Dena May (Loy) Sinn of Otoe County Nebraska

Dena May (“Deine” or “Denie”) Loy (17 September 1862 North Shade Twp., Gratiot Co., MI—1 February 1952 Hutchinson, Reno Co., KS)
md. 3 July 1880 (Ness City, Ness Co., KS)
Johan Conrad Friedrich (“John”) Sinn (23 September 1846 PA—30 June 1924 Hutchinson, Reno Co., KS)

Denie was daughter of Peter and Mary (de Zink) Loy.

Note: Although Denie’s grave stone gives 17 September 1862 birth, which agrees with her age in 1880 census, the 1900 census gives September 1863 and the 1870 census gives her as Dena, age 5, with older brother Jacob, age 7. However, Jacob was listed as age 19 in 1880 census. Denie’s husband John was given birth place in all census as PA with parents born GERMANY, but online tree gives his birth in Bitzfeld, Württemberg, GERMANY

The 1885 South Branch, Otoe County, Nebraska census shows “Dene” and her two children George C. and Annie M. in household of her brother Frederick. Her husband John was not enumerated with them. Like her father Peter’s household listing, the enumerator for the 1885 state census has such sloppy writing, FamilySearch indexed Dena’s and her children’s surname as “Sims” while Frederick’s and wife Lucinda’s surname was indexed as “Saxy.” With close examination of the original schedule, one can see these had been spelled right, as “Sinn” and “Loy.”

One notable fact is that Dena moved to Page Co., IA after her marriage, where they were enumerated in 1900 Amity Township, Page Co., IA census. Page County Iowa’s early pioneers were descendants of my ancestor Martin Loy (to America 1741), viz. William and Jacob Loy (sons of Martin’s son George), Isaac Loy (son of George’s son “Fisher” John Loy), and of David Loy (son of George’s nephew John Loy, Jr.) who married the aforementioned Jacob Loy’s daughter Elizabeth Loy. So, yes, at the time of Dena and her husband’s arrival the landscape was already overflowing with Loys. Surely both Loy branches’ paths would have crossed during this time, giving them opportunity to ask about each other’s Loy family origins. Although he likely visited more often, I’ve found one account where in May 1901 her father Peter Loy of Nebraska City, Nebraska visited his daughter in Amity Township, Page County, Iowa. Upon learning his surname, I’m sure Peter would have been asked by the locals if he was related to the county’s pioneer Loys.

By 1910 they had moved to Reno Co., KS, where they are in the 1910, 1915 (indexed as Sim), and 1920 Reno Co., KS census; then Dena as widow in 1930 (indexed as Tinn) and 1940 Reno Co., KS census.

Historical news clippings of Dena (“Deine”/”Denie”) (Loy) Sinn.

John and Dena’s children:

Born Where Died Where
#1 George Christian Sinn 31 August 1881 Ness City, Ness Co., KS after 1940 Reno Co., KS census
md. 27 November 1907 (St. Clairsville, Belmont Co., OH) Martha Jane Marple 16 September 1888 St. Clairsville, Belmont Co., OH After their divorce, Martha md. 1928 Albert Johnson
#2 Anna May Sinn August 1883 KS 10 July 1921 Hutchinson, Reno Co., KS
md. 24 November 1904 (Hutchinson, Reno Co., KS) Frank L. Rose 18 February 1884 14 March 1958 Shelby Co., IN


After Anna’s death, he married ca. 1923 Stella L., divorced 1933, then md. 1937 Effie B. (Cooper) Morgan

#3 John Frederick Sinn, Jr. 13 July 1885 KS 16 April 1917 on claim near Garden City, Finney Co., KS
md. 2 June 1910 (Ness City, Ness Co., KS) Stella Mae Shover 20 March 1891 KS 3 June 1969 After John’s death, Stella md. between 1924-1929 Fred Sutton
#4 Addie L. Sinn 5 April 1889 Wichita, Sedgwick Co., KS 5 July 1963 Arlington Co., VA
md. 15 November 1911 (Hutchinson, Reno Co., KS) Vernon B. Rice 10 July 1882 College Springs, Amity Twp., Page Co., IA 18 December 1952
#5 Martin Luther Sinn 3 October 1893 Clarinda, Page Co., IA 24 June 1975 Fayetteville, Washington Co., AR
md. Mable C. Fisher 25 May 1901 KS September 1980