James M. Wann Biography


James M. Wann

Submitted by:  Karen Zach
Source: Portrait & Biographical Record of Montgomery, Parke & Fountain Counties, Indiana (Chapman Brothers, 1893) p 269

James M. WANN. The village of Waterman owes not a little to the enterprise and push of this prominent citizen and popular properietor of the hotel. Our subject was born in Vermillion County, Indiana Aug 14, 1840, son of Daniel and Susan GIVENS Wann. The paternal grandaprents removed from PA shortly after the birth of their son Daniel and made settlement in Circleville, Ohio, where the grandfather died; his wife passed away in Indiana. They had four sons: Jacob, David, John and Daniel and one daughter, Chesty. After coming to Parke County, Indiana about 1821, Daniel Wann woprked at various occupations but subsequently settled on a farm comprising 400 acres in Fountain County Indiana where his death occurred in 1863. In his political opinions, he affiliated with the Whigs during the existence of that party and at the organization of the Republican party joined its ranks. In his religious convictions he was a Presbyterian. Of his first union 6 children were born: William; John, who served as a soldier during the Civil War; Mrs. Elizabeth THOMPSON, deceased; James M of this sketch; Elisha, a soldier in thelate war and a member of the 149th Indiana Infantry; and Mrs. Margaret SELF. The second union of Daniel Wann was with Mrs. Charlotte LUNGER RANDOLPH, who bore him the following children: Daniel; Isaac; Sarah (Mrs. Cartwright); Harriet; Charles and Dana. The last named died in childhood and one other died in infancy. The third marriage of Daniel Wann united him with Mrs. Margaret CARMAN, a sister of the second wife. The childhood of our subject was passed uneventfully on his father's farm and he acquired a practical education in thecommon schools of the neighborhood. At the opening of the Civil War, he enlisted in the service of the union in August 1861 and his name was enrolled as a member of Co. A, 31st Ind Inf. He participated in the battles of Ft. Donelson and Shiloh and in the latter engagement was wounded in the right side. He remained in thehospital until Jan 1863 and upon his recovery rejoined his regiment near Murfreesboro TN. He was present at Chickamauga; Bridgeport; Buzzard's Roost; Resaca and Kenesaw Mountain. In the battle of the last named place he was wounded in the left shoulder and was afterward in the hospitals at Chattanooga and Nashville. Upon receiving a furlough, he returned home and in Oct 1865 was discharged at Indianapolis where he was serving in theveteran corps for a year. Returning to the peaceful pursuits of agriculture, Mr. Wann engaged in farming until 1885, since which time he has been proprietor of an hotel. He is one of the influential Republicans of the community and has served as Jsutice of the Peace for 12 years. His marriage in April 1866, united him with Miss Melissa, daughter of Jacob and Margaret LUNGER CARMAN, and they are the parents of one child, Frank H. who is in Fernwood near Chicago, Ill. Mrs.Wann is a prominent and devoted member of the Methodist Episcoal Church and labors unweariedly in behalf of religious and benevolent enterprises. As may be imagined, Mr. Wann takes great interest in the work of the Grand Army of the Republic and is also identified with the Masonic fraternity.