From: "Biographical Review of Cass, Schuyler and
Brown Counties, Illinois 1892", by Biographical Review Publishing
Company, Chicago, Illinois; pages 550-551, a reprinted by Stevens
Publishing Co., Astoria, Ill., 1971, is sold by the Schuyler County
Historical Society, Rushville, Illinois.
Henry Zahn, a practical farmer and stock raiser, living on the
old Zahn homestead, which he has owned since 1882, was born in Pike
county, near Waverly, in 1857. He came with his father to Illinois when
only fourteen years of age, and has since lived in this county. His
father, Frederick Zahn, was a native of Hesse-Darmstadt, and was a boy
of sixteen years when his parents came to America and settled in Pike
county, Ohio, where they were pioneers. There the parents of Frederick
Zahn died when he was quite young. There he grew up as a farmer, and
was there married to Tinna Creek, who had settled there, with her
parents. The latter had come with a colony at the same time the Zahn
family had come from Hesse-Darmstadt. Frederick and his wife began life
in the usual pioneer fashion, both working very hard, raising a family
of eight children. There Frederick's wife died, being then thirty-two
years of age. He was married for the second time, in Pike county, Ohio,
to Miss Margaret Halensteine, who was born in Germany, but reared in
the United States. In 1864 they decided to remove to Illinois and
settled on a large farm of 507 acres, where they remained two years,
and then purchased 200 acres on the line of Morgan and Cass counties.
There they lived until 1876. They then removed to Missouri, where they
now live. Mr. Zahn was seventy-three years of age, December 29, 1891,
his wife being not quite so old. They are members of the Methodist
Episcopal Church, and are good respectable people. Mr. Zahn has been a
Our subject was reared a farmer lad and lived at home until he
took a farm to run on his own account. He has lived in this farm, which
is one and one-half miles from Arenzville, section 36, township 17,
range 12, and consists of 250 acres, well improved and well stocked. He
has excellent farm buildings and everything convenient about him.
He was married, in this county, to Miss Mary Hinners, who was
born, reared and educated in Cass county, her birth occurring October
7, 1852. She was the daughter of John and Caroline (Miller) Hinners,
who were born in Hesse-Darmstadt, Germany. They came to the United
States, and were married in Morgan county, and here lived to amass a
fine property. In 1891 Mr. and Mrs. Hinners retired to Meredosia,
Illinois, where they live, respected members of the Methodist Episcopal
Church. Mr. and Mrs. Zahn are members of the same denomination, and Mr.
Zahn has been an official member of the church.
Mr. and Mrs. Zahn are the parents of three bright, well educated
children: Mamie Ella, Lusetta and Henry A. This is a fine family, well
thought of in and around Arenzville.
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