Judge David Lynn
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Judge David Lynn

"The American Revolution was shaped by the decisions and actions of individuals who had the opportunity to act and choose, and who could have acted and chosen differently."  Sons of the Cincinnati

We believe Judge David Lynn was born about 1698 in Carncastle Par., County Antrim, Northern Ireland and died about 1779 in Montgomery County, Maryland.  Lynn Family tradition says that he came to America in 1717 from Dublin, Ireland.  That was a popular port of departure and most of those ships docked in Philadelphia.  Through Ancestry.com (Although this source is not always 100% accurate) we have come across information listing Judge David Lynn's father as Thomas Andrew Linn who was born in Ireland about 1671 and died in 1710 in New Jersey.  We are not sure this information is correct.  By coincidence two of Judge Lynn's daughters were named Sarah and Jane.  The children listed of Thomas Andrew Linn and Unknown are:

    1.    Thomas Lynn

    2.    David Lynn: b. about 1698 in Ireland, died 1779 in Montgomery Co. Maryland

    3.    Daniel Lynn: b. about 1700

    4.    Andrew Lynn: b. about 1701  Wife: Rachel Crow(e)

    5.    William Thomas Lynn: b. about 1702, died about 1767 in PA  Wife: Jane Addis

    6.    Sarah Lynn

    7.    Jane Lynn: m. Mr. Wright

There is a mystery regarding the wife of Judge Lynn.  Family history maintains that he married Elizabeth Lamar on August 24, 1746 in Montgomery County, Maryland. Other records cite Elizabeth Copeland as his wife with the same date of marriage and names of their children as Elizabeth Lamar.  We are still searching to solve this dilemma.  She might have been Elizabeth Lamar Copeland.  Elizabeth Lynn died September 29, 1803 in Montgomery County, Maryland.  She signed her will as "Elisabeth"
Children of Judge David Lynn and Elisabeth

1. Jane Lynn was born July 16, 1747 and died September 15, 1774.  Married to Col.  Richard Brooke.

2. Sarah Lynn was born April 13, 1749.

3. Elizabeth Lynn was born February 25, 1750 and died 1818. Married to Levin Magruder.

4. Rosalie Lynn was born May 30, 1753 and died March 19, 1831.

5.  Catherine Lynn was born July 17, 1756. Married to James Lackland.

6.Capt. David Lynn was born July 15, 1758 in Rock Creek, Maryland and died April 11, 1835 in Cumberland, Maryland.  Married to Mary Galloway

7. Col. John Lynn was born August 29, 1760 in Rock Creek, Maryland and died March 18, 1813 in Wild Cherry Tree Meadows, Garrett Co., Md. Married to Eleanor Edelyn

8. George Lynn was born 1764. Died 1852. Married to Nancy Mary Anna Venable.

Properties Owned by Judge Lynn

Researched by Catherine Ball, Judge David Lynn Chapter D.A.R,

L.D.F. 44 February 20, 1788 - Indenture between DAVID LYNN and Samuel Riggs for 504 acres in Dublin.  Elizabeth Lynn, widow and relict of David Lynn agrees.

L.C.F. 250  June 7, 1796 between Edward Owen and Rachel Beall Owen, his wife of Montgomery Co. and DAVID LYNN of Alleghany Co., Md. property called Bachelor's Forest. (Due to date of purchase this was his son Capt. David Lynn)

LYNN, DAVID "Resurvey on Dublin: - 482 & 2/3 Acres, value 362.  One framed dwelling house, log tobacco houses, log cabbin and 2 out houses.  200 acres cleared, thin sapling land"  from the 1783 Tax List: Montgomery Co. Historical Society

Lynn, ELIZABETH   "Bachelor's Forest"  75 Acres; value 103-2-6. One framed dwelling house, framed barn, old framed kitchen and other small log houses.  30 Acres cleared, Timberland & good soil.  From 1783 Tax List: Montgomery Co. Historical Society

Offices Held by Judge Lynn

Judge David Lynn represented Frederick County, Maryland in the lower House of the General Assembly for several terms.  He was one of the commissioners appointed by the State of Maryland in 1751 to lay out the city of Georgetown (now part of Washington DC) and he was justice of Frederick County Court from 1756 to 1775.

In 1776 Montgomery County was formed from part of Frederick County at which time Judge David Lynn became judge of the Montgomery County Court.  In 1777 he was made judge of the Montgomery County Orphan's Court until the time of his death in 1779.

Judge David Lynn's death must have occurred before Dec. 16, 1779 at which date an inventory of his estate was filed in the Office of the Register of Wills for Montgomery County (Liber "A" folio 241 etc.)

Will of ELIZABETH LYNN  Montgomery Co. Liber E f. 105 (new Book 2 p. 1)  Dated May 5, 1790  pr. Sept. 9, 1803  Son: David - to have all property and be executor.

Judge David Lynn

by Rebecca Lynn Phelps (descendent of Judge David Lynn)

Judge Lynn Chapter, Washington, D.C.

From an article in the Daughters of the American Revolution Magazine, February 1966

     Judge David Lynn, who was of Scotch-Irish , settled in Frederick Co., Maryland in 1717 where he became prominent.

     He represented Frederick Co. for several terms in the lower House of the General Assembly of Maryland, he was one of the Commissioners appointed by the State of Maryland in 1751 to lay out the town of Georgetown.  He was a Justice of the Frederick Co. Court from 1756 to 1775.  In 1758 David Lynn was made a member of a Quorum of that Court and during his incumbency as such on the Bench of Frederick Co. it acquired the distinction on November 23, 1765 of having repudiated the British Stamp Act by ignoring its existence and ordering the legal business of Frederick Co. to be transacted as though the Act had never been framed.  The following reasons were established for this action:

     "1st.  It is conceived that there has not been a legal publication yet made of any Act of parliament whatever imposing a Stamp Duty on the Colonies.  Therefore this Court is of the opinion that until the existence of such an Act is properly notified it would be culpable in them to permit or suffer a total stagnation of business which must inevitable be productive of innumerable injuries to individuals and have a tendency to subvert all principles of Civil Government."

     "2nd.  As no stamps are yet arrived in this Province and the inhabitants have no means of procuring any, this Court is of the opinion that it would be an instance of the most wanton oppression to deprive any person of a legal remedy for the recovery of his property for omitting that which it is impossible to perform."

     This is believed to be the first official action taken in this Country against the Crown of England.  Thus, Judge Lynn was one of the first to strike a blow towards establishing American Independence.

     There is a Memorial Tablet in the Court House at Frederick, Maryland which reads:

"In Memory of The Twelve Immortal Justices of the Frederick County Court who repudiated the Stamp Act, November 23, 1765