Randolph  County,  Indiana

The  Evening  Times
Union City, Indiana
Monday, March 18, 1929.
George Augustus Mangas
January 31, 1862 - March 17, 1929
          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.
Contributed by Lindsey Finken
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A  Randolph  County  Area  Newspaper
Obituary --
1800 - 1883
        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.
        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 their efforts.
        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:
Aged Chil. Living G.G.C.
Emanuel......... 54 4 1 ...
Sarah Smiley.. 54 8 6 4
Casper.......... 52 11 10 1
John.............. 49 1 1 ...
Jacob............ 47 6 4 ...
Eli................. 44 9 6 ...
Abraham....... 41 3 3 ...
Absalom........ 39 6 3 ...
Samuel 36 1 1 ...
        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 brother.
        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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