John Wann was born about 1765. His birthplace is unknown although it seems likely that he was born in Scotland. The name WANN is listed in Black’s Surnames of Scotland, and it is reported that an old Mrs. Wann of Belfast, Northern Ireland that her husband told her that the Wanns came from Scotland. Family lore supports the view that the earliest know member of our Wann family was born in Perth, Scotland.
I have exchanged information with descendants of a WANN family with origins in Fifeshire, Scotland but there appears to be no connection with these Irish Wanns.
In about 1800 John Wann married Eleanor DEMPSEY, who was born about 1779 in Dublin, Ireland.
Eleanor was the daughter of James Dempsey and her brother was William Dempsey. Her sister Jane Dempsey was married to John PHAYRE.
Records show that John Wann was the Earl of Gosford’s steward on the Earl’s Markethill estate around 1820. He and his wife lived on the estate. The Earl of Gosford (Sir Archibald Acheson) had arrived in Northern Ireland about 1604 from Gosford, Haddingtonshire near Edinburgh, Scotland.
John Wann died on 26 May, 1828 as the result of a fall not far from his home.
The Belfast Newsletter of June 3rd, 1828 recorded the death as follows:
A lamentable occurence took place at Markethill, on Monday evening the 26th inst. Mr John Wann, steward to the Earl of Gosford, on his return from Hamilton’s-bawn fair, in company with another gentleman, had arrived within a short distance of his own house; here he parted with his companion and fifteen minutes afterwards he was found dead in the bed of a river, almost dry, in Gosford demense. His sudden death it is supposed was occasioned byan attack of apoplexy.
The deceased in his homeward progress was walking on a pathway on the margin of the river, from whence he was precipitated sixteen feet feet down. Medical aid was resorted to but without effect.
A Coroner’s Inquest found a verdict of —-“Accidental death occasioned by a fall from the bank into the river.” Two most respectable witnesses proved that they had seen the deceased a short time before the melancholy event, apparently in good health. …… Mr Wann bore a most remarkable charachter and’during his long residence at Markethill, from his sterling, upright principales, and the regularityof his conduct, he had secured general respect and esteem. Words cannot describe the deep distress of his wife and numerous family. Source The Belfast Newsletter, June 3rd, 1828.