He was born on 12 February 1833 (7, 13, 14, 15; 2 (32 in 1865), 5 (37 in 1870), 6 (47 in 1880), 7 (67 in 1900), 8 (77 in 1910), 9 (83 years, 9 months, 9 days at death), 10 (18 in 1850)). He was born in Newport, Perry County, Pennsylvania (5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10).
In 1850, he was living in Newport Borough, Perry County, Pennsylvania (10). He was living with Eliza Zinn (presumably his mother), and with George, Levi, Margaret, and William Zinn (presumably his siblings) (10). He had attended school within the year (10).
On 7 February 1859, he married Hannah Marie Houck (7, 8, 13, 14). In 1900, she had had five children, all of whom were alive (7, 8 [3 alive in 1910]).
He "conducted" a general store in Gettysburg, Adams County, Pennsylvania, from 1868 through 1876 (9).
In 1870, he was living in Gettysburg, Adams County, Pennsylvania (5). He was living with his wife Hannah, five children (Melville, Harry, Jessie, Minnie, and Eliza), and several other people (5). He was a clerk in a gen[eral] con[venience] store, and owned $250 in personal property (5).
In 1880, he was living in Butler Township, Adams County, Pennsylvania (6). He was living with his wife Hannah and children Harry, Jessie, Minnie, and Eliza (6). He was a farmer, and had been out of work two months in the previous year (6).
In 1890, he was living in Gettysburg, Adams County, Pennsylvania (3).
On 24 March 1892, he successfully applied from Pennsylvania for a pension (4, 11).
In 1900, he was living on Baltimore Street in Gettysburg, Adams County, Pennsylvania (7). He was living with his wife Hannah (7).
On 7 March 1907, he again applied for a pension (11).
In 1910, he was living at 106 East Middle Street, Gettysburg, Adams County, Pennsylvania (8). He was living with his wife Hannah (8). He was living on his own income (8).
On 11 October 1912, his widow died (14). She was buried in Evergreen Cemetery, Gettysburg, Adams County, Pennsylvania (14).
He died on 21 November 1916, in his daughter's home, on Carlisle Street, Gettysburg, Adams County, Pennsylvania (9, 11, 14, 15). He was buried in Evergreen Cemetery, Gettysburg, Adams County, Pennsylvania (9, 12, 14, 15). The funeral service was conducted by Reverend J B Baker (9).
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) (John H Zinn)
2 Civil War Veterans' Card File, available at the Pennsylvania State Archives, searched 19 January 2005 (John H Zinn)
3 1890 US census, veterans' schedule, Pennsylvania, Adams County, Gettysburg, supervisor's district , enumeration district , page  (John H Zinn)
4 pension index, by name (John H Zinn)
5 1870 US census, Pennsylvania, Adams County, Gettysburg District Number 93, microfilm series M593, film 1289, page 76 = 23-24 handwritten (John H Zinn)
6 1880 US census, Pennsylvania, Adams County, Butler Township, supervisor's district 7, enumeration district 44, microfilm series T9, film 1085, page 62 B = 22 handwritten (John Zinn)
7 1900 US census, Pennsylvania, Adams County, Gettysburg Borough, ward 1, supervisor's district 12, enumeration district 15, microfilm series T623, film 1354, page 172 A = 2 handwritten (John Zinn)
8 1910 US census, Pennsylvania, Adams County, Gettysburg, ward 1, supervisor's district 15, enumeration district 11 [?], microfilm series T624, film 1292, page 119 B = 7 handwritten (John H Zinn)
9 John H Zinn [death notice]. The Gettysburg Times, 21 November 1916 (John H Zinn)
10 1850 US census, Pennsylvania, Perry County, Newport Borough, microfilm series M432, film 805, page 479 (John H Zinn)
11 pension index, by regiment, 91st PA Infantry, company F (John H Zinn)
12 e-mail, Dennis W Brandt to Harry A Ide, 12 August 2009 (John Zinn)
13 e-mail, Dennis W Brandt to Harry A Ide, 1 November 2009 (John H Zinn)
14 Find a grave, memorial 11818495, including photo of tombstone (maintained by Dennis Brandt, added 25 September 2005, accessed 25 December 2010) [identity confirmed by reference to his service on the tombstone] (John H Zinn)
15 Pennsylvania veterans burial records, available on Ancestry (transcribed 4 December 2010) (John H Zinn)
16 index to compiled service records of volunteer Union soldiers who served in organizations from the state of Pennsylvania (John H Zinn)
|Name||Eliza Zinn||John H "||George "||Levi "||Margaret J "||William A "|
|Occupation of males over 15 years||None|
|Real estate owned||2,100|
|Birthplace||" [sc. Pa]||"||"||"||"||"|
|Married within year|
|Attended school within year||1||1||1||1||1|
|Over 20 & can't read/write|
|Deaf, dumb, blind, etc.|
|Name||Zinn John H||Hannah W M||Melville E||Harry H||- Jessie H||Minnie L [?]||Eliza H||Richad [??] Mary||Zinn L. R||- Abbie M||- Eddie C [?]|
|Occupation||Clerk in Gen Con Store||Keeping House||Attg School||" "||" "||Private [?] Servant||Ground Confectioner||Keeping House|
|Real estate value|
|Personal estate value||250||1000|
|Birthplace||" [sc. Penna]||"||"||"||"||"||"||"||Penna||"||"|
|Father foreign born|
|Mother foreign born|
|Birth month if born within year||Feb|
|Marriage month if married within year|
|Attended school past year||1||1||1|
|Deaf, dumb, blind, etc.|
|Male US citizen at least 21 years old||1||1|
|Male US citizen at least 21 years old who can't vote ...|
|dwelling visit #||200|
|family visit #||206|
|name||Zinn John||Hannah||- Harry||- Jessie||- Minne [?]||- Eliza|
|month born if born in year|
|married during year|
|occupation||Farmer||Keeping house||At home||At home|
|school this year||1||1|
|name||Zinn John||- Hannah M|
|birth date||Feb 1833||Nov 1833|
|# years married||41||41|
|mother of how many children?||5|
|# of children living||5|
|# years in USA|
|# months not employed|
|# months in school|
|free or mortgaged|
|# of farm schedule|
|street||East Middle Street|
|name||Zinn John H||- Hannah M|
|#years present marriage||51||51|
|mother of # children||5|
|mother of # living children||3|
|nature of industry etc.|
|out of work 15 Apr 1910?|
|# weeks out of work 1909|
|school since 1 Sep 09|
|owned free or mortagaged||M|
|nr on farm schedule|
|civil war vet||[illegible]|
|deaf & dumb||[illegible]||[illegible]|
John H. Zinn, a veteran of the Civil War, died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. E. M. Bender, on Carlisle street at 1:30 this morning, aged 83 years, 9 months, and 9 days. He had been in failing health for some time but was able to be about until a week ago.
Mr. Zinn was born at Newport, Perry County, and from 1868 to 1876 he conducted a general store on the corner of Baltimore street and Centre Square where the Crystal Restaurant is now located.
He served in the Civil War with the 91st Regiment, Pennsylvania Infantry.
He leaves three children: Harry Zinn, of Altoona; Mrs. D. P. Drawbaugh, Camden, Indiana, and Mrs. E. M. Bender, Carlisle street. A brother, William Zinn, and a sister, Mrs. Brenneman, Harrisburg, also survive.
Funeral on Thursday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock, from the Bender home, 131 Carlisle street, conducted by his pastor, Rev. J. B. Baker. Interment in Evergreen cemetery. Friends will kindly accept this as an invitation to attend.[transcribed from photo on Find-a-grave [see reference #14 above]]