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.
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. 
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). 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). 
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.
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.
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