Page 634 “History of Huntington County, Indiana” (Brant & Fuller: Chicago) 1887. Dallas Township.
JACOB M. ZINSMEISTER, a farmer of Dallas Township, is a native of Bavaria, Germany, born near Steinwenden, in Canton of Lanstuhl, February 5, 1833, being the eldest of a family of eight children born to Jacob and Eve (Schreor) Zinsmeister. He was reared in his native country. He received a common school education, remaining at home with his parents until he attained the age of twenty years, when, in May 1853, he emigrated to the United States, and first settled in Stark County, OH, where he continued to reside, with the exception of three years, when he lived in Montgomery Co., OH, until 1867, when he removed to this country, where he has since made his home. April 30, 1867, his marriage with Margaret Urshel was solemnized, and to their union twelve children have been born: Emma, Katie A., Eliza, John P., Amanda, Flora, Phoebe, William F., Mary, Chalres L., Joseph, and Benjamin. For ten years, from 1856 to 1866, he worked at the carpenter’s trade. Since 1867 he has made farming his occupation, and he has been very successful. He now owns 120 acres of well improved land, the improvements, including a fine commodious brick dwelling, and his barns, etc., are in keeping with the house. He and his wife are members of the German Evangelical Church. He is a man of pronounced temperance views, and is identified with the Prohibition part.