REUNION OF LYNN FAMILY HELD AT FINCH PARK SUNDAY
Newspaper, July 14, 1938
OVER THREE HUNDRED DESCENDANTS OF LATE N. B. LYNN AND WIFE GATHER FOR ALL DAY MEETING HERE.
The eleventh annual reunion of the descendants of the late Mr. and Mrs. N. B. Lynn met in beautiful Finch Park at McKinney Sunday, July 10. There are only three of the children now living–Mesdames C. M. (Aunt Cat) Godwin, 84 years old; R. A. (Aunt Mattie) Campbell, aged 79 years of Princeton and T. A. (Aunt Fannie) Phillips, aged 81 years, who makes her home with her children.
The crowd on this occasion was estimated at 300. A bountiful feast was spread at the noon hour under the beautiful shade trees. The afternoon was spent in singing, reading and stringed music. We were glad to have John D. and Erwin Holder with their guitars with us this year and also the Beacon Life Quartet of Rockwall, composed of Robert Senley, Victor Clotten, Jesse Carson and Eldon DeVere, who sang several numbers of sacred songs which were greatly enjoyed.
Among those who registered during the day were: Mr. and Mrs. Joe Godwin and children, Ernest, Marion, and Ola; Mr. and Mrs. T. M. Godwin and daughters, Juanita and Doll; V. R. Godwin and son, Joe; Mr. and Mrs. Brit Godwin and children, Clint, Bessie Fae, Ralph, Winston, Sibbie Otsa, Lavina; Mr. and Mrs. Ray Woody, Mr. and Mrs. Ray Campbell, Herman Utley, Mr. and Mrs. W. E. Rogers and two children, Mr. and Mrs. Johnnie Godwin, Edd. Ethelson, Evelyn Thorn and little son, Johnnie; Mrs. C. M. Godwin, Doris Morgan, Pansy Williams, Gladys James, Mr. and Mrs. James Godwin, Clarence Otis Williams, Mr. and Mrs. R. A. Campbell, Mrs. Nora Bomar and son, Cecil, of Princeton.
Merrill Campbell and children, Roy, Edith, Junior, Millard and Martha Sue. John D. and Erwin Holder of Milligan; Mr. and Mrs. Deb Taylor, Doris Jean Neonia, Katherine Taylor, Dick Godwin, Mr. and Mrs. J. D. Richardson, Bessie Gray, Allen; Mr. and Mrs. Joe Taylor and daughter, Mrs. Maggie Hensley of Wylie, Mr. and Mrs. Floyd Bomar, Henry Phillips and wife and two boys, Anna; Mrs. Martha Freeze, Mr. and Mrs. E. T. Phillips, Mr. and Mrs. J. J. Chandler, Mrs. B. J. Spurlock, Kathryn and Bobby, T. A. and C. R. Chandler of Greenville; Mrs. S. A. Cotner, Breckenridge; Horace Secrest, Charlie Lockhart, Austin.
Dr. R. E. Morrow, Virginia Bomar, Blythes Chapel; G. W. Howard wife and children, Lucille, Harold, Francis, Evelyn, and Jennie Low of Bloomdale; Patsy Nona and Doris Crawford of Keller, Texas; A. W. Reed wife and children of Westminster; W. T. Turner wife and daughter, Madelyn of Wilson Chapel; Mrs. T. J. and May Lynn, Claude Lynn and two daughters, Ruth, Mary Sue, Mr. and Mrs. V. H. Henderson, Fred and Geraldine, Miss Maude right, Miss Lola Holder, Mrs. Alla Bradley, M. M. and Frank Lockhart, Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Jenkins, Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Stephens, Joe Wheeler and Bonnie Gene, Vera Lynn Lockhart, Francis Dearing, Dallas; Mr. and Mrs. Jim Hefner, Clint Phillip wife and Billy; Mr. and Mrs. F. C. Coits, Mr. and Mrs. J. E. Lynn, Lacy Howard, Geneva Talbot, Mr. and Mrs. Ray Lewis, Mr. and Mrs. E. E. Moore, Mrs. Parks Thompson and Delilah, Mr. and Mrs. Fred Day, Mr. and Mrs. Bob Dale, Mr. and Mrs. Vernon Lusk, Bill Evans and family, Mr. and Mrs. Will Wright, Paul and Edna Wright, J. W. right and family, all of McKinney.
Sibbie Anderson, Hugo, Okla.; Mrs. Effie Caves and children of Oklahoma City; Mr. and Mrs. Joe Jenkins, Joe Don, Jack and Norma Fae Campbell, Ben Godwin wife and Newt of Culleoka and many others whose names we failed to get.
We were proud to have Charlie Lockhart, State treasurer of Texas, with us and enjoyed his talk very much. Our next meeting will be the second Sunday in July, 1939.
By Mrs. Nora Bomar, Princeton, Texas.
JAS. E. LYNN, 57, SUCCUMBS EARLY SUNDAY AT HOME
James Edward Lynn, 57 years of age, succumbed from a heart attack at his late home, 811 South Tennessee Street, at 3.00 o'clock Sunday morning after an illness of three or four months.
His funeral services were held at 4 o'clock last Monday afternoon at the Princeton Methodist Church with interment in the Princeton Cemetery, under auspices of Sam J. Massie & Son Funeral Home of this city. Rev. Fitshugh Talbot, Pastor, and Rev. J. R. Hilger officiated at the obsequies.
Pallbearers were Charlie Akin, L. N. Helton, R. G. Wilson, Ed. West, H. B. Johnson and W. G. Proctor.
The deceased was a native of this county and was born in the Lucas community in Southeast Collin June 28, 1880, being, therefore 57 years 1 month and 3 days old at the time of his passing. He moved to McKinney twelve years ago and had since resided in this city.
Surviving are his wife, who was Miss Cora Hume before their marriage:, two sons, Clifton Lynn of McKinney and Newborn Lynn of Cheyenne, Wyoming: one step-son Redman Hume of Dallas: two daughters, Mrs. Valera Dugger and Mrs. Wanda Neely of McKinney, and by the following brothers and sisters: John Lynne of McKinney: Will Lynn of Dallas: George Lynn of Sapulpa, Okla: Mrs. Mary Harris of Telephone, Texas. He is also survived by six grandchildren.
January 9, 1908
FOLLOWS AGED WIFE TO FINAL SLUMBER
N. B. Lynn died at the home of his son, A. W. Lynn, in South McKinney yesterday morning at 7:20 o'clock at the ripe old age of 83. The burial took place this afternoon at Princeton where his remains were laid to rest by the side of his wife with whom he lived for nearly sixty-two years and who died March 2, 1906. The ages people were at the time of her death the oldest married couple in Collin county. On Aug. 18, 1904, they celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary at their home at Princeton.
The following sketch appeared in The Weekly Democrat-Gazette Aug. 25, 1904 on the occasion of the 60th wedding anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. Lynn, which was celebrated Aug. 18, 1904:
One of the oldest, if not the oldest married couple in Collin county is Mr. and Mrs. Newton B. Lynn of near Princeton, eight miles east of McKinney. They were married Aug. 18, 1844 in Russell county, Alabama. Sixty years afterward, Aug. 18, 18904, found them enjoying good health for people of their advanced age and able to join in a family reunion of their numerous posterity.
The occasion of their sixtieth anniversary was observed by their children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, who gathered at the home of the old couple and spend a day of pleasure in a family reunion. Eighty persons were present, all being relatives except twelve who were close friend. These descendants took their dinners with them and all spread the good things to eat on a long table under an arbor in the yard where everybody had plenty and much remained.
Newton Bennett Lynn was born December 22, 1824, in Jasper county, Georgia. At the age of fifteen he moved with his parents to Russell county, Alabama, where five years later he was married to the bridge and faithful companion who has shared his lot for 60 years. Her maiden name was Sarah Dickens. She was born in Washington county, Georgia, Jan. 13, 1826, and moved with her parents to Russell county, Alabama in the winter of 1843.
Mr. Lynn's father was Wm. Lynn, who was born in Warren county, Georgia, in 1874,[sic] and died October 24, 1860. His wife was Miss Mary West, their marriage taking place in 1811. After their marriage Mr. and Mrs. N. B. Lynn remained in Alabama for 31 years, living that time in Russell, Macon, Chambers and Butler counties. In 1875 they moved to Texas, and settled in Bluff Springs, now Blulffdale, where they lived for two years and then came to Collin county in 1877, where they have continuously resided since. They lived near Allen for several years and then moved to his farm eight miles east of McKinney where he has lived for 18 years.
Mr. and Mrs. Lynn are the parents of 14 children, 8 of whom lived to be grown men and women -- 4 sons and four daughters. The oldest, Saulda Enseline, then Alexander Winfield, Thomas Jefferson, William Newton, Jr., Catherine Wiles, John Clinton, Sarah Francis and Martha Virginia. Emma, the eldest married John F. Lockhart in 1871 and died in McKinney, November 21, 1900, leaving eight children. Catherine married J. A. Godwin in 1871 and now lives near Princeton. Frances married T. A. Phillips in 1881, and lives at Vineland. Martha married R. A. Campbell in 1881 and lives at Princeton. A. W. Lynn lives in McKinney. Thos. J. died in Dallas, July 2, 1903. W. N. died may 10, 1885. John, the youngest son, is unmarried and still lives with his aged parents. he has been a confirmed invalid from rheumatism for 30 years. This aged couple have five children still living, 46 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren. Mr. Lynn and his wife both joined the Missionary Baptist church in July 1849. When the civil war broke out Mr. Lynn enlisted in Company B, 17th Alabama Infantry, and served the Confederacy during the entire war in the Army of Tennessee. In politics he is a follower of Thos. Jefferson, always voting the democratic ticket until Clevelandism dominated that party, he then affiliated with the people's part, believing that it more nearly represented the true Jeffersonian democracy. Mr. Lynn is a hale old gentleman, though his wife is growing rather feeble. Yet they are able to do their own housekeeping, cooking and chores about the farm and bid fair to add several more years to their already extraordinary long married life. Mr. Lynn has always actively followed farming for a livelihood, but until the war he engaged in overseeing negro slave labor on Alabama cotton plantations. Mr. Lynn in his 80th and his wife in her 79th year, are old time Southern people to the manor born and glory in the traditions of the Southland. This fact was abundantly demonstrated at the beginning of the war when Mrs. Lynn willingly consented to give up her husband to the service of the Confederacy and assumed the care and support of their ten children, the eldest of whom was just 12 years old the day its father enlisted.