I am blessed to be one of eleven children of remarkable parents named Milton Omer Lynn and Mary Elizabeth Keever Freeman, who had loving, generous hearts and great devotion to their family. I am as American as I am Irish as I am Scottish as I am English as I am Flemish with a bit of Welsh and Dutch and a hefty dose of German. To a certain degree, my family's history has made me what I am.
Our parents encouraged in us a love of learning and passion for truth. I graduated high school at age 16, spent nearly 30 years as a legal administrative assistant, and have completed 40 years of genealogical and historical research.
My historical interests are rooted primarily in our sojourn in Scotland and, thus, in Scottish history generally. I spent little time in college but have studied a few hundred Scottish historical writings of the 18th-19th centuries and nearly as many 12th-19th century document extracts at the National Archives of Scotland [now, National Records of Scotland]. My career in the legal field has engendered in me an appreciation for the importance of citing credible sources and constructing a good argument (not the cat-and-dog kind of row but an analytical presentation of one's views). Since my Lynn ancestors also lived for a time in Ulster, that Irish province also places high on my list of interests.
Finally, I also actively pursue the genetic evidence (see "DNA Notes", below) for my family's ancestry : (1) our patrilineal origins via my brother Milton's Y-DNA and (2) our Lynn/Widney/Carlisle/Donaldson line via autosomal DNA [auDNA] matches at FamilyTreeDNA [FTDNA] for six of my full siblings and myself. I serve as administrator of the Lynn/Lyne/Linn/Lind Y-DNA/surname project at FTDNA, and the auDNA is proving very valuable.
MD State Dept of Health: Birth Certificate of Loretta Ann Lynn.
First-hand information: Entered by Loretta Lynn at registration.
My brother Milton Lynn's Y-DNA is the uncommon haplogroup R-U198, but he is further identified as having the downstream SNP JFS3028. He has 12 Y-DNA matches with other R-U198 Lynns/Linns, and 2 of them - including a 5th cousin - also are further identified as JFS3028.
The other 10 Y-DNA matches are more distantly related, and the number and kinds of mutations that have occurred in their respective branches point together to the most recent shared Lynn ancestor of all 13 men having lived in the 13th century.
Our 4th-great-grandparents are Hugh and Sarah (Widney) Linn. A 1724 marriage contract reveals that Sarah's grandmother is Anne Carlisle of Counties Tyrone and Monaghan, Ireland and suggest that Anne's mother is a Donaldson (Anne's uncle Thomas Donaldson being a party to the contract), also of Tyrone and Monaghan. Therefore, comparisons were made between autosomal DNA matches with descendants of the families Widney, Carlisle, and Donaldson. Then, since at least one Carlisle match suspects Salter ancestry, Salter matches were also compared. The results are revealing ...
There are numerous small DNA segments shared in common with descendants of two or more of those families or, in some cases, all four families. Some of the shared segments are exact, some have the same start point but different end points or vice versa, and some include small segments for one surname entirely encompassed by a larger segment for another surname. For example ...
On chromosome 9, there is a match of 9.51 cMs with one Salter descendant, a match of 2.40 cMs with one Carlisle descendant that falls entirely within the Salter segment, and a match of 1.71 cMS with one Donaldson and one Widney descendant that match each other exactly and also fall within the Salter segment.
Thus, the DNA seems to confirm the line found in the historical record ...
(a) an unknown female Donaldson who married a Carlisle,
(b) their daughter Anne Carlisle marrying James Widney (the first of several successive James Widneys),
(c) James and Anne's granddaughter Sarah Widney marrying Hugh Linn; (Sarah's father being the second James Widney),
... and also suggests that some member of the Salter family was an ancestor of the Donaldson. There was a Salter family that owned an estate in a neighboring county of Northern Ireland during the relevant time period.
What I've Written
Books (privately published in limited editions):
"Henry and Hannah (Bryan) McDaniel and the McDonalds, Bryans, and Lincolns", The House of Lynn, Carroll Valley, PA (2005)
"Lynneage - The Lynns, Linns, and Linds of Scotland and Ulster", The House of Lynn, Carroll Valley, PA (2010)
"Barony of Lynn", The Scottish Genealogist, Vol. LVII No. 1, Edinburgh (March 2010) (pp. 16-22)
Lincoln Myths and Rumors at . I have admired Lincoln from early childhood, 40 years before discovering that he is my 2nd cousin 5 times removed.
Lynn of that Ilk in Dalry, Ayrshire, Scotland at .
Lynns of Northwest Ulster (Counties Londonderry, Donegal, and Tyrone) at .
Lynns in the Y-DNA Haplogroup R-U198 at . My eldest brother's Y-DNA test reveals this rather uncommon Y-DNA to be that of our paternal line.
Some of these profiles are managed by me and some by others ...
Robert (Lyne) de Lyne : Robert de Lyne was born before 1150. He owned the free barony of Lyne in Peeblesshire, Scotland and the estate of Loquhariot near Edinburgh. His properties passed to his son and heir, David de Lyne, and then to David's son Robert de Lyne. The family was associated with the Anglo-Norman families of de Balliol, de Morville, and de Quency as well as the de Hays whose later generations became Marquisses of Tweeddale. The younger Robert's daughter and heir, Margaret, married Sir John de Hay; and Robert's properties passed with her to the Hays.
Roland Lynn : Roland Lynn of that Ilk in Dalry Parish, Ayrshire, Scotland; b. before 1400, d. in 1452 or 1453. On 15 June of the latter year, he was described in a charter as having died seized and possessed of the minor barony of Lynn in Dalry, meaning that he had title to and possession thereof.
Andrew Lynn : Andrew Lynn of that Ilk in Dalry, Ayrshire, Scotland; b. ca. 1430 or earlier, d. before 1508. Andrew succeeded Roland, who presumably was his father.
John Lynn : John Lynn of that Ilk in Dalry, Ayrshire, Scotland; b. before 1500 d. after 1532. On 31 May 1508, he was described as "heir of his father Andrew Lyn" in a deed for both Lynn and a property called Highlees.
It may be possible to confirm family relationships by comparing test results with Loretta or other carriers of her ancestors' mitochondrial DNA.
Mitochondrial DNA test-takers in the direct maternal line:
Loretta (Lynn) Layman:
Family Tree DNA mtDNA Test HVR1 and HVR2, haplogroup K, FTDNA kit #115026
It is likely that these autosomal DNA test-takers will share some percentage of DNA with Loretta: