclaimed "Damn that wire". The children were very shocked to hear her say "Damn".

On 8 Dec 1922 at the age of 90, she prepared a chicken for dinner but was dead before it was cooked. The Township of Puslinch lists the cause of her death as La Grippe. The pallbearers at her funeral on the 11th were Vincent Bicker, Harry Bicker, Joseph, George and Michael Lynch and Thomas Fallon, a home boy who lived with the Lynches. She was buried beside her husband, Thomas, in Block D Section 47 Grave 30.

bullet  Marriage Notes:

Ellen married Thomas Lynch, son of Martin Lynch and Anastasia Cullen, on 19 Oct 1852 in St. Bartholomew's Chruch. (Thomas Lynch was born on 3 Mar 1830 in County Carlow, Ireland, died on 17 Feb 1903 in Guelph, , ON, CAN and was buried on 19 Feb 1903 in St. Joseph Cem, Guelph - Blk D Sec 47, Grave 29.)

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