| || Notes for Samuel A. Gann:|
From Wm R Gann, 7406 Englewood Ln, Raytown, MO 64133-6913 (816) 353-7172.
!1880 Fed census, Center, Buchanan Co., MO, 4-74-8-40:Samuel A. 60 b TN,
Martha A. 47, Frances A. 19, Julia M. 18, Robert L. 11, Josifren 8, Anthony 6, Florence H. 6/ 12, all b MO.
!From History of Buchanan and Clinton Counties, Mo., 1893, Page 144.Samuel A. Gann, a retir ed agriculturist and real estate owner of St. Joseph, is a veteran of the Mexican War, in whi ch he did valiant service, and is one of the very oldest settlers of the Platte Purchase. Ou r subject was born in eastern Tennessee, in Washington County, twelve miles from Jonesboro, J anuary 12, 1819. His father, Isaac, was also born in that locality, where his father, Nathan , a native of Scotland, was an early settler and a large plantation owner.The latter was ca ptain in the Revolutionary War and died in Tennessee.Our subject's father, who took part i n the war of 1812, was a farmer by occupation and in 1832 removed with his family from Tennes see to Missouri.In the spring of 1833 he made the distance on horseback of over one thousan d miles, locating in the southern part of LaFayette County on a good farm of one hundred an d sixty acres. After raising one crop there he settled on a larger farm in Johnson County, an d in 1838 bought a claim of one hundred and sixty acres in Buchanan County, where his death o ccurred some eight years later, he then having reached his sixty-second year. Politically h e was a Democrat, and in his native state was united in marriage with Ann Clark, whose fathe r was a silversmith and a Lieutenant in the Revolutionary War. Mrs. Gann did not long surviv e her husband, passing away some seven weeks after his death. In a family of thirteen childre n, twelve grew to mature years and only three are living, our subject being the ninth in orde r of birth. He was reared on the old Tennessee homestead until his fourth year, when his fath er located in Newport, Tenn. He had no school advantages, and in 1833 made the journey to Mis souri on horseback. Five years later he became a resident of Buchanan County, where wild gam e and Indians were still numerous. He had frequent visits from the Sioux, Fox and Kickapoo In dians, and learned to speak some of their languages. In 1839 he went on a prospecting tourt o Texas, going through Arkansas on horseback.He was made overseer on a large plantation nea r Jefferson, where he was for eight months. In 1846 Mr. Gann, after his return home, voluntee red and enlisted in the Mexican War, under Capt.Jesse Moran, of Platte County. He was mustere d in and drilled at Leavenworth, and on August 9 started on a six weeks' march to Santa Fe, j oining Price. He took part in many important battles of the campaign, often fighting with th e bayonet hand to hand. In the battle of July 6, 1847, they lost about one-eighth of their me n, as the United States troops fought under great disadvantages. Our subject was made Corpora l, and was mustered out in the fall of 1847. Previousto the war Mr. Gann had owned an eight y-acre farm, which he sold before his return and then purchased one of about the same size i n Crawford Township, where he built a log house and engaged in farming until 1849, when he st arted for California, with oxen and wagons, going by way of Fort Kearney and the North Platte . Later he traded his outfit for mules. When crossing the Humboldt Range he nearly starved t o death, and on the South Platte was obliged to fight the Indians. On his arrival at his dest ination he obtained employment at teaming for $10 per day, which business he left after a whi le, engaging in trading stock. Going to the southern part of the state he bought and drove st ock and engaged in freighting. In 1850 Mr. Gann opened a store on Deer Creek, at Nevada City , which, after running it nine days, he sold for more than he had invested, and had moreove r sold $900 worth of goods. He then opened a store on Yuba river, where he continued successf ully, and next invested in cattle, selling them to good advantage. He returned to Missouri i n steamer by way of the Isthmus and New Orleans to St.Louis. In 1853 he went to Texas in a wa gon, locating within twenty-one miles of Austin, where he purchased three hundred acres of la nd, and for the following three years engaged in raising cotton. In 1856 he returned to thi s county, buying land in Crawford Township, where he has since been engaged in agricultural p ursuits. He was an extensive dealer in land during all these years, owning at one time eigh t hundred acres, three hundred of which was within five miles of the city and well improved . In 1888 he retired from business cares, and has since made
hishome at No. 2019 Edmond street. In Texas, on May 20, 1854, Mr. Gann and
Miss Martha Brooks were married. The lady was born in Johnson County, Mo.,
where she was reared, and removed to Texas with her father, John Brooks, who
was a farmer. Of the eleven children born to our worthy subject and wife, only six survived t o reach mature years, and only three are now living.
Breckenridge, Robert E. Lee and Frances (the wife of J. W. Mitchell) are all
deceased. Victoria, the wife of Samuel Crumpley, lives in St. Joseph; Julia is the wife of Jo hn A. Flournoy, a lawyer of this city, who was born in Ray
County, where he studied law under Col. John Coniphan, being admitted to the
bar in 1890. Josephine, who lives at home, completes the family. In 1887 our
subject was waylaid on the night of August 18 when he had gone some sixty yards from his doo r to get a bucket of water. When under the shadow of the trees he was accosted by two men arm ed with revolvers. Though he was shot twice through the lungs be belabored them with the buck et and succeeded in gaining the mastery. Mr. Gann formerly raised blooded horses, and for som e time was engaged in packing and shipping pork. For nine years he was School Trustee and wa s at one time Supervisor of Roads. In politics he is a Democrat, having been a delegate to se veral conventions, and fraternaly is a Royal Arch Mason.
!Samuel A. was a Corporal in Captain Morin Separate Battle, Missouri Mounted