Capt William Manning

Capt William Manning

Woodstock, Windham County, Connecticut, USA
Death 18 Sep 1807 (aged 73)
Woodstock, Windham County, Connecticut, USA
Burial Woodstock, Windham County, Connecticut, USA
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Husband of Mary Johnson Payson. Married in 1759.

Son of Ephraim Manning Sr. and Mary Thompson.

WILLIAM5 MANNING (Ephraim,4 Saml.,3 Wm.,2 Wm.1) b. 1733, Nov. 28, at Woodstock, Ct., where he always lived except for a brief residence at Middletown. He was, however, often away to serve his country as a soldier, being engaged in both the French-and-Indian and the Revolutionary wars.

In the French and Indian War, he was sergeant in Capt. Israel Putnam's co. 1755, Nov. 25, to 1756, May 30, when this command was a part of the force in garrison at Fort Edward; and he immediately served another term, in 1756, of 5 months, 3 weeks and 5 days under Capt. Samuel Gaylord. The exact dates do not appear. In this service he was again sergeant.

On the alarm following the capture of Fort William Henry by Montcalm, in 1757, four companies marched from Windham, and he was lieutenant under Capt. John Carpenter, of Woodstock.

Family tradition is to the effect that he "served through the war" of the Revolution, and Ammidown's Historical Collections states that he served 6 years without returning home. He was promoted to the rank of captain, his commission being signed by John Hancock.

All of his service may not be recorded, and not all that is on record relating to the several William Mannings of his time can be identified, but the following cases positively relate to him.

1st, he was first lieutenant under Col. Andrew Ward in a regt. raised 1776, to serve one year from May 4. This command joined Washington's army at New York in August; was stationed first at Fort Lee; thence went to White Plains; thence to N. J. and fought at the battles of Trenton, 1776, Dec. 25, and Princeton, 1777, Jan. 3, and encamped with Washington at Morristown until expiration of term of service.

2d, having been commissioned captain, Jan., 1777, under Col. Charles Webb, 2d regt., which assembled at Danbury in April, but soon went into camp at Peekskill; was under Gen. Israel Putnam along the Hudson in the summer and fall; ordered 14 Nov. to Washington's army in Penn.; at battle of Whitemarsh, Dec. 8; wintered at Valley Forge, and, July 28, after, was at the battle of Monmouth. Although it is almost exclusively as a soldier that we are able to trace Capt. Manning's career, his natural tastes were not for war, and his long service was inspired purely by patriotic devotion to his country.

In private life he was a farmer residing first on the Payson farm, and then on one which adjoined it. He m. at Woodstock, 1759, Jan. 4, Mrs. Mary (Johnson) Payson, widow of Asa Payson and dau. of (A. J.?) and Elizabeth Johnson, of Middletown, b. 1736, Sep. 27.

In 1764, May 3, William Manning and his wife, "both of Middletown," administrators of Asa Payson's estate, sold, etc., as is shown by Woodstock deed, 3-322.

Capt. Manning d. 1807, Sep. 18; Mary, his widow, d. 1812, Nov. 27, both at Woodstock, where they are buried in the "Hill" cemetery. Children 1759-76: Sarah, Jemima, Lucy, Parker, Welthia, Azubah, Lory, William Hyde.

"The Genealogical and Biographical History of the Manning Families of New England" by William H. Manning : Salem Press 1902.

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In memory of
Capt William Manning
who died Septr. 18th, 1807
In his 74th year
Also his wife
Mrs. Mary Manning
died Novr. 27th, 1812
In her 78th year

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