|Death: ||Apr., 1915|
Los Angeles County
Outlaw, Gunfighter. Manning was born on a plantation near Huntsville Alabama. With his brothers, Doc, John and William, James fought in the Civil War. At the end of the war, the Manning brothers swore never to shave again until the glory of the South returned. The brothers moved to Giddings Texas and built a small boat. Using the boat they sailed to Mexico and joined Maximilan's army. Not happy in Mexico, the brothers returned to Texas and temporarily went their seperate ways. In 1881, James and his brothers Frank and John reunited near Canutillo TX and started a ranch, which was really a safe house for every outlaw and rustler in the area. By 1882, James made enough money from "ranching" to purchase the Coliseum Variety Theatre in El Paso. Soon after his arrival in El Paso, James became involved in a violent feud with the famous Texas lawman and gunfighter, Dallas Stoudimire and Dallas' brother-in-law, Doc Cummings. On February 14, 1882, Doc Cummings and Dallas visited the Coliseum. Doc, drunk and belligerent, incited James and his bartender, David Kling, enough to shoot him (Cummings) to death. On September 18, 1882, James' brother, Doc Manning, and Dallas were involved in a gunfight. Doc was wounded in the leg. Dallas was shot twice in the chest. When James arrived at the scene, he observed Dallas still holding a gun...so he shot him in the back of the head. The fallout from the killing of Dallas made El Paso an uncomfortable place for James. So he moved to Seattle WA and purchased a saloon. When the saloon was destroyed in a fire, James moved to the Los Angeles area and became an investor in mining properties near Parker AZ. James died from cancer in Los Angeles. James exploits has earned him a place in the Encyclopeida of Western Gunfighters and Violence Was No Stranger.
Peyton Thompson Manning (1837 - 1868)
Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Glendale)
Los Angeles County
Plot: Section B, Lot 109, Grave 10
Created by: Randy
Record added: Jun 21, 2006
Find A Grave Memorial# 14670514
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