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in Falls Church, Virginia, in 1900, and Mar-
garet Virginia, born in Constantinople, Tur-
key, August 16, 1908. Mr. Merrifield married
(second) September, 1898, Martha Frances,
born in Oakland, Maine, daughter of George
Rice, of West Waterville, Maine ; Mrs. Merri-
field died January, 1907. He married (third)
January 16, 1908, Margaret Gray, daughter
of William Buckner and ]\Iargaret (Gray)
Dickenson, and granddaughter of William and
Jane (Buckner) Dickenson, the latter a native
of Caroline county, Virginia.

John Ward, immigrant ancestor,

WARD was born in England in 1740. He
came from London in 1770 to the
province of Maine and settled there.

(II) John (2). son of John (i) Ward, was
born in 1775 in Sidney, Maine. He settled in
the west part of Sidney and was a farmer.
He also lived in Windsor, Maine.

(HI) Joshua, son of John (2) Ward, was
born in Windsor. 1801. He married Betsey
Cunningham, and they lived in Augusta,
Maine. Children : John Ellis, Frank O. and

(IV) John Ellis, son of Joshua Ward, was
born in Augusta, IMaine, died there Mav 20,
1895. He was educated in the common schools
of Augusta. He engaged in the business of
trucking and heavy carting, and was success-

ful in his undertaking. In politics he was a
Republican, served in city council, 1854-55, for
several years was overseer of the poor in
Augusta, was street commissioner of Augusta
twelve years, and he was chosen to various
other offices of trust and honor. He was a
member of the iViethodist Episcopal church of
Augusta. He was a member of Bethlehem
Lodge, Free Alasons ; Cushnoc Chapter, Royal
Arch Masons; Trinity Commandery, Knights
Templar, of .Xugusta. He married, 1853,
Mary EHzabeth Clement, born 1833, daugh-
ter of Samuel Clement, of Winterport. Chil-
dren : I. Mary Davis, born June 20, 1858,
married Scott A. Simpson, of Portland, JNIaine.
2. S. Curtis C, mentioned below.

(V) S. Curtis C, son of John Ellis Ward,
was born March i, 1863, at Augusta. He
was educated in the public schools of Augusta
and at the Dirigo Business College. At the
age of eighteen years he became a clerk in
the Augusta postoffice under Postmaster Jo-
seph H. Mauley. He left this position four
years later to become bookkeeper for Howes,
Hilton & Harris, wholesale grocers, of Port-
land. He went to Buenos Ayres, Argentine
Republic, South America, in 1887, a buyer for
the firm of Beck & Company, commission mer-
chants. New York City. In 1890 he returned
to Augusta, and for two years had a retail
grocery business in that city on his own ac-
count. He was in the employ of the street
railway company at Manchester, New Hamp-
shire, for the following three years, returning
to Augusta to become the state deputy of the
Maccabees of the World, being supervising
deputy for Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont,
Quebec, and the Maritime Provinces also. He
was elected one of the ten executive officers
at the convention at Detroit, Michigan, and
has been a national officer of the body since
1907. He is a member of Bethlehem Lodge,.
Free ]\Iasons; Cushnoc Chapter, Royal Arch
Masons ; Trinity Commandery, Knights Tem-
plar; a Noble of Kora Temple, Order of the
Mystic Shrine, of Lewiston. He is also a
member of the Ancient Order of United
Workmen, of Augusta. In politics he is a
Democrat ; a member of common council in
Augusta, 1906-07-08, and president of that
body in 1907-08. Mr. Ward married, May 31,.
1889. Cora B. Brown, born Chelsea, Maine,
daughter of James T. and Abbie (Davis)


John Brow'n, immigrant ances-
BRO\\'N tor, was born in England, 171 5.
He was in Boston before De-
cember 12, 1738, when he married .Abigail



Colesworthy. He was an iniiholdcr and also
a tailor. He settled in Charleslown and was
a taxpayer from 1746 to 1773, owning various
lots of land. He deeded land to James Brown,
of New Castle, Maine, probably a relative, in
1773. He was sixty years old when the revo-
lution broke out, but he adhered to the Crown
and joined the Loyalists who went to Nova
Scotia, with his family. Children: i. Sarah,
died November 22, 1754, in Charlestown. 2.
Abigail, born August 8, 1740, married John
Bowles. 3. Mary, born July 19, 1741. 4.
Nathaniel, died January 8, 1743. 5. Stephen,
died January 17, 1747, aged four months. 6.
Joseph, born March 23, 1752, mentioned be-

(H) Joseph, son of John Brown, was born
in Charlestown, March 23, 1752. He removed
at the time of the revolution or earlier to
Hallowell, Maine. He married, 1774, Char-
lotte Tinges, of Boston. Children: i. Henry,
born at Charlestown, December 21, 1775. 2.
James, mentioned below. Probably others at
Hallowell. Joseph Brown died March 4,

(IH) James, son of Joseph Brown, was
born in Hallowell, Maine, April 14, 1782, died
October 27, 1858. He served in the war of
181 2. He married Hannah Meady. Chil-
dren : Hannah, Thomas, James, mentioned be-
low ; David, John, George, Lucy, Charlotte,

(IV) James (2) Jr., son of James (i)
Brown, w-as born in Chelsea, Maine, Febru-
ary 2, i8og, died February 2, 1868. He mar-
ried RIartha Coss, of Pittston, Maine. Chil-
dren : James T., mentioned below ; Charlotte,
Martha, Lucinda, George, Orlena.

(V) James T., son of James (2) Brown,
was born in Chelsea, Maine, November 12,
1832, died there August 7, 1888. He married
Abbie Davis, born Windsor, Maine, [March 4,
1838, daughter of Simeon and Abigail Davis.
Children: i. Martha M., born May 11, 1856,
married Eugene E. Randall ; children : Ernest
B., Arthur E. and Cora ]\L Randall. 2. Cora
B., born October 19, 1864, aforementioned as
the wife of S. Curtis C. ^^'ard. 3. George
Thomas, born February 15, 1871, married
Cora E. Spear ; one child, Edwin F. Brown.

The ancestors of the present
MANNING members of the Manning

families early founded in
this country, were from England, where rep-
resentatives of the general family had long
been numerous. It is claimed that British
records, published by order of parliament.

show that the name occurred in twenty-two
counties in the kingdom as early as the year
1272. The predecessors of these early inhabi-
tants went to England from what is now Ger-
many. All Englishmen of the present time
make this statement. The accounts differ
slightly as to the particular continental prov-
ince wdience their ancestors came, but nine-
tenths of these unite in saying that the family
is of Saxon origin. In Hasted's "Kent"
(County of Kent, England), published in
1797, occurs the following reference to the
Mannings: "They are said to be descended
from an ancient and noble family which took
its name from Manning (Mannheim), a town
in Saxony, whence they came to England be-
'fore the Conquest." In the colonial wars the
Mannings were represented by nineteen per-
sons bearing their name; on the Rolls of the
Revolution fifty-two appear; in the war of
1812, sixteen; in the war of the rebellion,
eighty ; and in the Spanish war, six ; — an indis-
putable evidence of the patriotism and fighting
qualities of the family. In many other ways
honors have come to the name through those
who have been high in church and state, sci-
ence and art, and the three learned profes-
sions of law, medicine and divinity.

(I) William [Manning, ancestor of this ex-
tensive family, came to America about the
year 1634 or before. Whence he came has not
been learned, but as the Mannings had long
been a numerous family in England, and as
he came contemporaneously with the migra-
tion of other emigrants from that country, it is
certain that he was from a branch of that
ancient family. After living a short time in
Roxbury, JMassachusetts, he went to Cam-
bridge, where he may have been a merchant.
He was the owner of a house and of other
lots of land, but when he bought and sold is
not known in full. William Manning was a
freeman in 1640. His will is dated February
17, 1665, and proved April 28, 1666. He had
removed to Boston as early as August 25,
1664, w-hen he became connected with the
church there, and perhaps earlier. The name
of his first wife, whom he married in Eng-
land, is not known. She was the mother of
his children, and died on the voyage to Amer-
ica. He married (second) Susannah — ,

of whom we know no more than that she died
in Cambridge, October 16, 1650. He married

(third) perhaps at Boston, Elizabeth -.

He had two children: William, born in Eng-
land in 1614, and Hannah.

(II) William (2), son of William (i) Man-
ning, was born about 1614, in England, came



to the colony of Massachusetts Bay in or be-
fore 1634, settled in the latter year in Cam-
bridge, and made that town his home the
remainder of his life. He early purchased a
homestead and other land, and engaged m
business as a merchant, a calling he followed
throughout his life. This enterprise was not,
however, limited to the mere selling of goods,
for he owned a warehouse and a boathouse on
a canal to which boats had free access. Early
in life he became one of the most prominent
and trusted citizens of the town, and was often
called to public offices of trust. He was
elected highway surveyor, 165 1, and the same
year "to s'ize casks," or as a ganger ; constable
1652-66-68-75-79, and selectman 1652-O6-70-
72-75-81-83. or a total of fifteen years. His
name also frequently appears in connection
with different public affairs. He often filled
offices in connection with the settlement of
estates. He was a freeman in 1643, and was
as earlv as that date a member of the church.
After the death of Rev. Mr. Mitchell, in 1668,
IMr. Manning was selected by the church to go
to England to prevail upon Rev. L'rian Oakes
to come to Cambridge and accept the vacant
pastorate, and this mission he performed. The
most important trust of his life was in con-
nection with Harvard College, he having been
selected, with Deacon John Cooper as an asso-
ciate, to replace the old college building with
a new one, and to receive and disburse the
funds for this purpose. This was in 1672,
and the final accounting was made in 1684.
Each steward received £25 for his ten years'
work. He was one of the inhabitants of Cam-
bridge to whom the Shavvshire (or Billerica)
territory was granted in 1644. he being allotted
sixtv acres, and who joined in tlie '"great deed"
of 1650 conveying it to the Billerica settlers.
He left at the time of his death an estate of
£163 2s. gd., free of all debts and expenses,
and had during his lifetime distributed among
his children £308 2s. 7d. He married Dorothy

. .He and his wife were buried in the

now old cemetery of Harvard Square, and
the headstones to their graves remain in good
condition. They record that \MlIiam Man-
ning died March 14, 1690, aged seventy-six,
and Dorothy, his wife, died July 26, 1692.
aged eighty. Their children were : Hannah,
Samuel. Sarah. Abigail, John. Mary and per-
haps Timothy.

(HI) Samuel, eldest son and second child
of \\'illiam (2) and Dorothy Manning, was
born July 21, 1644, at Cambridge. He was
reared in his native town, and seems to have
received a superior education. Between the

years 1664 and 1666 he removed to Billerica,
where he afterward resided. His first home
was at the northern part of the village, which
was the same as the present "'Center'' village,
but at a later period he removed to and occu-
pied his farm west of the Concord river. The
old homestead was erected in 1696; in times
of Indian massacres it was one of the offi-
cially appointed garrison houses, to which an
allotted number of families could hasten in
time of danger and defend themselves from
attacks of the enemy. The house has been oc-
cupied by his descendants for nearly two hun-
dred years, and is now held by the Manning
Association, which was incorporated by special
act of the Massachusetts legislature in 1901.
The old home contains a large and valuable
collection of family mementoes, relics and rec-
ords to which additions are constantly being
made. Addresses, pictures, relics and interest-
ing information concerning every member of
the family, including the children, should be
sent to the secretary at the Manse. Reunions
of the family will be held annually on June
17 (Bunker Hill Day). Twice the Indians
raided the town and killed some of his neigh-
bors. Mr. Manning was corporal in the mili-
tia 1682; sergeant 1684; ensign 1699. The
town elected him to nearly all the offices within
its power to bestow. He was surveyor of
highways, 1668-76-77: sealer of weights and
measures, 1675-1700; constable. 1677; trial
juryman, 1679; assessor, 1694-98-1702; tith-
ingman, 1679-82-95-97-1704-09, or twelve
years; town clerk, 1686-90-92-99, or seven
years; selectman, 1673-77-79-82-90-92-94-96-
99, eighteen years, and representative to the
general court 1695-97. He was a surveyor, and
at various times served on committees or alone
to survey land and run lines, and performed
many other trusts and duties of a public na-
ture. He was made a freeman of the colony in
1670. The house he erected on his homestead
west of the Concord river still stands. He
was a large holder of real estate, for, on the
death of his father, he had become owner of
the latter's homestead and warehouse in Cam-
bridge. The large farm he owned remained
directly in the hands of his descendants, pass-
ing from father to son several times, uiuil
1880, and is still held subject to the testament-
ary will of its latest Manning occupant. 'Sam-
uel Manning married (first) April 13, 1664,
Elizabeth, daughter of Isaac Stearns, born at
Watertown, and died June 24, 1671. at Bil-
lerica. He married (second) May 6. 1673,
Abiel, daugiiter of John ^\'ight. born at Med-
field, January I. 1654. who died some time



after Jul)- 3. 1713. Samuel .Manning died at
Billerica. February 22, 171 1. The children by
the first marriage were : Samuel and John ;
and by the second marriage : Timothy, Han-
nah. William. Mary, Sarah, Dorothy, Isaac,
Ephraim, Elizabeth, Timothy, Eliphalet, Abiel.

(I\") Isaac, third son of Samuel and Abiel
(Wight) ]ilanning, was born in Billerica,
April 15, 1685. He went to Cambridge before
July, 1707, at which time he was twenty-two
years old, and perhaps resided there until his
death, but this is not certain. He was in Cam-
bridge continuously from 1703 to 1723, and
probably until 1742. The first sign of him is
on July 27, 1707, when he is credited in the
church book with the payment of six shillings,
his minister's rate, or tax for the support of
the church. Similar payments are entered
each year, the rate ranging from seven shill-
ings upward. JMargaret, his wife, was ad-
mitted to full communion January 9, 1728.
Nothing is found to show that he was a church
member, but he or his wife must have "owned
the covenant." if no more, prior to the birth of
their first child, as it was baptized promptly.
Isaac was elected to town offices as follows :
hog-reeve, 1713; fence viewer, 1714-18; high-
way surveyor, 1721. At a meeting of the
selectmen of the town, February 28, 1743,
Isaac Manning was allowed six shillings old
tenor for care of the poor. This is the last
mention of his name in the records. His
occupation is unknown. He married, April 8.
1708, 2\Iargaret Eager, born in Cambridge,
May 25, 1681, daughter of William and Hes-
ter (Cole) Eager. Their children were:
Isaac, ^largaret, William Thomas, (died
young). Daniel. Sarah, Hannah and Thomas.

(V) William (3), eldest son of Isaac and
Margaret (Eager) Manning, was born in
Cambridge, October 24, 1712. He early set-
tled at Charlestown, and became a ferryman
in 1748. As early as 1631 a ferry had been
established between Charlestown anq) Boston,
"where the Charles river bridge now is," and
control thereof and revenue therefrom were
granted in 1640 to Harvard College. In W'ill-
iam's time four boats were run, and the man-
agement of them was granted by lease by the
college, in four parts, one part to each lessee :
August 31, 1748, "one-fourth" of said ferry
vvas leased to William Manning. The rent
was £150 a year in "Bills of Credit of the old
Tenor," in four payments of £37 los., payable
on the first of November, February, May and
August. Each lessee was to keep one strong
boat in good order and have sober persons to
run it. William renewed his lease in 1752,

and again October i, 1754, for two years, and
is believed to have continued with the ferry
nearly as long as he lived. Mr. Manning was
one of those whose property was burned after
the battle of Bunker Hill. His loss included
£266 13s. 4d. for two dwellings "belonging to
me and wife," and £5 for persona! estate, and
£1 4s. for cartage. The last item is a silent
but eloquent witness to the hasty flight of the
family from the burning town, with such per-
sonal effects as they could save. William Man-
ning was drawn to serve as a petit juror in
1738. He bought April 19, 1755, for £40, one-
half of a house and one-half part of the land
by the same, on Wapping street, near the pres-
ent navy yard. He died November 8, 1776,
at Medford, aged sixty-four years. The town
records call him "of Charlestown"; the church
record, "late of Charlestown." Medford was
probably his home after the fire. He left no
will. Administration of his estate was granted
to his widow and his son Caleb, December 9,
I777._ The inventory was £159 4s. 6d., which
was increased by cash received to a total of
£179 6d. William Manning married (first)
January i, 1736, Elizabeth Kettle, born at
Charlestown, September 18, 1716, died 1759,
and buried December 8. Her ancestry was:
Benjamin and Mary (Dyer), her parents;
Deacon Joseph and Hannah (Frothingham),
her grandparents; and Sergeant Richard and
Esther Ward (Kettle), her great-grandpar-
ents, all of Charlestown, where Richard, the
immigrant, was a church member, 1633. He
married (second) 'January 6, 1761, Mrs. Jo-
anna Webber, born September 15, 1723, died
at Medford, of pneimionia, August 27, 1787.
Her maiden name was WHiittemore, and Will-
iam was her third husband. Her ancestry
was: Joseph and Mehitable (Raymond), her
parents; Joseph and Joanna (Mousal), her
grandparents; John and Mary (Upham), her
great-grandparents ; and Thomas and Hannah
Whittemore, immigrants, her great-great-
grandparents, all of Charlestown, where Thom-
as settled about 1642. The children of Will-
iam Manning by his first wife were : William,
Elizabeth, Isaac, James, Daniel, Caleb, Mary,
Sarah (died young), Sarah (died young"),
Thomas and Susanna. By the second wife:
Joanna, Joseph and Sarah.

(VI) James, third son of William (3) and
Elizabeth (Kettle) Manning, was born at
Charlestown, March 21, 1743, and died there
November 11, 1790. He resided in his native
town. He was a colonial soldier under Cap-
tain John Toplin, in the expedition "destined
for Canada," his service being in 1759, from



April 2 to September: ami again in 1761,
under Captain Toi)lin and Colonel Frye. The
first mentioned expedition "sailed from the
Castle" (Fort Independence), April 24. Tra-
dition savs that in private life he was occn-
pied with the ferry between Charlestown and
Boston, so long operated by his father. When,
after the battle of Bunker Hill, Charlestown
was burned. lames and his family shared in
the general flight caused by the spreading of
the flames. The mother took .-\aron, the
youngest child, in her arms, antl carried him
on foot into the country, the older children
running bv her side. :S\r. Manning carried on
his back what valuables he could thus convey.
The house in which he lived, with the greater
part of its contents, was destroved by fire. He
set his loss of personal property at £20 8s. 2d.
There is still in existence an old mahogany
desk, with secret drawers, which belonged to
him, and which was in the house while the
above-mentioned battle was in progress, but
which was saved. This desk became the prop-
erty of Charles F. Manning, but was for thirty
years in the care of Prentice C. Manning, a
younger brother. When Charles F. settled
permanently in Portland, the desk was re-
stored to him. How soon James and family
returned to Charlestown is not certain; they
were there in 1784, and he remained and died
there. He was probably in poor health from
1784 to 1790.

James iManning married, February 18, 1765,
Ann Brown, who was baptized at Charles-
town, March 21, 1743, daughter of Benjamin
and Ann (Boylston) Brown, according to Wy-
man's "Charlestown Genealogies." The mem-
orandum of I'ranklin :\Ianning, a grandson of
James, and a careful and reliable recorder,
states that James "married Ann Brown, of
Concord," and adds: "The widow Brown of
Concord was my father's grandmother, and
she was si.ster to the mother of Nathan Kins-
man, of Hanover, New Hampshire.'" "Ann
Manning" owned the covenant, September 22,
J 765. The children of James and Ann, all
born in Charlestown, were : James, Ann, Will-
iam, Susanna and Aaron.

(VII) William (4), second son of James
and Ann (Brown) Manning, was born in
Charlestown, Massachusetts, iNIarch 25, 1770,
and died in Parsonsfield, Maine, October 15,
1837. He was a tailor by trade, but also a
considerable holder of real estate. He early
settled in Maine, and according to statements
given in deeds, lived in Brunswick, 1795-97:
in Cornish, 1797-1800; in Limington, 1801-23,
and perhaps after; and last of all in Parsons-

field. .\pril 2T, 1795, he bought one-quarter
of an acre of land for £6. One-half of this
purchase he sold the same year, and the re-
mainder in 1797. In the latter year he pur-
chased land in Cornish for $340. and sold it in
1800 for $400. In Limington he bought land
in 1801 for $743, and another lot in 1803 for
$50. The first of these lots he disposed of in
broken parcels from time to time, but that of
1803. which he acquired from one William
Wentworth, he held until 1836. when he sold
it to his son Franklin. It is described a^ three
acres of land, and water power, and was "the
same T occupied as a dwelling house & .Mills

IXGTOX, MAINE. 1803-1S36.

for many years." This reference to "mills"
is explained by present old resident? of Lim-
ington. He lived four miles from the main
\ illage. and had a mill for grinding corn, re-
mains of which are still visible. His farm
is said to have contained eighty acres. He
married (first). September 8, 1793, -Margaret
Swan, born June i, 1772, died July 19, 1815.
Her ancestry was: Joseph and Janet (Mc-
Cloud), her parents, of West Cambridge. Mas-
sachusetts : Ebenezer and Bathsheba : Eben-
ezer and Elizabeth ; and John and Mary
(Pratt) Swan, all of Cambridge, where John
died June 5, 1708, aged eighty-seven. Will-
iam Planning married (second), about 1822,


1 80;

Mrs. Hannah Littlefiekl, of York, who died in
1824. No children were born of this mar-
riage. The children of William and Margaret
(Swan) Manning were: Janet, Nancy, Su-
sanna, Joseph, Mary, William Holmes, Thom-
as Jefferson, Franklin, Henry, Clarissa, and
an infant son who died young.

(Vni) Franklin, fourth son of William (4)
and Margaret ( Swan) Manning, was born in
Limington, January 12, 1808, and died at
Norway, September 29, 1853. Early in life
he engaged in mercantile pursuits, and was
associated in the stove and hardware business
in Portland with Nathan \\'inslow, and later
with his brother-in-law, George H. Cheney,
for several years prior to 1838, when he re-
moved to Paris, Maine, and thence to Syra-
cuse, New York, in 1841. He returned to
Maine in 1847, and settled in Norway, where
he took charge of a large mercantile business
and iron foundry conducted under the name of
Brown & Company. He was very active in
affairs pertaining to the welfare of the town,
particularly in educational, temperance and
religious works, and, in whatever engaged, de-
voted to it the most untiring energy. On the
completion of the Atlantic & St. Lawrence
railroad to Alontreal, he made a visit to that
city, where he contracted typhoid fever, from
which he died on his return to Norway. The
Nonvay Advertiser, in an obituary in January,
1854, said of him : "He was genial and social,
and in his intercourse with the w'orld was un-
exceptionable. As a friend he was warm in
his attachments, and confiding in his nature ;
in his deportment he was dignified, yet modest
and unassuming, and in all his associations
was influenced only by high and honorable
motives." He was an incorporator and trustee
of the Norway Liberal Institute, and worthy

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