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LYNCH, JAMES (?–ca. 1836). James Lynch, one of Stephen F. Austin's Old Three Hundred colonists, was in Texas before April 20, 1824, when he voted for the Baron de Bastrop as colonial deputy to the state convention of Coahuila and Texas. Lynch received title to a sitio now in Washington County on July 16, 1824. The census of March 1826 listed him as a farmer and stock raiser, aged between sixteen and twenty-five. His household at that time included his wife, Anna, and a young son. Lynch ran for the office of síndico procurador in 1835. Apparently he died sometime in 1836 or early in 1837, for H. Ward was appointed in 1837 as a commissioner in the partitioning of land in Washington County belonging to the heirs of James Lynch.


Eugene C. Barker, ed., The Austin Papers (3 vols., Washington: GPO, 1924–28). E. L. Blair, Early History of Grimes County (Austin, 1930). Lester G. Bugbee, "The Old Three Hundred: A List of Settlers in Austin's First Colony," Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association 1 (October 1897). Worth Stickley Ray, Austin Colony Pioneers (Austin: Jenkins, 1949; 2d ed., Austin: Pemberton, 1970). Texas Sentinel, September 9, 1841.


The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this article.

"LYNCH, JAMES," Handbook of Texas Online (, accessed November 27, 2015. Uploaded on June 15, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.