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Below is a family biography from the book, History of Kentucky, Edition 7 by J. H. Battle, W. H. Perrin and G. C. Kniffin and published by F. A. Battey Publishing Company in 1887.  These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details of a family tree. Family biographies often include far more information than can be found in a census record or obituary.  Details will vary with each biography but will often include the date and place of birth, parent names including mothers' maiden name, name of wife including maiden name, her parents' names, name of children (including spouses if married), former places of residence, occupation details, military service, church and social organization affiliations, and more.  There are often ancestry details included that cannot be found in any other type of genealogical record.

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JAMES ZINN was born in Grant County, Ky., February 10, 1827, and was the fifth in a family of twelve children born to Joseph and Nancy (Taylor) Zinn. He was a farmer all his life, and died January 3, 1875. Joseph was a son of John and Elizabeth (Kizer) Zinn, was born in Pennsylvania, and in 1796 came to Kentucky, and settled in Grant County. John Zinn was a soldier in the Revolutionary war, and Joseph in the war of 1812. Nancy (Taylor) Zinn was a native of Kentucky, and a daughter of Robert and ____ (Raymond) Taylor. May 15, 1854, James Zinn married Miss Melissa F. McMillen, daughter of George W. and Cornelia (Field) McMillen. G. W. McMillen. was a native of Ohio, and his father served in the patriot army of the Revolution. Cornelia was born in Mason County, Ky., and was the daughter of William Field, a native of Virginia. To James Zinn and wife two children were born: Lillie, who married Alvin Lowe, February 17, 1886, and William J. William J. Zinn, only son of James and Melissa (McMillen) Zinn, was born in Grant County, Ky., July 20, 1860, was reared on a farm, and at the age of twenty began the study of dentistry, under his uncle, George A. McMillen, of Illinois. In 1882 he entered the Ohio College of Dental Surgery, and graduated in 1884. In the last named year he began practice in Missouri. In February, 1886, he located in Williamstown, Grant County, where he now has a lucrative patronage. He is a member of the I. O. O. F., of which order his father was also a member.

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This family biography is one of 67 biographies included in the Grant County, Kentucky section of the book, The History of Kentucky, Edition 7 published in 1887 by F. A. Battey Publishing Company.  For the complete description, click here: History of Kentucky, Edition 7

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