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QUARTERLY CONNECTION NEWSLETTER of the Bartholomew Co., Historical Society. October 1986, page 4.
Discoverer of Cerealine Turns Up in Pruitt Research. By Jane F. Murphy.
An obituary of James Vannoy in "The Evening Republican," Tuesday, July 22, 1902, states that he was a miller and mill-wright. He was engaged in the milling business in the vicinity of Lowell and in the old Hawpatch hominy mill. Later he worked at the old Cerealine mills in Columbus. While working there, about 1887, he made a discovery that enriched the plant owners. Through experiments. Vannoy discovered the product called cerealine. By allowing the rollers to come in close contact with the other cereal was run through, coming out in this layers or flakes. He went to his employer, Joseph F. Gent, with the discovery. Gent rather disregarded the wonderful discovery and told Vannoy that he had better been tending to his duties. Later, Gent had the discovery patented, and it was not long until Cerealine was on the market and was being sold in large quantities. the company turned its entire attention to the manufacturing of the product, and later moved to Indianapolis. Vannoy went also to Indianapolis, but failing health compelled him to return to Columbus, where he died at age 81 on 21 July 1902.
James Vannoy, grandson of James Marr, Sr.
James Vannoy was born September 4, 1821, near Salem, Washington County, Indiana. His parents were Nathaniel Vannoy and Peggy Marr. Jackson County, Indiana, records list their marriage on February 21, 1821. Nathaniel Vannoy and James Marr, Sr. are on the Bartholomew County, Indiana, 1821 Taxpayers List.
The obituary states that James Vannoy's mother died in Washington County, Indiana, soon after his birth. Nathaniel remarried and moved his family to Sangamon County, Illinois. The father and step-mother died, so, at the age of 5, in 1826, James Vannoy came to Bartholomew County to live with his grandfather, James Marr, Sr., near Lowell.
Marries Into Pioneer Pruitt Family.
On September 8, 1842, James Vannoy married Lucinda Pruitt. She was the daughter of Absolom and Sarah E. Hatliff Pruitt. Absolom was the 6th of 13 children born to John Pruitt, of Abbeyville District, South Carolina and his wife, Mary Hopper, of Virginia.
The Absolom Pruitts and the James Vannoys are buried int he New Hope Christian Church cemetery, where they were members for many years.
At the time of James Vannoy's death, in 1902, only 4 of their 8 children were living: John L. Vannoy, of Crothersville: Mrs. Rebecca Zeigler, of Morris, in Ripley County, Indiana; Mrs. Sarah Cook, of Vincennes, Indiana and J. Daniel Vannoy, of Columbus.
LEWIS MARR, by Griffith Marr.
James Daniel Vannoy, from the time he was five years old, was reared in Bartholomew Co., by his grandfather, James Marr, Sr. Years later, working at Joseph F. Gent's mill, he discovered Cerealine, renowned as the world's first processed breakfast cereal. James Vannoy has descendants in this county, including his son Daniel, his granddaughter Elizabeth (Vannoy) Ross, great-grandson Earl Vannoy Ross, and his great--granddaughter Diane, Mrs. Michael T. Bova, Jr.
1870 CENSUS - COLUMBUS TOWNSHIP, BARTHOLOMEW CO., INDIANA, M593-Roll 299, page 34.
VANNOY, James, 53, M, W, IN
1870 CENSUS - ROCK CREEK TOWNSHIP, BARTHOLOMEW CO., INDIANA, M593-Roll 299, page 222.
VANNOY, Rachel, 27, F, W, IN.
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