Randolph County, Indiana
The Evening Times
Son of Casper Mangas and Nancy Jane Perry Mangas, born in Jackson Township, he married Lillie Viola Harlan on June 4, 1882, daughter of Edward H. Harlan and Sarah Jane Smith Harlan. He was a carpenter, and self taught Architect.
"Working at the firm of Gettinger and Mangas, he took a great civic pride
in our city and many residences and buildings scattered over the city, stands
as monuments to his memory. " * His brother James Perry Mangas was also
associated with the firm. He was formerly identified with our water works plant
and it was through his efforts that the plant was rebuilt about 1913 and the
equipment installed. Shortly thereafter he and his family moved to Canton, Ohio.
Union City, Indiana
Monday, March 18, 1929.
George Augustus Mangas
January 31, 1862 - March 17, 1929
Contributed by Lindsey Finken
A Randolph County Area Newspaper
Jacob Mangas, of Jackson
Township, Randolph County, Indiana, departed this life on Wednesday morning,
August 8, 1883, at 1 o'clock, in the eighty-second year of his age. He was
born in York County, Penna., Nov. 25, 1800, and was endowed with habits of
frugality, economy, industry and integrity.
JACOB MANGAS --
1800 - 1883
Oct. 25, 1825, he was married
to Miss Elizabeth Hoke, sister of Seth and Abram
Hoke of Union City, Indiana, and lived with her peacefully and happily till
his death, 57 years, 9 months and 13 days.
There were born unto them eleven
children, ten sons and one daughter, two of whom died in infancy (twins), and
nine of whom, eight sons and one daughter, survive their father.
Bro. Mangas moved from Penna., to
Richland Co. Ohio, in 1832, and from thence to Jackson Township, Randolph
County, Ind., in 1837, 46 years ago, when this region was one vast wilderness,
with but few white settlers, and no modern conveniences.
When he came to this county he
possessed a fortune which the young men of to-day may well envy -- an iron
constitution, a steady nerve, a solid muscle, a brave heart, an honest purpose,
an unswerving will, and a faithful, loving, working wife, that lay the
foundation of their after - success in life.
Financially, his inventory consisted
of fifty dollars in money, one horse, and a one-horse wagon into which he packed
all of his earthly goods, and his wife and babies, and "moved" to this
county. Here he and his industrious wife fought forest, wild beasts,
inconvenience and deprivation till success grand and almost sublime crowned
FORTY WILD ACRES
They began with forty acres in the
wilderness, and added acres till they possessed two hundred acres, and then
divided and sub-divided with their children until they lived to see each child
in possession of a home and in good circumstances, and themselves a sufficiency
for all probable needs while sojourning here!
Sister Mangas joined the Christian
Church at Lisbon, Sept. 29, 1868, and he joined the same Church Oct. 1, only two
days afterwards. They were both determined that their interests and lot
were in same direction. They lived a quiet, peaceable, goodly life, and
set such a Christian example before the world and their family, that they lived
to see all of their children and their companions, and nearly all of their
grandchildren who are old enough, in the Christian Church with them!
DIED AT 81
Bro. Mangas "departed to be with Christ" August 8,
1883, aged 81 years, 8 months and 13 days. He was the father of eleven
children, nine living who also are parents and grandparents, as follows:
David and Solomon,
twins, died in infancy.
His descendents consist of 11
children, 46 grand children and 5 great grand children. Of these there are
living, 9 children, 35 grand children and 5 great grand children, total 49.
During his last illness, his brother,
John Mangas, age 72 years of South Toledo, Ohio, was constantly at his
bed side, and did all in his power to alleviate the sufferings of his dying
All of his children were continually
within reach to do every thing in their power to soften his passage to the
realms beyond the tomb.
His aged companion, although 75 years
of age, forgot her own infirmities, and like the angel of mercy that she is, was
ever present and ministered to his every want.
Neighbors and strangers vied with
each other and did all things possible to show their appreciation of so good a
man! He was buried at 1 o'clock p.m. on Thursday, August 9, 1883, in the
beautiful Cemetery at Lisbon, surrounded by the largest concourse of
sympathising people that ever convened in that community. By his request
the undersigned tried to speak words of comfort to the assembled multitude.
"To Die is Gain"!
were the words used. We sorrow not as those without hope." He
died as he had lived -- a trustful, loyal man of God. A true Christian.
Wm. D. Stone
Contributed by Lindsey Finken
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