Location: Hancock Maryland

Biographical Sketch of George Brethard Thomas

George Brethard Thomas was born in Hancock, Washington county, Maryland, on the 29th of March, 1842. His father died when the subject of this sketch was twelve years old, and he continued to live with his mother at the old homestead until he reached the age of eighteen, and then migrated to Missouri, arriving in St. Joseph in the spring of 1860. He remained in that city some two months, then came to Gallatin, where he secured employment as clerk in the hotel owned by Thomas Clingan, and remained in that capacity until February, 1861, when he engaged in farming and continued in that “noblest of all pursuits,” until May, 1881. From 1866 to 1875, in addition to his farm occupations, he was a member of the firm of Thomas & Brosins, in the meat market business. He was clerk of the Shriver district, Liberty township, for over ten years, showing by his long continuance in the office that the people appreciated his valuable qualities. On the 14th of February, 1861, Mr. Thomas was united in marriage to Miss Epha Brosins, of Liberty township. From this union, which has proven a happy one, they have five children; namely, Lucinda M., Annie May, Mary Louvenia, Floyd and Georgia, all living at home. Mr. and Mrs. Thomas are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church, and he is a member of Gallatin...

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Biography of Independence Mann

Independence Mann, The subject of this sketch was born near Hancock, in the State of Maryland, on the 4th day of July, 1843, and is the son of Jonathan E. and Mary A. (Brosins) Mann, natives of Marlyand. At an early age, in company with his parents, he removed to this county and received the greater part of his education in the excellent schools of Gallatin. He began his business career as a clerk in the dry goods store of T. J. Casey, at Richmond, Missouri. At the commencement of the Civil War, prompted by a spirit of patriotic devotion to his adopted State, Mr. Mann responded to her governor’s first call for volunteers and enlisted in May, 1861, in Colonel Reeve’s regiment of General Sterling Price’s command. In defense of principles he believed just, our subject fought bravely and well, throughout the entire war. He followed the “crimson banner of stars and bars ” through the battles of Carthage, Wilson’s Creek, Lexington, Pea Ridge, Cape Girardeau, Potosi, and Pilot Knob. At Pea Ridge he was disabled by a wound and fell into the hands of the enemy. After lying in the hospital for about two months, he was exchanged and joined General Joe. O. Shelby’s cavalry brigade, with whom he continued until the close of the war, and then, “when the people’s hopes were dead” and the banner...

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Biography of William Mann

William Mann was born in Hancock, Washington county, Maryland, April 1, 1839. He is the son of Jonathan E. and Mary A. Mann, who came to Missouri in 1841 and settled at Gallatin, where the subject of this sketch was reared. His educational advantages were limited, only having the opportunity of attending school two or three months each year from the time he was eight until fifteen years of age. His mother died when he was nine, and his father just before he became of age. His father being a merchant, young Mann started for himself in the same calling, he and his brother, Elwood E., and Jonathan Brosins, forming the firm of Brosins, Mann & Co., in 1860, soon after his father’s death. They engaged in business until the disturbed condition of the county, caused by the war, compelled them to discontinue, which they did in 1863. Our subject then went to Nebraska City and engaged in the stove and tinware business, which he carried on until 1867, when, peace being restored, he sold out and returned to Gallatin, and in 1868 again engaged in the mercantile business, associating with him Thomas J. Crain as Mann & Crain. They dissolved in 1870, and in 1871 he became connected in the mercantile business with another brother, J. A. Mann, under the firm name of Mann & Brother. His brother...

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Biographical Sketch of Elwood M. Mann

Elwood M. Mann is a native of Hancock, Washington county, Maryland, born December 14, 1836. His parents, Jonathan and Mary A. Mann, removed to Missouri in 1844, and after stopping at Wellington one winter, came to Daviess county and settled in what is now Sheridan township. They lived there until 1846, then removed to Gallatin, where his mother died in 1848, and his father in 1859, he having lived with his parents and clerked in his father’s store until that time. In 1860 he engaged in the mercantile business with Jonathan Brosins and his brother William Mann,, under the firm name of Brosins, Mann & Co., doing business until 1862, when Mr. Brosins retired, and the firm of Mann & Bro. carried on the business until the fall of 1863. The following year he went out on the plains, remaining some six months. In the fall of 1866 he once more embarked in the mercantile business, forming a partnership with Pines R. Dunn, and transacting business until 1870 under the firm name of Mann & Dunn, when they closed out. He soon after engaged in general merchandising, continuing about one year, when he entered the grocery business, in which he has-been engaged ever since. In January, 1881, he formed a partnership with. R. R. Wynn, who had clerked for him seven years, and established the present firm of Mann...

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Biographical Sketch of Samuel T. Brosins

Samuel T. Brosins is a native of Hancock, Maryland, and was born April 1, 1817. His parents removed to Missouri and settled at Gallatin in 1849, and here he was reared, receiving his education in the common schools and academy of Gallatin. In 1867 he began reading law, under the preceptor-ship of Judge Robert L. Dodge, studying during the summer and teaching during the winter until 1871, when he was admitted to the bar, and at once became associated with William C. Gillihan, and the firm of Gillihan Brosins are among the ablest practitioners of the Daviess county bar. During the years of 1871 and 1876 he was appointed city attorney of Gallatin, and most creditably represented the city. Mr. Brosins was united in marriage to Miss Inez T. Evans, of Gallatin,. on the 20th of December, 1870. She is a native of Nashville, Tennessee. They have two children, Carl and Lena. Mr. and Mrs. Brosins are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church South, of Gallatin, and he is a-member of the Gallatin Lodge No. 167, I. O. O....

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