Re: "Lynch Law" origin
Jo, if you Google Lynch's Law, you'll find a lot of conflicting information.
What is fact is that William Lynch of Pittsylvania County, PA. started with a compact with his neighbors in the county which was rampant with crime, and no legal system.
A compact was sent to the Virginia Legislature on Sept. 20, 1792, by William Lynch and neighbors citing the lawlessness of the frontier, and their intentions to correct the problem.
Lynching, at that time had nothing to do with "hanging".
The punishment was 39 lashes. Only after the Civil War, long after William Lynch's death in 1820, did the word become common with hanging as lynching.
Some sources cite Charles Lynch, a judge in Pittslyvania Co with the name, but he only enforced the law, it is not named for him.
I urge you to do your own research, it's facinating how frontier justice went from dealing with horse theives, to hanging of innocents.
William Lynch moved, with his family, to South Carolina in 1795, where many descendants still live.