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Re: Willliam W. Chinn
Posted by: Dig Chinn (ID *****1900) Date: February 17, 2011 at 15:18:28
In Reply to: Re: Willliam W. Chinn by brian futrell of 941

Thank you, William, for the reply. The earliest of my Chinn "ancestors" [see below] that I am relatively sure of is John (1640-1691). His Chinn descendents, in my grandfather's line, are Rawleigh (1684-1772), Charles Downman 1723-1787/88), Christopher (1756-before 1892), A. Achilles (1787-1854), Hector A. (1823-1886), Benjamin S. (1852-1909), and Hiram D. 1884-1951) who adopted my father, Leonard W. ((1915-1997).

You asked about Judge Chinn. According to his death certificate (Springfield, Greene County, Mo., Registration District 318, Primary Registration District 2001, File Dr. Fullbright? Registered No. 847, (my source of the photocopy is unknown), he was M. W. Chinn (11 May 1870 - 6 Dec. 1928, son of Hector A. Chinn and [unreadable first name of about 4 letters, the third one seems to be an L] Welsh. Since Hector's first wife, Harriet Welsh, died in 1860, this must have been a miracle birth. It seems to me that Judge Chinn was probably the William Chinn listed under Hector A. Chinn on the 1870 U.S. Census for Davis Township, Lafayette County, MO, page 20?, household 126. On 19 July 1870, William was 2/12 years old, i.e., born within about 2 weeks of 19 May 1870. His mother was Hector's second wife, Sarah Frances DEDCORD (4 Aug. 1835 in Kentucky -- 30 Jan. 1916 in Lafayette County, MO). William died of Lung cancer. He was married at the time of his death, but his wife's name is not given. It seems to be signed by [his wife?] Mrs. Wm.? Chinn.

I have only been doing genealogy for about a year and mostly doing literature and web searches -- only a few days of actual research. Nonetheless, I have over 3,000 pages of material that I have not entered into my genealogy database. The Springfield newspapers have an obit on Judge Chinn, but I have not entered it and I didn't find it in a quick search of the files that I have not entered.

All of the Chinn men (and many of the women) seem to be staunch Democrats. In addition to Judge Chinn, my line were all democrats, including Hiram D. who was a close friend (political, poker, and fishing buddy) of Harry S. Truman.

I don't know about their religious affiliations.

Hector A. was a farmer. Benjamin S. was railroad worker (as were several others) and then operated a feed store. Hiram D. was a restaurant, bar, and cigar store owner.

I don't seem to have any information about the streetcar strike; most of my newspaper clippings are about my father and grandparents and Democrat politics from the 1940s to the 1970s. I suggest reading Greene County Archives
Bulletin Number Sixty-Seven, "The Streetcar Strike of 1916-17: “’Scabs,’ Conspiracies, and Lawlessness in Springfield, Missouri” by: Elijah L. Robison. Published: 2004. Greene County Archives. Springfield, MO. 65802 found at Greene County Archives Bulletin Number Sixty-Seven
The Streetcar Strike of 1916-17: “’Scabs,’ Conspiracies, and Lawlessness in Springfield, Missouri” by: Elijah L. Robison. (Greene County Archives: Springfield, MO., 2004) found at It doesn't mention any Chinn, but it is well footnoted and has a bibliography.

Now, a question for you: Was "my" John Chinn your family and do you have any record of his ancestors?

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