Mann Family History
When I began researching my mother’s family history, we believed that the Manns were, like the rest of my maternal grandmother’s ancestors, German or Alsatian. We were surprised and delighted to learn that, in fact, the Manns and their relations were among America’s earliest European immigrants, settling near Plymouth, Massachusetts before 1644. This line of descent is described in George Mann’s 1884 Mann Memorial genealogy, the index to which is available on this site. The 1700s Mann Farmhouse in Scituate, Massachusetts is maintained as a historical house by the Scituate Historical Society.
Our branch of the Mann family left Massachusetts for upstate
New York in the eighteenth century, settling in Schoharie
County, New York. These Manns and their relatives served on the
American side during the Revolutionary War.
In the late nineteenth century, my grandmother’s grandfather, George Erwin Mann, married a German-American woman from Buffalo, Mary Elizabeth Frankenstein, and moved with her to Cincinnati, Ohio (see Frankenstein family PDF at top of page). Their son, Manly Burr Mann, also married a German-American, Florence Hirschauer – thereby convincing their descendants that Mann was, in fact, a German name. Information on the Hirschauer branch is available on the Hirschauer family history page.
Created by Sara Palmer Gilles and Colin Gillies