History of the House of Line
Lines, Lyne(s), Lynn(e), Linn(e), Lind, Lenn(a), Lenne, Lennie, Lenny, Lyon(s), etc.
Johnathan Andrew Line
31230 Country Way, Farmington Hills, MI 48331 (C) 1997
The House of Line (with various spellings including: Lyne, Linn, Lynne, Lynn, Lenn, Leyn, Lines, Lynes, Lyn, Lind, Linde, Lenna, Lyon(s), Lion(s), etc.) has had many varying spellings and stories of its origins that have pointed to many differing countries as being the place of origin of the surname Line. Some of those countries are, for example, Great Britain (either England, Scotland, or Ireland), Germany, Sweden/Norway, Switzerland, and France. Additionally, the varying spellings came about as a result of human cultural differences, is-understanding, lack of education, or illiteracy, which abounded especially in the ancient times of Scotland. Many names were written as phonetically heard or thought out. As a result, I undertook to figure out where the name originated from and compare the various stories to see which ones were the most accurate. Here's what I found:
Meanings of the Line (and various spellings) Surnames
The most reliable sources of information place the earliest origins of the surname of Line (and various spellings) in the Gaelic/Celtic Breton (Brittonic)/Scots languages of the peoples of Scotland. When surnames became the norm in Scotland around 1100 AD, surnames were adopted from varying sources, for example, a person's father (Mac/Mc/M' means "son of.." like MacDonald, McLellan, M'Kie, etc.), a position or job function (Stewart from High Steward of Scotland, Smith from Blacksmithing (which was a very esteemed job), Hunter, Walker, etc.), a location like a district/town or country (Perth, Wallace ("man from Wales"), Hamilton (a place in Normandy, France), Harris, Lewis, etc.), or a location near a land mark (Linne or Linn from Gaelic/Scots for "pool or channel," Kirk from Scots "church," Blair from Gaelic "battle," etc.), and,lastly, physical characteristics (Brown, Black, White, Strong, Armstrong, Little, etc.). (Sources: The Old Scots Surnames, Lang Syne Publishers, Glasgow, Scotland, 1994; The Scottish Clan and Family Encyclopedia, by George Way and Romilly Squire, Harper Collins Publishers, Edinburgh, 1994)
Based on its Gaelic/Celtic Breton/Scots origins, the surname of Line is actually and correctly pronounced as we would pronounce the name, "Lynn." Linne is pronounced the same way and means “pool,” as noted above, and also came to reference “a waterfall,” as in the famous Linn of Dee near Braemar, due to its mixing with the Old English word “hlynn,” which means “torrent.” In addition, it means “an inlet of the sea” or “channel,” as in Loch Linnhe or Firth of Clyde, which are Linne Linnhe and Linne Chluaidh in the Gaelic, or as in the many mountain rivers in Scotland called “linns,” as in the Linn of Tummel. Additionally, “Dupplin near Perth is dubh linne-‘dark pool,’ a description to be found also in Dublin.” Lastly, it sometimes means “a ravine or precipice.” (Sources: Collins Gem: Scots Dictionary, Harper Collins Publishers, 1995, p. 140; Teach Yourself Gaelic by Boyd Robertson and Iain Taylor, Teach Your Self Books, 1993; Scotland’s Place-Names by David Dorward, The Mercat Press, Edinburgh, Scotland, 1995, p. 89-90)
Line also has roots to Celtic Breton (Brittonic) in the word, “Llyn,” which means “lake.” “Linlithgow is probably llyn llaith cau - ‘wet hollow lake.’ Lindores in Fife is llyn dwr - ‘water lake’-with an English plural, while Lincluden is the pool on the river Cluden. (Cluden is a pre-Celtic water word, unexplained but having an obvious affinity with Clyde). Linwood explains itself.” (Source: Scotland’s Place-Names by David Dorward, The Mercat Press, Edinburgh, Scotland, 1995, p. 89-90)
Another interesting point is the connection of Line to its alternate spellings of Lyon(s) and Lenn(a). Lyon and Lenn appear to have roots to the Gaelic word, “leven,” which gives us the River/Glen Lyon or “flood glen” and the District of Lennox and Loch/River Leven, which means “flood lake.” (Source: Scotland’s Place-Names by David Dorward, The Mercat Press, Edinburgh, Scotland, 1995, p. 89) The connection to “pool, waterfall, torrent, channel, etc.” are unmistakable and very interesting in identifying why certain variations of the surname Line appear. Additionally, the name Lyon(s) or Lion(s) could also come about by English-speaking peoples in Scotland (Normans and Angles/Saxons from England) who heard the name incorrectly in conversation and during the writing of contracts or other legal/ economic/religious documents.
Line also has connections to the rivers of Southern Scotland called the Black Lyne, White Lyne, and Lyne Water. The Black and White Lyne Rivers come from the main Lyne River which intersects the River Esk just before emptying into the Solway Firth, North of Carlisle, England, at the Borders between Scotland and England. Additionally, the Lyne Water is a tributary of the larger River Tweed which runs through the whole of Southeast Scotland. The Lyne Water begins just West of Peebles, Scotland where a town named Lyne (named from the family who founded the manor there (the Lairds of Locherwood)) resides near the mouth of the Lyne Water. The reasons for why these rivers were called Lyne, in this form, is not clear or been found during my research as yet. I’ll get back to you on that!
I additionally must mention that Line (various spellings) may well have origins in Ireland as well. Two areas of Ireland have records of O'Lyne and Lynn/Line being a family in the west of Ireland and in Ulster (Northern Ireland). This is not a surprise since Ireland and Scotland share a very similar language, and, in some ways, Gaelic culture common from the times the Scots came to Scotland in the 400's AD and created the Kingdom of Dalriada in the Western Isles to the Western Borders of Pictland (North and East Ancient Scotland) and the Northern Boundaries of the Kingdom of Strathclyde (Southwest Scotland to the northern banks of Loch Lomond) where a similar Celtic language to Gaelic existed in the previously mentioned Celtic Breton (Brittonic), which they shared with Wales and Western England. This location of Strathclyde in Scotland is where I have come to believe that Line has its earliest origins. Ireland is a very possible origin as well, but more early information is available on Scotland than Ireland that I have found thus far.
In addition to the large amount of Scottish information, I have also found some other less complete or limited explanations of the name Line which offer other potential origins of the name, but they are not nearly as available or credible as the Scottish information. I bring these up because I have seen these sources used before by people for the name Line and I just can't agree with them completely or at all. This being said, however, does not mean that they are not possible alternatives for some people of the name Line. One source had a small amount on Line, Lines, Lynes that stated that these surnames come from the place names of either, Luynes in Normandy, France, or Ligne in Belgium. The same sources suggested that Lenney (similar to Lenn/Lenna) came from Lennai in Normandy, France and Lind came from Lynde in Flanders. (Source: British Family Names, by Rev. Henry Barber, Elliot Stock Publishers, London, 1968, pp. 185-186) Leon is also a place name in France. Another source stated that Line, Lyne comes from a local common name meaning 'at the lane' claiming it might be a dialectic form of lane (very hard to believe! since Lane is its own distinct name and does not sound at all like line). Lind, Lynde, Lynd is said to be from 'at the lind' meaning the linden tree and is the root of many "lynn" type names. In this same source, Lynn is said to come from the location of Lynn in Norfolk County, etc. Lyon, Lyons is said to be from the Bible in reference to 'the Lion of the tribe of Judah' and is common amongst Jewish communities as a result. (Source: A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames, by Charles Bardsley, Genealogical Publishing Co, Baltimore, 1980, p. 484-485) This most recent referenced source is in my opinion a very unreliable source and seems to lack a real in depth study of these names and their origins. The explanations are far too simple and don't take into account how surnames were selected in ancient times. This may have come about as a result of someone trying to find a meaning for the sake of finding one. I personally don't like either of these because they are far too simple and don't provide further sources to investigate their information. The first source may have more credibility than the latter because of the English/Scottish connection to Normandy after William the Conqueror came to Britain from Normandy in 1066 AD.
With all this information, it's my belief that Line is most likely from
Gaelic/Celtic Breton/Scots with possibly some connections to Normandy and
Belgium on the European continent. The other things I've heard about
Germany, Switzerland, Norway, and Dutch are always possible if the name
line was changed from another un-anglicized name such as Lein, etc., but
these are not as common as the Scottish/British types and not as likely
an earliest origin. Additionally, it is even possible that
these names appear to come from these countries because an ancestor came
from there with the name. It is likely that a Scot settled there
with the name after any number of various wars and interactions with its
Nordic and European neighbors. Lynn is said to be Norwegian/Swedish,
but those languages don't have this word in its origin vocabulary from
what I gather. The word "Lynn" there means channel (from the information
that I’ve heard), but you may not know that Scotland invaded Norway (and
vice versa) several times and a Scot or two may have stayed or did stay
on in those countries and injected the Gaelic
word linne into the vocabulary. It is quite possible!
Historical Origins and Facts of the House/Family of Line in Scotland
(And some other possible areas)
Based on my research, the earliest recorded records of the name of Line and its various forms (see above) occurs in three main areas of Scotland in the 12th and 13th centuries, Ayrshire (including nearby Galloway to the South) and Glasgow, Lanarkshire (around Peebles), and Edinburgh to Perth to Aberdeen. The earliest recorded branch has its beginnings in written history in Scotland in the North and East of the Ayrshire District. (Source: Scots Kith and Kin, Harper Collins Publishers, Clan House of Edinburgh, Glasgow, 1989, pp. 25-26) They were located in the royal burgh of Dalry, having property and ownership of the Castle of Lin near the Waterfall of Caaf. Although George Black, who sites this fact, believes this branch became extinct, other evidence indicates that Lyne(s) /Lynn's/etc. are numerous in Ayrshire, Lanarkshire and Perth during and after this period in history. In fact, the House of Boyd Society that exists today, which is one of the major and larger historical clans or families in Scotland that held noble titles and lands, includes the Line(s) families as septs, or junior allied families, and entitles them to benefits of membership in their society based on this relationship. The Boyd family had royal title to much of the lands that the Line(s) families lived on during the 13th to 16th centuries in Northern and Eastern Ayrshire from Largs and Dalry to Kilwinning and Kilmarnock. It is likely, although not proven yet, that the Line(s)/Lynne(s)/etc. would have fought with the Boyds and other large families (Stewarts, Bruces, Cunninghams, etc.) in the famous battles of their day, i.e. Largs, Wallace’s Uprising, etc. Additionally, the Clan Stewart Society (although different members have different opinions) un-officially considers septs of Boyd as septs of Clan Stewart as well. The House of Stewart and House of Boyd are closely related in lineage, history, and today and both consider Line part of their septs due to their location on their lands and service to the families. Various references to the Line family on the Boyd/ Stewart lands of Ayrshire, Renfrewshire and Galloway are noted from the 1100's to the 1600's. (Sources: The Surnames of Scotland, by George F. Black, New York Public Library, Actor, Lenox, and Tilden Foundation, 1946, pp. 446-447)
Another additional example of the family in Ayrshire was found in information related to Clan Cunningham and is specifically noted in historical documents related to land holdings for Clan Cunningham from 1290 AD to 1390 AD. The "Laird of Line in Dalry" is specifically referred to in a Clan Cunningham charter of lands there in 1385 AD. He was to hold the land of "Badlane" or "Baidland" in Dalry as proprietor and provide payment annually to the family. These same lands were mentioned in an inquest on which Wautier de Lynne in 1296 AD was a juror. (Sources: The Surnames of Scotland, by George F. Black, New York Public Library, Actor, Lenox, and Tilden Foundation, 1946, pp. 446-447; The Scots Peerage: Cunningham, Earl of Glencairn, pp. 225-227)
In relation to this time frame in Ayrshire, Wautier de Lynne (previously mentioned) is also noted on the infamous "Ragman Rolls" as doing homage to Edward I of England on his invasion of Scotland in 1296 AD which led to the revolt by William Wallace of Ayrshire (of "Braveheart" fame). All notable and landed men were expected to do this action for Edward to keep their lands, indicating that the Line family was notable in some quarters at this time, and not extinct, as believed by George Black (previously mentioned). (Source: The Surnames of Scotland, by George F. Black, New York Public Library, Actor, Lenox, and Tilden Foundation, 1946, pp. 446 -447)
Other references to Lines in Ayrshire include Andrew Linn who gave “sasine” of lands of Highless to the Laird of Hunterston in 1452 AD, Jhone of Leyn who witnessed a summons to court in 1495 AD, and Elizabeth (Bessie) Lyn, heiress of David Lyn, who is noted in receiving her father's estate in Kilwinning, Ayrshire, Scotland. (Source: The Surnames of Scotland, by George F. Black, New York Public Library, Actor, Lenox, and Tilden Foundation, 1946, pp. 446 -447)
In addition to this branch of Lines, another branch existed that owned large estates and a manor, just west of Peebles, Lanarkshire, Scotland. (Source: The Old Scots Surnames, Lang Syne Publishers, Glasgow, Scotland, 1994) The manor was named Lyne and resides today on the banks of the Lyne Water (a tributary of the Tweed River, noted before in the Origins section of this analysis) under its original owners names of Lyne (see any very detailed road atlas of Scotland to find this town). There are many sources of information on this branch of Lines. This branch was referred to as "Lairds of Locherwood or Locherworth." Many grants of lands and economic transactions are referenced as sources indicating the lead/prominent family members' involvement in Scottish life. Robert (father), David (son) and a second Robert (grandson) are mentioned during the period of 1165 AD to the late 1200's. This family was associated closely to the larger and more powerful Hays of Yester, Marquesses of Tweeddale (related to the main hereditary Clan Hay, Chancellors of Scotland and Earls of Erroll), which was noted in different sources, and even had an unnamed female Lyne (great granddaughter) marry into the Hays which transferred the title of "Laird of Locherworth" to them. (Sources: The Surnames of Scotland, by George F. Black, New York Public Library, Actor, Lenox, and Tilden Foundation, 1946, pp. 446-447; The Scots Peerage: Hay, Marquess of Tweeddale, pp. 417) Additionally, another branch of the Clan Stewart/Stuart owned lands near those of the Lynes which may imply that these Lynes were associated with this family again. Also, a William Lyne was noted as a juror on investigation by Sheriff of Lanark. (Sources: The Surnames of Scotland, by George F. Black, New York Public Library, Actor, Lenox, and Tilden Foundation, 1946, pp. 446-447)
A third large branch or grouping of Lines are noted in the areas of Perthshire, Glasgow, and Edinburgh, Scotland, as well as into the Northeast to Arbroath, Dundee, and Aberdeen. These references cover the period of 1240 AD to as late as 1720 AD. In Perthshire and near Glasgow (Renfrewshire), many land charters and other transactions are noted siting Line spelling variations of Len, Lyn, Lenn, Lene, and Lenna. For example, Martin de Lena, William de Len/Lyn, William de Lenn, Johannes de Lena, Simon de Lenna, John de Lenna, Adam de Lyn, Malcolm of Lyn are all mentioned in relation to charters, witnesses of gifts, or delivering official accounts of the Provost of Perth at Dundee. (Sources: The Surnames of Scotland, by George F. Black, New York Public Library, Actor, Lenox, and Tilden Foundation, 1946, pp. 446-447) In addition to these people, others held high positions of prominence and responsibility in Scotland during this time. For example, Thomas of Lyne is noted as Burgess of Perth in 1421 AD, Philip de Lyn was a land-owner in Arbroath ("Laird") noted in 1438 AD, Patrick Lin/de Lyn was the Burgess of Edinburgh noted in 1468 AD, James Lyne was Prebendary of Abirlade noted in 1524 AD, John Line was the Trade Burgess of Aberdeen noted in 1656 AD, James Line was Fermourer in Kirknewtowne noted in 1680 AD, and James Len was the Deacon of the Hammermen of Edinburgh noted in 1720 AD. (Sources: The Surnames of Scotland, by George F. Black, New York Public Library, Actor, Lenox, and Tilden Foundation, 1946, pp. 446-447) These positions indicate that these men were well connected and possessed some tremendous abilities and/or wealth and notability with the local nobility to be able to attain such positions. The family of Line was well founded in these areas of Scotland as well. The larger families that these Lines were probably connected to or allied to were the Buchanans, the Hays, the Farquarsons (Lyons), and the Stewarts of the Perthshire and Edinburgh areas.
The last note to make is that another branch of Lines by the name of Lynes or Lynn possessed the property of Castle Inch, near Wigtownshire in the Galloway District, Scotland. This area is located in the Southwest of Scotland near the large lands of the M'Kie's and the Stewarts of Galloway. This reference was noted as occurring in the 1600's. (Sources: The Surnames of Scotland, by George F. Black, New York Public Library, Actor, Lenox, and Tilden Foundation, 1946, pp. 446-447)
All of this information indicates the family was widely dispersed. However, their connection to one another is yet unknown and may remain that way without further research and evidence. This is not a disappointment for me since the information I have gathered has helped me to understand where our Line family comes from and its relationships to other Scottish families in Scottish history. The Line family also had many unnamed members who remain in obscurity but are not unimportant to us. Many Lines were farmers, smiths, workers, soldiers, etc. and the large number of those people mentioned above tells us that there are many more that we don't yet know about. For a smaller, lesser known family in Scottish history, we do quite well in the historical record. I hope that one day we too will join the many other smaller Scottish families mentioned and included in Scottish historical references by various scholars of Scottish Clan and Family History. Perhaps, too, all the other modern day Scots in the Clan/Family Societies of Stewart/Stuart, Cunningham, Hay, Buchanan, and Farquarson (Lyon) would realize the connection of the Line (Lin(n)e(s)/ Lynn(e)(s)/ Lyon(s)/ Lion(s)/ Lenn(a)/ Lind(e)/ etc.) family to their history in a greater way and include the Lines as one of their septs as the Clan Boyd (and some Stewarts) and the Lyon Families have done. So with that, “In te Domine speravi!!!!” (In You, O Lord, have I put my trust!!!!) and “Confido!” (I trust!) Note: The first motto is taken from Clan Lyon that I have adopted for use by our House of Line Family. May His blessings be yours! The second is the motto of Clan Boyd.
An Interesting Ancient Reference to a Line in the Greatest of Honors in
As a last note of information, I just recently came across my first ancient literary reference to a Lin/Line in a story called a ballad entitled, "The Ballad of Tam Lin." This was found in the Scottish Historical and Genealogical bi-monthly magazine, The Highlander, for the January/February, 1998 printing. Ballads have been the greatest honor or dishonor (depending on which side of the story you are on) that can be paid to a Scot from the most ancient of times. Every clan or family had a bard who would chant or sing the ballads of the heroes/villains of that clan for various feats of skill, victories, popularity, charisma, loves, mysteries, crimes, etc. This musical poem would then become part of the oral tradition of the clan or family, the region, or maybe the whole of Scotland, thereby, capturing that person in history for as long as the ballad was sung and passed on, generation to generation. Tam Lin appears to be one of those people who became part of the mythos of Scotland.
This ballad is described as “ancient” in the 1549 AD book, The Complaynt of Scotland, and was popular amongst ancient shepards in Scotland. In the story, a girl named Janet (ancient name for Scotland, 12th century) meets and rescues the man, Tam Lin, from capture by the Fairy Queen. The author of this article, Douglas MacGowan, states, “The story could easily stand alone as a folktale - rich as it is in imagery and Scottish folk beliefs.” (Source: “The Ballad of Tam Lin,” The Highlander, Angus Ray Associates, Kansas City, MO, Jan/Feb, 1998,pp. 54-55) She meets Tam near a place called Carterhaugh, which she was forbidden to go see due to the enchantments on it. They spent the day and evening together and soon she finds she is pregnant. Her father asks who the father is and she describes Tam as “not, in fact, ‘an earthly knight, but he is an Elfin Gray.’” (Source: “The Ballad of Tam Lin,” The Highlander, Angus Ray Associates, Kansas City, MO, Jan/Feb, 1998, pp. 54-55) She goes again to find Tam and she does at Carterhaugh. He tells her that he was the grandson of the Laird of Roxburgh and lived on his grandfather’s lands in peace until one day while riding he fell from his horse and was kidnapped by the Fairy Queen. He is afraid he will be the next sacrifice to the devil by the fairies and Janet seeks to save him. Tam tells her that she must de-horse and hold on to him on Halloween when he will have to ride with the fairies on horseback near Miles Cross. Janet is able to do so in spite of the Fairy Queen’s attempts to scare her away. She then must and does carry him to a well where she throws him in and covers him with her green mantel, thereby breaking the spell and saving Tam Lin.
This ballad continuously shows elements of Scottish culture and the emphasis on the para-normal spiritual world and beliefs of their lives. MacGowan points out that this particular ballad has had printed nine versions in a late 19th century book on English and Scottish ballads by Harvard professor Francis James Child. Child stated that, “’this fine ballad stands by itself and is not … found in possession of any people but the Scottish.” (Source: “The Ballad of Tam Lin,” The Highlander, Angus Ray Associates, Kansas City, MO, Jan/Feb, 1998, pp. 54-55) What is also interesting is that the story is very similar in every version (with minor Scottish regional cultural differences made to them), with the exception of Tam Lin’s genealogy. Instead of being the grandson of the Laird of Roxburgh, the other versions state he is the grandson of the Laird of Foulis, the Earl of Forbes, or Earl of Murray, which indicates that the original Tam might have had some sort of noble blood in him. Also, Janet’s namediffers from version to version at times as Margaret and she is sent out by a relative to Carterhaugh. Additionally, Tam Lin’s name “variously appears as Tam Lin, Tom Line, Tomlin, Thomas, and Tam-a-line,” which I thought was telling of how our name was heard, spelled, and read in ancient Scotland. (Source: “The Ballad of Tam Lin,” The Highlander, Angus Ray Associates, Kansas City, MO, Jan/Feb, 1998, pp. 54-55) Carterhaugh is believed to be a name given to a place in Selkirkshire where the Ettrick and Yarrow Rivers meet, or a place at Carter Bar in the Cheviot Hills on the English/Scottish border, and Miles Cross is believed to be placed at St. Mary’s Loch at Bowhill or another similar location. Several well-known Scottish writers wrote their own versions of the ballad as well, such as Robert Burns, printed in the 1796 AD fifth volume of Johnson’s The Scots Musical Museum, and Sir Walter Scott in his Minstrelsy of the Scottish Border. (Source: “The Ballad of Tam Lin,” The Highlander, Angus Ray Associates, Kansas City, MO, Jan/Feb, 1998, pp. 54-55) Even modern musicians and writers have songs or stories based on this ballad.
A Few Finishing Thoughts
In summary, it appears that the name Line has deep roots in the ancient
culture of Scotland and gives us a good sense of
our surnames’ link to the Scottish cultural landscape. I am very excited about this and want to thank Mr. Douglas
MacGowan and The Highlander staff for bringing “The Ballad of Tam Lin” to us. What is also fascinating to me is that
with so many bits of information out there, I have not yet found one book or source related to a thorough history of the
Line(s) (and various spellings) surnames. I hope to change that some day with the help of God and many of you. I will continue to add to this history as I continue my research and would ask that anyone with information contact me at my
address: Johnathan Line, 31230 Country Way, Farmington Hills, MI 48331. Thank you and “Slainte mhor agus
sithe!” (Good health and peace to you!) Jline@E-mail.com
A newly designed web site for the Lynn/Linn Lineage Quarterly newsletter is located at:
This publication, devoted to ancestral families with the Lynn/Linn surname,
has been described as a treasure chest of
Lynn/Linn information. If that is true, then the indices are the key. If you are among those who have not used the indices, please do yourself and your research a favor and take a look at them. First, however, it is suggested you read the Tips for Searches linked from the Indices page. This will give you information about ways to make searches for the names and locations of your interest. The index for Volume XIII - 1999, is available at this site.
Phyllis J. Bauer, Editor
Lynn/Linn Lineage Quarterly
To All the LYNNs out there!!!!!!
We will be having our JACOB JOSEPH LYNN Reunion June 16 - 17 -18 -2000
WE INVITE ALL OF YOU
It will be held at the Stevens County, Oklahoma Fair Building at Duncan,
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Recommended motels include:
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The building will be open at 12 noon, June 16. Refreshments- Coffee,
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The reunion will start at 8 a.m. June 17. Open dish dinner will be at
12:30. The reunion fund will provide one meat.
An auction to replenish the fund will take place immediately after lunch
bring your "treasures" for the Auction).
Open dish dinner also on Sunday, June 18, but without the auction.
Winford Lynn, Jr., Rt. 5, Box 492, Duncan,
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George Lynn, 600 E Willow, Duncan, OK 73533; 580-255-7256.
Winford and George Lynn in charge
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Check out the webpage!
Charles Linn, 1814-1882. The
following information is from the brass plaque
on the north side of the mausoleum. "Son of a Swedish ironmaster, Linn built
Birmingham's first industry, Birmingham Car & foundry Co. (Linn Iron Works);
the first bank, The National Bank of Birmingham; and the city's first park,
called Linn Park. When the population was less than 4000, Linn prophesied:
'Bury me on the high promontory overlooking the city of Birmingham, in which
you men profess to have little faith; so that I may walk out on Judgment Day
and view the greatest industrial city in the entire South.'" The plaque was
placed by the Linn-Henley Charitable Trust, established by Walter E. Henley
(1877-1961) for the citizens of Jefferson County.
For more data see this web site: