The Miami Valley Mann Family

The Miami Valley Ohio Mann Family


The War of 1812 in Miami County

Massacres in Miami County During the War of 1812

The Mann Brothers

The Death of
George Mann


The Johnston Family

Other Notable Families
in Our Genealogy

Colonel John Mann served and trained under two of the nation's most famous "Indian fighters", Simon Kenton, and Benjamin Whiteman. He and his brother, Major Jacob Mann, were active in the Ohio Militia. They both served with distinction during the War of 1812. The Major led groups of sharpshooters on the frontier and remained in government service after the state had dismissed most men from duty. The Colonel led the Miami County Militia until he was appointed to higher command within the Ohio Militia.

The following is a timeline for the Mann brothers.........

1767- John Mann Jr. is born to John and Susannah Mann.
1791- John Mann Sr. gives his consent for John Jr. to marry Fanny Williams.

1791- Isaac is born to John Jr. and Fanny.
1793- John marries Barbara Williams, Fanny's cousin. We assume Fanny died, possibly in childbirth.
1794- A son, George, is born to John and Barbara.
1797- John and Barbara's daughter Fanny is born in Virginia. John comes to Ohio with George Williams to locate a claim and plant corn for John's father-in-law, Michael Williams. They locate a claim on Mad River near Dayton. After this is achieved they return to bring their families back.
1798- They return in Autumn. They live near Dayton for a year, then move to Honey Creek in Elizabeth Township, Miami County, Ohio.
1799- Sergeant John Mann is listed in Virginia Militia records as "having removed to the Miami's." John and Jacob have now established themselves as early settlers in Elizabeth Township, in Miami County, Ohio.
1801- Their sister-in-law, Betsy Moyer Mann Harman, settles near by in Staunton Township.
1801- For much of his life Jacob is noted in Miami county as one of the highest class of hunters. According to Asa Coleman's reminisces, Jacob often made hunting his principal business.
1801/09- Jacob Mann surveys and maps out early roads in Miami County, Ohio.
1803- By April, their parents, John Sr. and Susannah, are living here with them, and have put their 500 acre farm in Virginia up for sale. John's sister, Elizabeth Battrell and her husband John, also come to live with them.
1804- John and Barbara return to Virginia to manage the sales of their families' lands. While they are in Virginia, their son Charles is born.
1805- In December, John Mann Sr. enters land in Cincinnati. The plot was Range 10, Township 2, Section 25, Part section 307.20 acres. His residence at time of entry is listed as Montgomery County, Ohio (now Miami County, Elizabeth Township).
1805- The land entry for John Mann Jr. was Range 9, Township 1. Section 6, Part section: North 1/2 and the South 1/2 fraction 216.16 acres. His residence at time of entry is listed as Montgomery County, Ohio (now Miami County, Bethel Township).
1806- John Mann becomes an Ensign in the Ohio Militia under General James Findlay. Later that year, he is promoted to the rank of Captain.
1807- Jacob is serving as a Lieutenant in the Ohio Militia, in Miami County, Ohio.
1808- John Mann and his brother-in-law, John Battrell, are appointed guardians of John and Molly Mann, children of George and Betsy Moyer Mann Harman. (Probate Court Case #15.) The children stay originally with the Battrells, but when they move west, the children stay with John and Barbara Mann.
1809- John Mann is serving as a Major in the Montgomery County, Ohio Militia.
1811- John Mann is serving as a Major for the 2nd Regiment, 5th Brigade, 1st Division of the Ohio Militia.
1811- In autumn, John Mann and Alexander Ewing scout for WH Harrison.  Both are promoted to the rank of Colonel for acts of valor.  John becomes Colonel over the Miami County Militia.
1812- Several companies of volunteers are organized, of which Jacob Mann was a Captain in the Miami County, Ohio Militia. Records show him as an Ensign, Captain, then Major, serving under his brother. It is recorded that during the war he participated in Harrison's campaign to free Fort Wayne. While spying out the land with Captain Logan, another scout, they came upon an ambush planned for
Harrison, and when exchanging fire Jacob shoots the noted Pottawatomie chief, Metea, in the arm as he was attempting to hide behind a tree, rendering the arm useless for life.
1812- Early in 1812, John becomes Colonel over the 1st Regiment, 2nd Brigade, 5th Division. His designation is now Field Colonel, which means he will lead troops in battle. The counties in this regiment are Montgomery, Preble, Miami, and Darke. Jacob becomes a Major and also serves in the 5th division.
1814- John resigns his commission with the Ohio Militia.  He cites hearing loss as the reason for his resignation.

1814- Jacob Mann marries Elizabeth Shell.
Jacob becomes a Mason and charter member of Franklin Lodge in Miami County, Ohio.
1815- A son, James, is born to Jacob and Elizabeth.
1816- Major Jacob Mann is the Battalion Commander for Miami County. At this time, Miami County belongs to the 2nd Regiment, 2nd Brigade, 5th Division of the Ohio Militia.
1817- A daughter, Priscilla, is born to Jacob and Elizabeth.
1818- John and Elizabeth Battrell move to Delaware County, Indiana.
1826- George Mann, John and Barbara's son, dies leaving his widow, Margaret Pearson Mann, to raise their children Abel and Ruth.
1826- A daughter, Mary, is born to Jacob and Elizabeth.
1827- A son, Isaac, is born to Jacob and Elizabeth.
1828- Jacob Jr. is born to Jacob and Elizabeth.
1828- John Mann Jr. and Barbara Mann sell their farm in Miami County, Ohio and move to Loramie Township, in Shelby County, Ohio.
1829- John Mann Jr. is listed as Director of School District #2 in Loramie Township, Shelby County, Ohio.
1829- Jacob Mann erects the first distillery of any magnitude in Miami County.
1830- A son, John, is born to Jacob and Elizabeth.
1831- Barbara, John's second wife dies.
1832- John Mann Jr. marries Rachael Berry.
1833- Henry, Jacob and Elizabeth's 5th son is born.
1833- John Mann Jr. dies in the latter part of May.
1833- The Executors notice of Col. John Mann's death was placed in the Piqua Gazette, dated 13 July.
1833- After his death, his youngest daughter, Cynthiana, is born to his widow Rachael.
1833- Probate Court, Shelby County, Ohio. Estate package A78 is filed for John Mann. These records show no mention of his deceased son George. All other children are mentioned.
1834- The Estate Executor of Col. John Mann's estate files suit against John's widow, Rachael Berry Mann, seeking land to be sold to satisfy debts.
1835- Ruth and Abel Mann file suit against John and Barbara's youngest son, Charles. Charles had been entrusted by John Mann with provision for their father's share of inheritance.
1836- A daughter, Caroline, is born to Jacob and Elizabeth.
1857- On March 14, Jacob Mann dies.
1858- On March 15, Elizabeth, Jacob's wife dies.

The Mann brothers had an older brother named George who was killed by Indians in Virginia. Click here to read about George Mann.

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