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South Trimble Lynn

South Trimble Lynn, son of David Lynn IV and Margaret Trimble Lynn, was born July 28, 1927 at the Columbia Hospital for Women in Washington , D.C. He was christened at St. Alban’s Episcopal Church, Washington, D.C.

     "Captain" Lynn is a graduate of the University of Maryland , College Park , with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business and Public Administration, 1952. "Captain" Lynn served in the US Navy in World War II.  He is the grandson of the twice serving Clerk of the House of Representatives and former Congressman South Trimble of Kentucky

     Captain South Lynn is also a member of  The Maryland Society of the Cincinnati , the American Legion, the Ark and the Dove Society, Masonic Order and a member of The Sons of Confederate Veterans.

Society of the Arc of the Dove
 Society of the Cincinnatti
 Sons of Confederate Veterans

He currently operates Universal Floors, Inc., a hardwood flooring business in Washington , D.C., which he founded in 1953.  

   "I have led a very interesting life and enjoyed every minute of it. I was a good fast pitch softball player, football player, boxer, sailor for uncle Sam, tennis player and on top of it all "wild as a March Hare." I have spent the last 54 years making a good living and have built a very fine company. I have a little bits of my ancestors in me and now I want to leave their history behind so others can be inspired with what went before."

  South served in the United States Navy as Seaman First-Class during 1944-1946 in World War II.  He went through basic training at Camp Peary near Williamsburg, VA and served in the Western Pacific on Saipan Island, Northern Marianas at the Aviation Supply Annex.  The Aviation Supply Annex was the largest seaplane tender base west of Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.  South was sworn into the navy the day he turned seventeen, July 28, 1944 .

“I was stationed on Saipan as a 17 year old sailor.  Her sister Island, Tinian was the island where the Enola Gay and Bock's Car took off from to deliver their war ending missions.” 

    South has an official page of his war service on World War II Honoree  and United States Navy Memorial.


 Roving Patrol in Saipan
 Picking Coconuts in Saipan

South's duties on Saipan included Compartment Cleaner, Company Postman, Roving Patrolman., Carpenter and Store Keeper.  He was once asked to go to the officer's head and sand smooth the wooden seats because the officers were getting splinter in their behinds.  He did his job without hesitation and says, "I loved the Navy and every minute I spent in it."

"I also ran a makeshift laundry.  The big barrel was to catch rainwater off the gutter when it rained.  We had no fresh water, only the officers.  I fashioned an oil drum in two halves, attached 2 X 2's as agitators and mounted a small electric motor to turn the inside of the drum.  Some of the boys build windmills to operate a plunger in a barrel to do their laundry."

Following the war, South graduated from the University of Maryland in 1952 with a B.S. degree in Business and Public Administration.  South and his brother David Lynn VI founded Universal Floors in Washington, D.C. and fifty years later it is still going strong.

On August 11, 1956, South married Joanne Minter in Christ Episcopal Church, Rockville, Maryland.  Joanne, daughter of Henry Minter and Helen Feeney was born October 20, 1932 in Takoma Park, Maryland.  Joanne Minter Lynn graduated Cum Laude from the University of Maryland in 1955.  She taught school for a short period of time after her marriage to South.

South and Joanne built their home in Darnestown, Maryland over 40 years ago on a 10 acre farm they call "Southland Farm at Rosehill".  They raised their three children in this home.

South and Joanne Lynn

Children of South and Joanne:

Elizabeth Allan Lynn

South Trimble Lynn, Jr.

Sprigg Singleton Lynn II

In 1976 South was commissioned a Captain by General Robert Hurt of the Army of Northern Virginia during his participation in the Civil War Reenactments.  South like the honorary title and it stuck.

Captain South Lynn led the 18th Virginia Regiment of Infantry, the Nottoway Greys, composed of about 30 persons including his two sons and daughter, nephews and many friends.  Elizabeth was dressed as a soldier and played her part well.

Capt South T. Lynn in the 1976 Gettysburg Civil War Reenactment.  South is just about center with the gray kepi.  He is the only rebel on his feet.  The rest of his troops are spread out on the ground.  It was a hot, clear 4th of July afternoon.  All the smoke is from gunpowder.  There were over 4000 authentic troops in the field and 40,000 spectators.  Dan Rather did the narration for the TV program.

Above: 'Capt' South T. Lynn at The Kennedy Farmhouse.  A long time friend, Harold Keshishian, and South purchased the Kennedy Farmhouse with private funds in 1972.

The following article was coped from "The Kennedy Farmhouse" website.  This is the 119th in a series of articles about the historic and architectural treasure of Washington County, Maryland.


 "It's the best kept secret in the state!" declares South Lynn as he gazes toward the small log house perched on high stone foundations, and he launches into the story of the old place. This rustic cottage is a National Historic Landmark, one of only two in the county. Lynn's love affair with the little house began in 1965 when he saw a story in the Washington Star headlined: John Brown Hideout for Sale with a photograph of the place and a Hagerstown dateline. In 1859 Abolitionist John Brown had come into this area with a plan to start an insurrection of slaves. He searched for a private piece of property where he could work without being noticed by neighbors. Dr. Robert F. Kennedy had purchased a collier's cottage and 194 acres of land from Antietam Iron Works in 1852 as an investment. He had the one story-high stone foundation built and raised the one-room cottage onto them, then added a larger, two-story wing to the northeast. Kennedy died seven years later, and his farm was empty. Brown, calling himself Isaac Smith, rented the place for $35 in gold from the trustee of Kennedy's estate and lived there while he gathered troops and organized his abortive raid on Harpers Ferry. His 16-year-old daughter Annie and his 17 year old daughter-in-law Martha served as cooks and housekeepers for this Provisional Army which grew to number 21 soldiers, including Brown's sons Owen, Watson, and Oliver.

The farm passed through many owners and was altered extensively over the years. In 1950 it was purchased by the National Negro Elks when Leonard Curlin, a Hagerstown Elk persuaded the Tri-State Elks Lodge to buy it. The Elks had hoped to restore the house and make it a museum and shrine for Brown, who, Curlin said, "struck the first blow for my people." Funds were slow in coming, and the Elks could no longer maintain the property. They had placed the farm on the market when Lynn saw the story in the paper. When he went to see the house, he was overwhelmed even though it was in very bad shape. Meanwhile Bonnard Morgan purchased the farm for resale in 1966. In 1972, Lynn leased the house for a year. He took this time to do research in the Maryland and National Archives to make certain that this place really was what people said it was: the house that John Brown rented before the raid on Harper's Ferry. At the end of the lease Lynn convinced three friends to join him and buy the house with about 2 acres for $40,000.

            It has really been Lynn's project since then. He has courted politicians, lobbied the Maryland Historical Trust for funds, written grant applications and applied his considerable charms to get restoration specialists to help. A. W. Franzen, a noted restoration architect working for the National Park Service, prepared a report describing the 1859 building and its proposed restoration. In the end, the Department of the Interior funded about half the cost of restoration. Louis Goldstein, Comptroller of the State, got behind the project and allowed the Bureau of Public Works to fund much of the rest.