In 1874, the Manship household consisted of Mr. and Mrs. Manship and seven of the ten surviving children – all girls, ranging in age from nine to twenty-five years. The Manships left their family in the charge of Charles Henry’s nephew Charles Clayland, a twenty-nine-year-old guard at the penitentiary. Letters to and from Scotland were the only means of communication. One letter home to daughters Addie and Anna reported that Charles Henry and Adaline,
…have passed through some very anxious days and hours on account of letters received from Charles Clayland relative to the serious illness of Jenny & Florence. We had three or four letters from him in each of them till the last our fears had been much aroused for the recovery but knowing throughout that our very kind friends would be prompt and active in their attentions, and the impossibillity (sic) of any action on our part other than earnest prayer for their restoration and reliance on a merciful Heavenly father and the good offices of Dr Baly & our Dear Friends, had to await with as much patience as our anxiety would admit of for later and better news. Well it came and the relief was that of a heavy load removed from our troubled hearts, Many thanks to those Friends who with so much promptness and zeal were with you as ministering angels.
Also living on the property were two African American domestic servants, Mose Davis, nineteen years old, and Daniel Willis, who was sixty-four. A postscript to Manship’s letter states,
Tell Daniel and Mose to keep everything straight and all right till we get home at least C. H. M.