JAMES LINN, son of John Linn and Jane Scyoc [van Scyoc] Linn, was born September 29th, 1820. His youth was spent on his father's farm, and on April 29th, 1841, he married Hannah Roberts. He subsequently moved to Huntingdon County, Pennsylvania, where he remained until June, 1857, when he went to Rock Island, Illinois. In September, 1865, he moved to Iowa, in which State he carried on farming for many years. He then removed with his family to Washington, where they bought 1,300 acres of land and built a home at South Bend.
James Linn was six feet two inches in height, had black hair and eyes, a very cheerful disposition, always looking on the bright side of life, and was a man of strong Christian character. He joined the Methodist Church early in life. He was not a great talker, but fond of company, and especially of children. He retained his mental faculties until the last, kept a lively interest in business matters and often talked of the friends and business associates of his early days. He was a very healthy, vigorous man, never having had a doctor until after his seventieth year. He never used tobacco nor intoxicating liquor, nor does any one of his children, of whom there were fourteen, nine boys and five girls, of whom eleven are still living. He had no fear of death, and in his last days expressed himself as ready to die. He died May 25th, 1904.
HANNAH (ROBERTS) LINN, wife of James Linn, was born March 15th, 1821. Her parents were Pennsylvania Germans. She and her husband were greatly devoted to each other during their long married life of sixty-three years, never being apart but once for three months. She was a strong and energetic woman, ready to do her full share of life's work, and to accompany her husband in his movements from place to place. She joined the Methodist Church early in life, and was a consistent Christian, training her children to become faithful, conscientious men and women. During the last five years of her life she was not able to attend church services, but her Bible was her constant companion. Her mind continued clear and her last words were "I am going to sleep to waken in eternity." She died July 24th, 1904, having survived her husband just sixty days.
[Text from "History of a Fragment of the Clan Linn," 1905, p. 192-193]
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