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Quick Fact Friday 2020-03-06
Posted on Mar 8th, 2020

The Lynch family also owned property on the Wando River in Christ Church Parishin what would become Mount Pleasant. Elizabeth married Thomas Lynch on May 14, 1772, and settled at Peach Tree Plantation about four miles south of Hopsewee, a gift from his father, who by this time had become a fervent revolutionary. Lynch Jr. devoted himself to cultivating the plantation and took part in the public discussions of colonial grievances.
In 1775, Thomas Lynch, Jr. was appointed captain in the South Carolina regiment of provincial regulars. During this regiment's first march to Charleston, Lynch Jr. was struck by a disease that nearly killed him. Tragically, this illness left the young, brilliant Lynch in a debilitated state until his death. Late in 1779, after two more years of illness, Thomas and Elizabeth Lynch boarded a ship bound for the West Indies, hoping a change in climate would improve his health, intending to sail from there to the south of France. They never made it to the West Indies; the vessel on which they sailed from Charleston was never heard from again after being sighted four days out of port. They had no children further providing finality to the tragic love story of Thomas and Elizabeth Lynch.
For more information: Town website and Women's History Blog website
The Town of Mount Pleasant Historical Commission releases Quick Fact Fridays about the history of Mount Pleasant and about the Commission, its programs and activities. Historical facts are drawn largely from the Our History section of the Town's website and the Commission's own Mount Pleasant Historical website and app. Follow their links by clicking on the images below to discover what makes Mount Pleasant such a distinctive historical place!  To receive Quick Fact Friday messages click here to subscribe. Email us at kdolan@tompsc.com if you're interested in learning more about a particular Mount Pleasant history topic!
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