Jackson Mann was born in Ohio on November 26,1829 to Isaac and Catherine
Mann. He married Martha Tyler in 1860. The family resided in Oran, Ohio
for several years. Lewis was an expert carpenter. He was
known for quality workmanship by customers as distant as New York.
was drafted during the Civil War. His brother lost an arm, and his
brother-in-law and several cousins died in service, thus he had no
desire to serve in the military.
When he received his first
draft notice, he replied in writing that he was crippled, and
to be dismissed from service. The
government ordered him to
appear in Greenville, Ohio for a medical exam
within six months.
Lewis immediately began to build up what became a significant amount of
callous on one hand by constantly squeezing corn cobs.
the six month deadline was nearing, Lewis picked up a cane made for him
by his best friend, Samuel Moyer. He then hobbled into Greenville for
his medical exam. The physician asked him how he became crippled, and
Lewis told him that he had fallen from a horse seven years prior. The
physician then looked at the thick callous on his hand, assumed it was
from years of using the cane, and promptly dismissed him from military
duty. Lewis hobbled out of town, let out a yell of joy when he was out
of site, and ran home.
the Civil War Lewis sold his land in Shelby County, Ohio and moved to
land in Darke County that he had inherited from his father, Isaac.
Isaac had received the land several years earlier for service in the War
of 1812. The land grant was located in Adams Township, in an area known
as "Black Walnut" country.
helped each of his children purchase farmland and applied his
skills to build their homes, with the exception of his son, Dorsey.
Dorsey received money to assist in the purchase of a farm in Shelby
County that belonged to his wife's uncle. Lewis
died in 1919, and was survived by seven of his eleven children.
Our line of descent from
Germany to present day is as follows:
George Bernard Mann
John Mann Sr.
Colonel John Mann Jr.
Lewis J. Mann
Dorsey V. Mann
John A. Mann Sr.
John A. Mann Jr.
Timothy A. Mann