Biography of John Bohan
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JOHN BOHAN was born October 26, 1820, in Ireland, and was the elder of two children born to Patrick and Elizabeth (McGinnis) Bohan. They emigrated to America in 1823, locating in Westmoreland County, Penn., where they forged from the forest a good home, and reared their family. John Bohan was left an orphan at twelve, and consequently received less than three months' schooling, but through his own industry he has acquired a good practical education. In 1836, he came West to Madison, Ind., where he began as a common laborer on a railroad; but he soon went to Indianapolis, where he was a stage driver for three years. He then moved to Anderson, and in 1844 he moved to Kokomo, when the town consisted of three or four log cabins. He brought with him $300 worth of general merchandise, the first stock brought to the town, and continued in business with success until 1861, when he sold out and enlisted in the United States service. He was Quartermaster of the Thirty ninth Regiment Indiana Volunteer Infantry, but this regiment was reorganized into the Eighth Regiment Indiana Volunteer Cavalry. One year after, he was placed on detached duty, serving as Quartermaster for Gen. R. W. Johnson, as one of the main staff, until he was honorably discharged in October, 1864. This regiment belonged to the First Division of the Fourteenth Army Corps. At the battle of Perryville, Ky., Mr. Bohan was taken prisoner, and was held about two hours, when he took shelter under an old mill, and when the army moved on, he came from his hiding place and made a rapid retreat. He had charge of the ammunition train at the battle of Chickamauga, where he was ordered to bring fifteen wagons of ammunition to the front. He acted promptly and here he was wounded in both hands in less than five minutes, but during his a diction he was not off of duty a single day. In the fall of 1864, he returned home and engaged in the grocery business until 1876, when he sold out and retired from active business. Mr. Bohan served as County Auditor from 1845 to 1856. In 1880, he was elected Justice of the Peace, which office he is now filling. He cast his first Presidential vote for Gen. Harrison in 1840, and has been a stanch supporter of Republican principles ever since. Mr. Bohan was married, in 1845, to Miss Mary E. Myers, of Madison County, hid. She was born in 1828 in Ohio. Three children have blessed their union - Julia E., the wife of Stephen E. Ludlow; Patrick H., a carriage trimmer and painter; and Mary E., the wife of E. S. Long. Mrs. Bohan is a member of the Christian Church, and Mr. Bohan is a member of the Grand Army of the Republic. He has always been in the advance upon all public matters tending to the improvement of the county, and has aided all measures of charity and benevolence.

From:
Counties of Howard and Tipton, Indiana
Historical and Biographical
Charles Blanchard, Editor
F. A. Bettey & Co.
Chicago 1883.


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