The Men of Old Jackson

On February 28, 2014, in Manship House, by mjones
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Charles Henry Manship, circa 1846.

Charles Henry Manship arrived in Jackson on February 9, 1836.  Thirty years later, the Manships hosted a reunion of Jackson’s early citizens to remember the occasion.  The following article is from Anabel Power’s “Pages From an Old Scrap Book,” The Jackson Daily News, May 30, 1948.

The Men of Old Jackson

     The writer recently found a copy of “The Mississippi Standard,” published every morning Monday excepted, by Power and Jones.  Official Journal of the City of Jackson dated, Sunday, February 11, 1866.  In it is an interesting story:

Old Jackson

     The men of 1836, 1837, and 1838.  HAPPY REUNION AT THE RESIDENCE OF C. H. MANSHIP ESQUIRE.  Interesting Narrative!  Toasts, Sentiments and a Good Time Generally!

     On Friday last there was a very pleasant reunion of the old citizens of Jackson, the men of 1836, 1837, and 1838, at the hospitable residence of C. H. Manship, Esquire, himself one of the old citizens.

     The repast, furnished by the hospitable host and his excellent wife, was indeed elegant, bountiful and luxurious.  The assemblage of guest was somewhat frosty with age, it is true, but most of them, under the influence of the good cheer spread before them, and the interesting associations of the past, seemed oblivious to “bald pates and gray locks” and waxed young again, while bringing up, in conversation, the past history of the city and its former inhabitants.

     Governor Humphreys and several other gentlemen of distinction were present.  The only feeling which seemed at all to mar the general hilarity of the feast was the recollection of the race of noble men and women who once dwelt amongst us, but who are now either absent in distant cities or “pale sleepers in the silent city of the dead.”

     We regret not being able, in this issue, to give as full an account of the interesting ceremonies of the occasion as we would desire.  Happy toasts and fine sentiments were the order of the evening.  Brief, but eloquent addresses were made by the Honorable William Yerger, David Shelton, Esquire, Honorable Amos R. Johnston, Thomas Palmer, Dr. Farrar, Mayor D. N. Barrows and others.

     Mr. Manship spoke, in substances as follows, relative to his first visit to Jackson:

     Gentlemen: Thirty years ago this day, (February 9, 1836), and about this hour, I entered the city of Jackson after a walk of two days from Vicksburg, with blistered feet, weary limbs and great anxiety as to whether I would be able to secure shelter for that night–the Legislature being in session and every place of entertainment filled to its utmost capacity, but after several efforts I at length met with Mr. S. Judd, who many of you recollect,–he took me in and treated me kindly.  Next day I took a walk around town, and to my great astonishment met an old friend, who many of you still remember.  I refer to the presiding genius of the First National Bank, J. Green, Jr.  I was pleased to meet in a strange land one whom I had known well in my boyhood days, and one, too, whom I knew to be, in the full sense of the term, a man.  Thirty additional years’ acquaintance has confirmed my previous judgement of the man, whom we all recognize as one of our best citizens.

     The same day I made the acquaintance of the model man, James Smith, T. S. with whom I formed a friendship and intimacy I have not realized with other men.  I was attached to him with more than a brother’s love; he, it was, at the sound of trouble between the South and North, sent a stand of arms, a cannon and ammunition for the defense of Jackson and made your humble servant the medium of presenting the same to the city.

     True, the object so near his noble heart was lost, but it showed the love he bore for the home city of his early days and the self-sacrificial act.

     Time sped on with me, and the remnant of others of that day, and brought us with varied fortunes up to 1861, when war with all its horrors visited the land; but nowhere in the South was it so keenly felt as at this our once beautiful little city.

      We were all made to feel it as no people ever felt that terrible scourge.  Our city, of which we were all so justly proud, was reduced to ashes by a merciless and unfeeling for our home desolated and desecrated, with unsparing and wicked hands.

     In view of these facts, and as we, of the old stock, are rapidly passing away and as our frosty locks and aching limbs admonish us that we are hurrying to that bourne whence no traveler returns, I thought it appropriate that we should assemble and pass an hour of social reunion and brotherly love, that we may forget each other’s foibles, late troubles, should learn to rely on each other and live to better purposes than we have hitherto done.

     And why not?  With our noble old Roman, Gov. B. G. Humphreys as executive of the state, and our excellent and most efficient mayor, Hon. D. N. Barrows, we hope to see from their ashes, and tower far above those who have suffered less during the recent war.

     I cannot close these remarks without returning you, my friends, my most hearty thanks for your various words of confidence, however unmerited they may have been, which you have been pleased to confer upon me; and in the evening of my days, the fervent hope I indulge is that the retrospect of my public and private life will reflect no dishonor or reproach upon the other.

     In conclusion I propose the memory of the departed and absent men of 1836, 1837, and 1838, of the city of Jackson.

 

 

Adaline Manship

On February 21, 2014, in Manship House, by mjones
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Adaline Manship, circa 1846.

Adaline Daley Manship was born in Boston on February 23, 1822.  Adaline was one of seven children born to Mary Hudson Daley and David Daley, a skilled wood carver and carpenter.  The Daleys settled in Jackson, and by 1836, David Daley was engaged by William Nichols to serve as a contractor on the construction of the Mississippi State Capitol.  Charles Henry Manship arrived in Jackson in 1836, and it was not long before Manship was working on contracts superintended by David Daley.  Adaline and Charles Henry Manship were married on December 12, 1838, when Adaline was 16, and Charles Henry was 26 years old.  Fifteen children were born over the next 25 years, five of whom died in infancy. During the Civil War, Adaline and the ladies of Jackson formed organizations to help with the war effort.  A member of the Ladies Sewing Society for Confederate Soldiers, Adaline helped furnish clothing and other supplies to the soldiers.  Although no correspondence or written accounts from Adaline have survived, obituaries describe her as having a perennial cheerfulness and sunny nature.  She was said to have an excellent memory and exceptional powers of conversation.  Her life was one of service, caring for her children and family circle.  Adaline Manship lived to be 81, and died at home, December 23, 1903.

 

Victorian Valentines

On February 14, 2014, in Manship House, by mjones
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A PAIR OF SLIPPERS. – Every boy or girl will wonder what the little slippers in figure 3 are made of.  I am afraid if I wait for you to guess, you will never get them made, and I expect you will make several pairs before “St. Valentine’s Day.”  They are nothing in the world but peanut shells, and they are just as “cute” as can be.  Get a couple of peanuts, shaped as near alike as possible, cut an opening for the top with a sharp pen knife and slip the meat out.  It is a difficult matter to line the shell-slippers throughout, so just cut little insoles out of blue velvet or paper, and glue them on the bottom.  If you have a box of colors, you can paint the inside to match the color of the insoles, but this is not necessary.  A tiny bow of blue ribbon may be glued on the toe.  Tie them together with a piece of the ribbon.  Having the little slippers ready, you can mount them on a plain, white card, or upon a heart-shaped affair, as seen in figure 3.  A heart is cut out of pasteboard, and covered with red velvet or satin.  A spray of Forget-me-nots can be cut out of cretonne and pasted on, and the lettering painted on in blue.  The back has a piece of paper pasted over it.  It is attached to an arrow, which is sawed out of white wood and gilded.

American Agriculturist. February, 1886.

Reproduction valentine.

 

Manship Birthdays

On February 7, 2014, in Manship House, by mjones
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Charles Henry Manship, Jr. (top left), David Manship (top right), Addie Manship (center), Kate Manship (front left), and friends.  Call number  Z/1129.000 MDAH Collection.

February marks the occasion of several Manship family birthdays.  Adaline Manship and three of Adaline and Charles Henry Manship’s fifteen children were born during the month of February.  Manship family birthdays include: Adaline Daley Manship, born February 23, 1822; James Daley Manship, born February 27, 1841, died May 23, 1842; Charles Henry Manship Jr., born February 16, 1843; and Adaline (Addie) Manship, born February 15, 1849.

 

Cleaning the Manship House

On January 27, 2014, in Manship House, by mjones
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Cleaning walls.

Thanks to efforts of AmeriCorps Team Delta 5 and MDAH volunteers, several significant projects have been completed at the Manship House.  The team and volunteers worked inside the Manship House cleaning floors and walls, removing dirt from the recent foundation repair project.  The work completed by the AmeriCorps Team and volunteers will help the site prepare for re-opening.

AmeriCorps Team Delta 5.

 

New Garden

On January 15, 2014, in Manship House, by mjones
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Michael Gentry and AmeriCorps team members remove tree stumps from the garden area.

Development of a new garden feature is underway at the Manship House Museum.  AmeriCorps team Delta 5, MDAH volunteers, and garden specialist Michael Gentry prepared the walkways and beds for an heirloom vegetable garden.  The new garden will feature varieties of vegetables commonly grown in nineteenth century kitchen gardens, similar to those the Manship family may have grown.  We know from an oral history interview that there was still a vegetable garden on site in the 1920s.  The vegetable garden was probably located north of the Manship House, on what is now the Baptist Hospital parking lot.  The heirloom vegetable garden will provide a unique educational resource for visitors to connect with history and nature.

The new garden.

 

AmeriCorps Team Clears Manship Grounds

On January 7, 2014, in Manship House, by mjones
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The Manship House Museum and grounds are looking much better thanks to the efforts of AmeriCorps Team Delta 5 and MDAH volunteers.  The team and volunteers worked together to remove years of overgrown nuisance vegetation, cleared away a large bamboo thicket, pruned trees and shrubs, and hauled away many fallen tree limbs from the Manship grounds.  Removal of nuisance vegetation greatly improved the appearance of the grounds and allowed more sunlight in garden areas.

Clearing bamboo.

MDAH volunteers Lucky and Debbie Osborne work on Visitors Center shrubs.

Many loads of nuisance vegetation were removed from the Manship grounds.

 

AmeriCorps Team Paints Fence

On December 30, 2013, in Manship House, by mjones
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AmeriCorps Team Delta 5 has been hard at work at the Manship House Museum over the past weeks.  The fence surrounding the Manship House and Visitors Center was in need of repair and painting.  After repairs were completed by Capitol Facilities, the AmeriCorps team and MDAH volunteers got to work scraping loose paint from the fence.  Fence boards were primed, and the entire fence received a fresh coat of paint.  The team completed several significant projects that will help the site prepare for re-opening in 2014.

State Capitol Facilities employee provides instruction on fence repair.

Team members scrape the fence.

The fence is primed and painted.

 

AmeriCorps Team at the Manship House

On November 25, 2013, in Manship House, by mjones
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Capitol Facilities prepares the Manship House fence for painting.

 

Over the next few weeks, AmeriCorps NCCC team Delta 5 will be at the Manship House Museum working on a variety of projects to help the site prepare for re-opening.  The AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC) helps communities meet their most compelling needs.  NCCC service issue areas include:

1. Disaster services (preparation, mitigation, response, recovery)

2. Environmental stewardship and conservation

3. Urban and rural development

4. Energy conservation

5. Infrastructure support

AmeriCorps team members are men and women age 18 to 24 who serve a full-time, 10-month term to address community needs on teams of about 9-11 members. Team Delta 5, comprised of seven members, will soon work on priming and painting the white board and picket fence surrounding the Manship House and Visitors Center.  State Capitol Facilities have been busy pressure washing and repairing the fence to prepare it for painting.

 

 

New Discovery

On November 5, 2013, in Manship House, by mjones
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Sometimes, the smallest thing can lead to an exciting new discovery.  Since the Manship House first opened as a museum in 1982, the back porch walls, ceiling, and door frames were all painted a cream color, the same color used for the exterior trim. Recently, a scrape on the back porch door frame uncovered what appeared to be a dark color hidden underneath layers of the cream colored paint.  A small section of the paint was carefully removed from the door frame, exposing mahogany graining underneath, a detail that had previously not been known.  Small sections of all the other door frames were also investigated, and indicated that all the door frames had been grained in imitation of mahogany, to match the doors.  This new discovery provides additional insight on how Charles Henry Manship decorated his home, and will help to guide future restoration efforts.

Manship House back porch.

Mahogany graining underneath layers of paint on door frame.