James COOPER aka Patrick LYNCH
I am very interested in any information available on a man named James COOPER alias Patrick LYNCH. Known as "Pat" by his friends and neighbors, he was cared for in his last, senile years by Margaret BAKER of Lily Park, Moffat Co. He died in 1917, reportedly at the age of 98. He is said to have had a misshapen (or "caved-in") skull and he was known to break wild horses until he became too old to do so. His grave site is described in the 1985 CO Cemetery Directory as "n. of Elk Springs". Margaret's son Fray said "Pat" was buried in a field east of Deerlodge Campground near the same place Fray's father W.R. BAKER was later buried, which was a place called Lily Park Cemetery in W.R.'s obit. The cemetery directory lists only two graves in this now-abandoned cemetery, no names given, and gives its location as "7 mi. n. of Elk Springs". The fact that Pat LYNCH was an alias was a surprise to us. Was he an old outlaw of the area? A hermit? Or what? Friends also reportedly got then-Congressman T. Taylor to help Pat obtain a government pension of some sort. What was the pension for? I would appreciate ANY help on this man!
Thanks to your many replies, I have found three published stories about Patrick LYNCH, aka the Hermit of Pat's Hole (now Echo Park), and also have had the opportunity to study his pension file and his burial file. In the process, I discovered a letter from and other references to the Bakers of Moffat Co., whom I am also researching. Pat was a truly fascinating character of NW Colorado!
Glenda, thank you very much for your reply. I look forward to the material you are sending, as I have not had access to the source you cited. I will be glad to mail you what I have from Lynch's pension file. It was quite large and I did not copy all of it, but I do have at least 15-20 of the more interesting pages, plus a couple of letters from his burial file. Much of the information is as you cited above, plus Pat's later Army service, some medical information and some letters of support from local friends. (I believe though that Pat died on the 24th of Feb., not the 4th - I will check).
Pat gives his birth place as Cloncoe, County Galway, Ireland, near Lough Mountain. I have not yet been able to locate this mountain or the village of Cloncoe.
He also, after several failed applications for a pension, finally admitted that he used the alias "James Cooper" the first time he joined the Navy because he had "gotten into a bit of trouble". In his old age, he apparently forgot that he had used his real name (Lynch) on his second enlistment, and in the Army after the war.
The pension and burial files include letters regarding a government headstone for Pat, so I am surprised there isn't a stone at the grave. Perhaps it was damaged and/or removed. One author, ca 1944, mentions a grave marker, I think - I will send that reference along, too. W. R. Baker, whose family cared for Pat in his last years, is said to be buried in the same Lily Park cemetery, but I have not yet been able to determine the cemetery's exact location. One local directory listed it as 7 mi. n of Elk Springs. Does that sound about right?
Thanks again for your interest and assistance.
You may already have this information according to your second posting. However, I was looking at an archived American Legion notebook regarding Civil War Veterans buried in Moffat County, Vol I. There is a reference to Pat Lynch. I'm transcribing it below for you.
LYNCH - Patrick, alias COOPER-James (SC 39,366) (Union NAVY)
Landsman, Coal Heaver, Second-Class Fireman, U.S.S. Sumpter, North Carolina, Alabama, Ohio, Alabama, North Carolina.
Died February 4th, 1917.
Buried in Lily Park, Colorado.
No grave marker.
Government Headstone. It is hoped that this grave can be moved in due time to Dinosaur National Monument as it is now in a very out-of-the-way place where little or no care can be given it. Also this man was for many years a settler at the junction of the Green and Yampa River in what is known as "Pat's Hole", named thus because of him.
This volume also has some other information about him. I will photocopy it and mail it with the other information that I've accumulated for you. Would you mind photocopying the war record you have and mailing it to the museum?
Museum of NW Colorado
590 Yampa Ave
Craig, CO 81625
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Sorry, but our HOPEs came to America (PA) in the early 1700s and were of Scotch-Irish, Presbyterian heritage. I don't recognize the given names of your English HOPEs, but I suggest you try the HOPE Family Page athttp://www.gbso.net/hope/hope.htm
There are lots of HOPE researchers on there who might be able to help. Some are looking for English, Australian or Canadian Hopes, I think. You can post a message there and there are several articles, wills, etc. to read and some databases for downloading. Good luck!
Looking for information on EDWIN HOPE. He was b: August 04, 1847 in Gloucestershire, England and d: January 10, 1928 in Collbran, Mesa Co., Colo. His first wife was JOESLEY T GILLIAM. Then he married LUCETTA PETTIJOHN [b: November 24, 1848 in Springfield, Kansas d: September 22, 1893 in Collbran, Mesa Co., Colo] Her father was DAVID PETTIJOHN and have no imforation on him. If you have seen any information on PETTIJOHN, would appreciate it.
Children: GEORGE EDWIN
ROSALIE b: November 08, 1866 Kansas d: January 30, 1893 in Rye, Pueblo Co.,
MARY ANN b: February 14, 1868 Kansas d: 1937 in Meeteetse, Wyoming
FANNIE ELIZABETH b: January 08, 1870 Kansas d: January 08, 1920 in Rye, Colorado.
CARRIE BELL b: February 21, 1872 in Kansas d: 1948 in Pueblo, Colorado
BENJAMIN WALLACE b: July 09, 1876 in Kansas d: July 18, 1959 in Big Horn, Montana
WALTER b: September 22, 1878 Kansas d: November 14, 1931 Idaho
JESSIE MABLE b: March 17, 1881 Kansas d: July 31, 1960 California
RICHARD RETURN b: December 02, 1885 Colorada d: January 11, 1919 in Billings,Montana
CARL b: May 04, 1888 in Colorada d: September 1965
There is a house in County Galway known as Clonco House owned by a Burke family and also known as Burke's Court. It is in the parish of Ballynakill in Ireland. I think this could be the area for Pat. His family might have lived on the estate. http://landedestates.nuigalway