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 the age of 16, spent nearly 30 years as a legal administrative assistant, and have completed 35 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 for my family's patrilineal origins via my eldest brother's Y-DNA and serve as administrator of the Lynn/Lyne/Linn/Lind surname project at Family Tree DNA at .
WHAT I'VE WRITTEN:
"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.
MD State Dept of Health: Birth Certificate of Loretta Ann Lynn.
First-hand information: Entered by Loretta Lynn at registration.
Some Notable Lynn and Linn Profiles
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.
Henry McDaniel, Jr. is my 4th-great-grandfather. He was born in Pittsylvania Co., VA; served in Lynch's Rangers a/k/a Lynch's Light Horse; and was wounded in the Battle of King's Mountain, a turning point in the southern fighing of the American Revolution.
My primary interests in Scottish genealogy are the Lyne/Lynn and Widney families. Widney is a corruption of the Scottish name Udny from Aberdeenshire. Oliver Udny was Captain of a company in the Scots Brigade in the Netherlands. The family of Robert (Lyne) de Lyne were aristocrats associated with Anglo-Normans such as the Morvilles, Quencys, and Balliols as well as with the Hays, Marquises of Tweeddale.
I'm a 4th-great-granddaughter of Sarah (Widney) Linn born 1757 in Ireland, married Hugh Linn, and emigrated to America in 1788. Sarah and Hugh settled in Concord, Franklin County, Pennsylvania. The Widneys, believed by many to be Dutch, actually have their origins in Scotland.
Loretta Layman's DNA has been tested for genealogical purposes. 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, Mitosearch J9UNG, FTDNA kit #115026
It is likely that these autosomal DNA test-takers will share DNA with Loretta:
Loretta (Lynn) Layman:
Family Tree DNA Family Finder, GEDmatch T882221, FTDNA kit #115026
Loretta, I just wanted to say "Congratulations" on becoming one of the newest Blue Badged "Generous Genealogist", Your assistance to Wikitree members by offering sources has been noticed and appreciated by others. Way to Go!!
Hi Loretta, thank you. That is interesting. My great grandfather Robert Johnston also landed in VA but settled in New England. I'm stuck on his great grandfather Archibald, who married Euphemia Davidson in 1819 Scotland. I got record copies from people of Scotland but it doesn't list ages or parents names so I'm trying to find other records that will allow me to continue the tree.
Do you know whether anyone has made a connection between Ireland and the U.S. or Ireland and the Bahamas for the Hutcheson family?
Comment from Loretta Layman
Hi and welcome to WikiTree. Just so you're aware, there were also Hutchesons in Ulster, Ireland in the early to mid 1700s who were connected to Lynns from Scotland also living in Ulster. However, the website of the National Records of Scotland has 198 document extracts relating to the name Hutcheson between 1540 and 1776 and 49 for Hutchesone during the same years.
There is also https://www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk/, where you can search parish registers and other things for free, though you do have to register.
Thanks Loretta. I know the bio and links were a mess. That's what all of my profiles looked like after my Gedcom upload. I am steadily working through them from the bottom of my tree upward. That is why I had not gotten to Williams profile yet. I've only been on WikiTree for a month and have a lot of work to do. Everything you put on William's profile is what I would have also. I just have a different style on my edits. So if you come back to his profile in the future it will look different.
And I know you have TONS of Lynn information. We have corresponded in the past and you have been so helpful! And this is a collaboration for sure :-) I was even wondering why he didn't have a profile already. Lynn-1608.
Thanks for the addition to William Lynn's bio Lynn-1608. I just uploaded my GEDCom in May and I'm trying to do all the corrections and connections that come with uploading that many people. I hope you don't mind, but I will be editing some of what you put on the bio as it will get very long with my edit of the profile.