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Joseph Hann
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Birth: Jan. 5, 1843, England
Death: Apr. 30, 1930
Morgan County
Illinois, USA

Aged 87y 3m 25d; died in Jacksonville, IL

Buried in same plot as Mary, Maurice, Charles and Edgar Hann. Their stone is shown (smaller red one); Joseph has no individual stone in this plot.

Joseph Hann is the pioneer in the coal developing interests of Sangamon county. He sank the first shaft here and has carried forward his work in a manner that has been of lasting benefit to this section of the state, while at the same time returning to him an excellent income as the reward of his labor. With a recognition of the difficulties and obstacles which lay before him in such a business venture, he entered upon his work, and with sound, practical judgment to bear upon its various phases he has continued the task of developing the coal mines, not only of Illinois, but of other states.

Mr. Hann is a native of England, and in that country he acquired a good common school education, which served as a basis upon which to found his later success. It was in the year 1866 that he arrived in America, the vessel on which he sailed dropping anchor in the harbor of New York, whence he made his way across the country to Peoria, Illinois. In that city he was employed for a brief period, but afterward came to Springfield, and having investigated the subject of the coal deposits in this section of the state he had come to the conclusion that there were rich beds of coal underlying much of the surface of Sangamon county. Therefore he sunk the first shaft in Sangamon county and also the first one for the West End Coal Company and for the Sangamon Coal Company.

He is today the leading officer and principal stockholder in the Citizens' Coal Mining Company, serving as general manager and secretary. This company was incorporated in 1894 with a capital of thirty thousand dollars. In the previous year a coal mine was opened about two miles west of Springfield, the shaft being sunk to the depth of two hundred and fifteen feet, where a six-foot vein of coal was struck. At a later date the company began operating mine B, which is located two and one-half miles southwest of Springfield and which also has a vein of six feet. The Citizens Coal Mining Company is a progressive corporation, having improved hoisting machinery, and the product it secures is of a superior quality of bituminous coal. The output of the mines is extensive, and, finding a ready sale on the market, makes the business a profitable one.

For some time Mr. Hann was connected with the Randolph Coal and Gas Company, of Kansas City, Missouri. He is a man of sound judgment and his long experience in connection with coal mining renders his opinions safe and reliable. No industry has been of as great value to Sangamon county as the development of these coal interests, and for his pioneer labors in this direction Mr. Hann certainly deserves great credit and commendation. Many men with the multiplicity of business cares that devolve on Mr. Hann would be unable to give each and all of them proper attention, yet he does this and directs his large operations with seemingly less annoyance than many men show in managing very small enterprises.

He takes a citizen's interest in good government, but political conductorship or conquests are for him without charm. The difficult walks of business life are more to his liking, and here he has been successful and here has been the true sphere of his usefulness. He is a member of a number of local mutual societies and is living with his wife and children at No. 1331 West Edwards street.

Page 494, PAST AND PRESENT OF THE CITY OF SPRINGFIELD AND SANGAMON COUNTY ILLINOIS By Joseph Wallace, M. A., The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co., Chicago, IL, 1904, retrieved from:

Joseph Haun
Birth Date: 5 Jan 1843
Birth Place: England
Death Date: 30 Apr 1930
Death Place: Jacksonville, Morgan, Illinois
Burial Date: 2 May 1930
Burial Place: Springvill, Sangamon, Co., Ill.
Death Age: 87
Occupation: Coal Miner
Race: White
Marital Status: M
Gender: Male
Father Name: Henry Haun
Father Birth Place: England
Mother Name: Martha Short
Mother Birth Place: England
Spouse Name: Edith Heads
Illinois, Deaths and Stillbirths Index, 1916-1947

It appears he was married three times; marriages as listed below and wife Edith Heads at time of death.

Illinois, Marriages, 1851-1900
Name: Mary Lash
Gender: Female
Spouse Name: Joseph Hann
Marriage Date: 22 Aug 1867
Marriage County: Sangamon
Comments: This record can be found at the County Court Records located at Springfield, IL.

Illinois, Marriages, 1851-1900
Name: Mary Denny
Gender: Female
Spouse Name: Joseph Hann
Marriage Date: 1 Nov 1890
Marriage County: Sangamon
Comments: This record can be found at the County Court Records located at Springfield, IL

Family links: 
  Mary C. Lash Hann (1846 - 1889)
  Mary Ann Denny Hann (1860 - 1906)*
  Charles J. Hann (1871 - 1873)*
  Edgar J. Hann (1875 - 1878)*
  Maurice M. Hann (1885 - 1905)*
*Calculated relationship
Oak Ridge Cemetery
Sangamon County
Illinois, USA
Plot: Block 1, 50
Maintained by: BjJ
Originally Created by: Charles W Brown
Record added: Sep 02, 2010
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