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
The following is a timeline
for the Mann brothers.........
1767- John Mann Jr. is born to John and
1791- John Mann Sr. gives his consent for John Jr. to marry Fanny
1791- Isaac is born to John Jr. and
1793- John marries Barbara Williams,
Fanny's cousin. We assume Fanny died, possibly in childbirth.
1794- A son, George, is born to John
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
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
1815- Jacob becomes a Mason and
charter member of Franklin Lodge in Miami County, Ohio.
1815- A son, James, is born to Jacob
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
1828- Jacob Jr. is born to Jacob and
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
1831- Barbara, John's second wife dies.
1832- John Mann Jr. marries Rachael
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
1836- A daughter, Caroline, is born to
Jacob and Elizabeth.
1857- On March 14, Jacob Mann dies.
March 15, Elizabeth, Jacob's wife dies.
The Mann brothers had an
older brother named George who was killed by Indians in Virginia. Click
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John Mann Jr.
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