Charles Henry Manship, Jr., 1869.  Call number Z/1129.000 MDAH Collection

Born in 1843, Charles Henry, Jr. was the third child born to Charles Henry and Adaline Manship, and the first to survive.  In his youth,  “Charley” as he was often called, attended school and trained as an apprentice machinist.  In 1861, at the age of 18, Charles enlisted in the tenth Mississippi Rifles where he served as a private in the Confederate forces for the next four years.  After the war, with limited prospects for jobs in the south, Charles went as far north as the river would carry him, settling in St. Paul, Minnesota.  He got a job working for the St. Paul Gas and Light Company, and in 1870 married Mary Etta Friend.  Charles and Mary Etta had seven children and lived comfortably in St. Paul, spending time during the summers at their cottage on Bald Eagle Lake.  Their youngest child, Paul Howard Manship, became a very well known sculptor.  One of Paul Manship’s most recognizable works is the Prometheus sculpture in Rockefeller Center, New York City.

Charles’ obituary stated that he occasionally visited Jackson, the last trip home about 1909.  He was said to be a genial, lovable and companionable man, a devoted husband, kind and indulgent father.  He died in 1911, and was preceded in death by his wife a few years earlier.