James Linn

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James Linn[1]
Born July 25, 1792(1792-07-25)[2][3]
Concord, Pennsylvania, USA[4]
Died April 20, 1848 (aged 55)[5]
Concord, Pennsylvania, USA[6]
Resting place Evans Family Cemetery, Huntingdon, Pennsylvania[7]
Spouse Nancy Booher (m. 1815) «Did not recognize date. Try slightly modifying the date in the first parameter.»"Marriage: Nancy Booher to James Linn" Location: (linkback:http://jimlindstrom.com/mediawiki/index.php/James_Linn)[8][9]
Children Caspar Booher Linn
John Linn
James W. Linn
Jane Linn
Hugh Linn
Samuel Brierly Linn
Jacob Booher Linn[10]
Parents Hugh Linn
Sarah Widney[11]

The Clan Linn in the Twentieth Century Entry[12][edit]

James Linn was born in the year 1792, and brought up on his father's farm until twenty years of age, when the war of 1812 with Great Britain called the yeoman of the country to arms in defense of the Nation's honor and sense of justice. He at once volunteered to enter the service and joined a company which was recruited at Concord, Pennsylvania. His father, Hugh Linn (1753), who had imbibed the spirit of a true American patriot, accompanied his son on a two days' journey to the front, and on parting with him said, 'My son, be a good soldier, and never turn back a coward.'

The memories of the battle of Boyne water and the spirit of religious intolerance which had been so fierce in the Emerald Isle between the 'Orange' and the 'Green' had been transplanted, and one day in camp, he expressed himself concerning St. Patrick's followers in language more vigorous than polite. Several soldiers who were devotees of the patron saint pounced upon him and by main strength threw him into the camp fire. Being a very active man, he was immediately upon his feet, rushed to his gun and would have bayonetted his assailants had not cooler heads prevailed. They attempted to have the superior officer punish him, but when he learned the nature of the offence (being himself probably an Orangeman), he said he had done right, and should use his bayonet if attacked again.

James Linn was a class leader in the Methodist Church, a position of distinction in those days. He had six sons and one daughter. Four of his sons enlisted in the service during the Civil War, and his son-in-law, Charles W. Evans, was also in the army.

Excerpt from History of Franklin County, Pennsylvania[13][edit]

[John] Linn's father, Hugh, was drafted in the war of 1812, but his brother James took his place.

Historical Records[edit]

Our James:

(Probably) False Positives:

  • There are other James Linns of approximately the same age in same area of Pennsylvania:
    • James Linn (b. 1820; son of William and Mary Linn)
    • James Linn in Bedford, Huntingdon, Pennsylvania (listed as an inmate)
    • James Linn in Sherley, Huntingdon, Pennsylvania in 1773 (4 horses, 4 cattle, 7 sheep, taxed 18.2)
    • James Linn in Sherley, Huntingdon, Pennsylvania in 1784
    • James Linn in Barree, Huntingdon, Pennsylvania in 1788.
  • There is a James Linn listed in the 1810 US Census. Lurgan, Franklin, Pennsylvania. 7 people in the household:
  • There is a James Linn is listed in the 1830 Census for Lurgan Township, Franklin County, Pennsylvania. It seems unlikely this is the same James Linn, but some on Ancestry.com think otherwise.
  • In 1837, a "James Linn" warranted and patented a 200 acre parcel of land in Mercer County, Pennsylvania


James' tombstone reads "James Lynn." The spelling of his last name is a curiosity. Perhaps it is a tribute to family name's spelling in the old country (See John Lynn (1695)). Unfortunately, his birth and death dates are indecipherable.

James Lynn.jpg


  1. The Clan Linn in the Twentieth Century, p464 (Roger Linn, 1993)
  2. http://pennsylvaniagravestones.org/view.php?id=34387
  3. Samuel B. Linn Family Bible
  4. presumption based on father's immigration to Concord in 1788
  5. http://pennsylvaniagravestones.org/view.php?id=34387
  6. presumption based on census recording eight years before his death
  7. http://pennsylvaniagravestones.org/view.php?id=34387
  8. The Clan Linn in the Twentieth Century, p464 (Roger Linn, 1993)
  9. Samuel B. Linn Family Bible
  10. The Clan Linn in the Twentieth Century, p464 (Roger Linn, 1993)
  11. The Clan Linn in the Twentieth Century, p464 (Roger Linn, 1993)
  12. The Clan Linn in the Twentieth Century, p464 (Roger Linn, 1993)
  13. http://www.archive.org/stream/historyoffrankli00bate#page/748/mode/1up
  14. http://books.google.com/books?id=1YpBAAAAYAAJ&lpg=PA206&ots=IsC8lVppHj&dq=james%20widney%20pennsylvania&pg=PA149#v=snippet&q=linn&f=false
  15. http://books.google.com/books?id=BtgLAAAAYAAJ&q=linn#v=snippet&q=linn&f=false