1941 letter, Sligo to Port Jefferson, NY

1941 letter, Sligo to Port Jefferson, NY1

In 1941, Mrs Martin Lynch of Port Jefferson, Long Island, received a letter from the town of Sligo, County Sligo, Ireland. Can we identify Mrs Lynch, and can this envelope help us find her county of origin in Ireland?

In 1940, Mrs Anna Lynch, a widow, was living in Belle Terre, Port Jefferson, NY. She was 66 and had been born in Ireland. She and her husband Martin had been in the same town since at least 1925. Before that they had lived in Poughkeepsie, New York. In fact I found Martin there in 1880 with his parents and four siblings. The parents had been born in Ireland, but Martin, his brother, and sisters were all born in New York.2

Anna and Martin had three children that appear on the censuses: Thomas, Phillip, and Catherine. Anna died on February 15, 1966.3

I didn't find the record of Martin's death.

Unlike the other articles in this postal cover series, I wasn't able to figure out where in Ireland either Anna or Martin Lynch was from. There just weren't enough records available to me. Ancestry.com may have their Social Security applications, which should list their place of birth and parents's names. Their marriage record (probably in Poughkeepsie) or their death records (probably Port Jefferson) might be available from the government agency holding them. These might tell their parents' names as well.

©Ed Hamilton
February 2, 2018


^1. The image of the envelope to Mrs. Felix Tarsney is used by permission of the Jim Forte Postal History site and can be found on this page of the site, unless it has been sold. I am not connected with the site.

^2. United States and New York State Censuses of Poughkeepsie, NY and Port Jefferson, NY.

^3. United States Social Security Death Index.

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