Editor’s Note: As with most of the other families, a Canavan ancestor looms large for the John & Patrice Lynch Family. This is their family tree taken from the Descendants of Anthony Canavan and Descendants of Margaret Elizabeth Canavan.

Margaret Elizabeth Canavan was one of four daughters of Anthony Canavan, Sr. and Ann Hughes. In addition, seven sons survived to adulthood. It was Margaret Canavan that created the connection from the Canavan, Casey and Lynch families to the Meyer families. Margaret was born on Thursday, December 18, 1862, in Sumner Township, IL. She died in March 1938 at the age of 75 and is buried in nearby Manteno, IL. At the age of 36, Margaret had married John Dominic Casey on Wednesday, January 11, 1899, in Holy Name Cathedral Catholic Church in Chicago. He was 34 at the time and the son of Thomas Patrick Casey and Catherine Bern. This John Dominic Casey had been born on Thursday, August 4, 1864 and reached 50 years of age when he died in 1915. John and Margaret Canavan Casey had two children. Mary Catherine Casey, known as Catherine, was born on Tuesday, May 22, 1900, in Chicago. Mary Catherine died on August 9, 1982, at the age of 82. Her namesake brother John Dominic Casey was born in Chicago on February 15, 1907 and died on April 16, 1989, at the age of 82.

At the age of 18, Mary Catherine Casey married Patrick Columbus Lynch on Wednesday, April 23, 1919, in St. Thomas Acquinas Church in Chicago, when he was 25 years old. Patrick Columbus Lynch was born on Thursday, July 13, 1893 and died in 1962. He was the son of Patrick Lynch, Sr. and Ellen Gibbons. Catherine and Pat Lynch had three children: Francis (Frank) Lynch, John (Jack) Lynch and Patricia (Patsy) Lynch.

Pat and Catherine Casey Lynch’s son John Lynch, Sr. was born on Saturday, August 12, 1922. At the age of 28, John married Roberta Wyman on Saturday, June 23, 1951, when she was 24 years old. Roberta (known as Bobby Gay) Wyman was born on Thursday, July 1, 1926. She was the daughter of Austin Lowell Wyman Sr. and Helen Dorothy ( Dorothy ) Smock. Roberta reached 78 years of age and died on May 11, 2005.

After her death, John married Lorraine McSherry in 2006. John died shortly thereafter in Cary, Illinois on November 10, 2009, at the age of 87. He was buried in Windridge Cemetery in Cary.

John and Roberta Lynch had seven children: Roberta (Robbie), John, Jr., Mary (Cathy), Elizabeth (Beth), Patrick (Casey), Margaret (Meg) and Emily.

John Lynch, Jr. was born on Wednesday, July 15, 1953. At the age of 21, John married Patrice Brunory on Saturday, August 10, 1974, when she was also 21. Patrice Brunory was born on Thursday, January 15, 1953.

John and Patrice Lynch have three children: Michael, Kevin and Emily Lynch.

Michael Lynch was born on June 5, 1982 and is married to Lindsey Cragg. Michael and Lindsey have a daughter, Stella, born in 2012, and a son, Liam, born in 2016.

Kevin Lynch was born on March 5, 1984.

Emily Lynch was born on February 7, 1988 and is married to Peter Truskey. Emily and Peter Truskey have a son, Leo.