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Notes & Sources for information by Mildred Bilderback Midjaas, granndaughter of John & Albina (Balch) Mann

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Compiler: Mildred B. Midjaas, Carbondale, Illinois
John Preston Mann family records.
Presbyterian Cemetery, Preston, Illinois\
Mann Cemetery on Mann farm, north of Chester, Illinois
Reference sheets from Indiana Historical Library
From A. F. White, Biographical Sketches of Rev. James Balch, etc.
McDonough's History of 1883, page 420.
Biographical Record of Randolph, Jackson, Perry and Monroe Counties, Illinois, 1894, pp. 41-42, 1894
Randolph County, Illinois marriage records, Chester, Illinois

Robert Clinton Mann #5 was mortally wounded at the Battle of Chattanooga, Tennessee and died after being exchanged (See Joseph E. Mann's date, also John Preston Mann's Diary)

James Luther Mann was married three times.
First to Rachel Ann Crawford
Second to Sallie Jane Baldridge on May 25, 1854
Third to Mary E. Beatty (Caldwell) who was the second wife of John Beatty

Albina Louise Mann, wife of Henry Bilderback, died in Jackson Co., Illinois. Henry Bilderback died January 17, 1882 at Ava, Jackson Co., Illinois.

From Houston Mann's letter, dated January 15, 1896, written to John Preston Mann:
"When John Mann and wife arrived in Illinios, they had the first four boys. "Aunt Jane" was married to Robert Baird: "Aunt Bina" was Selina Balch, wife of Robert Mann, Jr. Robert Jr. taught a near-by school: Uncle Steele Rankin was the husband of Ethelinda Balch, sister to Albina Balch Mann and Selina was their niece, and he helped drive the cattle from Indiana to Preston, Illinois. The Manns lived three years on the Runnells place near Pollocks. In 1830, they moved to a Thomas Gent farm, lived there for one year. In 1831, John Mann bought the homestead on "Pleasant Ridge" above old Kaskaskia and North of Chester, Illinois, Randolph County.

Ethelinda Balch Rankin came to visit her sister, Albina Mann, and as she returned from church services in Chester, Illinois the horse ran away and Ethelinda was killed when the carriage struck a tree. Selina was in the carriage with her and Uncle Bertus and the boys were on horseback. She was carried to Uncle Bertus' house but was dead. See Preston Mann's diary of Chester, Illinois).

Jonathan Balch Mann was married twice. First to Harriet Webb, the mother of his children. Second to Mrs. Hannah Mitchell, nee Nixon. Jonathan and Hannah lived in Chester, Illinois and died there and are buried at Evergreen Cemetery. Hannah had no children (see John Dodge Papers for her history)

The John Mann family cemetery is located on the "Pleasant Ridge" farm, 2 miles North on Route #3 out of Chester, Illinois, and then off on Gravel Creek Road another 2 miles. There is no house, no blacksmith house, but it is north of the Singer farm, which was the original John Clendenin farm home. The cemetery is located on the road running past the Stallman farms and then North. Very old cedars mark the spot on the left of the road. Out of Chester this is called the "Palestine Road". The original farm extended from the Gravel Creek Road to the cemetery Road. As a young girl, Mildred B. Midjaas was in the ruins of the house, climbed the old stairs and saw the "peg" construction of the house. She was accompanied by Aunt Sally Mann and her daughter, Sadie Bell, who were back on a visit to Chester, Illinois.

The John Mann farm was bought, at a later time, by a Mr. Buenger and he was supposed to have the old anvil from the blacksmith shop on the farm. Mildred B. Midjaas has John Mann's fire tongs and his Eli Terry Cllick, with wooden works and his wife's Tuthill rocking chair and a picture called "Helen" which hung in their house. An identical picture, both print and homemade frame, is in the museum fort at Harrodsburg, Kentucky.

John Mann's first vote was for Jackson. He was a Whig and later Republican.

John Mann's family referred to their home in Indiana as "on Raccoon".

In October 1965, attended the Covered Bridge Festival at Rockbridge, Indiana and crossed over both the Little Raccoon and Raccoon Creeks in making the bridge tours.

William Huston Mann moved to Salina Kansas in Spring of 1884. His letters to his brother, John Preston Mann, furnished the writer with many of the dates. He was a farmer, and letters were full of growth of Kansas. He reminisced about boyhood happenings and sent to John Preston the old lease, signed by John Mann in Indiana. Said his mother had left them wrapped in old handkerchiefs. (Lease among old letters).