biography from Portrait & Biographical Album of Mahaska Co., Iowa, 1887
JOHN M. JANNEY, of the firm of A. A. Paine & Co., wholesale dealers in flour and fruit at Oskaloosa, first took up his residence in Mahaska County in November, 1856, and has continued to reside within her borders until the present time. He was born in Loudoun County, Va., March 21, 1822, and is a son of Aaron and Elizabeth (Wynn) Janney. The parents were Virginians by birth and of English descent, and the family were among the earliest settlers of Baltimore,Ind. John M. Janney removed to Warren County, Ohio, with his parents when ten years of age, and was reared in that state to agricultural pursuits. He received a common-school education in Ohio, and was married May 21, 1850, in Warren County, that State, to Miss Mary A. Johnson, daughter of Thomas M. and Susan Johnson. Mrs. Janney was born in Greene County, Ohio, and of her union with our subject five children have been born, four of whom are living, two sons and two daughters, namely: Frank L., who married Mollie Madigan, of Ottumwa, Iowa, and who at present is residing in Oskaloosa; Lizzie L., who became the wife of A. A. Paine, a business man of Oskaloosa; Grant T. married Miss Luln Cook, daughter of Dr. Cook, of Sigourney, and they are living at Oskaloosa, and Clara H. As stated, Mr. Janney came to Oskaloosa in 1856, and has continued to reside in this city until the present time. He was engaged in running a transfer line until February, 1884, when he formed a partnership with Mr. Paine, which still exists, He was a member of the City Council during the years 1866 and 1868, and elected to the same position in March, 1886. He and his good wife were both brought up in the faith of the Quakers, which is, in itself, a sufficient guarantee of his honesty, which is corroborated by his past.
Portrait & Biographical Album of Mahaska Co., Iowa, 1887
Mahaska County, Iowa Genealogy