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    Lynn Store Rediscovered
    Bill Dunn ~ November 2005

    When Vurl Hammond bequeathed Hammond House to the association (Netherland Inn/Exchange Place Association) in 1996, several adjoining properties were included. One of these, was the building at the northeast corner of Netherland Inn Road and Shirley Street that had a rental apartment over a garage. Thanks to some research by Evelyn Helton, we rediscovered the historical importance of the garage. The hand molded brick walls, beamed ceilings and old window frames of the garage formed the Lynn Store.

    John Lynn Sr. with his partners, John and James O'Brien built the old brick store in 1815. The old account books used at this store disclose the importance of the Lynns as leading merchants in East Tennessee. Their general store stocked every kind of merchandise needed in the Farmer's and resident's homes in the small towns of East Tennessee. The store sold boots. shoes, harnesses and saddles, plows. farm tools, woodsmen tools and hardware and a wide variety of household items. The Lynn Store operated here until well into the twentieth century.

    John Lynn Sr. (1769-1839) igured prominently in the development of Christianville (Kingsport). He and his wife Martha Fleming Lynn (died 1824) were married in Ireland in 1793 and lived in Antrim where their first three children were born. John was implicated in the Rebellion of 1798, and was ordered to leave Ireland. He sailed immediately, leaving his family in Ireland, and landed in Virginia where he lived and worked for two years before earning enough to send for his family. A short time later in 1801, he heard of William King's success at the Saltworks in Washington County, Virginia. Since John and William King were old friends in Ireland, within a year John was employed by King to attend to receiving and forwarding salt and selling goods in the Boatyard (Kingsport). Soon after William King's death, John Lynn, Sr. and his partners built the Lynn store and erected warehouses across the road on the Holston River banks on land they purchased from Robert Christian. This prominent company, called John Lynn & Company, developed an industrial center at the eastern end of Christianville where they built and operated a saw and grist mill, a tilthammer shop and foundry, cement mill and storm ironworks and wharfs.

    The Lynns raised a large family of eleven children, three daughters and eight sons. The sons became plantation owners, ministers of the Christian gospel, and leading businessmen.

    The O'Brien brothers, partners in the store, were also prominent members of Christianville's commercial enterprises. Four O'Brien brothers came to East Tennessee from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in 1813. They were skilled in iron making and established the Tilthammer Ironworks and Foundry here in 1815. A daughter of James O'Brien married the famous Parson William G. Brownlow, Governor of Tennessee and a United States senator.

    Perhaps the Lynn Store may some day be restored. (Reference: The Sullivan County Historical Commission and Associates, Compiled by Muriel Spoden, Historic Sites of Sullivan County, (Kingsport, 1976), 48.)
    ~Bill Dunn


    Historical Sketches and Traditions of Jackson County
    http://www.jchistoricalsociety.org/wardiaryofgeomorgan

    By Lewis K. Smith, formerly of Gainesboro, Tennessee
    Sept. 13, 1935.
    (Jackson County Sentinel, September 19, 1935)

    I have a diary of Lt. George H. Morgan covering the movements of Gen. George G. Dibrell's brigade, Tennessee Cavalry, from August 8, 1864, till the close of the war when they were paroled near Washington, Georgia, on May 11, 1865, the return of the Tennesseans to their homes. Lt. Morgan reached his home in Jackson County on the 22nd, having traveled 334 miles from Washington, Ga. On the 23rd he wrote: "My career as a soldier ended yesterday, at least for the present. I expect to keep sacred the obligation taken and believe the U. S. Government will keep their agreement sacred also. I am proud to feel conscious that I have done my duty to my state and country. I have nothing in my course to regret. Four years in my youthful life have been spent in the apparently fruitless struggle. I will not murmur. "Man proposes. God disposes." Sic transit Gloria Mundi."

    1864
    Sept. 16, 17, 18th - Continued to march through Hancock and Hawkins counties. Camped on the Carter Valley road at Watersons 8 miles from Rogersville on Sunday evening Sept. 18th.

    Monday, Sept. 19th - Moved camp to Lynn's Store on the stage road on the Holston River.

    Sept. 20 and 21st - Remained at Lynn's Store.

    Sept. 22nd - Moved up the Holston, crossed near Kingsport.

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