2. Irish origins in the Caribbean (Rod O'Donoghue)
3. Re: Irish origins in the Caribbean (Jim Lynch)
Date: Tue, 12 Dec 2017 18:36:26 +0000
From: "Rod O'Donoghue" <email@example.com>
Subject: [Carib] Irish origins in the Caribbean
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Do you have an Irish name? Do you know how your family got it? Do you know on which islands your family lived in the past? Do you know any folktales about Irish-named people?
I would like to start a thread on this subject. I have done a lot of research on my own surname (and its variants) and the Irish in general in
If you are not sure if your name is of Irish origin please ask me. I will endeavour to answer any questions people may have on the Irish influence on Caribbean history and life, and I hope to learn a lot of new stuff myself.
Looking forward to hearing from anyone interested in this subject
Author of 'Heroic Landscapes: Irish Myth and Legend' and 'O'Donoghue People and Places'
Founder of The O'Donoghue Society and The Irish Folklore Centre
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Family history: https://ballyduffodonoghue.blogspot.co.uk/
Date: Tue, 12 Dec 2017 14:17:54 -0500
From: Jim Lynch <firstname.lastname@example.org>
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Subject: Re: [Carib] Irish origins in the Caribbean
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My research is blocked by a "brick wall" - from a complete and utter
lack of records of the day.
BUT, when I researched the Lynch family name in the Caribbean I did not encounter the dastardy Sir Thomas as a possible relative but another
Irish merchant Lynch family in Jamaica who, upon becoming successful
beyond their wildest dreams, had kin streaming out of Ireland to share
This other Jamaica Lynch family could not have been related to Sir
Thomas. At the time the Irish were not trusted, and were considered sub-human, by the English - would never have been allowed at the Royal Court, far less receive a Royal Appointment to either knighthood or
Governor of Jamaica, as Sir Thomas became.
When the overflow became too much to support, some were told to seek
their fortunes elsewhere, and I discovered that a contingent went to Barbados, where they, too, were successful.
My "brick wall" is Hamlet Mayers Lynch, a free mulatto b.ca.1769 d.1852,
who started a family with a free negro woman named Minifred or Menifred (both of her names are documented).
Apart from the baptisms with her named as the mother, no other BCBMDB (Birth, Christening, Baptism, Marriage, Death, Burial) records for
Barbados (that I can find) contain any references whatsoever to either individual. Minifred just disappeared, there is a note somewhere that
Hamlet was buried "in St. Stephens Chapel", but there is no trace of him anywhere at that church.
I call them the "spaceship" relatives, since they just appeared, started
the family, and then eventually just disappeared without trace. There
are records of Hamlet's activities - slave ownership, property
purchases, and I also have his will, but no official records of primary events.
There are several new Hamlet Lynch baptisms around the same time - such
as Hamlet Fairchild Lynch in 1776/7 - with negro woman as mothers, those with a Hassel/Hasel/Hazel Lynch as father. Hassel Lynch was third or
fourth generation from the Jamaica Lynch Irish merchant arrivals I
I do know there was a Nicholas Lynch who in Hottens was referenced as
taking a Barque to nevis as a servant of Codrington, but I cannot find
any link between him and the Jamaica Lynch family.
BTW, I am in contact with three living direct descendants of that
Jamaica Lynch family, and the one who did the DNA test appears to be
related somehow - although I cannot afford to have an expert examine the evidence.
I have no documented proof of anything, so I make no claims.
If you are not aware of it, I created the Caribbean Surname Index as a long-term "set and forget" resource for luring possible family members
into making contact. This sounds like a reasonable subject for
circulation to my 1800+ users for discussion and response. Registration
and use by searchers and researchers alike is free, and because I permit
no SPAM or advertising I administrate it manually - registration is
manual and I monitor all Posts daily to keep it squeaky clean. http://www.candoo.com/surnames/index.php
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