Among the worthy men whose histories are recorded in this volume none stand higher in the esteem of their fellow
citizens than does this well known resident of Defiance, who after many years of successful business life has retired
to that village to pass his declining years.
Born September 25, 1825, in Prussia, he is a son of Caspar and Elizabeth (Battar) Mangas, who came to America with
their family in 1837, settling in Pleasant township, Henry county, Ohio, where their remaining days were passed.
Our subject, who was the eldest of four children, remained at home until his marriage, at the age of twenty five.
During boyhood he gave evidence of decided business ability, and after working for nine years as a driver on the
Wabash and Erie canal he was promoted to the position of captain. Through his industry and enterprise he became
the owner of two boats which previous to his marriage he traded for a tract of land in Henry county. This place,
a fine estate of three hundred and twenty acres, he occupied as a homestead until the fall of 1895 when he removed
to Defiance, and while he still retains the ownership he has given the management into other hands. As a citizen
he has always taken much interest in the political issues of the time, and he is a firm believer in the principles
and policy of the Republican party. While residing in Henry county he held numerous local offices, including that
of justiee of the peace. which he resigned after three years of able service. He and his wife are leading members
of the Catholic Church of Defiance, and sympathize with all efforts toward local improvement.
On September 23, 1850, Mr. Mangas was married in Seneca county. Ohio, to Miss Sarah Jackman, who was born in France,
May 20, 1835, They have had nine children, of whom all are living except Thomas, who died in Henry county April
5, 1894. The others are Henry, Frank, Peter, Jr., Albert, George, Joseph, Andrew, and Frederick. The family is
popular socially and they occupy a pleasant home in Francis street, Defiance.
Commemorative Biographical Record of Northwestern, Ohio
Including the counties of
Defiance, Henry, Williams and Fulton
Published by: J. H. Beers and Company
Northwestern, Ohio Biographies
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