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Elizabeth Palmer Lynch

(1833-1918)

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At a Glance

Virginia Epes, granddaughter of Burwell student Elizabeth Palmer Lynch, recalls that her grandmother told her that on rainy mornings Rev. Burwell would always require excuses for absences. If a girl said she could not attend classes because of the rain or inclement weather, he would reply,  "Well young ladies, you are neither sugar or salt. You won't melt!" [1]

Story

Elizabeth Palmer Lynch was born June 26,1833 in Hillsborough, NC and was the daughter of silversmith, Lemuel Lynch and his wife Margaret Palmer, daughter of William Palmer and Elizabeth Clancy.

Lizzie Lynch attended the Burwell School in the mid to late 1840s. Her granddaughter, Virginia Epes, recalls that her grandmother told her that on rainy mornings Rev. Burwell would always require excuses for absences. If a girl said she could not attend classes because of the rain or inclement weather, he would reply,  "Well young ladies, you are neither sugar or salt. You won't melt!"

Lizzie Lynch married Calvin E. Parish in Marion, AL, at the home of relatives on March 16, 1859. She was twenty-five years old. Her husband, affectionately known as  "Squire Parish"  was an attorney in Hillsborough, NC and later became a member of the N.C. State Legislature.

The Parishes spent the first few years of their married life in the tiny 'saltbox' house, now razed, which once stood near the Gattis Well House in Hillsborough, NC and Masonic Hall in Hillsborough, NC. Later, they built a house at the northwest corner of Wake and King streets.

The Parishes had four daughters and two sons: Ida Parish who married A.J. Wooton; Harry Lynch Parish; Margaret Parish who married Samuel Mallett Gattis; Agnes Parish who married V.L. Epes; Elizabeth Clancy Parish and Calvin R. Parish.

Virginia Epes described her grandmother, Elizabeth Palmer Lynch, as:

"a faithful and devoted member of the Presbyterian Church of Hillsborough, always interested in the affairs of the Eagle Lodge (of which her husband, Calvin E. Parish, was at one time grand master), an ardent gardener, a great reader, and a most devoted daughter, mother, and grandmother."

Elizabeth Palmer Lynch died in Richmond, VA, at the home of her daughter, Agnes Parish on December 13, 1918. She is buried in the Parish-Lynch plot in the Hillsborough Townl Cemetery in Hillsborough, NC along with three of her daughters, Ida Parish, Margaret Parish, Elizabeth Clancy Parish; and her two sons, Harry Lynch Parish and Calvin R. Parish [1].

Biographical Data

Elizabeth was called Lizzie.

Important Dates

Elizabeth Palmer Lynch was born on June 26, 1833, in Hillsborough, NC. She died on December 13, 1918, and was buried in Hillsborough Townl Cemetery in Hillsborough, NC. Elizabeth Palmer Lynch died in Richmond, VA, at the home of her daughter, Agnes Parish on December 13, 1918. She is buried in the Parish-Lynch plot in the Hillsborough Townl Cemetery in Hillsborough, NC along with three of her daughters, Ida Parish, Margaret Parish, Elizabeth Clancy Parish; and her two sons, Harry Lynch Parish and Calvin R. Parish [1].

Places of Residence

  • Hillsborough, NC, from June 26, 1833. The Parishes spent the first few years of their married life in the tiny 'saltbox' house, now razed, which once stood near the Gattis Well House and Masonic Hall. Later, they built a house at the northwest corner of Wake and King streets [1].
  • Richmond, VA, until December 13, 1918 [1].

Relatives

References

  1. Mary Claire Engstrom. The Book of Burwell Students: Lives of Educated Women in the Antebellum South. (Hillsborough: Hillsborough Historic Commission, 2007).