Friday, September 5, 2014

Event Reminder: Memorial Ceremony for Lynn Cemetery on HS Site

As mentioned in my earlier post, the Prince William County Public Schools will conduct a memorial/rededication service for the graves discovered at the 12th high school construction site at 10:00 AM on Saturday, September 6th, 2014. The public is invited to attend.  Since the graves are located on an active construction site and parking is a concern, PWCS requires that all attendees meet before 9:45 AM at the Edward Kelly Leadership Center 14715 Bristow Road, Manassas, VA 20112. Bus transportation will be provided from there to the ceremony site. Please do not drive to the high school site or enter the Independence Drive community to attend this ceremony.

I have been asked to be one of the speakers at the memorial service and am honored to do so.  Without engraved headstones or conclusive DNA results, it is doubtful posterity will ever be 100% certain who was buried in this small family cemetery; however, circumstantial evidence pieced together from land records, taxes, periodicals, and death records all point toward William and Cordelia Lynn and their children.  Through diligent research by the staff and volunteers at RELIC and aided by the findings of Thunderbird Archaeology, the eleven graves may be identified as the following members of William and Cordelia's family:
  • William Lynn, 1818-1862
  • Cordelia Lynn, ca. 1824-1899
  • John Henry Lynn, ca. 1840-1884
  • Robert Lynn, ca. 1842-1870
  • Lewellen Lynn, ca, 1844-1882
  • Wallace Lynn, ca. 1845- between 1860-1870
  • Ann Lynn, ca. 1851-1872
  • Sophia Lynn, ca. 1852-1862
  • Lucy Lynn, 1855-between 1870-1873
  • Seymour Lynn, 1858-1877
  • Mary Mildred Lynn, 1860-1877
I have to admit that I am not an especially good public speaker.  I'm much more comfortable behind a keyboard!  But I am looking forward to the opportunity to speak aloud the names of my LYNN ancestors -- especially great-grandfather John Henry and his parents William and Cordelia - who I believe to have been buried in the small 19th century cemetery on the 12th High School construction site.

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