MOSES ARNOLD (1763-1850) AND RACHEL LYNCH (1765-1826)


In an Arnold family history written in the mid-1950’s, my great uncle, Dwight Arnold, wrote “We hope for a continued “Arnold History” through the year 2000 at least. Future generations, we depend on you!” It is my hope that this compilation of ANCESTORS AND DESCENDANTS OF MOSES ARNOLD AND RACHEL LYNCH meets and even exceeds those expectations.

This book is in .pdf form.  The table of contents is below.  Link at the .pdf file below the name of each chapter to open that chapter of the book.

Dates of the latest chapter revisions:

Chapter 1 - a significant revision on 26 June 2014

Chapter 4 - a minor revision on 5 July 2014

Chapter 5 - a major revision on 9 Feb 2014.  I am now convinced that Esther Elleman, not Esther Embree, was the wife of David Lynch and the mother of Rachel Lynch.  Chapter 5 has been revised accordingly.  There were additional revisions on 7 March 2014, and on 2 June 2014. 

Chapter 6 - a significant revision on 10 July 2014.

Chapter 7 - a significant revision on 10 July 2014

Title Page, Table of Contents, and Introduction

pdfMosesArnoldRachelLynch-Title-Contents-Introduction-Rev2014Feb9.pdf (revised 9 Feb 2014)

1. Moses Arnold and Rachel Lynch                                                              pages 1-1 to 1-18

 pdfMosesArnoldRachelLynch-Chapter1Rev2014-06-26.pdf               (chapter revised 26 June 2014)

2. First American Generation, Thomas Arnold, wife, and children                pages 2-1 to 2-10


3. Second American Generation, John Arnold Sr., wife, and children           pages 3-1 to 3-6

pdfMosesArnoldRachelLynch-Chapter3Rev2014-01-29.pdf            (chapter revised 29 Jan 2014)

4. Third American Generation, John Arnold Jr., wife and children                pages 4-1 to 4-26

pdfMosesArnoldRachelLynch-Chapter4Rev2014-07-05.pdf             (chapter revised 5 July 2014)

5. Family of Rachel Lynch - Part 1 and Part 2   (chapter revised 2 June 2014)

    Part 1                                                                                                       pages 5-1 to 5-13


    Part 2                                                                                                         pages 5-14 to 5-36  


6. Children of Moses Arnold and Rachel Lynch                                            pages 6-1 to 6-20

 pdfMosesArnoldRachelLynch-Chapter6Rev2014-07-10.pdf      (chapter revised 10 July 2014)

7. Family of John Chambers Arnold, grandson of Moses and Rachel          pages 7-1 to 7-15

  pdfMosesArnoldRachelLynch-Chapter7Rev2014-07-10.pdf    (chapter revised 10 July 2014)

8. Orrie Orlando Arnold                                                                                 pages 8-1 to 8-5


9. Family Records from Arnold Family Bibles                                               pages 9-1 to 9-6


10. Dwight Arnold’s 1923 Otterbein College Autobiography                         pages 10-1 to 10-5


11. Carl Arnold’s 1964 Arnold Family History                                               pages 11-1 to 11-5


12. History of Jaysville, Ohio, by Orrie Arnold                                              pages 12-1 to 12-3


13. Arnold Family Home where Francis Asbury Died                                   page 13-1


Appendix 1. John Arnold II Newberry County, South Carolina will


Appendix 2. John Arnold II Newberry County, Scout Carolina deed  


My thanks go to: 

1. Generation after generation of the Arnold family who thought it was important to keep the Moses Arnold family Bible with its family record pages even though there are missing pages in the front and back and the pages are yellowed and hard to read.

2. Jesse Arnold, grandson of Moses Arnold, who wrote the book RECOLLECTIONS OF THE ARNOLD FAMILY, ANCESTORS AND CHILDREN OF MOSES ARNOLD, and had the book published in 1889. Jesse talked with his grandfather, Moses Arnold, his father, William Arnold, and his Arnold aunts and uncles about their experiences and reported details that it would be impossible for future generations to gather.  The entire content of Jesse Arnold's 1889 book is available online at

3. Orrie Orlando Arnold, my grandfather, and his brothers, Carl and Dwight, for their strong interest in family history. There are two photos in Chapter 7 that show Orrie, Carl, and Dwight as children with their parents and brothers.  (The family was all boys.)  Chapter 8 is a biography of Orrie Arnold, Chapter 10 is Dwight Arnold’s 1923 Otterbein College Autobiography Chapter 11 is Carl Arnold’s 1964 Arnold Family History, and Chapter 12 is Orrie Arnold's 1933 History of Jaysville, Ohio. While errors have been discovered since they were written, it is amazing how much information was passed down from generation to generation. My grandfather, Orrie Orlando Arnold, died January 5, 1959, when I was 14 years old and had not yet developed an interest in genealogy. I regret that I never had the opportunity to go over with him the information that he discovered.

4. Paul Franklin Arnold, my uncle, who is enthusiastic about learning more about our ancestors, and, as one of the last direct male line descendants of Moses Arnold in our branch of the family, submitted his DNA to FamilyTreeDNA to see if it matched the DNA of other Arnolds. Through connections I made through his DNA submission, I learned about several generations of Arnold ancestors in colonial Virginia that I knew nothing about before.

5. Cecil Arnold, who, after connecting with me through FamilyTreeDNA, supplied me with information from the extensive Arnold files of Newman Hall Arnold, now deceased. This material is well-documented and has been an incredible resource. You will see it referenced in several chapters.

6. Harriet Imrey, who I just met online on August 6, 2013, and has been an amazing help in sorting out the Arnold family, especially the branches of the familiy that remained in South Carolina and that had Quaker connections. Between August 6 and August 21, I have received 65 email messages from Harriet, each one with helpful information about the family. I have quoted her in a number of places. This book would not be what it is without her assistance.




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