Sources show Juan Linn was not Spanish
June 18, 2013 at 1:18 a.m.
Editor, the Advocate:
In regard to Mr. Bob Nance's letter to the editor on June 11, "Juan Linn was of Spanish descent":
According to "The Handbook of Texas: Texas State Historical Association" and "300 Years in Victoria County" by Roy Grimes, Juan Linn was born John Joseph Linn on June 19, 1798, in the county of Antrim in Ireland.
His family moved to New York in 1800 and later in life, he was attracted to DeLeon's Colony and settled in Guadalupe Victoria in 1829.
He was elected first mayor of Victoria on April 16, 1839.
He died Oct. 27, 1885.
The above information can be verified in the above named books and online.
Billie Yencer, Victoria