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Tammany - James H.

Source: Montgomery County, Indiana H. W. Beckwith, 1881 History of Montgomery County, Indiana (Chicago: Hill)
JAMES H. TAMMANY,(deceased) was born September 10, 1825, in Bellefonte, Centre County, Pennsylvania, and was a son of Henry and Eva (Fox) Tammany. His father, Henry Tammany, was a native of Ireland, who settled in Pennsylvania and there became extensively engaged in railroad and iron business. He came to Indiana about the time of the cholera epidemic in La Fayette, and contracted to build the New Albany, Louisville & Chicago railroad from Greencastle to Crawfordsville. James H. Tammany contracted to build the same road from Crawfordsville to La Fayette. He then became bookkeeper for Graham & Brothers in Crawfordsville. In winter seasons he was bookkeeper for Watson & Sample, who at that time were extensive pork packers. Whenever not otherwise engaged he was a welcome addition in the dry-goods store of Graham Bros. He contracted to build the gravel road from Crawfordsville to Covington, but the scheme failed, through no fault of his. He was also contractor for the construction of the Crawfordsville and Alamo gravel road, which also failed. April 28, 1861, he enlisted in Co. G, 10th Ind., as orderly-sergeant, under Col. Manson. He served three months, was at the battle of Rich Mountain and returned home August 10, 1861, and taking ill he died October 26, 1861, and rests in the Odd-Fellows' Cemetery. He was raised a Catholic, and a democrat in politics. Mr. Tammany was married July 11, 1855, to Dorcas A. Cooch, daughter of Lowen R. and Eleanor (Taylor) Cooch. She was born January 4, 1827, in Hamilton, Ohio. Her father was a native of Randolph County, Virginia and her mother of Washington County, Pennsylvania. The Cooches trace their ancestry to the celebrated Randolph, of Roanoke. Mr. Cooch, died December 9, 1855, aged fifty-six, and Mrs. Cooch followed her husband May 3, 1858, on her fifty-eighth birthday. She was a Presbyterian and he a Baptist. Mrs. Cooch's brother, John Taylor, of La Fayette, was a very wealthy merchant, whose two sons were colonels in the civil war. After the death of her husband Mrs. Tammany supported herself partly by writing for John M. Pierson, claim agent, and in other ways. She had learned to use her pen readily in the County auditor's office in Hamilton, Ohio, when her brother, W. H. Laymon, filled that position. Her only son, Harry Randolph Tammany, born September 13, 1856, has spent three years in Wabash College. Mrs. Tammany now draws a pension as a reward for the service her husband rendered his country and the loss she sustained in the death of him, hastened by war's hardships and exposure.

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