Mr. Chas. H. Manship, one of the oldest and most highly respected citizens of Jackson, died at his home on Fortification street last Friday about 6′oclock.
For the past year or two Mr. Manship had been quite feeble and realized that he was near the end of his earthly pilgrimage. But death had no terrors for him; he expressed himself as ready to obey at any time the summons of the Master he had served so long and faithfully, so that his family and friends do not doubt he is asleep in Jesus. Though the end was expected and every one prepared for the announcement, the news that “Mr. Manship is dead” brought sorrow to many homes in Jackson and elsewhere.
Mr. Manship’s voyage over the dark river was sudden and painless. He was walking up and down his gallery with his wife when he said to her, “I do not feel very well and will sit down.” He sat down in an easy chair and at that moment his spirit took flight – he was dead.
Mr. Manship is a part of the history of Jackson, in fact the record could not be complete without him. When, in 1835, before the era of railroads, he walked from Vicksburg to Jackson, he found a little village of but a few hundred inhabitants. With them he pitched his fortunes and has seen a proud city grow up around him.
He had seen the old stage coach give way to the locomotive and palace cars; he had seen the telegraph and telephone lines built; he had seen the electric lights take the place of tallow dips; he had seen the waters of the Pearl River turned through our streets and houses; he had seen magnificent educational structures supercede the old log school house; he had seen palatial residences built where once stood squalid cabins; he had seen handsome brick stores erected on sites once occupied by low and dingy groggeries; he had seen forests felled to make room for growing grain and cotton; he had seen thousands of other changes of a scientific and material nature; he had experienced the horrors of war and terrors of pestilence; he had filled positions of honor and of trust and in all things was found equal to the occasion and the emergency, and now that he has been called to his reward it can truly be said, “well done thou good and faithful servant.”
Mr. Manship was born in the eastern part of Maryland in 1812, and was therefore in his 83rd year – four score and three.
In 1835 he landed at Vicksburg, en-route to Jackson, and being unable to procure a horse or other conveyance for love or money, he made the trip on foot, and for sixty years has been foremost in all things looking to the advancement and welfare of the home of his adoption.
A few years after his arrival in Jackson he was happily married to Miss Adaline Daley, who with ten of fifteen children they were blessed, survives him, as do also a large number of grandchildren.
In the latter part of the thirties and for several years Mr. Manship was clerk of the city, and during that time had charge of the building of the turnpike across the Pearl river bottom. During the early sixties he was mayor and afterwards postmaster of the city. He has served several terms as member of the board of aldermen, and for more than half a century has been a trustee of one or the other of the State’s charitable institutions. When the Lunatic Asylum was first built he was empowered to go to Cincinnati and purchase the fixtures, which he did, in a highly satisfactory way.
The funeral will take place from the First Methodist church this afternoon at 4:30, and will no doubt be largely attended. The services will be conducted by Bishop C. B. Galloway and Dr. A. F. Watkins, assisted by the members of Pearl Lodge No. 23, of which he has long been a well-beloved member. The Fire Department of the city, of which Mr. Manship was really the father, the first company having been organized in his house, will also attend in a body to pay the last tribute to their departed friend and brother.
The honorary pall bearers are Gov. Stone, Gen. Lowry, J. A. Kausler, Judge Wharton, H. Spengler, Sr., Ned Farish, Col. Stewart, Major Barrows, Dr. Peter Fairly, Col. C. E. Hooker, H. H. Hines, Col. W. L. Hemingway.
The active pall bearers are Richard Griffith, Tony Spengler, W. A. Whiting, J. B. Lusk, C. C. Campbell, C. E. Elliot, T. P. Barr, J. H. Morris.
Daily Clarion Ledger, Saturday, June 22, 1895.