The life of Elizabeth Shubrick Lynch is "another chapter to the tragic story of the
signers and their families. Elizabeth Shubrick and Thomas Lynch, Jr., future signer of the Declaration of Independence, were childhood sweethearts. Thomas was the son of a wealthy planter and spent eight years in Carolina England obtaining his education at Eton, his degree at , and studying law at The Temple. He returned to Cambridge in 1772 determined to follow in his father's footsteps in advancing the patriot cause of liberty. America
Thomas, upon the advice of his physicians and friends, decided to go to southern
Europe with the hope of regaining his health. Thomas and Elizabeth sailed to the West Indies in 1779 in order to secure a neutral ship to take them to Europe. The ship with Thomas and Elizabeth aboard apparently sunk because it was never heard from again.
Facts and quotes are from Wives of the Signers: The women behind the Declaration of
, pp 268-270. Independence
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