we need to dig a little more, but i think we're going to find that your ALLEN MANNERS was a son of my ggggrandfather MICHAEL MANNERS.
i just discovered a file for michael @the national archives that contained not only a record for military service in the war of 1812 (he was injured in the battle of new orleans), but also quite a lot of correspondence involving his pension application!
the file contained verification of his age, his date of death & date of marriage to wife LUCINDA WHITE. it also says he came to smith county, tennessee in 1805 from botetourt county, virginia.
the 1850 census for TN shows 4 children living in his household--MANDA 12, MARY 10, CHRISTOPHER 3 (my gggrandfather), SARAH 2/12, but michael & lucinda did not marry until 1846! he had to have been married before--& ALLEN & NANCY MANNERS are the family living next to him on the 1860 census for smith county.
i think we may find that the younger manners men in 1850 smith county--JAMES 28, FRANCIS 26, MICHAEL 25 & ALLEN 22--along with daughters MANDA 12 & MARY 10, were his children by this first marriage. unfortunately, the last time i was in smith county, they told me someone had "helped themselves" to the book for pre-1851 marriages several years ago. very frustrating...
BTW--that file contained an affidavit signed by a NANCY A MANNERS stating she was a witness for the manners-white 1846 wedding (allen's wife?). also, my gggrandfather christopher named his first daughter NANCY ANN (maybe after an aunt?)
i keep hearing that "all the smith county manners were related". maybe this is how...
any ideas? anyone out there have info about the botetourt county virginia manners clan? so far i have a record for a 1 july 1809 wedding of ELIZABETH MANNERS to HENRY BOCKMAN & a 1810 census record for a STOPHLE MANNERS...
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