Bio: Dinan, John, 1840, County Limerick, Ireland
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Biographical and Historical Record of Greene and Carroll Counties,
Iowa...Chicago: Lewis Pub. Co., 1887.

John Dinan, one of the self-made men of Green County, and
an enterprising farmer of Scranton Township where he
resides on section 19, is a native of Ireland, born in
County Limerick in 1840. His parents, Thomas and Kate
Dinan, never left their native country. They had a family
of seven children, our subject being the sixth child, and
only one who came to America. He left Ireland during the
war of the Rebellion, and landed at New York City in very
limited circumstances, but possessed of a stout heart and a
determination to succeed in life. He lived at New Haven,
Connecticut, several years, and was there married to Miss
Letitia Lynch, who was born in County Derry, Ireland. Four
children have been born to them, three of whom are living,
all natives of New Haven, Connecticut-Thomas, born December
4, 1864; John, born May 24, 1867; and Albert, born
September 24, 1871. Their son Robert was born in Benton
County, Iowa, May 5, 1874, and died in the same county
January 25, 1878. Mr. Dinan came with his family to Iowa in
1871 and lived in Benton County several years. They
afterward resided in Story County, and from there came to
Greene County, settling on his present farm in the spring
of 1880. His farm of 160 acres is one of the best in his
neighborhood, and almost entirely under cultivation, and is
located half on section 19, Scranton Township, and half on
section 25 of Richland twp, in Carroll county, which he as
acquired by persevering toil and energy, combined with good
management, and by his fair and honorable dealings he has
won the confidence and respect of all who know him.
Politically Mr. Dinan affiliates with the Democratic party.
The family are members of the Roman Catholic church.