Biographies and Obituaries
We are compiling as many biographies and/or obituaries of the early ministers of Van Zandt County during the years 1848 to 1920 as we can find. Some lived in the county a short time but some lived out their lives here. We welcome submissions if you have an ancestor who was a pastor or minister at any time in this county. Email us, or write to the Van Zandt County Genealogical Society, P.O. Box 1388, Canton, TX 75103.
Reuben Thomas Shinn
Rev. Tom Ruben Shinn was born in Washington county, Ala., June 11, 1851, and died August 3rd., 1933. Early in life he was converted and united with the Baptist church. Feeling the call to preach the Word, he was ordained to the ministry and spent his entire life in service of his Lord and humanity. Coming to Van Zandt county in the winter of 1886 or 1887, he immediately identified himself with every good work, serving churches as pastor and doing real pioneer mission work. He was the father of fourteen children, eleven of whom, with his wife, survive him. He is also survived by fifty-five grandchildren and thirty-seven great grandchildren. (from the Canton Herald, August 11, 1933)
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