Notes and Credits section below
for discussion of the evidence and citation of sources.
Full Name: Laura Jane McFann
Father: Asa B. McFann
Mother: Amanda A. Martin
Melvin O. Lower
Ada M. Lower
Ethel L. Lower
Notes and Credits section below.
1860: in the household of her father, Asa B. McFann, in Chester township, Wabash Co, IN (pg 345, household 771).
Marriage License, Melvin O. Lower to Laura J. McFann (7 December 1876), Book 8, page 580, Wabash County Court. I obtained a photocopy from the County Clerk. The book and page number reported here was taken from Wabash County Marriages (cited below) because the County Clerk did not supply (or require) that information.
Wabash County Marriages: 1835--1899, compiled by Larry and Cynthia Scheuer (Warsaw, IN: Scheuer Publications, 1996). Contains the information from the Wabash County record books of the marriage of Laura J. McFann to Melvin O. Lower, including the book and page number of the original record. Linda Thompson looked up this record and sent me the information.
Abstracts: Bender Funeral Home, North Manchester, Indiana: 1922--1981, Edited by Linda Robertson (Wabash, IN: Wabash Carnegie Public Library, 1983). Contains a record for Laura Jane Lower, giving dates of birth and death, and the names of her husband and parents. Linda Thompson looked up this record and sent me the information.
Wabash County Death Records: July 1939 - October 1949, compiled by Linda Thompson (Scheuer Publicatons). Contains an abstract of the death record of Laura Jane Lower on page 20, line 173.
Binnie, Lester H., Cemetery Records for Chester Township, Wabash County, Indiana, Revised Edition (North Manchester, 1983). Contains Oaklawn Cemetery inscriptions for Melvin O., Laura J., and Ada M. Lower.
Biographical sketch of Dr. Melvin O. Lower in Biographical Memoirs of Wabash County, Indiana (Chicago: B. F. Bowen, 1901), pages 541--2. Linda Thompson found this article and sent me a copy.
Laura J. (McFann) Lower and Amanda (Martin) McFann, date unkown, photograph in the possession of Gene Goff, scanned by his daugher, Anne Lipp.
Laura J. (McFann) Lower, Ethel L. (Lower) Gidley, and Robert Lower Gidley, date unkown, photograph in the possession of Gene Goff, scanned by Gene's daugher, Anne Lipp.
1. I am grateful to Linda Thompson for all her time and effort looking things up for me.
2. Laura McFann's middle name (Jane) and date of death were taken from the abstract of her death record in Wabash County Death Records (cited above). The information was supplied by Wabash County Lookup volunteer Linda Thompson (who, I am assuming, is also the author).
3. Laura McFann's date of birth was given by her father on the 1898 circular in his pension file. Her date of birth was also given on the death record cited in note 2.
4. Sources of information on Asa B. McFann and Amanda Martin will be found on Asa B. McFann's Family Page
Author: Brian McFann
Revised: 27 October 1999