Warman Ave.
Location:  West Indianapolis
Henry & Enoch Warman, early settlers

Warman Washington


Street sign for the 400 block of Warman Avenue shows St. Anthony’s Church in the distance.

Warman was once the home of two brothers, Henry and Enoch Warman, who were early settlers in Marion County.  The family was one of the prominent families of the near Westside of the city along with the Flacks, Holmeses and Kings.

Henry Warman, a Virginia native, and his wife Nancy Parsons Warman of New Jersey, were married in Wayne County, Indiana and had nine children.  In 1833, the family moved to Marion County and settled on the near west side of the town.  Henry died in 1854 at age 54, and Nancy died in 1889.


A view of Warman Avenue from inside the fence of Bahr Park. Padua Academy, a K-8 catholic school recently converted to a charter school, can be seen pictured in this image.

Enoch Warman was born in 1789 in Pennsylvania.  He was married to Mary Braughmire and had 10 children between 1817 and 1835.   Enoch died August 8, 1837 in Wayne County.

Enoch and Henry arrived in Indiana before 1820, settling in Wayne County and purchasing land patents in Hamilton and Marion counties.  The Warman homestead was located at what is now the 2300 block of West Washington Street.


The steeples of Saint Anthony of Padua Catholic Chruch on Warman Avenue are pictured. Dedicated in 1891, this was only the 8th Catholic Parish in Indianapolis and the first of its kind west of the White River.

Henry’s son Enoch, born December 29, 1836, would go on to be a partner in Warman, Black, Chamberlain & Company, which conducted sales at the Union Stock Yards, founded in 1894.

Henry’s daughter Amanda married Joseph Flack, founder of Flackville.

All photos courtesy Sergio Bennett.

4 responses to “What’s in a Name: Warman Avenue”

  1. basil berchekas jr says:

    MUST stay with these historic blogs on various parts of what became Indianapolis!

  2. DEANNA MADDOX says:

    Does anyone have a picture of the catwalk over the RR tracks at Warman and Jackson Streets? My husband has been trying to find a picture of it for years.

  3. Lynda Brown says:

    Does anyone remember the small grocery store/ laundromat on South Warman. My grandfather owned back in the early / mid 60s. Sherman Shepherd.

  4. Karen Smith says:

    My maiden name is Warman. Fleming Warman is my great, great grandfather. He had 3 brothers all from Virginia. They were of English and Scottish ancestry. Our great great great grandfather Shuff was Irish. He had a daughter who married a Warman in England. He lived to be 106, Pappaw always said we had longevity in our blood. Our great grandfather was Waitman Thomas Warman. And our grandfather was Fleming Chadwick Warman. DOB 8-5-1904 Passed away 8-2-2003. If you can add to or any stories we would love to hear from you.

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