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Below is a family biography included in the Biographical Annals of Cumberland County, Pennsylvania published in 1905 by The Genealogical Publishing Company.  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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McCLELLAN ZINN, a popular and enterprising dealer in agricultural implements, was born in Centerville, Cumberland county. He remained with his parents until he attained his majority, assisting as a dutiful son in the home work, and acquiring his education in the schools near by. He was quite a favorite with his schoolmates, was a good scholar, courteous to his teachers, and all who came in contact with his geniality and his honesty became his friends. Arriving at man’s estate, he launched out to make his living, working at the painting trade, which he followed for some time in Carlisle; later he and his father formed a partnership, trading as George Zinn & Son, dealing in agricultural implements; and upon his father’s withdrawral, some years after, Mr. Zinn took upon himself the business. He is noted for his pleasantries and witticisms, as well as for his square dealing, and has now quite a large and remunerative business.

Mr. Zinn married Anna Miller, daughter of Alfred and Jennie Miller, of Shippensburg, Pa., and later of Harrisburg. Mrs. Zinn is a lady of refinement and culture, and was educated in the public schools.

Alfred Miller, father of Mrs. Zinn, was a resident of Shippensburg for some years, but about 1890 he moved to Harrisburg, where he is living at the present time, respected by all who know him.

Daniel Miller, father of Alfred, born about 1831, is at the present time in Shippensburg, and has been a lifelong resident of Cumberland county. He learned the blacksmith trade. His wife was Jennie Gothard, daughter of William Gothard, of England, and a soldier under the King.

George Zinn, father of McClellan Zinn, was born at Meeting House Springs, northwest of Carlisle, and there lived under the paternal roof until he was twenty-one years old. After his marriage he settled in Centerville, where he followed butchering for some time, and then he engaged in farming, and later in auctioneering. He is courteous and affable to all. He married Lucy Strah, and they had children as follows: Clara M., who married James Thompson, and has three children, Paul, Mary, and Myrtle; William, who married Laura Etter, and has three children, Lucy, Clark and Viola Anna; and McClellan.

Grandfather Zinn was born in Lancaster county, but moved to Cumberland county and settled on the farm at the Meeting House Springs, a spot well known in the Indian troubles. His family consisted of five children: William, John, Catherine, Elizabeth and George.

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This family biography is one of numerous biographies included in the Biographical Annals of Cumberland County, Pennsylvania published in 1905 by The Genealogical Publishing Company. 

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