William Henry Wann

17 January 1834–17 July 1914 (Age 80)
Eugene, Eugene Township, Vermillion, Indiana, United States

The Life of William Henry

When William Henry Wann was born on 17 January 1834, in Eugene, Eugene Township, Vermillion, Indiana, United States, his father, Daniel C. Wann, was 27 and his mother, Susannah Givens, was 21. He married Margaret Fitz Randolph on 9 December 1858, in Fountain, Indiana, United States. They were the parents of at least 2 sons and 1 daughter. He lived in Wabash Township, Fountain, Indiana, United States in 1880 and Liberty Township, Parke, Indiana, United States for about 10 years. He died on 17 July 1914, in Fountain, Indiana, United States, at the age of 80, and was buried in Silver Island Cemetery, Fulton Township, Fountain, Indiana, United States.

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William Henry Wann
Ella Maria Hammer
Marriage: 1 May 1873
Roland Thomas Wann
Harriet Wann
Jessie May Wann
Clarence Wann

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    Ella Maria Hammer


1 May 1873
Fountain, Indiana, United States


    Roland Thomas Wann




    Clarence Wann


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World Events (8)

1836 · Remember the Alamo

Age 2

Being a monumental event in the Texas Revolution, The Battle of the Alamo was a thirteen-day battle at the Alamo Mission near San Antonio. In the early morning of the final battle, the Mexican Army advanced on the Alamo. Quickly being overrun, the Texian Soldiers quickly withdrew inside the building. The battle has often been overshadowed by events from the Mexican–American War, But the Alamo gradually became known as a national battle site and later named an official Texas State Shrine.
1836 · The Massive Internal Improvements Act

Age 2

The Massive Internal Improvements Act of 1836 loaned Indiana $10,000,000 to create infrastructure such as canals, railroads, and roads across the state. The act was signed by Whig Governor Noah Noble and passed by the Indiana General Assembly. However, the financial crisis known as the Panic of 1837 thwarted these plans as costs ballooned. Construction on the infrastructure was not completed and the state debt rapidly increased.
1856 · The Town of Santa Claus

Age 22

The town of Santa Fe was denied their application for a United States Postal Service as a town of Santa Fe, Indiana, was already established. Several meetings were held and the name was changed to Santa Claus, Indiana. The United States Postal Service granted their application. Due to the name, the post office in Santa Claus continues to receive thousands of letters to Santa Claus from children around the world each December.

Name Meaning

1 English and Scottish: nickname from Middle English wann ‘wan’, ‘pale’ (the meaning of the word in Old English was, conversely, ‘dark’).2 German: from the personal name Wano, a short form of Wambald ( see Wambold ).3 German: topographic name denoting a basketshaped valley or on a basket-shaped knoll, Middle High German wann(e) ‘basket’ ( see Wanner and Wannemacher ).

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Sources (3)

  • Wm Wann, "United States Census, 1870"
  • William Wansa in household of Daniel Wansa, "United States Census, 1850"
  • W H Wann, "United States Census, 1880"

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