He was born about 1829 (2 (about 1829), 7 (23 in 1861), 9 (21 in 1850)). He was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (2, 9). He was born to Robert and Mary Lynn (2). No marriage record or pension application has been found (2).
In 1850, he was living in ward 5, Kensington, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (9). He was living with John and Susannah Linn, in a household headed by Samuel Hoffman (9). He was a ship carpenter (9).
The Lynn family of Philadelphia were shipbuilders, and Jacob was awarded a contract to build a gunboat in 1861 (2).
He enlisted and was mustered into service on 15 October 1861, at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (1, 7). He was a private, in company B (1, 12, 13).
He was promoted to corporal (4, 7).
1 Bates, Samuel Penniman. History of Pennsylvania volunteers, 1861-5. Harrisburg: B. Singerly, state printer, 1869-71. 5 volumes. 'Ninety-first regiment', volume 3, pages 186-233. (In the roster)
2 e-mail, 9 June 2001, Claire Labenz, citing New York Herald 11 July 1861 (re gunboat contract) and W Swindells, Annals of the Kensington Methodist Episcopal Church, 1801-1893 (published 1893) (re Kensington Methodist Episcopal Church)
3 consolidated morning report, 91st PA, 7 May 1863 (Corpl Lynn)
4 list of non-commissioned officers, co.B (Jacob A Lynn)
5 company B Register of deaths (Jacob A Lynn)
6 company B [first] descriptive roll, entry 8 (Jacob A Lynn) [no information]
7 Civil War Veterans' Card File, available at the Pennsylvania State Archives, searched 30 May 2004 (Jacob A Lynn; filed under 'Lynn, A')
8 death notice, Public Ledger 13 May 1863 page 2 (Jacob A Lynn)
9 1850 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Kensington, ward 5, microfilm series M432, film 807, page 314 recto = 628 handwritten (Jacob A Linn)
10 'The ninety-first Pennsylvania volunteers', Philadelphia Press, Wednesday 13 May 1863, page 2 (Jacob Lynn)
11 'The Ninety-first Pennsylvania at Chancellorville', Philadelphia Inquirer 13 May 1863, page 8 (Jacob Lynn)
12 index to compiled service records of volunteer Union soldiers who served in organizations from the state of Pennsylvania (Jacob A Linn)
13 index to compiled service records of volunteer Union soldiers who served in organizations from the state of Pennsylvania (Jacob A Lynn)
|Name||John W Linn||Jacob A do||Susannah do|
|Occupation of males over 15 years||Ship Carpenter||do|
|Real estate owned|
|Birthplace||" [sc. Pa]||"||"|
|Married within year|
|Attended school within year|
|Over 20 & can't read/write|
|Deaf, dumb, blind, etc.|
LYNN--Fell at Chancellorville, Sunday, May 3d, 1863, at 10 A.M., Corporal JACOB A. LYNN, Co. B, 91st Regt Penna. Volunteers.When carnage strewed the battle field.