Biography of John Lynn
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Lynn, John, was born in Brockport, N. Y., April 17, 1827. When six years of age his father died and he came to Dundee to live with his uncle Elisha, where he remained until sixteen years old. He then learned the machinist's trade, serving four years with John E. Bliven, of Dundee. He then came to Penn Yan and worked for E. B. Jones & Co., until 1858. In 1850 he married Susan A. Southerland, by whom he had six children. Two are living, Fred H. and Jennie, wife of Charles W. Smith, of Rochester. Fred H. was born December 25, 1857, and married Alice Hutcher, of Penn Yan, by whom he has had two children, Bessie and Maithy S. He has been foreman of the Commercial Iron Works since 1885. In the fall of 1858 John Lynn went to Seneca Falls, taking charge of the pump department of Silsby & Co., for nine years. In 1865 his wife died, leaving four children. In 1866 he married Sarah E., a sister of his former wife. By her he has had three children, one of whom is living, Mamie, wife of William Webbie, of Penn Yan. In 1868 the subject of our sketch went. to Pomeroy, Ohio, to take charge of a large manufacturing establishment, but on account of ill health was obliged to return to Penn Yan in 1871, and worked for Whitaker & Brian until the fall of 1872, when he assisted in organizing the Commercial Iron Works, of which he has been superintendent since. William Sutherland, son of John, was born in New Jersey November, 27, 1812, and came to Benton when three years of age. He married Roxanna Henry, of Geneva, and had eight children. He settled in Penn Yan in 1830 and carried on shoemaking until 1888, residing at the present time with his daughter, Mrs. J. Lynn.

From:
History of Yates County, N. Y.
with illustrations and biographical sketches
of some of its prominent men and pioneers.
Edited by: Lewis Cass Aldrich
D. Mason & Co., Publishers
Syracuse, N. Y. 1892


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