2013-09-14 01:52:38 UTC
I have been spending some time researching the line of Jeffrey Manning husband to
Hepzibah Andrews (Heiress).
Here is some of the information I have gathered about J. Manning:
[Research Notes: Please note that the connection to John and Abigail Manning is unproven to my standards. I will cont. to research this family line as time permits. I have kept the line past jeffrey Manning, in mt gedcom, as shown for the information contained within. I can NOT claim the line from Abigail Maverick until this issue is resolved. MDAW]
The genealogical and biographical history of the Manning families of New England
By William Henry Manning
133 JEFFREY MANNING was in Piscataway township New Jersey as early as 1676 in which year he purchased land He was one of three commissioners to lay out land grants 1682 and was marshal of the first County Court of Middlesex held at Piscataway 1683 He d in 1693 He was the ancestor of a family that has been large and influential in and beyond NJ and Is evidently extensive to the present day Mr OB Leonard of Plainfield NJ has collected the records of many descendants Jeffrey m Hepsibah dau of Joseph Andrews of Hlngham Mass and granddau of Sir Thomas Andrews Lord Mayor of London
As to the possibility that Jeffrey was related to one of the Manning families of New England read what is said in the sketch of Capt Nicholas Manning 2 of the Salem Ipswich family
Jeffrey's children were
1 John b about 1670 m Elizabeth Dennis and had ch 1 Gershom b 1694
2 Elizabeth b 1695
3 John b 1697
4 Mary b 1700
5 Ephraim b 1701 m Elizabeth dau of Benjamin Fitz Randolph She was a sister of Nathaniel Fitz Randolph who born 1703 Nov 11 at Princeton NJ is believed to have been the same man of his name mentioned in the sketch of Capt Nicholas Manning 2 of the Salem Ipswich family
6 Ruth b 1703
7 Martha b 1705
II Benjamin b about 1674 m Ann Blackford
III James b about 1676 m Christiana Laing
1 James b 1700
2 Margaret b 1701
3 Ebenezer b 1703
4 Isaac b 1705
5 Nathaniel b 1707
IV Elizabeth m Thomas Fitz Randolph
V Joseph b about 1678 m Temperance Fitz Randolph
1 Joanna b 1705
2 Trustrum b 1710
3 Mary b 1712
4 Elizabeth b 1718
5 Eunice b 1715
6 Rachel b 1715
7 Jtffrey b 1719
8 Grace b 1721
9 Ruth b 1726
The genealogical and biographical history of the Manning families of New ...
By William Henry Manning
Sketch of Capt Nicholas Manning 2 of the Salem Ipswich family as noted above:
Pages 670 -
The chief interest in the affair lies in the fact that as we know that Capt Nicholas Manning married a daughter of John Mason and that there was a Thomas Manning who in 1767 claimed land at Sheepscot as an heir of John Mason it would at first seem to be proved positively that Captain Manning's son John had left children or that Nicholas himself had children by his second wife But there is a check to this assumption On or ...
[Chap An obsolete term for purchaser]
....near page 27 of the History of Ancient Sheepscot in a copy of one of Capt Manning's surveys is mention of John Manning's lot and on or about page 40 the historian says John Manning lived near the common at Sheepscot He married John Mason's daughter.
If this is correct we are introduced in the person of this John Manning to a man new to the researches of this volume and of whom there is no previous or subsequent sign and if there was such a man it may have been from him not from Nicholas Manning that Thomas Manning of Moreland was descended But was there such a man The author of Ancient Sheepscot was an able man an antiquarian and a conscientious recorder but it is no discredit to his memory to suggest that he may have made an error Capt Manning evidently secured all the land he could at Sheepscot
His son John was then advancing toward his majority. Did the father secure a lot for the son and was it the son who figured at Sheepscot Was the historian misled by finding a John Manning among John Mason's heirs into believing that there was a John Manning who married one of Mason's daughters This seems a reasonable theory yet it cannot be affirmed that the historian was wrong when he said there was such a marriage In preparing his history he had the use of manuscript papers which had descended through various families of other names
Since his decease several persons including the present writer have tried to find these papers One item of information is that it is supposed they are destroyed but at present this cannot be determined To gain light on the mysteries here presented the State Papers of Maine and Massachusetts the deeds of Lincoln county and the deeds wills and court records of York county have been searched in vain Thomas Manning of Moreland was either a descendant of Nicholas Manning or else there was a mysterious John Manning of Sheepscot from whom Thomas descended Which York County Deeds xn 184 and xx 163 show that 1719 Dec 4 Nicholas Manning sold to his son John of Boston certain lands at Sheepscot This sale was not recorded at the county registry but is mentioned in the above deeds It seems that the conveyance from father to son was of 5000 acres or more Of this area John sold 1500 acres 1 721 May 1 to John Oulton and Cornelius Waldo both of Boston and the remaining half 1500 acres 1725 Aug 24 to Job Lewis These lands are described in John's deeds as chiefly a tract Nicholas had received by patent from John Palmer Esq of New York by virtue of a warrant from Lieut Gov Dongan 1686 Sep 17 also other tracts formerly the property of John Mason which descended to his daughter Mary wife of Nicholas Manning Reference to the claim of Thomas Manning before given will show that the name of Job Lewis just mentioned also appears in what Thomas claimed In 1767 Thomas was owner of one fourth part of a tract in which Lewis was another owner Was the land sold by John Manning in 1721 and 1725 the last that he and Nicholas owned Or was a part retained and claimed by Thomas in 1767 Or was there a mysterious John Manning and did Thomas claim under his right As if this confusion was not enough another link in the broken chain appears to confront us In the miscellaneous families mentioned in this volume will be found that established in New Jersey by Jeffrey Manning The latter had a grandson Ephraim Manning born 1701 see sketch of Jeffrey's family who married Elizabeth Fitz Randolph born 1708 Dec 31 and this Elizabeth was sister of one Nathaniel Fitz Randolph born 1703 Nov 11 who it is said on excellent authority must have been the same man who figured in the Thomas Manning claim.
Here we have it seems the Mr Fitz Randolph and the Ephraim Manning mentioned in that claim but nowhere in the New Jersey family is there found any Thomas Manning at that period That he was related to the New Jersey race seems almost certain since Ephraim Manning and Nathaniel Fitz Randolph were successively his attorneys and it is almost equally certain that he was not a direct descendant of Jeffrey There are Mannings now living in Center Moreland Pa but repeated efforts to obtain information from them have failed no answer has been made to the compiler's many letters of inquiry From another source conies the information that the ancestors of those now there were from Orange county NY and it is not thought that they are descendants of Thomas Attention may here be directed to the Manning family of Duchess county NY
see miscellaneous families perhaps they were descended from Capt Nicholas but this is a mere conjecture
The important question Did Capt Nicholas have descendants after he and his son John passed away must for the present remain unanswered.
Ch of Nicholas by his first wife Elizabeth all born at Salem
9 Thomas b 1664 May 2 d In six mouths
10 Nicholas b 1665 Sep 15 d 1667 June 16
11 Margaret b 1667 Feb 25 d in a few days
12 John b 1668 May 28
Note: Go to page 670.
"First Settlers of Ye Plantations of Piscataway and Woodbridge of Olde East New Jersey",
by Ora Eugene Monnette, 10/9/1995/KDS
List constructed by Monnette of the first time each person appears in any of the public records associated with Woodbridge and Piscataway (KDS note - evidently does not include oaths, land deeds, etc. that show much earlier dates; also note that Monnette did not indicate in what record and in what context he found these references; also note his list in the next section of the date of the first mention of people in the Woodbridge Town Records).
The list includes:
New England marriages prior to 1700
By Clarence Almon Torrey, Elizabeth Petty Bentley
Page 485 Geoffrey /Jeffrey Manning Marriage record.
History of Middlesex County, New Jersey, 1664-1920, Volume 1
By Harold E. Pickersgill, Lewis Publishing Company
Geoffrey Manning, March 28, 1683.
Genealogical and memorial history of the state of New Jersey,
edited by Francis Bazley Lee,
The Mannings had their early MANNING origin in Germany, and went over in the fourth and fifth centuries from Saxony to England.
The first of the name mentioned in the county of Kent was Ranulph de Manning, or Manheim, Lord of Manheim, who married the aunt of King Harold.
Simon de Manning, son of Ranulph, possessed lands at Downes, in Kent, and was knighted in the Second Crusade.
He was Lord of Betiad (now Downe), and the first of the English barons to take up the Cross and go with King Richard (Coeur de Lion) to the Holy Wars, n90 A. D.
He was the ancestor of the line of Mannings of Downe and Cootham who were knights-marshal of the households of England's sovereigns for nearly four hundred years.
The 'old manor house of this progenitor was an entailed estate, and is still in the Manning family.
[THIS NEXT PART IS IN ERROR ABOUT SIR. HENRY MANNING MARRING A BRANDON. IT WAS HUGH MANNING WHO MARRIED MARGARET THE YOUNGER.]
??? Sir Henry Manning, knight-marshal to Henry VII., about A. D. 1500, married Eleanor Brandon, daughter of Sir William Brandon, aunt of the Duke of Suffolk, who was the husband of Mary, Queen Dowager of France, sister of Henry VIII., and grandmother of Lady Jane Grey.
Sir Harry's grandson, John Manning, son of Hugh, had a grant of a large part of the possessions of the Earl of Desmond, in Ireland, and joined the Earl of Essex about 1600, in the reign of Queen Elizabeth, in an expedition to Ireland. (From "History of the Mannings "). This John Manning was the English ancestor of the family hereinafter mentioned.
According to Burke's Peerage a coat-of arms was granted in 1577 to Manning, of Downe, county Kent. It appears the same in various branches of the family—a cross, with four trefoils; but the crests slightly varying— an eagle head on a crown with two feathers. Motto: "Malo mori quam foedari"—"I would die rather than be disgraced."
(I) The earliest of the name on record as coming to America was John Manning, then twenty years of age, who sailed from London, England, for New England, in the ship "Globe," in August, 1635. In 1640 he was on record in Boston with his wife Abigail, and laid the foundations for a large line of descent. Many of the name took part in the colonial wars, the revolution, the war of 1812, the war of the rebellion, and the late war with Spain, and bore themselves most creditably. The different branches of the family also embrace among their number some of the most distinguished names on the pages of New Jersey history, including many scholars.
(II) Jeffrey, son of John Manning??, is said to have emigrated from New England to New Jersey about 1671, and was living in Piscataway township in 1676, and died in 1693. In 1682 he was one of three commissioners who laid out extensive land grants in Piscataway, Middlesex county, and the following year was marshal of the first county court of Middlesex county, which was held at Piscataway. In landed estate, Jeffrey Manning and his children were among the largest and most successful citizens of the county.
He married Hepzibah, daughter of Joseph Andrews, of Hingham, Massachusetts, granddaughter of Sir Thomas Andrews, Lord Mayor of London.
Children of Jeffrey and Hepzibah (Andrews) Manning :
John, born about 1670, married Elizabeth Dennis;
Benjamin, born about 1674, married Ann Blackford;
James, born about 1676, married Christiana Laing;
Elizabeth, married Thomas Fitz Randolph; and Joseph.
The Thomas family, of which Mrs. Manning was a member, were formerly natives of Devonshire, England, which was also the ancestral home of some of the Mannings. Among the descendants of Jeffrey Manning was Dr. James Manning, founder and first president of Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island.
(II) Joseph, fourth son of Jeffrey and Hepzibah (Andrews) Manning, was born about 1678, at Piscataway, New Jersey, and died in 1728. He and his brothers were among the early settlers who successfully petitioned the royal powers for relief from the oppressive jurisdiction of the proprietors. He married, in 1802, Temperance, daughter of John and Sarah (Bonham) Fitz-Randolph, and
Their children were:
Joanna, born about 1705, married Mr. Campbell; Trustrum;
Mary, born 1712; Elizabeth, 1713;
Eunice, 1715; Rachel, 1717;
Grace, 1721, married Daniel Cooper;
and Ruth, born 1726.
Genealogical and Memorial History of the State of New Jersey ...
edited by Francis Bazley Lee
Here is some of the information I have gathered about J. Manning supposed father, John Manning:
The genealogical and biographical history of the Manning families of New ...
By William Henry Manning
132 JOHN MANNING Capt an early resident and prominent figure in New York City was probably the same man as the subject of the previous sketch His career on land was as striking as on water He was witness to an Indian deed in 1664 one of the commissioners of Esopus 1669 sheriff of New York 1667 72 and was commonly known as Captain Manning
He was in favor with Gov Lovelace and during the temporary absence of the latter from the city was often placed in command of Fort James He was thus in command in 1673 when a hostile Dutch force appeared in the neighboring waters and demanded a surrender After some parley the fort was delivered up to the enemy a serious loss to the English Capt Manning soon sailed for England to explain the matter to the King At that time he was still a sheriff as appears by steps taken by the authorities to pitch upon a anew Sheriff for Long Island East Riding He left divers debts and bills and proceedings were begun to wind up his estate On the voyage to England his wife died
He appeared before the King and the Duke of York who exonerated him deciding that Fort James could not have been held with so small a force but he did not find such clemency on his return to New York Citizens who had suffered financial losses by reason of the surrender clamored for satisfaction and Capt Manning was put on trial on charges of treason and cowardice Of the first he was acquitted but was adjudged guilty of cowardice and sentenced to have his sword broken over his head and to be forever debarred from holding public office
Modern writers incline to pronounce the sentence severe and unjust and agree with the royal powers that the strength of the Dutch was not to be defied However the citizens of that day had suffered money loss a victim was wanted they found one
After this Capt Manning retired to an island owned by him and situated in the waters of the East River where he passed his remaining years entertaining freely and probably enjoying himself quite as well as in his days of power
He died later than 1685 It is not known that he left children of his own and his island passed into the hands of Mary Manningham said to have been a daughter of his wife by a former marriage
She m 1676 Apr 26 Robert Blackwell whose name became permanently fixed upon the estate that had been Manning's and which is now widely known as Blackwell's Island being the seat of many of the corrective institutions of New York county
An attempt has been made to connect Capt John of New York by inference with Capt John Manning of Boston, No 23,
The known facts are decidedly against the theory and indeed seem to render it impossible. Con't below:------>>
23 JOHN MANNING a merchant was in Boston as early as 1641 in which year he joined the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company He was appointed ensign in a few years and later the Boston town records always call him Captain though the source of this title docs not appear His wife Abigail d 1644 June 25 after which he m 2d Ann dau of Richard Parker a merchant of Boston
The suggestion has been advanced that Capt John was related to William Manning the founder of the Cambridge family but has not the support of one known fact John was one generation the younger and if of radically near relationship would naturally be a son of William but this idea is too improbable to be entertained William gave his property by will to his wife and at her death it was to pass to certain of his heirs and the final disposition as he plainly indicated was governed by the financial circumstances of those he left behind him it being his purpose to distribute his money according to the needs of his descendants Unless the writer greatly mistakes the condition of Capt John's business in the later years of his life his children had been left not only fatherless but heirs only to a seriously embarrassed probably wrecked estate as will appear later If William had been grandfather to these children he would in their financial difficulties have been far more likely to aid them than to set his money aside to enable another grandchild to learn a trade Possibly John was nephew to William but if so it is peculiar that not one document has been found to show business or other association between the two families.
The writer does not believe there was any near relationship between them.]
--------------->> CON'T: The writer who advances the theory vide Appleton's Cyclopedia of Am Biography seems to base his suggestion upon a statement which may be quoted from his article on John of New York as follows His employment in New York came through the recommendation of Samuel Maverick who in a letter of 16 Sept 1663 to the Earl of Clarendon lord high chancellor of England commended Manning as one who hath many years been a commander under Maj Gen Morgan who hath given him a large and ample certificate which he will show you He is well known and beloved in New England
The present writer supposes this Samuel Maverick to be the same who had dwelt at Noddle's Island East Boston and perhaps the same of the name who was commissioner in New York and his first mentioned residence together with the statement that Manning was well known in New England might seem to bear out the inference but all further facts are against it According to Lamb's History of New York Capt John of the latter place had formerly commanded a trading vessel between New Haven and New York from which we may well believe he was the Capt John mariner of the previous sketch see 131 in which case he had been navigating the coast waters during a period beginning as early as 1663 We have seen that he sailed to Virginia as well as New York and Connecticut and in par suing his sea ventures governed it would seem in his choice of ports solely by the advantageous circumstances of the hour he would naturally include Boston as a port and may thus have met Mr Maverick or the latter may have seen him in New Haven Again he is not mentioned as one well known in Boston but in New England Other reasons exist for believing that John of New York and John of Boston were entirely different persons
---> First the wife of John of New York died at sea in 1673 whereas the wife of John of Boston continued to reside In Boston until her death at a date later than 1687
---->Secondly John of New York died after 1685 and the wife of John of Boston had married 2d William Gerrish before 1676 Aug 18
---->Thirdly John of New York had many years been a commander under Maj Gen Morgan
The most careful search has failed to discover any such high military officer in the Colonies at that period and the only one known to history was in England being Sir Thomas Morgan who followed the calling of arms from at least 1645 to 1667 and was during the final years of his service Major General of the English troops and lie it must have been it seems who was alluded to in Samuel Maverick's letter
John of Boston arrived in the Colony in 1640 and engaged as a merchant and was following that peaceful calling at a time it would seem when John of New York was serving in the English army as a commander under Gen Morgan John of Boston associated himself with the local militia and was styled captain in 1655 but had previously been plain Mr Manning Moreover John of New York appears to have been a sea captain as early as 1653 and John of Boston was certainly a merchant later than that date and finally to assume that the two were one would necessitate the as sertion that John and Ann of Boston husband and wife had each taken a new matrimonial partner while the other was living
The Manning name is usually English or Irish.
There was a very famous man named Captain John Manning, he was the Comander in Chief of Fort Albany in 1664, when the English 'waltzed in' and took control from the Dutch.
This John Manning was rebuked for handing over the 'keys' to the city without a wimper. He was punished by having his sword broke over his head, and never allowed to hold office.
But through some hook or crook, he managed to be given the small island next to Manhattan, which today is a residential community, it is known today as FDR Island, for the former President, but back then it was Manning's Island.
Capt. John Manning married Abigail Maverick, and their descendants formed the "Jeffrey Manning" family line of Piscataway, New Jersey.
Appletons' cyclopaedia of American biography, Volume 4
edited by James Grant Wilson, John Fiske
MANNING, John, soldier, b. in England; d. probably in New York, after 1686.
He is thought by some to be the same Capt. John Manning who was in Boston about 1650, and to have been of the family of William Manning, merchant, of Cambridge and Boston. His employment in New York came through the recommendation of Samuel Maverick, who, in a letter of 16 Sept., 1668, to the Earl of Clarendon, lord high chancellor of England, commended Manning as one "who hath many years been a commander under Maj.-Gen. Morgan, who hath given him a large and ample certificate, which he will shew you. ... He is well known and beloved in New England, and will be fit for any employment in the militia." He came to New York in 1664, and in the same year accompanied the expedition for the reduction of Fort Orange, where he attended and was a witness to the first treaty that the English concluded with the Five Nations, and after the surrender of the place was left in charge of the fort. He was high sheriff of the city of New York from 1667 till 1672, in 1669 was a member of the commission that was sent to Esopus to regulate the affairs of that district, was judge of the court for the West Riding of Yorkshire, and acted as high sheriff of Yorkshire from 1671 to 1673.
He enjoyed the confidence of Gov. Lovelace, served as a member of his council, and when the governor was called to any distance from the city, Fort James and public affairs were placed in Manning's charge.
While he was thus in command, in 1673, the Dutch fleet arrived and demanded the surrender of the fort, which, after some resistance, was given up.
He sailed for England, waited on the king and Duke of York, and explained to them the particulars of the surrender, on hearing which the king turned to the duke and said: "Brother, the ground could not be maintained with so few men." He returned to New York with Gov. Andros, and was soon afterward tried by court-martial on charges of treachery and Cowardice. He was acquitted of the former but found guilty of cowardice, and on 5 Feb., 1675, sentenced to have his sword broken over his head and rendered incapable of again holding office under his majesty, which sentence would scarcely seem justified from the facts of the surrender. He retired to the island that had been granted to him in 1688, then called " Manning's island," but since well known as Blackwell's island, where he was acoustomed to entertain his friends.
Any help would be much appreciated.
Michael D. Allen - Warner