Barry's Relatively Speaking: Father of 27 Living Children Exempted From Paying Taxes

Posted on Jul 28, 2012

Barry's Relatively Speaking shares the personal experiences and stories of genealogists found in the Everton Genealogical Helper Magazine collection on C. Lynch shares the following experience.

"An Act concerning William Lynch of Brunswick County, Virginia passed February 9, 1827, at the General Assembly: WHEREAS it is represented to the General Assembly that William Lynch, Senior, of the County of Brunswick is the father of thirty-four legitimate children, of whom twenty-seven are now living; that he has been the husband of four wives, the last of whom is now young and healthy and gives him every assurance of an increase of his numerous progeny: That he was a soldier in the War of the Revolution and has been through life, an upright and useful citizen; but that age and the support of his numerous family have at length rendered him infirm and poor.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY that William Lynch of the County of Brunswick, shall be hereafter exempt from the payment of any public or county tax, levy, charge or contribution whatever, and it shall not be lawful for any court, sheriff, deputy sheriff, coroner or other public officers within this Commonwealth to demand or receive of the said Lynch any such tax, levy, charge or contribution. This Act shall be in force from and after the passing thereof."

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