Henry County, Indiana
Genealogy and History
Typed and Submitted by Lora Radiches
Surnames in this biography are: Mann, Blades, Pavy, Krohn, Pendray, Alstadt, Anders
THOMAS P. Mann, secretary of the Peoples Home & Savings Company of Muncie, has been identified with banking and financial organizations through practically his entire business career. Mr. Mann was born at Albany in Delaware County, April 24, 1879. He is descended from a line of Quaker ancestors. His great-grand-father, Joseph Mann, was a native of the State of Delaware, where he married Elizabeth Blades. For a time they lived in Highland County, Ohio, and eventually established a home in Delaware County, Indiana. Their son, Warner Mann, was born in Delaware, grew up in Ohio, and in 1836 settled in Niles Township, Delaware County, Indiana, acquiring land, partly by purchase and partly by entry. He died at the age of forty-four.He was an abolitionist, and he and his wife were Methodists. He married Nancy Pavy, daughter of Isaac and Elizabeth Pavy. One of their family of children was the late Isaac Mann, who was born in Highland County, Ohio, June 12, 1834, and was two years of age when brought to Delaware County. He lived part .of his early life in a log cabin and attended some of the pioneer schools of Eastern Indiana. Farming was his vocation, which he pursued with characteristic energy and of which he made a success, represented by one of the best-improved farms in the vicinity of Albany. There was no deviation from his steady support of the Republican Party from the time he cast his first vote, in 1856, for John C. Fremont until his death. Isaac Mann died in 1911. He married, in 1859, Mary L. Krohn, who was born in Delaware County, daughter of William F. Krohn, a native of Germany, who married Maria Pendray. Thomas P. Mann was one of the children of Isaac and Mary L. (Krohn) Mann and was reared on the homestead farm near Albany, attending public school the are and continuing his education in the Marion Normal College and Valparaiso University. After his school career he spent about four years in the far West, in Washington, Idaho and Oregon, and on returning to Indiana joined the Merchants National Bank at Muncie, an institution which he served faithfully for a period of a quarter of a century. On December 1, 1929, he resigned his post as assistant cashier to become secretary of the Peoples Home & Savings Association, to which he now devotes his full time and attention. Mr. Mann is a member of Delaware Lodge No. 46, A. F. and A. M., the Knights of Pythia's and the Muncie Chamber of Commerce, through which and other organizations he has exercised his influence as a citizen. He is a Republican and member of the High Street Methodist Episcopal Church. He married at Louisville, Kentucky, January 17, 1912, Miss Eva Alstadt, of Muncie, daughter of Jacob and Sarah (Anders) Alstadt. Her father was a farmer and stock raiser in Randolph County, Indiana. Her parents are buried in the Union Cemetery near Parker, Indiana. Mrs. Mann was educated in the public schools of Muncie and for several years before her marriage was engaged in social service work in New York City and later at Louisville, Kentucky. These interests she has cultivated since her marriage and has had charge of the religious education department in the public schools for the Y. W. C. A. She is a member of the Research Club and the High Street Methodist Episcopal Church. Mr. and Mrs. Mann have two daughters, Sarah Lou and Elizabeth. Sarah Lou is a member of the class of 1930 in the Muncie High School and Elizabeth is a student in the McKinley Junior High School.