Posts Tagged ‘Mann’

Yet Another View of Agnes Mann’s House

September 1, 2014

Sugar had a plan.

He wanted to go back to Beaufort and take a tour of the John Mark Verdier House, get some lunch, and run some errands.  

It was also a bittersweet time of celebration and panic, for Sugar had just had a birthday, and also.  He. Retired.

Not quit.  Retired.

He practiced saying, “But I’m on a fixed income.”  To which I counter, “Oh, not me, I’m loaded.”  Yes, yes, retired people, you are not the only people whose income is stagnated.

Back to Beaufort.

We went back to the Post Office turned Restaurant, the Lowcountry Produce place on Carteret.




Sugar got a fried shrimp Po Boy, ’cause he is feeling Po-ish.

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That’s a Caesar salad with anchovies, which is the standard, and a slice of tomato pie, which is like a layered dish, like lasagna, except with tomatoes and cheeses, in a pie crust.  It is some kind of crazy goodness.

Then we put more money in the meter, even though we suspected that the parking might be free since it was Labor Day, and we headed over to the John Mark Verdier House.

The entry fee for the tour was $10 each, and lasted about 45 minutes.  It was a pleasant piece of history. We were not allowed to touch anything or take any photographs.

After the tour, I asked our guide if I could take a photo of the Saltus/Habersham/MANN house out the window, if I placed the camera against the glass.  She agreed that I could.




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And that right there was worth ten dollars.

On the way home, I turned onto the road which leads to my road, and I saw a piece of tire rubber near the center of the road.  As I went past it, I realized that it was NOT a piece of tire rubber, but a snake.  I turned around, and took a photo.


You can guess that I am bravely holding the camera out the window.  From a very distant distance.



My scientist cousin Diane says this is a timber rattler, and not to piss it off.  That should be no problem at all for me.  

Hello, I am a timber rattler.

Hello, I am a timber rattler.

Do timber rattlesnakes eat cats?  I think not.

Backing Up My Truck

July 19, 2014

I need to back up my truck a little bit.

Sugar and I are going in so many directions at once with all the leads and connections to the Mann family from Baden, Germany, and Beaufort, South Carolina, which also connects with the Bateson family of Lancashire, England, and Savannah, Georgia.

I have lost the ability, if I ever had it, to blog about these events in a logical fashion, and I can’t confine one blog post to one subject because many things are happening.  At once.  That’s life for you.  You start off with a plan, and stuff happens, and there goes your plan.

We’ve been to the Beaufort library several more times with good success, and also the Christopher Bateson marker for the unmarked cemetery plot #322 HAS BEEN PLACED on the plot, just yesterday, and Sugar received a newsletter from the Lumpkin County, Georgia, historical society which featured a little story about our trip when we were again on the trail of William Starr Basinger.  Good stuff all around.

Ferdinand S. Mann, 1905-September 30,1966

June 30, 2014

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Ferdinand S. Mann, 61, son of

the late Caroline S. Mann and

Daniel Mann, died at his home

in Berkely Springs, W. Va.,

Sept. 30.

Survivors include his widow

Georgia Mann; one sister, Mrs.

Leon S. Carter of Beaufort; one

brother, Muse E. Mann of Col-

umbus, Ga.

Mann was retired from Civil

Service in Washington, D. C.,

and had made his home in

Berkely Springs.

Funeral services were Sun-

day, Oct. 2, in Berkely Springs.

(From the Beaufort Gazette, October 6, 1966)


Daniel Mann, Jr., 1907-1908, Beaufort, South Carolina

June 28, 2014

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Mr and Mrs Daniel Mann have the

heartfelt sympathy of their many

friends in the loss of their little son,

Daniel, Jr., who died Monday night,

after an illness of some time, at the

age of one year.  Though very deli-

cate since his birth, the parents of

this lovely little baby were hopeful

of his life and his death was a sad

shock to them.  The funeral services

were held at the home Tuesday after-

noon and were conducted by Rev. A.

B. Watson, pastor of the Methodist

church, and the remains were laid to

rest in the family lot at St Helena

Episcopal Church.  The pall bearers

were:  Messrs Allen Paul, Theodore

Heyward, Charlie Danner and Harold


(From the Beaufort Gazette, September 3, 1908)

Isabelle Mann, Born & Died in 1908, Beaufort, South Carolina

June 28, 2014

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Death of An Infant.

Isabelle Mann, the bright little

daughter of Mr and Mrs Daniel Mann,

died on Friday night Oct. 2nd age

three months and two days.  The in-

terment took place on the afternoon

of the 3rd at the family lot at St Hel-

ena Episcopal church, the ceremony

being conducted by the Rev. A. B.

Watson.  The pallbearers were Dr.

M. G. Elliott and Mr W. J. Thomas.

(From the Beaufort Gazette, October 22, 1908)

Henry G. Mann, 1849-1898

June 27, 2014

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After an illness extending over some

months from Bright’s disease, Mr. Henry

G. Mann, long and favorably known and

having many friends, died at the residence

of his mother, in Beaufort, Tuesday.  The

funeral services were conducted by Rev. W.

L. Githens, in St. Helena Church, yester-

day morning, in the presence of a large

number of sympathizing friends, and the

remains were interred in the family lot.

The pall bearers were Messrs. H. T. Danner,

M. O’D. White, J. M. Baker, M. D. Boin-

eau, J. N. Wallace and D. W. Crocker.

Besides a most affectionate and aged moth-

er, deceased left two brothers and several

sisters to mourn his loss.  Mr. Mann was

about 49 years of age and had been engaged

in mercantile business all his life.


Meisher C. Mann, 1866-1898

June 26, 2014

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Death of Meisher C. Mann

For a long time the condition of health

in which Mr. Mann was precluded any hope

of his ultimate recovery, and death came to

the relief of his suffering.  Mr. Mann was

32 years of age, and was very popular with

the young people of Beaufort, his native

town.  The funeral services were held at

St. Helena Church, Thursday last, Rev. Mr.

Githens, the rector, officiating, and the re-

mains were interred in the family lot.  Mr.

Mann was a member of the order of the

Knights of Pythias, and Beaufort Lodge

had been very attentive to him during his

illness.  The following Knights acted as

pall bearers:  Messrs. W. R. Bristol, M.

Cohen, A. W. F. Alaina, J. H. Jones, J. M.

Lengnick, and S. H. Rodgers, Jr.  His

mother, brother and sisters have the sym-

pathy of the entire community.

(From the Palmetto Post, October 20, 1889)


His parents were Daniel Mann and Agnes Reis Mann.  His brother is Daniel Mann who married Caroline Sanders.  His sisters are Emily Mann, unmarried, and Louisa Mann who married E. A. Scheper.

The name “Lengnick”?  Remember that name.  There’s a post coming up soon mentioning an article about Beaufort memories written by a Lengnick.  The pallbearer J. M. Lengnick was also a pallbearer from Meisher’s mother Agnes Mann.

Caroline Sanders Mann, 1872-1961

June 25, 2014

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Funeral services for Mrs. Dan-

iel Mann were conducted at 4

p.m. Tuesday in the Carteret

Street Methodist Church with

the Rev. R. S. Kaney officiating.

Burial was in Evergreen Ceme-

Mrs. Mann died Monday morn-

ing at the home of her daughter,

Mrs. Leon Carter of 137 N. Her-

mitage St., after an extended ill-

ness.  She had lived here for 60

years and was a member of the

Methodist Church.

Surviving in addition to Mrs.

Carter are two sons, Muse E.

Mann of Columbus, Ga., and Fer-

dinand S. Mann, of Washington,

D. C. and Maryland; three grand-

children and three great-grand-


Pallbearers were Howard Bo-

yne, Jack Woods, J. C. Long,

Claude McLeod, Gary Black and

H. K. Snell.

The Anderson-Greene Funeral

Home was in charge.

(From the Beaufort Gazette, February 16, 1961)

Want to know something circularish?  She was living at 137 N. Hermitage when she died.  Sugar’s step-grandmother was living at 127 N. Hermitage at that time.


Daniel Mann, 1862-1930, Son of Daniel & Agnes Mann

June 25, 2014


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Obituary of Daniel Mann, Beaufort Gazette, May 1, 1930

Mr. Daniel Mann, one of Beau-

fort’s oldest citizens, died here Fri-

day morning, April 25, after a short

illness.  The funeral service was held

at Carteret Street Methodist church,

Dr. W. C. Kirkland officiating, inter-

ment following at Evergreen ceme-


Mr. Mann was born in Beaufort in

1862, having reached the age of 69

years at the time of his death.  He

had devoted 50 years of his life to

public service in the city and county

of Beaufort and State of South

Carolina, holding the office of Inspec-

tor in the South Carolina State Board

of Fisheries, chief of police at Beau-

fort, deputy sheriff and sheriff of

Beaufort county.

Conservative and conscientious in

all of his dealings, he was loved

throughout this section, and has num-

erous friends and business acquaint-

ances throughout the state.

He is survived by his widow, Mrs.

Carrie Sanders Mann, formerly of

Charleston, three children, Mr. M. E.

Mann, of New York; Mrs. Robert M.

Neighbors, Naval Hospital, Charles-

ton; Mr. F. S. Mann, of Beaufort; one

granddaughter, Miss Roberta Neigh-

bors, Charleston, and two sisters,

Mrs. L. C. Scheper and Miss Emily

Mann, of Beaufort.

The active all bearers, all of whom

were associated with him in the

court house, were:  Messrs. J. G.

Black, J. E. McGill. E. B. Rodgers, J. E.

McTeer, R. L. Varn and Gerald Mc-

Teer.  The honorary pallbearers, old

boyfriend friends, were Messrs. H. T.

Danner, Sr., W. F. Marscher, M. L.

Rowell, Frank P. Colcock, G. Sanders,

Dr. Hal Stuart, Dr. William Stein-

meyer, W. J. Thomas, W. R. Bristol

and Dr. Van Smith.

The floral offerings were very beau-

tiful, the entire grave being covered

with wreaths and pot plants.

The death of Mr. Mann removes

one of Beaufort’s oldest and most be-

loved citizens and the sympathy of

the people of the entire community

are extended to the bereaved family.

Agnes Mann, Hotel Keeper of Beaufort, South Carolina, 1880

June 16, 2014

(This is the eighth part of a series.  If you would like to start at the first part, click here.)

Sometimes when I’m talking to Sugar about some family research, and I mention that I’ve branched out, and I start chattering on about someone he doesn’t know, he’ll say that’s pretty far afield.

Or like this weekend at the Lawton family reunion when we met a man who said that he wasn’t related to anyone there, and that he was a historian and a preservationist, and that he had read my blog.  “Many times.”  So I’m not sure what to say, because clearly this could go badly very quickly, and I recover and ask have you read Basinger’s Civil War letters?  And what about the Bateson family that has been lost and found in Savannah?  What about those?  Huh? Huh?  (Sweating here and not just because it’s 90 degrees.)

Sugar cleared his throat and says that that’s getting a little far afield.

I actually don’t stomp on his foot here.

Sometimes I think that people want to talk about what I want to talk about.  If he’s reading the blog, what’s he reading?  I’m now guessing it’s about Lawtons.



Agnes Mann was a hotel keeper in 1880 in Beaufort, South Carolina.  You can left-click on this 1880 census to enlarge the image.


She was the mother of Martha, and Martha married a Thomas Bateson.  Both Martha and Thomas were deceased by 1880.  I’m still working on more information about where they met and married, most likely in Christ Church Episcopal in Savannah, Georgia, but those records are no longer at Christ Church, so we’ll see.  We’ll see.

If you don’t want to read about Manns and Batesons, you’ve probably already stopped reading.  Now that the crowd has thinned, we can just talk amongst ourselves.

Sugar hummed and hawed over the “hotel keeper” position, and wondered what hotel it could have been.  In Savannah, there were many boarding houses, according the the census records I’ve looked at, but we couldn’t locate any in Beaufort.  Perhaps this was really a hotel.  Perhaps it was the Sea Island Inn.

I googled it, and eureka!  There’s the Sea Island Inn!  Oh, hello, it’s a Best Western on Bay Street.

Well, that’s no good, but what if the Best Western Sea Island Inn was built on the spot of the original Sea Island Inn?  What if the Sea Island Inn was torn down before the preservation movement?

I looked at the Beaufort County Library’s Lowcountry Digital Library’s online collections, and the first image that came up in the Lucille Hasell Culp Collection is the Sea Island Inn, taken in the 1950s.   (You have to click on the link to see the photo.)

In the meantime, Sugar went to and found the memorial for Dr. George Mosse Stoney.  There’s a photo of him on the memorial and also a photo of his house.

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Built by Dr. Stoney, sold to Nathaniel B Heyward,

rented to John Allan Stuart; Headquarters for

General Saxton during Federal Occupation.

(Notice guard billet in front of fence).

Added by: sticksandstones

Have you ever been to the Library of Congress?  Well, you should go to their online site at  They have *MAPS*.

Here’s a link to the map of the city of Beaufort, South Carolina, made during the war. Click here.  The map is below, too.  If you go to the website, you’ll get more information.

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Do you see at the very bottom near the center there is a building, not in red?  Zoom in on that.  It’s Saxton’s headquarters.  And across the street in the bay is a bath house?  It’s connected to the mainland by a boardwalk. Now go back and look at the photo of Dr. George Mosse Stoney’s house. Someone took the photo across the street from the house, and they are standing on a boardwalk.

A modern day map shows the Best Western Sea Island Inn at the same location at Saxton’s headquarters.  The Scheper house is further west on Bay, although most of the town’s houses are not shown on the map unless they are being used for military purposes.

Is this too far afield?  Let’s consider that Dr. George Mosse Stoney’s grandfather is Dr. George Mosse of Ireland, South Carolina, and Savannah. Isn’t that name familiar – George Mosse?

Oh, that’s right, he’s Sugar’s ancestor…

And everything is a circle.