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    The Handwritten Will of One of the Rarest of All Declaration Signers

    Declaration Signer Thomas Lynch Jr. (and Sr.) Holographic Wills. Autograph Documents, ten pages total, folio. Thomas Lynch, Jr. (1749-1779), was a signer of the United States Declaration of Independence as a representative of South Carolina.

    He was born in Winyah, Prince George's County, South Carolina, the son of Thomas Lynch. He was schooled at the Indigo Society School in Georgetown before being sent to England, where he studied at Eton College and at Gonville & Caius College, Cambridge. He studied law in London, returning to America in 1772. He became a company commander in the 1st South Carolina regiment in 1775 and was elected to the Continental Congress, joining his father, Thomas Lynch, Sr., as a member of the South Carolina congressional delegation. It is thought that he was sent to Philadelphia to take care of his father who had suffered a stroke in January. In 1775, Captain Thomas Lynch, Jr. had contracted bilious fever while serving in North Carolina, and, although still ill himself, made the trip from South Carolina to Philadelphia to serve his father, his colony, and his country in the midst of the American Revolution. He attended meetings through the summer, voting for and signing the Declaration of Independence. Of the 56 Signers, only fellow South Carolinian Edward Rutledge was younger than Thomas Lynch, Jr., just three months younger. Both were 27-years-old. Thomas Lynch, Sr, was too ill to attend either the voting or the signing. By the end of the year, neither Lynch was well enough to remain in Philadelphia and they began their trip home. Lynch, Sr. suffered a stroke en route and died in Annapolis, Maryland. Lynch, Jr., did not seek reelection and retired to his home in South Carolina. Late in 1779, he and his wife embarked on a voyage to the south of France in an attempt to regain his health. They first sailed for St. Eustatius in the West


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