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 John McMannomy

John McMannomy

Birth
Delaware County, Pennsylvania, USA
Death 26 Feb 1899 (aged 86)
Fountain County, Indiana, USA
Burial Covington, Fountain County, Indiana, USA
Memorial ID 22149282 · View Source
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Obituary read: "Death Claims An Old Pioneer - John McMannomy Dies Full of Years and Honors - Close of An Eventful Life - John McMannomy, one of the most widely known citizen of the country, was joined the silent throng upon the other side, and the grief felt at his death is not confined alone to relatives of the dead man. He was a friend to all and as such will be mourned.

His death occurred at 8:30 o'clock Sunday evening in this city, at his home on Third Street, and while it was not unexpected it was none the less a severe shock to his relatives and many friends throughout the county. He had been in feeble health for some time, yet until his late illness his familiar figure was to be seen on the streets every day. A few months ago, he was stricken with paralysis and it was thought then that the end had come, but he rallied from the attack and was able to be up and around his home and occasionally come down into town until a second attack prostrated him. He had been growing weaker and weaker for many days, but when the end came Sunday evening the deceased was in full possession of all his faculties. His end was peaceful and serene - the warm heart ceased to beat and the soul returned to its maker. The death of John McMannomy removes another pioneer citizen of Fountain County. he had the respect of all who knew him. He was a quiet, unassuming disposition, though a perfect gentleman of the old school and true friend. In his home he was tender and true, devoted to his wife and children. He will be mourned as a good citizen, an upright man, a loving husband and father. The tenderest sympathy of all will go out to relatives left to mourn.

John McMannomy was born in Philadelphia on April 4, 1812. His parents were Patrick and Nancy (McDerit) McMannomy, who came from the Green Isle of Erin at an early day. About 1825 he moved with his parents to Ross County, Ohio, and in November, 1830 he came to this county, where he spent his life.

In 1835 he was married to Eliza VanDorn, and to home were born six children; Mary, who married Leopold ?, Isabella, who married James Sangster, Nancy, wife of Julius Loeb, John Ross, Frank and William. All are living except William. His wife died in 1862. Later he married Elizabeth Bodine, and several years after he death, he was again married to Jane Davison, a sister to his second wife, and who survives him.

Mr. McMannomy was always an active man and engaged in large enterprises. In 1842, when the Wabash and Erie Canal was built, he together with John Bodley, secured large contracts for building sections of it, and after it was completed, he was appointed state superintendent and looked after it until it was abandoned. He built the fine school building in this city, and the county jail; also parts of the Big 4 railroad and the branch of the C&EI from Bismark to Coal Creek; also the towpath road to Attica.

In 1852 he got a touch of gold fever and went to California where he held an appointment from the governor for several years to assist emigrants over the Alkali deserts. He was a soldier in the Black Hawk War. In politics he was ever an unserving democrat, and was prominent in the councils of his party; he was the intimate friend of such men as Senator Voorhees, Thomas A. Hendericks and Jos. E. McDonald, and his recommendation and endorsement was eagerly sought by all political aspirants. While always ready to assist his political friends, he would never accept any office for himself.

John McMannomy died February 26, 1899, aged 86 years, 10 months and 22 days. Not many of us will live as long as he, and few of us will look back over such an active, adventurous and useful life. He died full of years and honors.

The funeral services were held at St. Joseph Catholic Church, of which he was a member, on Wednesday morning at 10 o'clock, after which his remains were laid to rest in Prescott Grove Cemetery."



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  • Created by: Lesa Epperson
  • Added: 13 Oct 2007
  • Find A Grave Memorial 22149282
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for John McMannomy (4 Apr 1812–26 Feb 1899), Find A Grave Memorial no. 22149282, citing Prescott Grove Cemetery, Covington, Fountain County, Indiana, USA ; Maintained by Lesa Epperson (contributor 46576986) .