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Ringgold County Biographical Sketches

Biographical and Historical Record of Ringgold and Decatur Counties, Iowa
Lewis Publishing Company, 1887. pp. 373 - 374.


"John C. SINCO, section 1, Riley Township, was born in Greene County, Indiana, January 12, 1839, a son of Henry and Jane Sinco, the former a native of Virginia, and the latter of South Carolina. They were married in Indiana, and when our subject was four years old moved to Jefferson County, Iowa, being among the pioneer families of that county.

Subsequently they moved to Decatur County and there the father bought 300 acres of land, and laid out a town which he named Paris, but which is now called High Point. Selling that property they moved to Ringgold County, in 1855, and settled on section 2, Riley Township, and there the father died in 1874, aged seventy-four years. The mother is now living at Kellerton.

Their family consisted of seven children - John C.; Columbus B., who died while serving his country, in the twenty-first year of his age; Mary Ellen, wife of Frank Scott, of Decatur County; Martha, deceased, wife of Gilbert Mark; Caroline, wife of J. H. Johnson, of Nebraska; Charlotte, wife of Dell Ferguson, of Decatur County; Margaret, wife of William Barnes, of Riley Township.

John C. Sinco was married May 24, 1863, to Caroline Cling, who was born in Huntington County, Indiana, April 27, 1846, daughter of J. W. Cling, who moved to Illinois in 1850, and in 1857 to Harrison County, Missouri, and is now a resident of Decatur County, Iowa.

Mr. and Mrs. Sinco have seven children - Sarah, wife of A. I. Paullin; Lawn Dora, Florence Mary, Lulu Lillian, John H., Nancy Anna and Jessie Maud. The fine farm property of 300 acres owned by Mr. Sinco was entered and entirely improved by himself.

In politics he is a Republican. He has served his township acceptably and efficiently in several public positions, and at present is school treasurer."

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