teri: either of these two spellings are from the same family. co-incidentaly i am researching zinamon mccullough my gg grandfather also from pitkin, la. i have hit the wall. however pitkin was a small town nicknamed "slabtown". i don't know if that denotes poverty or what. i have contacted a person in leesville, vernon parish and they are mailing me a small out of print book on pitkin and the area's history. i will post that source on the message boards one i recieve it. the chances are extremely high that zinamon and your james monroe are closely related. appreciate any further if you have it. also zinamon was born in 1853 and was married to nancy a davis also from pitkin.