91st PA: John Ralston Lynch

John Ralston Lynch

Before the war

He was born on 14 October 1823, in Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, to Edward Lynch and Martha [unknown family name]. [sources: date: 5; 4 (85 in 1908), 9 (24 in 1860), 10, 13 (38 in 1862). place: 5, 9, 13. parents: 4, 5, 9, 10]

On 19 May 1825, he was christened at the Scots Presbyterian Church, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. [source: 10]

In 1860, he was living in Wilkes-Barre, Luzerne County, Pennsylvania. He was living with his parents Edward and Martha, with Charles (presumably his brother), and with another person. He was a merchant, and owned $1,000 in personal property. [source: 9]

When he enlisted, he was a merchant. [source: 13]

Description

When he enlisted, he was five feet eight inches tall, and had a fair complexion, hazel eyes, and brown hair. [source: 13]

During the war

He also served as the Adjutant of the 15th Pennsylvania infantry. The regiment was organized on 1 May 1861, and mustered out on 7 August 1861. [sources: 1, 2, 3, 11]

He also served in company A of the 11th Pennsylvania Infantry. Company A was mustered in on 24 April 1861, for three-months' service. The regiment was remustered for three-years' service, accepted on 25 July 1861; I do not know when Lynch was mustered out. [sources: 1, 2, 3, 11]

On 30 August 1862, he enlisted, at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was enlisted by J A Gregory. He was examined by J K Mason, who reported a small varicocele. He was paid a bounty of $25, and a premium of $4. He was a private, in company B of the 91st Pennsylvania. [sources: 1, 3, 12, 13]

He is listed on a Muster and Descriptive Roll of a Detachment of US volunteers forwarded for the 91st, dated 10 September 1862, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. [source: 13]

He is listed on the September-October 1862 muster roll, but was not reported present or absent. [source: 13]

In November 1862, he was admitted to Convalescent Hospital, Fort Ellsworth, Virginia. [source: 13]

On 24 November 1862, he was transferred. On 25 November 1862, he was admitted to Patent Office General Hospital, Washington, DC. [source: 13]

On 8 December 1862, he was transferred. On 9 December 1862, he entered Newton University General Hospital, Baltimore Maryland. [source: 13]

On 30 January 1863, he was discharged on surgeon's certificate of disability, at Newton University Hospital, Lexington Street, Baltimore, Maryland. He had long-standing secondary syphilis, and varicocele of both cords. He was a private, in company B. [sources: 12, 13]

He is reported discharged on the January-February 1863 muster roll. [source: 13]

He also served in the 6th Pennsylvania Cavalry (apparently not assigned to any company). He was mustered in on 8 March 1865. He was transferred to company B of the 2nd Pennsylvania Provisional Cavalry when the 6th Pennsylvania Cavalry was consolidated with the 1st and 17th, at Cloud's Mills, Virginia, on 17 June 1865. The regiment mustered out on 7 August 1865, at Lebanon, Kentucky. [sources: 1, 2, 3, 11]

After the war

In 1881/82, he married Elizabeth C [unknown family name]. She was born in February 1861, in Delaware. They apparently had three children, including:

[sources: 6, 8]

On 5 July 1890, he successfully applied from Pennsylvania for a pension. [sources: 1, 3]

In 1890, he was living at 235 Crown Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. [source: 2]

In 1900, he was probably living on Second Street, ward 22, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was living with his wife Elizabeth C and children David and Charles. He was a park gardener, and had been out of work six months in the previous year. [source: 7]

He seems to be the John R Lynch, of 5526 North Second Street, Olney, whose death was wrongly reported on 9 May 1906. His card was found on the body of William Daily, who was killed by a train at Ninth Street and Montgomery Avenue. They had exchanged cards several days earlier, because of their being members of the GAR. [source: 6]

He probably died on 19 October 1908, at 4902 North 4th Street, ward 42, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He died of carcinoma rectum. He was retired, and married. Members of the 6th Pennsylvania Cavalry were invited to attend the funeral services, which were held at his late residence, 4902 North 4th Street, Olney, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. His body was initially held at Greenmount Cemetery Vault, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. [sources: 1 (1908), 4, 5]

On 3 November 1908, his widow, Elizabeth C Lynch, successfully applied from Pennsylvania for a pension. [sources: 1, 3]

In 1920, his widow, Elizabeth Lynch, was living on 3621 North Randolph Street, ward 43, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She was living with their son David and David's wife Frances. [source: 8]

Sources

1 pension index, by regiment (John R Lynch)

2 1890 US census, veterans' schedule, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, supervisor's district 1, enumeration district 123, page 2 (image 473 of 2610 on Ancestry [accessed 14 December 2010]) (John R Lynch)

3 pension index, by name (John R Lynch)

4 death notice, Philadelphia Inquirer, 21 October 1908, page 7 (John Ralston Lynch)

5 death certificate, Philadelphia Pennsylvania, 19 October 1908 (John Ralston Lynch)

6 'Read his obituary', Philadelphia Inquirer 10 May 1906, page 15 (John R Lynch)

7 1900 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, ward 22, supervisor's district 1, enumeration district 475, microfilm series T623, film 1463, page 75 = 1 B handwritten (John R Lynch)

8 1920 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, ward 43, microfilm series T625, film 1644, page 159 = 13 B handwritten (Elizebeth Lynch)

9 1860 US census, Pennsylvania, Luzerne County, Wilkes-Barre, microfilm series M653, film 1133, pages 948 = 3 handwritten to 949 = 4 handwritten (John R Lynch)

10 abstract of birth record, available on FamilySearch (John Ralston Lynch)

11 Bates, volume 2, page 785 (70th PA = 6th PA Cav), volume 1 page 144 (15th PA); and volume 1 page 110 (11th PA) (John R Lynch)

12 index to compiled service records of volunteer Union soldiers who served in organizations from the state of Pennsylvania (John R Lynch)

13 compiled service record, B 91st PA infantry (John R Lynch)

Sources checked unsuccessfully

Bates
Bates, Samuel Penniman. History of Pennsylvania volunteers, 1861-5. Harrisburg: B. Singerly, state printer, 1869-71. 5 volumes. 'Ninety-first regiment', volume 3, pages 186-233.
ARIAS
Civil War service cards on ARIAS on the Pennsylvania Archives web site (accessed 11 December 2010)
1850 US census
no John Lynch with Edward and Martha in Pennsylvania; I could not find Edward either (Ancestry index, accessed 21 July 2012)
1870 US census
(1) John R Lynch (45 salesman in ? store b.PA), with Sallie M 30 b. PA, Mary N 8, Martha L 6, Sallie 1/12 (Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, ward 7, district 19, microfilm series M593, film 1392, page 384 verso = 128 handwritten)
(2) John Lynch (48, carpenter, b.PA), with Margt (49 b. DC), Harry (24, telegraph operator, b. PA), Sadie (21, b. PA), and and Wm Finch (30, carpenter, b. PA) (Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, ward 27, district 89, microfilm series M593, film 1445, page 23 verso = 46 handwritten)
(3) John Lynch (50, dry goods mercht, b. PA), Catharine (43, b. Ireland), John F (16, b. PA), Theressa F (15, b. PA), and Annie M (13, b. PA) (Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, ward 26, district 87, microfilm series M593, film 1414, page 507 recto = 155 handwritten)
(4) John Lynch (42, cooper, b. PA), Elizabeth (46, keeping house, b. PA), Charles (15, b. PA), Sarah (9, b. PA), John (7, b. PA), Henry (4, b. PA), and Sarah (62) and George (25, cooper) Brown (Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, ward 26, district 86, microfilm series M593, film 1414, page 426 verso = 170 handwritten)
(5) John Lynch (45, blacksmith, b. Ireland), Jane (40, b. Ireland), Maggie (14, b. PA) (Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, ward 19, district 57, microfilm series M593, film 1404, page 31 verso = 62 handwritten)
others (more remote) too
1880 US census
(1) John Lynch (53, policeman, b. PA) with Anna M Lynch (40 b. PA), in the household of James Patrick et al. (Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, supervisor's district 1, enumeration district 174, microfilm series T9, film 1172, page 243 = 25 A handwritten)
(2) John Lynch (56, laborer, b.Ireland), with wife Ann (55 b. Ireland), and children Mary (18 b. PA), John Jr (15 b. PA), and James (13 b. PA), (Pennsylvania, Luzerne County, Wilkes-Barre, supervisor's district 1, enumeration district 118, microfilm series T9, film 1149, page 644 = 43 A handwritten)
1910 US census
Ancestry, FamilySearch, HeritageQuest indices
Elizabeth and David Lynch are at 4902 N 4th Street in Howe's 1910 directory, and not present in the 1911 directory (see below)
in the 1910 US census, 4902 N 4th Street is at e.d. 1057, microfilm series T624, film 1411, page 60 = 1 A handwritten; 4902 clearly does not have David or Elizabeth Lynch
an Elizabeth Lynch, 49, widowed, born in New Jersey (not Delaware), nurse, is a lodger at 515 Ruscomb Street, ward 42, supervisor's district 1, enumeration district 1057, microfilm series T624, film 1411, page 65 = 6 B handwritten--perhaps she is the widow of John Lynch, but I have no evidence supporting that guess, and my inability to find David (together with her birthplace) makes me suspect that both are missing from the census
1930 US census
Elizabeth is not living with David H and Frances E Lynch, who are living with Clarence Shaeffer et al. at 4819 Knorr Street, ward 41, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, supervisor's district 28, enumeration district 51-1019, microfilm series T626, film 2132, page 71 = 15 B handwritten
perhaps she is the Elizabeth Lynch, servant, 69, born Delaware, living with Stewart L Kirk et al., at 4527 Regent Street, ward 46, supervisor's district 30, enumeration district 51-537, microfilm series T626, film 2141, page 172 = 8 B handwritten
RootsWeb WorldConnect (accessed 30 January 2011)
Find a grave
one possible entry: memorial 18182870 has a John R Lynch buried in Holy Cross Cemetery, Yeadon, Delaware County, Pennsylvania, with no identifying information (accessed 14 December 2010)
applications for headstones for military veterans, 1925-1941
FamilySearch index (accessed 20 July 2012)
Pennsylvania veterans burial cards
Ancestry index (accessed 20 July 2012)--no John R Lynch, no John Lynch buried in or near Philadelphia
Pennsylvania death indices, 1908 (accessed 19 July 2012)
"Lynch, John; 71754 [?]; Phila.; July 12."
"Lynch, John; 61326; Phila.; June 10."
"Lynch, John; 92552; Phila.; Sept. 17."
"Lynch, John; 17701; Renovo; Feb. 26."
"Lynch, John; 71754; Phila.; July 12." [sic; this does duplicate the first 'John Lynch' entry, as far as I can see]
"Lynch, John H.; 62475; Phila.; June 25."
"Lynch, John J.; 119593; Phila.; Dec. 8."
"Lynch, John J.; 81177; Pittsburgh; Aug. 18."
"Lynch, John R.; 101705; Phila.; Oct. 19."

Note on identification

Although he is not in any of the regimental records I have checked, he is listed in the pension card indices and in the index to the compiled service records.

Display


John Ralston Lynch in the 91st PA gedcom on RootsWeb WorldConnect

John Ralston Lynch in the 91st PA database

index to compiled service records

[index to compiled service records of volunteer Union soldiers who served in organizations from the state of Pennsylvania]
[transcribed 13 December 2014, from Fold3]


Lynch John R
Co. B, 91 Pennsylvania Inf.
Pvt | Pvt

GENERAL INDEX CARD.

compiled service record

[compiled service record, B 91 PA Infantry, John R Lynch]
[transcribed 25 May 2015, from 10 images, obtained from National Archives and Records Administration]


[image 1]

1807
Lynch John R.
Co. B, 91 Pennsylvania Inf.
Private | Private
CARD NUMBERS.
1 22037293
2 22042740
3 22042842
4 5766-B-1871
[the rest of the card numbers are blank]

Number of personal papers herein 3
Book Mark: 5766-B-(EB) 1871
See also [blank]


[image 2]

S. 1247647 C.O.M + M [??]
R o P. 696574-
A H n1 (2-25-41)

G. G. Prewitt
Exr. [?]


[image 3]

ARMY OF THE UNITED STATES.
CERTIFICATE OF DISABILITY FOR DISCHARGE.

Private John R. Lynch, of Lieut J. A Gregory's Company, ("B") of the Ninety First Regiment of Penna Vols was enlisted by Lt. Gregory of the Ninety First Regiment of Penna Vols. at Philadelphia on the Thirtieth day of August 1862, to serve three years; he was born in Philada in the State of Penna is Thirty Eight years of age, Five feet Eight inches high, Fair complexion, Hazel eyes, Brown hair, and by occupation when enlisted a merchant. During the last two months said soldier has been unfit for duty [blank] days.


C W Jones
Surg. U.S.A.
Commanding Company.

STATION: Newton University Hospl Lexington St. Balt Md.
DATE January 7" 1863


I CERTIFY, that I have carefully examined the said John R. Lynch of Lieut J. A. Gregory's Company, and find him incapable of performing the duties of a soldier because of Secondary Syphilis of long standing, and varicocele of both cords.

C. W. Jones Surgeon U.S.A.
in chg. Hospl.


DISCHARGED, this 30th day of January 1863, at Baltimore Md by Command of Maj Gen Scherith [??]

David Gordon
AAVC [?]


[image 4]

FORM FOR EXAMINING A RECRUIT.

RECRUIT John R. Lynch, age 38, occupation Merchant
born in Phila, presented by Lieut J. Gregory 91st PV.

1 Have you ever been sick? No
When, and of what diseases? No
2 Have you any disease now, and what? No
3 Have you ever had fits? No
4 Have you ever received an injury or wound upon the head? No
5 Have you ever had a fracture, a dislocation or a sprain? No
6 Are you in the habit of drinking? No. Or have you ever had the "horrors"? No
7 Are you subject to the piles? No
8 Have you any difficulty in urinating? No
9 Have you been vaccinated, or had the small pox? Vaccinated

Head good
Ears "
Face "
Eyes and Appendages. "
Nose. "
Organs of Mastication and Voice. "
Neck. "
Chest. "
Abdomen. "
Genital and Urinary Organs. Small Varicocele
Vertebral Column. "
Superior Extremities. "
Inferior Extreminites. "

REMARKS.

DATE: August 30" 1862.
RENDEZVOUS: 1118 Market

JK Mason Act Asst Surgn USA
Inspecting Surgeon.


[image 5]

CERTIFICATE OF DISABILITY FOR DISCHARGE
No 153
In the case of
John R. Llynch
a Private Co. "B"
91st Reg't of Penn. Vols

MEDICAL DIRECTOR'S OFFICE,
EIGHTH ARMY CORP
BALT, MD. JAN 9 1868. [sic]
APPROVED J Simpson
SURGEON U.S.A.
MEDICAL DIRECTOR.

Adjutant General's Office
Feb. 21 [??] 1863 [?]
Duplicate sent the Pension Office
Entd on C.R.
RLHN.
Received (A.G. Office) [blank], 186[blank].
Jan 30


[image 6]

VOLUNTEER ENLISTMENT.
STATE OF Pennsylvania TOWN OF Philadelphia

I, John R Lynch born in Philadelphia in the State of Pennsylvania aged Thirty Eight years, and by occupation a merchant DO HEREBY ACKNOWLEDGE to have volunteered this Thirtieth day of August 1862 to serve as a Soldier in the Army of the United States of America, for the period of THREE YEARS, unless sooner discharged by proper authority: Do also agree to accept such bounty, pay, rations, and clothing as are, or may be, established by law for volunteers. And I, John R Lynch do solemnly swear, that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the United States of America, and that I will serve them honestly and faithfully against all their enemies or opposers whomsoever; and that I will observe and obey the orders of the President of the United States, and the orders of the officers appointed over me, according to the Rules and Articles of War.



John R. Lynch
Sworn and subscribed to, at Philadelphia
this 30th day of August 1862
BEFORE Francis McBache [?]
Capt 66" [?] Infy USA


[written vertically in the left margin:] Co. B. 91st Regt P.V

I CERTIFY, ON HONOR, That I have carefully examined the above named Volunteer, agreeably to the General Regulations of the Army, and that in my opinion he is free from all bodily defects and mental infirmity, which would, in any way, disqualify him from performing the duties of a soldier.


J K Mason Act Ast Surgeon USA
EXAMINING SURGEON.


I CERTIFY, ON HONOR, That I have minutely inspected the Volunteer, John R Lynch previously to his enlistment, and that he was entirely sober when enlisted; that, to the best of my judgment and belief, he is of lawful age; and that, in accepting him as duly qualified to perform the duties of an able-bodied soldier, I have strictly observed the Regulations which govern the recruiting service. This soldier has Hazel eyes, Brown hair, Fair complexion, is 5 feet 8 inches high.

Lt J. A. Gregory
91st Regiment of Penn Volunteers,
RECRUITING OFFICER.


[image 7]

DECLARATION OF RECRUIT.

I, John R Lynch desiring to VOLUNTEER as a Soldier in the Army of the Untied States, for the term of THREE YEARS, Do declare, That I am Thirty Eight years and - months of age; that I have never been discharged from the United States service on account of disability or by sentence of a court-martial, or by order before the expiration of a term of enlistment; and I know of no impediment to my serving honestly and faithfully as a soldier for three years.


GIVEN at Philadelphia
The 30th day of August
John R. Lynch
Witness: Lt J A Gregory


No. 217
John R. Lynch
Volunteered at Philadelphia
30th August 1862
By Lt J A Gregory
91 Regiment of Penn Vols

[blank] enlistment; last served in Company ([blank])
[blank] Reg't of [blank]
Discharged [blank]

(Co. B 91st Regt PV)


CONSENT IN CASE OF MINOR. [blank]


[image 8]


Lynch John R.
P, Co. B, 91 Reg't Pa. Inf.
3 Enclosures.

[all are blank except the following two:]
Certs. of Dis. for Discharge 1
Enlistment Papers 1

Other papers relating to--
[all are blank except the following one:]
Med. Examination 1


[image 9, which consists of 3 cards]

[card 1]

L | 91 | Pa
John R. Lynch x
Pvt, Co. B, 91 Reg't Pennsylvania Inf.
Appears on
Company Muster Roll
for Jan. + Feb, 1863.
Present or absent [blank]
Stoppage, $[blank]
Due Gov't, $[blank]
Remarks: Discharged

x Entire entry appears on roll in red ink

Name not borne on Co muster out roll

Book mark: 5766-B AGO (EB) 1871

Ronafy Copyist.


[card 2]

L | 91 | Pa.
John R. Lynch x
Pvt, Co. B, 91 Reg't Pennsylvania Inf.
Appears on
Company Muster Roll
for Sept + Oct, 1862.
Present or absent Not stated
Stoppage, $[blank]
Due Gov't, $[blank]
Remarks: Mustered in Aug. 30 62 at Philadelphia

x Entire entry appears on roll in red ink

Roll for Jan + Feb 63 next on which name appears

Book mark: 5766-B (AGO) EB 1871.

Ronafy Copyist.


[card 3]

L | 91 | Pa.
John R. Lynch
Appears with rank of Pvt on
Muster and Descriptive Roll of a Detachment of U.S. Vols. forwarded
for the 91 Reg't Pennsylvania Inf. Roll dated
Phila., Sept. 10, 1862.
Where born Phila. Pa
Age 38 years; occupation Merchant
When enlisted Aug. 30, 1862.
Where enlisted Phila.
For what period enlisted 3 years.
Eyes hazel; hair brown
Complexion fair; height 5 ft 8 in.
When mustered in [blank]
Where mustered in [blank]
Bounty paid $25 [blank]/100; due $[blank]
Where credited [blank]
Company to which assigned B
Remarks: $4 premium paid

Book mark: [blank]
Fethers Copyist.


[image 10]

L | 91 | Pa
John R. Lynch
[blank], Co. B, 91 Reg't Pa. Vols.

NOTATION.
Book mark: 5766-B-1871

War Department,
Adjutant General's Office.
Washington, April 13, 1872.

[I have changed the line breaks for legibility]
"Admitted to Convalescent Hosp. Fort Ellsworth, Va. Nov. 1862
transferred Nov. 24. 1862 entered Patent Office Gen'l Hospital Washington DC. Nov. 25. 1862
was transferred Dec. 8. 1862 entered Newton University Gen'l Hospl Baltimore Md. Dec. 9. 1862
and was discharged Jany. 30. 1863 on Surgeons Certificate of Disability"

T Campbell Copyist.

1860 census

[1860 US census, Pennsylvania, Luzerne County, Wilkes-Barre, microfilm series M653, film 1133, pages 948 = 3 handwritten to 949 = 4 handwritten]
[identification is likely, given the location and parents' names (see the death notice transcribed below, and also the death certificate]
line3940123
Dwelling number23    
Family number23    
NameEdwd LynchMartha "John R LynchChas M "Mary Lock
Age7570242311
Sexmfm"f
Color" [sc. W]WW""
OccupationBanker Merchant Domestic
Value of real estate owned1,000    
Value of personal estate300 1000  
Place of birthPenna"Penna""
Married within year     
Attended school within year     
Cannot read & write     
Deaf, dumb, blind, etc.     

1890 census, veterans schedule

[1890 US census, veterans' schedule, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, supervisor's district 1, enumeration district 123, page 2 (image 473 of 2610 on Ancestry [accessed 14 December 2010])]
[identification is confirmed by reference to his service as adjutant in the 15th Pennsylvania Infantry]

[line] 21
[house] 84
[family] 119
[name] Lynch John R.

[rank] adjutant
[company]
[unit] 15 Pa Inf
[enlistment date] 1861
[discharge date] [blank]
[length of service] [blank]

[rank] Private
[company]
[unit] 61 Penn Cav
[enlistment date] 1865
[discharge date] Aug 1865
[length of service] 4 [years, blank months, blank days]

[post office address] 235 Crown St.
[disability incurred] [blank]
[remarks] discharged for disabilities

1900 census

[1900 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, ward 22, supervisor's district 1, enumeration district 475, microfilm series T623, film 1463, page 75 = 1 B handwritten]
[identification is likely, given the spouse's name (see the pension index by name (entry 3 above)]
line69707172
streetSecond Street
house number----
dwelling number16   
family number16   
nameLynch John RElizabeth CDavid HCharles S
relationshipHeadWifeSonSon
colorWWWW
sexMFMM
birth dateOct 1823Feb 1861Dec 1885Feb 1895
age7039145
married?MMSS
# years married 1818  
mother of how many children? 3  
# of children living 2  
birthplacePennsylvaniaDelawarePennsylvaniaPennsylvania
father's birthplacePennsylvaniaDelawarePensylvaniaPennsylvania
mother's birthplacePennsylvaniaNew JerseyDelawareDelaware
immigration year    
# years in USA    
naturalized citizen?    
occupationPark Gardner [sic] Cabnet [sic] Maker 
# months not employed6   
# months in school    
can readyesyesyesno
can writeyesyesyesno
speaks Englishyesyesyesyes
owned/rentedR   
free or mortgaged    
farm/houseH   
# of farm schedule    

1920 census

[1920 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, ward 43, microfilm series T625, film 1644, page 159 = 13 B handwritten]
[identification is likely, given the family relationships in the 1900 census transcribed above]
line888990
streetNorth Randolph
house number3621  
dwelling visit number255  
family visit number256  
nameLynch David H- Frances- Elizebeth
relationshipHeadWifeMother
own/rentR  
free/mortgaged (if owned)   
sexMFF
raceWWW
age at last birthday342859
marital statusMMWd
year of immigration   
naturalized/alien   
year of naturalization   
attended school since Sept 1919   
can readyesyesyes
can writeyesyesyes
birth placePennaPennaDelaware
native language   
father's birthplacePennaEnglandEngland
father's native language EnglishEnglish
mother's birthplaceDelawarePennaPenna
mother's native language   
can speak Englishyesyesyes
occupationTool MakerNoneNone
industry, businessContractor--
employment statusW--
number of farm schedule   

Philadelphia city directories

[1891 Gopsill's Philadelphia directory, page 1135]
[I transcribed only the one relevant entry]
[identification is likely, given the address in the 1890 census]

" [sc. Lynch] John R., adv agt, h 235 Crown

[1892 Gopsill's Philadelphia directory, page 1168]
[I transcribed only the one relevant entry]
[identification is likely, given the address in the 1890 census]

" [sc. Lynch] John R., adv agent, h 235 Crown

[1893 Gopsill's Philadelphia directory, page 1180]
[I transcribed only the one relevant entry]
[identification is likely, given the address in the 1890 census]

" [sc. Lynch] John R., adv agt, h 235 Crown

[1895 Gopsill's Philadelphia directory, page 1140]
[I transcribed only the one relevant entry]
[identification is likely, given the address in the 1890 census]

" [sc. Lynch] Jno R., peddler, h 235 Crown

[1896 Gopsill's Philadelphia directory, page 1186]
[I transcribed only the one relevant entry]
[identification is likely, given the address in the 1890 census]

" [sc. Lynch] Jno R., h 235 Crown
1897 Gopsill's Philadelphia directory, page 1213 (all Jno R entries)
" [sc. Lynch] Jno R., clerk, h 2305 Catharine
" Jno R., salesman, h 2925 Norris
" Jno R., watchman, h 323 Bradford
[I did not find any John's on Crown Street or at 5526 N 2d St]
1901 Gopsill's Philadelphia directory, pages 1495-1496
[no John gardener, or at 5526 N 2d st; no David cabinetmaker]
" [sc. Lynch] Jno R., clerk, h 2305 Catharine
" Jno R., student, h 133 E Chelten av, Gtn
1908 Howe's Philadelphia directory, page 1192
" [sc. Lynch] Jno R., h 5526 N 2d
" Jno R., clk, h 2305 Catharine
[p.1191:] " [sc. Lynch] David H., machst, h 5526 N 2d
1909 Howe's Philadelphia directory, pages 1214-1215
" [sc. Lynch] David h 4902 N 4th
" Elizabeth wid Jno R h 4902 N 4th
[no Charles at 4902 N 4th; no Charles S]
1910 Howe's Philadelphia directory, page 1225
" [sc. Lynch] David ins h 4902 N 4th
" Elizabeth wid Jno h 4902 N 4th
[no Charles at 4902 N 4th; no Charles S]
1911 Howe's Philadelphia directory, pages 1155-1156
[no David Lynch on 4th street, or David in insurance; no Elizabeth on 4th street or Elizabeth widow of John]

'Read his obituary'

['Read his obituary', Philadelphia Inquirer 10 May 1906, page 15]
[transcribed 19 July 2012, from GenealogyBank]

READ HIS OBITUARY
Mistake as to Train Victim Surprised John Lynch

John R. Lynch, of 5526 North Second street, Olney, was a much surprised man yesterday when he read in the papers that he had met death on Tuesday by plunging beneath a Reading Railway train at Ninth street and Montgomery avenue. Equally surprised and greatly shocked were many of his friends, who hastened to make inquiries. They found Mr. Lynch in his accustomed good health, very much alive, as he told them.

In a pocket of William Daily, who had been killed by a train at the spot designated, had been found a postal card addressed to Mr. Lynch, and containing a printed notice of a meeting of his Grand Army post, Cavalry, No. 35. The Coroner's office assumed that the name on the card was that of the man who carried it, and it was so given out before the investigation was completed which showed that the dead man was not Mr. Lynch.

The card had been handed to Daily by Mr. Lynch a day or two previous, the man wanting to know where he could address Mr. Lynch in connection with a Grand Army matter. He was a stranger, but the two had conversed without any introduction save their Grand Army buttons.

The body was identified as that of William Daily, 67 years old, who lived at 1945 Ringgold street, by John Daily, his son, who said that his fater had suffered from periodical attacks of nervousness, and that he probably fell under the train.

death notice

[death notice, Philadelphia Inquirer, 21 October 1908, page 7]
[transcribed 19 July 2012, from GenealogyBank]

LYNCH.--On October 19, 1908, JOHN RALSTON, son of the late Edward and Martha Lynch, of Wilkes-Barre, Pa., aged 85 years. The relatives and friends of the family officers and members of the Sixth Penna Cavalry, Rushes Lancers, are respectfully invited to attend the funeral services, on Thursday afternoon, at 1.30 o'clock precisely, at his late residence, 4902 N 4th st (Olney). Interment private.

death certificate

[death certificate, Philadelphia Pennsylvania, 19 October 1908, John Ralston Lynch]
[transcribed 19 July 2012, from FamilySearch]
[identification is probable, given the pension index by regiment date of death as 1908, and the death notice invitation to members of the 6th PA Cav; however, note the other John Lynch's who died in Pennsylvania in 1908]

24657
RECORD OF A DEATH IN PHILADELPHIA.
PHYSICIAN'S CERTIFICATE.
Full Name of Deceased, John Ralston Lynch
Sex, Male
Color, White
Married
Date of Birth Year, 1823, Month Oct Day, 14
Date of Death. Year, 1908 Month Oct Day 19
Age, Years, 85 Month, [blank] Days, 5

I HEREBY CERTIFY, That I attended deceased from Oct. 14 1908 to Oct 19 1908 that I last saw him alive on Oct 18 1908 and that death occurred, on the date stated above at 4.25 PM. The CAUSE OF DEATH was as follow:

Chief, Carcinoma Rectum DURATION [blank]
Contributing, [blank] DURATION [blank]
Signed, Robert Henry Cammini [???] M.D.
Residence, 5736 Greene [?] N. Gtn
UNDERTAKER'S CERTIFICATE.
Occupation, Retired
Place of Birth, Phila.
Birthplace of Father, Pa.
Birthplace of Mother, Pa.
Name of Father, Edward Lynch
Maiden Name of Mother, Martha
Last Place of Residence (This need only be given when it is other than than the place of death.) [blank]
Place of Death, Street and No. 4902 N. 4th st.
Ward, wherein death occurred, 42nd
Buried from, Street and No. 4902 N. 4th st.
Date of Burial, Thursday Oct 22nd
Place of Burial, Greenmount Vault
David H. Schuyler [illegible] Undertaker.
Residence S.W. Cor. 6th + Diamond Sts

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