The Lynch family of Digby, Nova Scotia, can trace a direct line of descent from George Nichols (1714-1788) and Susanna (Hixcox/Hickox) Nichols (d.1790) of Waterbury, Connecticut. Two of their children married into prominent Loyalist families. Ann Nichols (b.1742) married Reverend James Scovil, anglican rector in Kingston, New Brunswick, and Mary Nichols (b.1762) married Peleg Wiswall, a member of the House of Assembly and judge of the Nova Scotia Supreme Court. A grandson, George Kinberley Nichols (1790-1836) married Mary Budd (1797-1881) the daughter of Elisha Budd, who had been a captain in the Kings American Regiment, a distinguished Loyalist regiment during the American Revolutionary War.
The Thomas Lynch Papers are a diverse and exceedingly valuable collection of records which span three centuries. They encompass an area from Saint John, New Brunswick, on one side of the Bay of Fundy, to Digby, Nova Scotia, on the other side of the Bay, and to Liverpool and Halifax, Nova Scotia. The records are organized by box number and the boxes have been microfilmed in the same numbered order. The Thomas Lynch Papers consist of the following: deeds; leases; estate documents; correspondence; genealogical notes; poems; family financial records; wills; notes, plans and legal transactions; miscellaneous personal information; church records for Liverpool and Digby; the Pickman family Bible; a patent for a railway car brake, 1872; Fernhill Cemetery records, Saint John, N.B.; deeds, 1883-1926; a List of Vessels with New Brunswick Registry to 1875; Daily Telegraph, 6 January 1876; sketches and documents regarding the Copper Queen Mine in Butte, Montana; the Plan of the Town of Digby with names of the grantees, 12 September 1796; and numerous other records. Beside the Loyalist family names mentioned previously, other Loyalist surnames can be found throughout the collection including: Agnew, Dakin, Lawrence, Moody, Morehouse, Oakes, Rutherford, Sterns, Titus, Vantasal/Vantassel and Viets.