I did a number of additional searches and found little about the brick operation, except for the bridge contract.
The Waco, Texas City Directory, 1890
J.W. Mann; John W. Mann, Thomas Mann; Howard Mann. Location: Yard east bank Brazos river, 1/4 mile north of H, and Texas Central Railway Depot, E. Waco. Brick Mfrs.
The 1880 Census of Waco
J.W. Mann, age 41(1838/1839), born in Tennessee to both parents born in VA. Contractor
S, wife, age 31, born in New York to both parents born in NY
Howard son, age 11??
J.W., son, age 2
Thos Mann, 26, born in TX to both parents born in Tenn?
Jeffie, 28, wife, born in TX
Chas (Charles), 4
Henry, 30, brother, teamster
From a posted family tree:http://trees.ancestry.com/tree/690384/person/-1336653861?ssr...
John Wesley Mann, born on 9 Nov 1838, Lebanon, Haywood Co, Tenn, died 13 Nov 1909 in Waco. Married 7 May 1868 to Cemira Howard Twaddle. He was the son of John Coleman Mann, born 26 Mar 1806 in Richmond, VA, died 30 June 1887 in Lebanon, Wilson Co, TN (Photo on profile). Mother: Mary Ann Foster, born 1 Oct 1815 in Charlottesville, VA; died 11 Aug 1874 in Lebanon, TN. J.W. had 7 brothers and four sisters (to include the above Henry Morris Mann and Thomas Fletcher Mann.
Within the profile of the father:
b. John Wesley - born Nov. 9, 1838. Went to Texas, married Cemira in Texas. He made bricks and became wealthy. He built a big brick mansion. In his will he reserved a room in this house for his son Howard, as long as he lives. Two children.
(1) Howard - Sponged off of his father - married once for a short time, living off the county.
(2) Wesley - Married his double cousin (Henry's daughter) Coke, a beautiful blue eyed blonde. Coke loved children, Wesley wouldn't have any. They lived in Texas and were quite wealthy. Wesley had wonderful livestock which he took all around to shows. Coke met him as he arrvied from one of these trips, notified of her illness and were making arrangements to come, but she died before they started so didn't go and she was buried in Texas. Wesley later remarried. Later looked after Aunt Lora's farm in Texas (it didn't generally clear enough to pay its taxes). He lost everything and committed suicide.
---two brothers died in the Civil War.
--Thomas Fltcher, born April 6, 1844, in brick business in Waco. son Charlie, married, was a spendthrift and didn't amount to anything. Emma, married and died at the birth of her first child, a girl named Emma. Thomas raised her.
--The story was 13 pages in length on the family.