Adaline Daley Manship was born in Boston on February 23, 1822, and died at home, December 23, 1903, at 81 years of age. She was the oldest woman resident of Jackson at the time of her death. Mrs. Manship’s obituary appeared in the Clarion Ledger, December 23, 1903:
JACKSON’S OLDEST WOMAN RESIDENT PASSES AWAY
Had Reached the Age of Eighty-One — Loved and Esteemed by Entire Community.
Mrs. Adaline Manship, the oldest woman resident of Jackson died at the family residence on Fortification street at five o’clock this morning at the advanced age of eighty-one years.
Softly and peacefully, like a little babe falling to sleep in the arms of a loving mother, the life of this venerable old lady ebbed slowly out, and so gently and sweetly did the vital spark depart that the weeping watchers at the bedside could scarcely observe the transition form earth’s estate to the heavenly realms above.
“Fate seemed to wind her up for three score years and ten;
Yet ran she treshly [sic] onward ten winters so or more:
Tell, like a clock worn out with eating time,
The wheels of weary life at last stood still.”
Beautiful, indeed was the passing away of this noble soul, to be gathered unto the captain Christ under whose colors she had fought so long. The grave has no victory, death has no sting, when a life such as this is called back to God who gave it.
No woman in this community was more deeply loved or held in higher veneration than this venerable lady, nor none can hope for higher place in Heaven’s realm. Her life was a benediction, her mere earthly existence a rich blessing to those loved ones by whom she was surrounded, and to those who enjoyed the honor of her acquaintance and friendship. In younger days when health and strength permitted, she was a ministering angel to the sick and lowly, dispensing sweet charity and neighborly help and consolation with a lavish hand, and in half the households of Jackson her name is a synonym for all that is good, and pure, and noble. The sunset of her life was equally as beautiful. A joy to the living and a comfort to the sorrowing, her heart was an ever-flowing fountain of hope and sympathy and as she now sinks to “the grave in full age, like as a sheaf of corn cometh in its season,” there are multitudes will recall her kind and noble deeds, and their eyes will be dimmed with the tears of divine regret.
Mrs. Adaline Manship was born in Boston in February, 1832, being a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. David Dailey [sic]. Mr. Dailey [sic] was prominent contractor of those early days, and come overland to Jackson from New Orleans in 1836 where his first work was the contract for the woodwork of the capitol building then in course of construction, and which was abandoned several months ago when the state government was moved to its new domicile.
Since girlhood this aged lady had watched the transition of the then struggling village of Jackson to the proportions of a thriving city. She has witnessed the coming and going of generations, and during this long and eventful period none have been held in higher respect or greater esteem. When in the full bloom of young womanhood and beauty she was united in marriage to Hon. C. H. Manship, one of the capital city’s most prominent citizens, who served as mayor of the city, afterwards as postmaster, and was one of the founders of the first volunteer fire organization — Jackson Fire Company No. 1. The present fire alarm bell at the Central school building is named in his honor. Mr. Manship died about nine years ago.
To this union a large family were born, of whom the following are surviving: Hon. Luther Manship, Jackson; Mr. David Manship, McComb City; Misses Addie and Kate Manship, Jackson; Mr. C. H. Manship, St. Paul; Mrs. A. D. Galloway, Jackson; Mrs. Charles Brougher, Monroe county; Mrs. Edgar Smith, New Orleans. Two sisters, Mrs. A. M. Bellinger of Jackson, and Mrs. J. M. Coats of Denver, and one brother, Mr. Charles Dailey [sic] of Jackson, also survive her.
The funeral services will take place Thursday afternoon at three o’clock from the First Methodist church. The services will be conducted by the Bishop Charles B. Galloway, a life-long friend of the family. The oldest residents of the city will act as pallbearers, and a large and sorrowing assembly will follow the remains to their last resting place beneath the green cedars of Greenwood cemetery.
All members of the family have been notified and are expected to arrive in time for the obsequies. Hon. Luther Manship is now in South Carolina on a lecture tour, but is is believed that he will arrive in time for the services.