The earliest record found of George Manley is that he was born about 1624 in Devonshire, England. He married Elizabeth Basstone about 1644 in England. She was born in 1627. Together it is believed that they had five children, George born about 1641, William (who died an infant as there is another born named the same later), William born about 1643/1644, Lettis born about 1646, Thomas born about 1665, and Lazarus born October 15, 1668.
It is from William (second-born) that my Manley family descends. Much has been written about William over the years and while most of what I have written here has been documented by various sources, it is not guaranteed to be accurate … it’s a work in progress, so please use this as a guide for your own research.
My family history has been a long, tedious and while at times frustrating process, it has brought great enjoyment in most of the knowledge I have gleaned from it. I remember making photocopies and waiting for replies to queries (some of which never came). The time spent in rummaging courthouse records, spending countless hours in libraries and tramping through cemeteries is a never-ending process.
But the thrill of viewing a census with your ancestor as a small child, or a newly married couple, or just knowing the day the census taker was at their house while your ancestors were living, not just a “name” from the past is well worth the effort! I recall spending hours looking for a family with a child of a certain first name and an approximate age but did not know the parents names. And the excitement I felt driving home that day from the library with not only the knowledge of the parents but siblings also can only be shared by another genealogist who understands your commitment. Research has really come alive over the past few years with the contacts and resources available on the Internet.
The data on my site has been complied from both my research and the research of others, and is constantly being reviewed for errors. Corrections, updates, and amendments are always welcome. This site currently includes my direct ancestors and their spouses. My intention is to list each generation on a page by itself and to name all the children born to that family. I am not going to go into detail on all the siblings of that ancestor on this page … just my direct line. Should you be connected to one of the siblings and desire information, please contact me and I’ll be glad to help you in any way I can. Hopefully in the future, I will be able to add all the siblings and families to each generation.
I ask that you do not copy and publish the information in any form, without first asking and receiving permission. I have worked many long and hard hours for several years to ascertain and compile this information and would not appreciate anyone claiming that it is their work. I know one person out there has already done this to several people, and they never will get another response from me. Should you find any incorrect information that I have listed, please, please, contact me so that I can get it corrected. The worst thing a genealogist can do is to read something, know that it is wrong and not contact the writer to let them know there is a mistake in their work. I, too, have been guilty of this, we all have - but if we don’t try to correct it, then it’s published wrong for all eternity. With all the brick walls out there, your correcting a mistake someone has made may make all the difference in one person finding their ancestors.
I want to give special thanks to my cousin, Charles Manley of Xenia, Ohio for his invaluable help in my research. He has co-written a book on the Manley family, called "The Family of James Manley, Jr." that was a great guide for me … however, if I may be so bold (and with his permission), I corrected an error he had on a marriage and gave him a whole new line of Manley’s … my family! I also want to cite that some of the information gleaned over the years has come from information written by Fannie Smith Spurling and her book, "The Descendants of The Manley Family of Easton, Massachusetts".
I began my genealogy research with only a small 3” x 5” white slip of paper found in my grandfather’s bible. Listed on it were the names:
Frank (my dad)
What a chore, knowing that the family came from Kentucky and with both parents deceased for almost 20 years, I began my quest for who was my family and where did they come from? Ok, Kentucky … that much I knew. We stopped to visit relatives when I was a small child … who??? I wish I knew (now). With the help of a good friend, Jacqueline Jackson Wilson, I jumped in with both feet. What was meant to be a fun-filled class after a dinner at church on Wednesday nights has become an addiction that I hope I never tire of. And since we'll never have all the answers, it will be a quest for generations to come to try and conquer.
Ever check the IGI (International Genealogical Index) for the surname of Manley … there are 100’s, maybe 1000’s of names in Kentucky alone, let alone Massachusetts, Vermont or Pennsylvania … I knew they were mine (at least a lot of them) but I couldn’t break down the “wall” until I found the first “brick” on an 1850 census after looking at miles and miles of microfilm (before it was computer transcribed). When I finally could tie it together, I cried with joy. But there are still parts of this family that elude me … I keep persevering. Who knows … maybe someday, someone will see this site and come forward and say “Hey!!! That’s my line too!” and then they will be able to tie up loose ends and/or help with information on a line that I don’t have.
With all of that said, let’s get to the reason you are here … the Manley family!!!
Click on underlined name and you will be taken to that persons webpage. Some pages are very brief and some are more detailed - over time I hope each will continue to branch out and grow.
GEORGE & ELIZABETH BASSTONE MANLEY
WILLIAM & REBECCA MANLEY
WILLIAM JR. & MARY “MERCY” HOWIN MANLEY
JOHN & MARY “MERCY” SMITH MANLEY
JAMES & HANNAH MARSH MANLEY
JAMES JR. & ELIZABETH “BETSY” REID MANLEY
WILLIAM SIMON & LYDIA MARGARET ANN MITCHELL MANLEY
JOHN L. & MALINDA JUNE MELTON MANLEY
JACOB FRANKLIN & MARGARET ANNA “ANNIE” MITCHELL MANLEY
HUGH & GOLDEN LEE WHITE MANLEY
FRANKLIN H. & MARTHA MAUDE "MARTY" BLACKMORE MANLEY
BARBARA ANN MANLEY & LARRY ALLAN BROWN
HEATHER MICHELLE BROWN & CHRISTOPHER E. GILLIAM
Disclaimer: As with any research there are gaps and links that have no absolute proof,
the information given on these pages has been done in good faith, but should not be taken as 100% accurate.
Please document all information for yourself.
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My Favorite Web Sites
Roots Web Genealogy Home Page
Family Search - Church of Latter Day Saints
US GenWeb Project
Family TreeMaker Web Site