Saturday, April 11, 2015

Who is Sarah Lynchard's Father? Not Thomas Lynchard

My ancestress is not listed with the orphans of Thomas "Linchard."  "Kentucky Probate Records, 1727-1990," index and images, FamilySearch(,174197401 : accessed 12 April 2015), Scott > Will records, 1809-1817, Vol. B > image 119 of 473; county courthouses, Kentucky.

Oh boy.

Scott is next to Bourbon County, Kentucky.  County boundaries in 1815, from

I was very excited last week to unearth the Scott County, Kentucky, record for the orphans of Thomas Lynchard, who has long been considered the father of Sarah Lynchard.  Except Sarah Lynchard was born about 1819, and Thomas Lynchard obviously died before Nov 6, 1815.

This gives some wiggle room to Sarah's brother Henry Clay Lynchard, who could be Thomas's son if he was born sometime before August 1816.  Henry's birth year wavered between 1816 and 1818 in census records.  But if he was indeed born in 1817 then he can't be Thomas Lynchard's son either.  His biography from a Henry County, Iowa, county history book indicates 1817, but as we all know those can be prone to error:

Sarah's mother Prudence Talbot Lynchard has some explaining to do!

Not adding up.  From "My Virginia kin : comprising the Hamlett, Witt, Giles, Wills, Eubank-Fortune, Mullenix, Lynchard, Talbot, and Kight families" book on Ancestry.

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