The Lynch Family
Lynch, Martin
Cullen, Anastasia
Lynch, Michael


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O'Rourke, Mary Ann

Lynch, Michael

  • Born: 1827, County of Carlow, Ireland
  • Marriage: O'Rourke, Mary Ann in 1845
  • Died: 4 Jun 1902, Guelph, , ON, CAN
  • Buried: St. Joseph's Cem, Guelph - Blk D, Sec 43, Grave 46

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MICHAEL LYNCH was born in the County of Carlow, Ireland, with his parents brothers and arrived in Puslinch in the year 1832 when the township was in its wild state and has lived in Puslinch ever since, having cleared and logged all the land that he has now Lot No. 15 on the 4th Concession. The first neighbours were the Doyles, Rodeys, Lynches, Hanlons, Canfields and Tobins, McGinnises and Kirklands, Squire Heath and Stirtons. In those days we had to dig with the spade instead of plowing and all the crop we grew was dug up with the spade - sowed it, then covered the grain by scratching it over with brush and in harvesting we done our harvesting cutting or reaping with the hook and bound it by hand and carried the grain to the stacks on our backs and thrashed it with flails. And our flour and provisions we had to carry on our backs from Waterloo and the first yoke of oxen that ever came into this district was owned by a man named Ned Gilmore and my father was in the habit of borrowing them to clear an acre of land and Mr. Doyle and others would borrow them to work for a few days at a time and I can remember the first mare that ever was owned in this part of Puslinch and was brought from the west, towards Collingwood or Goderich by a man named Patrick Alien, and it had a foal the first year and also the second year and then the mare disappeared - strayed away from the district and was found six months afterwards up near Goderich on the farm that she had been foaled on and on later as the years went by the logging bees. I have been at six bees a week and log barn raisings and house raisings and everyone was their own grog boss - help themselves and whiskey was good in those days and previous to this time Puslinch was surveyed by David Gibson from Young Street Toronto and it was then that Puslinch got its name of Puslinch. It seems that one John Lynch was a chainman on for the surveying gang and in clearing the line for to sight the statutes Mr. Gibson called out to Lynch to push, to push the timber off and there and then they called the township Puslinch or Push-linch and this is the origin of the name of Puslinch and I have this from the John, a distant relative of my own. I married Mary Ann O'Rourke in the year 1845 and have a large family of sons and daughters.

Michael Lynch, Esq.

Michael Lynch Farmer Ireland 33
Mary Canada 28
Thomas 8
Martin 7
Mary 6
Catherine 4
Margaret 2


Michael Lynch - Concession 4

Lot 15 Acreage 100 Cultivated 80 Crops 60 Pasture 20 Wood or Wild 20 Farm Value $3000 Machinery $200 Fall Wheat Acres 15 Fall Wheat Bushels 400 Spring Wheat Acres 20 Spring Wheat Bushels 300 Barley Acres 2 Barley Bushels 60 Peas Acres 2 Peas Bushels 60 Oats Acres 10 Oats Bushels 300 Potatoes Acres 2 Potatoes Bushels 200 Turnips Acres 7 Turnips Bushels 1000 Hay Tons 10 Wool Lbs 40 Bull, Ox over 3, 2 Steer or Heifer under 3, 3 Milch Cows 2 Horse over 3, 2 Value $200
Fillies or Colts under 3, 1 Sheep 5 Pigs 9

Livestock $600 Butter Lbs 150 Pork Barrels of 200 Lbs 4 Orchard $5


Michael Lynch Male 44 Ireland Catholic Irish Farmer
Mary Ann Female 43 Ontario Catholi Irish
Thomas 18
Martin 17
Mary Ann 15
Catherine 12
Margaret 10
John 8
James 7
Elizabeth 5
Sarah 2


Michael Lynch Male 55 Ireland Catholic Irish Farmer
Mary Female 55 Ontario Catholic Irish
Martin 26
James 15
Michael 6
Elizabeth 15
Sarah 12
Ann 4


Thomas 24 Feb 1853
Martin 8 June 1854
Mary 1855
Catherine 11 Mar 1858
Margaret 8 Oct 1859
John 26 Jan 1862
James 14 June 1864
Elizabeth Mary 26 Apr 1866
Sara Ellen 5 Apr 1869
Michael Patrick 29 Nov 1873
Anastasia 22 Feb 1877

THIS IS THE LAST WILL AND TESTAMENT of me Michael Lynch of the Township of Puslinch in the County of Wellington and Province of Ontario Farmer made this Thirteenth day of April in the year of our Lord one thousand nine hundred and two.

I revoke all former Wills or other testamentary Dispositions by me at any time heretofore made and declare this only to be and contain my last Will and Testament.

I direct all my just debts, funeral and testamentary expenses to be paid and satisfied by my executors hereinafter named as soon as conveniently may be after my decease.

I give, devise and bequeath all my Real and Personal Estate of which I may die possessed in the manner following, that is to say: Firstly I give devise and bequeath unto my son Michael P. Lynch all my real Estate of which I may die possessed, lying and being in the said Township of Puslinch unto him my said son Michael P. Lynch of the said Township of Puslinch Farmer, his heirs and assigns forever, subject nevertheless to the following legacies, namely: unto my daughter Anastasia Lynch the sum of six hundred dollars to be payable to her by my said son Michael P. Lynch in six successive annual payments of One Hundred Dollars the first of such payments to be due and payable at the expiration of one year after my decease, and the remaining payments to be made on the same day of the month in each and every year thereafter until the said sum of six hundred dollars is fully paid and satisfied, said legacy is to be a lien on said lands, and also subject to the maintenance lodging and clothing of my wife Mary Lynch on my Farm homestead during the full term of her natural life in the usual manner as she has been accustomed to live and also to the payment of expenses of her Doctors and nurses charges during her illness and also funeral expenses, which is to be conducted in a respectable manner, and also subject to the maintenance lodging and clothing of my son James Lynch on my Farm homestead during the full term of his natural life in the usual manner as he has heretofore been accustomed to live, all the heretofore bequests are to be a charge on my Farm lands.

Secondly I give and bequeath unto my said son Michael P. Lynch all my Farm stock implements and also together with all my personal estate whatsoever and wheresoever unto him my said son absolutely forever.

All the residue of my estate not hereinbefore disposed of, I give devise and bequeath unto my said son Michael P. Lynch. And I nominate and appoint my said son Michael P. Lynch and my said daughter Anastasia and my nephew Michael Lynch all in the said Township to be the Executors of this my last Will and Testament.

In Witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand the day and year first above written.

his Michael X Lynch mark

Signed, published and declared by the said Michael Lynch the Testator as and for his last Will and Testament in the presence of us who both present together at the same time in his presence at his request and in the presence of each otherhave hereunto subscribed our names as witnesses.


Michael married Mary Ann O'Rourke, daughter of Thomas O'Rourke and Catherine Carroll, in 1845. (Mary Ann O'Rourke was born in 1830, died on 23 Jun 1928 in Guelph, , ON, CAN and was buried on 26 Jun 1928 in St. Joseph's Cem, Guelph - Blk D, Sec 43, Grave 43.)

The Lynch Family came from County Carlow, Ireland - - For additional information please contact John Meehan ( or Charlene Deam (

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