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 Ralza Morse Manly

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Ralza Morse Manly

Birth
Dorset, Bennington County, Vermont, USA
Death
16 Sep 1897 (aged 75)
San Diego, San Diego County, California, USA
Burial
San Diego, San Diego County, California, USA
Plot
Palm Terrace Monument Extension
Memorial ID
25421577 View Source

Ralza was the 4th born son of William Manly Jr. & Sarah Dunton. He was the Great Grandson of Deacon John Manley & Mary Arnold of Dorset Vermont.

Ralza graduated from the Troy Conference Academy College in Poultney Vermont in 1844 and graduated from the Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut in 1848.

He was a Chaplain in the Union Army, a assistant superintendent of schools and a distinguished educator. After the Civil War, he relocated to Richmond Virginia, where he worked for the Freedmen's Bureau. The Navy Hill section in the city of Richmond was located between 3rd and 10th Streets (within the boudaries of Jackson Ward) and ran just north of Leigh Street all the way to Shockoe Cemetery. "Navy Hill" was "established" in the early nineteenth century as a subsection of the city's northern boundary. In an era of post-war patriotism, the area was christened "Navy Hill" in honor of the achievements of Virginia's Naval Heroes in the War of 1812.

Navy Hill was called the "Old Wooden Building" because it was one of two barnlike buildings bought by Captain Ralza Morse Manly in 1866. He moved the buildings from Tenth and Broad to Sixth and Duval, where he lived in one and rented the other to the city for use as a school when the public system was initiated. The Freedmen's Bureau's educational activities in Virginia began with Assistant Commissioner Brown's appointment of Prof. W. H. Woodbury as Virginia's superintendent of schools for freedmen on June 20, 1865. By November, he had been replaced by Ralza Morse Manly, the assistant superintendent of schools (later education), who served until August 15, 1870, when all Bureau educational activities ceased. Within six months of assuming office, Manly had more than 136 teachers instructing some 8,000 pupils. The number of teachers soon increased to more than 200, with nearly 18,000 students under instruction. During the years 1866 and 1867, freedmen schools continued to improve and expand. By the fall of 1868, there were nearly 270 schools in operation, with more than 350 teachers providing instruction for some 20,000 pupils. Schools assisted or maintained by the Bureau in Virginia included day schools for children, night schools for adults, and Sabbath schools. Students received instruction in such subjects as reading, writing, arithmetic, and geography. Many teachers were recruited from the North by freedmen's aid societies.

Ralza married Sarah Bemis Wright soon after college. They had the following children :

Catherine
William Marcus
Ralza Wright
Mary Elizabeth

After his wife, Sarah died, he married Lousia Patterson. To this union, a son was born, Harold Patterson.

At the age of 74, Ralza's health was declining. It was felt that a milder climate would be benefical and he moved to San Diego California. While there, his health did improve and he engaged himself in Educational work again and served as a member of the board of education for San Diego.

Ralza was amazing man and a true son of the United States. He is at rest with his 2nd wife, Mary who died at age 99.

Ralza was the 4th born son of William Manly Jr. & Sarah Dunton. He was the Great Grandson of Deacon John Manley & Mary Arnold of Dorset Vermont.

Ralza graduated from the Troy Conference Academy College in Poultney Vermont in 1844 and graduated from the Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut in 1848.

He was a Chaplain in the Union Army, a assistant superintendent of schools and a distinguished educator. After the Civil War, he relocated to Richmond Virginia, where he worked for the Freedmen's Bureau. The Navy Hill section in the city of Richmond was located between 3rd and 10th Streets (within the boudaries of Jackson Ward) and ran just north of Leigh Street all the way to Shockoe Cemetery. "Navy Hill" was "established" in the early nineteenth century as a subsection of the city's northern boundary. In an era of post-war patriotism, the area was christened "Navy Hill" in honor of the achievements of Virginia's Naval Heroes in the War of 1812.

Navy Hill was called the "Old Wooden Building" because it was one of two barnlike buildings bought by Captain Ralza Morse Manly in 1866. He moved the buildings from Tenth and Broad to Sixth and Duval, where he lived in one and rented the other to the city for use as a school when the public system was initiated. The Freedmen's Bureau's educational activities in Virginia began with Assistant Commissioner Brown's appointment of Prof. W. H. Woodbury as Virginia's superintendent of schools for freedmen on June 20, 1865. By November, he had been replaced by Ralza Morse Manly, the assistant superintendent of schools (later education), who served until August 15, 1870, when all Bureau educational activities ceased. Within six months of assuming office, Manly had more than 136 teachers instructing some 8,000 pupils. The number of teachers soon increased to more than 200, with nearly 18,000 students under instruction. During the years 1866 and 1867, freedmen schools continued to improve and expand. By the fall of 1868, there were nearly 270 schools in operation, with more than 350 teachers providing instruction for some 20,000 pupils. Schools assisted or maintained by the Bureau in Virginia included day schools for children, night schools for adults, and Sabbath schools. Students received instruction in such subjects as reading, writing, arithmetic, and geography. Many teachers were recruited from the North by freedmen's aid societies.

Ralza married Sarah Bemis Wright soon after college. They had the following children :

Catherine
William Marcus
Ralza Wright
Mary Elizabeth

After his wife, Sarah died, he married Lousia Patterson. To this union, a son was born, Harold Patterson.

At the age of 74, Ralza's health was declining. It was felt that a milder climate would be benefical and he moved to San Diego California. While there, his health did improve and he engaged himself in Educational work again and served as a member of the board of education for San Diego.

Ralza was amazing man and a true son of the United States. He is at rest with his 2nd wife, Mary who died at age 99.


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