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Source: History of Bureau County, IL
H. C. Bradsby, Editor
Chicago: World Publisher Company 1885
Transcribed by: Denise McLoughlin
Tampico Area Historical Society
John ZINK, Macon, was born in Bedford County, Penn., Augut 23, 1813. He is the son of Samuel and Catherine (HANNAWALT) ZINK, both natives of Pennsylvania and of German descent. The father died in this county February 7, 1866, the mother yet survives. She was born August 26, 1789. She is the mother of six sons and five daughters, four sons and two daughters are yet living. Our subject is the oldest of the family. His early life as spent on the farm, but at the age of twenty-one years he learned the tanner's trade, which he followed till 1844, when he removed to Fulton County, Ill., since which time he has been engaged in farming. In 1846 he came to Bureau County and settled his present farm of 199 acres. He was married in Bureau County, Ill., September 5, 1847, to Elizabeth THOMPSON, who was born November 2, 1816 and died November 27, 1859. She was the daughter of Andrew and Elizabeth THOMPSON who came to thi state in the fall of 1845. Mrs. ZINK was the the mother of the following named children: Mary E., John A., Harriet A. (deceased), and Christian W. S. March 7, 1865, Mr. ZINK was united in marriagae to Elizabeth SENSEL, who was botrn August 22, 1835, in Knox County, Ohio. She is the daughter of John and Catherine (SCHNEBLY) SENSEL, both of whom were born in Washington County, Md., and were married there, but soon after marriage, in 1829, removed to Ohio, and he died there June 14, 1868 in his sixty-fourth year. His widow now lives in Mr. Vernon, Ohio. She is the mother of thirteen children: James L. (deceased), George E., Catherine E., Samuel H., Maggie J. (deceased) nd Almeda M.