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Steve Mills

Bell Buckle historians. Who knows history of Lynch Hotel

Posted Tuesday, February 9, 2016, at 11:23 AM
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  • I don't know how much help it is, but the name Lynch (and Linch) are well represented along the Rutherford/Bedford County line, just West of Liberty Pike.

    Beachwood Road, which connects Liberty Pike to Christiana-Hoovers Gap Road is called Lynch Hill Road on the Rutherford County end... There is also a Lynch Cemetery at the intersection of Short Creek Road and Christiana-Hoovers Gap Road. There are several Linches and Lynches buried there, going back to the first half of the 19th century, and including a Confederate veteran.

    This is really close to Bell Buckle for the names to be a coincidence. I suspect the alternate spellings might be more related to literacy than to having two families with similar names living in the same area....

    I wonder if there are any Bedford/Rutherford Lynch/Linch geneologists out there?

    -- Posted by lazarus on Wed, Feb 10, 2016, at 1:14 AM
  • -- Posted by lazarus on Wed, Feb 10, 2016, at 1:19 AM
  • Many thanks lazarus. I did not notice any link to the Lynch Hotel, which may say it is not tied to that Lynch/Linch Family.

    Curious, how did you find that under the Burr Family?

    -- Posted by stevemills on Wed, Feb 10, 2016, at 6:58 AM
  • Given the number of Lynches (Linches) that were in and around bell Buckle, and their early arrival here, it seems unlikely that the Hotel was named from any different family. I was sort of hoping it would mention a hotel connection, but it did not get too detailed on locations and occupations. Millersburg was mentioned a number of times, and Millersburg is (was) between Lynch Hill and the Lynch Cemetery.

    More Bedford County Trivia with a Lynch connection: one of the Bell Buckle Lynches moved to Arkansas, where he became involved with the formation of an agrarian political movement called "the Agricultural Wheel." It was a grass-roots, localized movement, which spread rapidly. The 9 original members that started it in 1882 in Des Arc, Arkansas had grown, by 1887, to over 500,000 farmers from six southern states and Wisconsin (i bet it would be interesting to find out how the Wisconsin branch got started). They even developed a political platform.

    The Wheel Post Office, here in Bedford County, opened in the 1880's, and was named after the agricultural organization. In 1889, the Wheel merged with the more national Farmer's Alliance. Interestingly enough, the Wheel, an almost purely Southern organization in the 1880's, was integrated.

    You might find it interesting to read the political platform of the Agricultural Wheel of the 1880's (in light of the US' current "unprecedented crisis")

    Paying off the national debt

    Repeal of laws that favored capital over labor

    Preventing aliens from owning land

    Abolishing national banks

    Government operations on a cash basis

    Ending of agricultural futures trading

    Establishing a graduated income tax

    Prohibiting importation of foreign labor

    National ownership of transportation and communication

    Direct election of national politicians

    Free trade and removal of all import duties

    Establishment of a luxury tax

    Free public education

    No renewal of patents

    -- Posted by lazarus on Wed, Feb 10, 2016, at 9:50 AM
  • Out of Kentucky "Grey Lynch" settled in Bedford County in 1823...

    Here's a link of interest...maybe it was from his decedents!


    -- Posted by chefgrape on Wed, Feb 10, 2016, at 10:12 AM
  • That platform had a eerie similarity. Guess those issues are never going away.

    Was Burr a family offshoot of Lynch? I wonder why was the author so interested in the Lynch family?

    -- Posted by stevemills on Wed, Feb 10, 2016, at 10:52 AM
  • Norman Lynch apparently was the grandfather of Mr. Burr...he was just doing research, but there are a lot of interesting facts throughout his writings and research if you peer over the index links! Like the cemeteries in Bell Buckle and his kind references to those he met.

    He said the buckle of Bell Buckle he assumed was carved into a tree probably by Indians to alert cow owners that the area was good for cows or to keep your cows on your own land...Lynch or "Linch" as written on some of the headstones are plentiful in public records as owning quite a bit of land there.

    -- Posted by chefgrape on Wed, Feb 10, 2016, at 10:47 PM
  • Gray Linch had four wives in succession, and was still producing kids into his 80's.... There were a lot of Lynches around! There aren't any left in Bell Buckle (unless the name has changed thru marriage) but I see some Lynches listed under Fosterville phone directory, with Bell Buckle Post Office addresses.

    -- Posted by lazarus on Thu, Feb 11, 2016, at 1:03 PM
  • I am presuming our original reader is still monitoring this.

    I noticed the numerous children. I think they referred to him as "spry"? Frisky might be another description. :-)

    -- Posted by stevemills on Thu, Feb 11, 2016, at 1:25 PM
  • Although there is a preponderance of evidence that a family member started the Lynch Hotel, still no conclusive statement.

    With all the other information they mention about property etc., it seems a bit strange not to mention a public gathering place such as a hotel.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Thu, Feb 11, 2016, at 1:27 PM
  • Maybe you could just pick out one of the Lynches in the Fosterville directory and call to ask? I was tempted to do that!

    -- Posted by lazarus on Thu, Feb 11, 2016, at 4:32 PM
  • Back in the late 70's and 80's I heard mention quite often of a Grey Lynch and Craig Lynch in Fosterville with Grey Lynch being alive.

    Perhaps he was a descendant of the Grey Lynch mentioned several post above?

    -- Posted by Blessed Assurance on Fri, Feb 12, 2016, at 6:22 PM
  • Hello,

    I believe I am the reader who contacted Steve regarding the ownership history of the the Lynch Hotel.

    I descend from Gray Linch of Bell Buckle, Bedford County, TN.. One of Gray's reported 23-24 legitimate children was named Joseph Madison Linch and he was born in Bedford County. Joseph Madison Linch had a son named Willis Dearing Lynch and he was born in Bedford County. Willis Dearing Linch had a son named Joseph 'Joe' Benjamin Lynch. Joseph Benjamin Lynch was born in Bedford County and had fifteen children with one wife in Oklahoma and Texas. Joseph Benjamin Lynch (deceased) is my grandfather.

    Gray married four times: Nancy Thomas/Frankie Dyer/Louisa Bowling/Lebinda Banks Austin. It is believed the marriage with Frankie Dyer produced no children. His wife, Lebinda Banks Austin, married again after Gray Linch passed as has been noted. I descend from his wife Nancy Thomas who he married in Hancock Co.,GA. before he moved to Bedford County and spent the remainder of his life near Bell Buckle.

    Expensive Y-DNA tests have revealed Gray Linch as as Irish Type 3/R-L-226. This means his ancient direct male ancestors were old Gaelic Celts and not the Anglo-Norman Lynches who lived in Galway City, Ireland. The DNA testing was done up to 111 Y-DNA markers. Gray Linch's select male descendants and male descendants of Gray's male siblings were tested and all received the SNP confirmtion of L-226. Genetic Genealogy is new in my lifetime and many prior Lynch researchers documenting Gray did not have access to DNA testing to aid in sorting out relationships.

    Most of my Lynch research was made by Carl Debs Lynch (deceased) who was not much for conjecture. Carl Debs Lynch (ret. Post Master-Smackover, AR) should be credited with any Gray Lynch genealogy I may need to share with you except for DNA results.

    This Memorial Day Weekend, a family reunion of of the descendants of Joseph Benjamin Lynch will be held in Texas. Seventy-Seven descendants have already stated they will attend the reunion. Gray was the second great-grandfather of Joe Benjamin Lynch. Gray Linch of Bell Buckle, TN. was my fourth great-grandfather.

    I guess I have bored everyone enough with TMI!

    My Lynch cousins are trying to find why the hotel was named "Lynch"? I, too, wonder if there is a deed history of the home? All of us want to visit Bell Buckle!

    God Bless and Best Thoughts,


    -- Posted by GlenHillLynch on Sat, Feb 27, 2016, at 1:29 AM
  • Gray Linch's father, William Lynch of Brunswick County, VA., fathered a reported 34 legitimate children among four wives as noted by a bill that passed in the Virginia State Legislature. The passed bill freed William of paying all taxes for the remainder of his life. The bill noted William was a soldier in the War of the Revolution but all his descendants and the DAR can confirm is that he was a Patriot who supplied beef.

    Y-DNA testing has revealed a man not surnamed Lynch but he is a direct male line descendant of this William Lynch.

    -- Posted by GlenHillLynch on Sat, Feb 27, 2016, at 1:42 AM
  • Steve and blog responders,

    I'm sorry for my delayed response to your blog and to all who have contributed to the discussion regarding the Lynch Hotel.

    I got caught up in the national election debates and interviews. My eyes and ears are weary and I still haven't made a choice.

    The only thing I have come away with is the thought that the candidates seem to want to win less by a landslide and more by a mudslide.

    Again, please accept my apology.


    -- Posted by GlenHillLynch on Sat, Feb 27, 2016, at 1:56 AM
  • No apologies needed. We all post when we can. I was hoping you would sign in.

    Genealogy can be interesting even when it is not your own. Being able to raise 34 children in today's world is mind boggling.

    Why did the VA legislature free him from taxes? His patriotic efforts or...?

    -- Posted by stevemills on Sat, Feb 27, 2016, at 7:05 AM
  • Steve,

    As I recall (I do not have the Act in front of me) William was exempted from all taxes due to his patriotic service, his age, his health, and his current, young wife, assuring him an increase in his numerous progeny.

    -- Posted by GlenHillLynch on Sat, Feb 27, 2016, at 3:24 PM
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