Clark Mahannah, who throughout his active life engaged in farming, was living retired in North English at the
time of his demise. A native of Pennsylvania, his birth occurred on the 9th of August, 1829, and his parents, John
and Susan (Litzenberg) Mahannah, were natives of Pennsylvania and Maryland respectively. On removing to Ohio they
settled on a farm in Knox county, their residence being a log cabin. The mother passed away in that county but
the father spent his last days in Iowa county, Iowa.
Clark Mahannah was one of a family of six children, all of whom have passed away. He was reared in Ohio and gained
his education in the pioneer schools of that state, where his marriage also occurred. He continued to make his
home there until 1857, when he and his wife removed to Keokuk county, Iowa, where he purchased a farm. The family
home was maintained in that county until 1891, when Mr. Mahannah put aside the cares of active life and removed
to North English, where he lived in honorable retirement from business until 1909. His death, which occurred in
that year, was sincerely regretted as he had made many warm friends during his residence in that town. He was laid
to rest in the North English cemetery.
Mr. Mahannah chose as his wife Miss Sophia Wier, who was born in New Jersey on the 28th of May, 1836, and whose
parents were William and Mary (Wack) Wier: They were likewise born in New Jersey and continued to reside there
until 1845, when they removed to Ohio. The father passed away in that year and the mother afterward removed to
Iowa county, Iowa, where she died at the venerable age of ninety years. Two of their four children survive. Mr.
and Mrs. Mahannah had twelve children, namely: C. D., a sketch of whom appears elsewhere
in this work; W. J., a resident of Lincoln, Nebraska; Emma, who is the widow of Byron Pettibone and resides
with her mother; Susan, the wife of W. P. Dixon, of Norfolk, Nebraska; Carrie, who gave her hand in marriage to
W. E. Brown, of Colfax, Iowa; Charles S., whose home is in Florida; Sarah, the wife of T. M. Clenenger, of Anamosa,
Iowa; Elizabeth M., who married C. A. Burt, of Delta; Frank A., of Denver; Colorado; Blanche, the wife of I. E.
Mathew, of Oskaloosa, Iowa; and Clark and Bessie, both deceased.
Mr. Mahannah was a soldier in the Union army during the Civil war, serving as a member of Company I, Twenty eighth
Iowa Volunteer Infantry, for two years. In the battle of Champion's Hill on the '6th of May, 1863, he was wounded
and was compelled to remain in a hospital until August, when he was mustered out. Throughout his entire life he
measured up to high standards of citizenship and could be counted upon to further movements of public benefit.
He took an active interest in the work of the Christian church, of which he was an influential member and elder,
and its various activities felt the impetus of his energy. His wife also holds membership in that church and is
active in its work. She owns one hundred and twenty acres of. land in Keokuk county and a good residence in North
English. Her many excellent traits of character have won her the respect of the community.
History of Iowa County, Iowa
And its People
By: James C. Dinwiddie
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Iowa County, IA
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