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Thomas Lynch Jr (1727 - 1776)

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Thomas Lynch Jr
Born in St. James Parish, Berkeley, South Carolina Colonymap
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Son of and [mother unknown]
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Husband of — married in Georgetown, South Carolina Colonymap
Husband of — married in Charlestown, South Carolina Colonymap
Descendants descendants
Died in Annapolis, Maryland Colonymap
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Meet Thomas Lynch Sr. (1727-1776)

Thomas Lynch Sr was an American planter and statesman from South Carolina. He was a delegate to the Stamp Act Congress of 1765 and the Continental Congress from 1774 to 1776.[1]

Thomas Lynch Sr. (ca. 1727–1776) was born in St. James Santee Parish, the son of Thomas Lynch and Sabina Vanderhorst. His father became a wealthy rice planter with several plantations along the Santee River.

Hopseewee Plantation in Prince George’s Parish, Winyah, in the province of South Carolina was chosen by the Lynch family to be the home for Thomas Lynch, Sr. (1726-1776), and was built between 1733-1740. This handsome home exists today on 58 acres on the Santee River on the gateway to Georgetown city and the Santee River delta. I The Hopseewee Plantation overlooks the beautiful Santee River and the rice fields which were its source of income until the Civil War, and at one time there were about 13,000 acres owned by the family. [2]

See: Hopsewee Plantation: Built circa 1740, some 40 years before the American Revolutionary War, Hopsewee Plantation was one of the South's major rice plantations and the birthplace of Thomas Lynch, Jr., one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence.


Thomas first married Elizabeth Allston of Brookgreen Plantation, another Georgetown prominent and wealthy family in 1745. they had daughters Sabina (b.1747) and Esther (b.1748) and one son, Thomas Jr. (b.1749).[2] After Elizabeth Allston died , he married Hannah Motte, on March 6, 1755. the daughter of Jacob Motte and Elizabeth Martin. They had a daughter, Elizabeth (b.1755). [3]

Political Career

A prominent planter, Lynch was active in public affairs.
1755-1757: He was the first president of the Winyah Indigo Society (1755–1757)
1752-1775: Represented Prince Frederick Parish (1752–1754, 1757–1760), St. James Santee Parish (1754–1757), and Prince George Winyah Parish (1760–1775) in the Commons House of Assembly. Massachusetts lawyer and patriot Josiah Quincy in early 1773 described Lynch in the Commons House as “a man of sense, and a patriot.”
From an early date, Lynch opposed efforts by the British to encroach upon colonial autonomy.
1765: He was a delegate to the Stamp Act Congress in New York.
1769: and was a member of the Non-Importation Association, serving on its General Committee.
1774: Lynch was elected a delegate to the First Continental Congress (1774–1775) in Philadelphia, As one of South Carolina’s best-known and most ardent patriots, Lynch became a great favorite of the Charleston Sons of Liberty.
1776: Reelected to the Second Continental Congress (1776). In Congress, Lynch played an active role in the proceedings and earned the respect of his fellow delegates for his “plain, sensible” manner. Silas Deane, a delegate from Connecticut, recorded that Lynch “wears his hair strait, his clothes in the plainest order, and is highly esteemed.”
1775: Lynch was also elected by St. James Santee Parish to the Second Provincial Congress (1775–1776) and the first South Carolina General Assembly (1776), although he did not participate in either assembly.


While attending Congress in early 1776, Lynch suffered a stroke that left him paralyzed and unable to participate in legislative affairs. In 1776, the South Carolina Provincial Congress elected his son, Thomas Lynch, Jr., as a delegate to the Continental Congress in order to assist his father. Although still a delegate, the senior Lynch’s declining health prevented him from signing the Declaration of Independence, leaving a gap between the signatures of Edward Rutledge and Thomas Heyward, Jr. However, Thomas Jr. was among the signers.[3]

In December 1776, Lynch left Philadelphia with his son to return to South Carolina. En route, he suffered a second stroke and died in Annapolis, Maryland, where he was buried in St. Anne’s Churchyard.


Saint Annes Churchyard, Annapolis, Anne Arundel, Maryland[4]



  1. 1.0 1.1 Wikipedia: Thomas Lynch
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 The Society for the Descendants of the Signers of the Declaration of Independence: Thomas Lynch Jr
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 State House Report: Thomas Lynch Sr Excerpted from the entry by Alexia Jones Helsley in The South Carolina Encyclopedia by USC Press.
  4. 4.0 4.1 FindAGrave: Thomas Lynch Sr: Memorial# 7454903

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On 3 Mar 2018 at 15:44 GMT Ellen Smith wrote:

Lynch-5221 and Lynch-29 appear to represent the same person because: Same birth and death data, same wives.

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