THE LEADING CITIZENS OF MADISON COUNTY

CONTENTS
Preface
Names Index
Portrait Index


   JAMES C. LYNCH, a general farmer and stock-raiser of the town of Smithfield, has a fine farm of one hundred and forty-six acres, all under a good state of cultivation.
   He was born in the town of Eaton at Pratt's Hollow, September 1, 1819. His parents, Terence and Jane (Kern) Lynch, were natives of Ireland, emigrating from there to America in the early part of this century, presumably in 1801. After landing in New York, Mr. Lynch went first to Albany, where he stopped for a while, thence proceeding to Utica, being employed there for a time in Bagg's Hotel, and subsequently became a clerk in the log store of John C. Devereaux. He was industrious and frugal, and after a few years of steady work saved enough money to buy seventy-five acres of land in Pratt's Hollow. He at once began the work of clearing a farm, and in the course of a few years had a good homestead, which he devoted to general farming and stock-raising. There both he and his wife spent the remainder of their lives, both dying at the advanced age of seventy-six years. In politics he was a strong Republican. He and his wife reared a family of ten children, four boys and six girls, four of whom are now living: James C., the subject of our sketch; Edward, who lives at Oneida Castle; Mary, who is the wife of R. Combs, of Michigan; and Eleanor, who resides on the old farm.
   James C. Lynch, of whom we write, was reared to manhood on the home farm, and early initiated into the mysteries of agriculture. Being the eldest son of a family of ten children, he was early put to hard work, and ably assisted his father in establishing a home in the wilderness and in cultivating the soil, remaining under the parental roof until twenty-eight years of age, with the exception of two summers when he worked for a neighboring farmer. He was an energetic, industrious young man of thrifty habits, and had accumulated some money during those years of toil. Having sufficient to warrant him in taking a wife and establishing a home of his own, in 1847, on the 27th of April, he was united in marriage to Lucinda Marshall, and the same year bought the farm where he now resides. Their wedded life was of short duration, his wife dying January 8, 1852, leaving him with two young children. On March 22, 1854, Mr. Lynch married Maria Abbott, who survived but a few years, her death occurring August 3, 1863. Of this marriage four sons were born. Mr. Lynch was again married February 6, 1865, taking for a wife Mrs. Hannah M. Eddy, a native of Oneida County and widow of the late Harvey Eddy. Of the six children in his family, our subject has only four now living, as follows: Lucinda, who lives in Pratt's Hollow; Terence, who lives in Fenner; James C., who is a widower with two children,--May and Eva,--and resides with his father; and Lafayette, who lives on a part of the homestead, is married, and has two children,--Ernest and Early.
   Mr. Lynch is a man of much ability, a progressive and enterprising agriculturist, and by his untiring energy and application has made life a success in every respect. In politics he is a steadfast Republican, and has served as Highway Commissioner for six years.

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