Charles Henry Manship

On June 27, 2014, in Manship House, by mjones

Death notice for C. H. Manship. Call number Z/1129.000, MDAH collection.

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.


Manship Garden

On June 20, 2014, in Manship House, by mjones

Michael Gentry (far right) and AmeriCorps Team Delta 5.

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 this past fall.  The garden has now been planted with varieties of vegetables and flowers popular in the nineteenth century.  This first planting will serve as a test garden to learn what will grow best in the new garden.

The garden’s first planting.


Minnie Manship Phelps

On June 13, 2014, in Manship House, by mjones

From left, Annie Manship Galloway, Kate Manship, Adaline Smith, Minnie Manship Phelps, Charles Manship, Addie Manship, Frank Scott, Jr.  Call number Z/1129.000 MDAH collection.

Minnie was the second youngest child of Charles Henry and Adaline Manship.  Vicksburg (Minnie) Manship was born June 8, 1862, one of two daughters born during the Civil War.  In 1884, Minnie married William Lewis Phelps in a morning ceremony held at the Manship House.  They had two children, Lee Manship Phelps, and Dudley Gordon Phelps.  By 1900, Minnie was widowed, and moved back to the Manship House with her two sons.  The 1900 census lists Minnie as a 38 year old widow, occupation dressmaker.  Minnie learned Braille, and was employed at the School for the Blind as a Braille teacher.  She was widely known for her beaten biscuits and would take orders for them.



Addie Manship

On June 2, 2014, in Manship House, by mjones

Addie Manship, center front, ca. 1865. Call number Z/1129.000 MDAH collection.

Sometimes referred to as “Laddie,” Adaline (Addie) Manship was the oldest surviving daughter.  Born February 15, 1849, Addie played the piano, sang in the choir, and played a reed organ at Galloway Methodist Church.  At the outbreak of the Civil War, Addie was 12 years old with five younger siblings and two older brothers who were away at war.  Years later, Addie recounted the family’s experience during the Civil War.  She recalled that Confederate trenches ran along the north side of the house, and toward the northwest there was a three gun battery concealed in cotton bales.  General Loring’s troops occupied the trenches about the city to the south.  They knew Sherman was coming, and fled to the swamp to safety.  After the seige, the family returned home and found Union soldiers attempting to set fire to the house since it had been Confederate headquarters for General John Adams.  Mrs. Manship defied them, and the soldiers finally gave up.  The 1900 census lists Addie as 49 years old, occupation dress maker.  Addie and her sister Kate never married, and lived in the Manship House throughout their lives.


Kate Manship

On May 23, 2014, in Manship House, by mjones

Kate Manship, ca. 1868. Call number Z/1129.000 MDAH collection.

Catherine (Kate) Manship was born December 1, 1850, and died in 1935.  She was named for Charles Henry Manship’s sister Catherine Manship Whitby, who was also called “Kate.”  Kate played the piano and sang in the choir at Galloway Methodist Church.  In 1874, Kate was the only child who traveled to Europe with her parents to visit family friend James Smith.  Kate and her older sister Addie never married, and lived in the Manship House throughout their lives.  After the deaths of her parents, sisters Addie, Kate and Minnie continued to live in the Manship House, where they were occupied as dressmakers.



On May 9, 2014, in Manship House, by mjones

Painting the Visitors Center ramp and porch.

AmeriCorps continues to provide assistance at the Manship House Museum.  Thanks to the efforts of five AmeriCorps members, the Visitors Center ramp and porches have been painted.  The members also created a brick pathway through the new garden area.  The pathway was constructed from broken bricks, and will provide improved access to the garden.  The work completed by AmeriCorps will help the site prepare for re-opening.

AmeriCorps members and the new brick pathway.


Adaline Manship

On May 2, 2014, in Manship House, by mjones

Cost of goods in 1867.  Call number Z/1129.000 MDAH collection.

Adaline Manship’s life was one of service, caring for her children and family circle.  She would have been responsible for the household sewing, and purchasing goods for her home and family.  During the Civil War, Adaline Manship was a member of the Ladies Sewing Society for Confederate Soldiers, whose purpose was to furnish clothing and other supplies to the soldiers.  They fitted out men with uniforms, and provided them with knitted cotton socks and other items of clothing.  In a letter from family friend John McAdam, Scotland, to Charles Henry Manship in 1875, McAdam relates his memory of “cheery Mrs. Manship’s quaint descriptions of your makeshifts for food and clothing,” her accounts of the family’s condition during the Civil War, the difficulties obtaining food and clothing for her family, and sending the children to school in old bagging with “Cincinnati Flour” printed on them.


Shopping in 1867

On April 18, 2014, in Manship House, by mjones

Call number Z/1129.000 MDAH Collection.

In 1867, a good supply of groceries could be purchased for $29.97.  Sugar cost fifteen cents a pound, coffee was thirty cents a pound, a keg of lard could be purchased for $7.35, mackerel was $3.00, two hams weighing over twenty-two pounds cost $4.12, and two gallons of molasses cost $2.00.



Spring Flowers

On April 10, 2014, in Manship House, by mjones

Spring is in the air at the Manship House.  Wisteria, native azalea, and red buckeyes are only a few of the old plant varieties in bloom on the Manship House grounds.

Wisteria in bloom.

Native azalea.


Manships in Minnesota

On March 28, 2014, in Manship House, by mjones

Waterfall in Minnesota. Call number Z/1129.000 MDAH collection.

After the Civil War, Charles Henry Manship Jr. went as far north as the river would carry him, settling in St. Paul, Minnesota.  He found employment at the St. Paul Gas and Light Company, and married Mary Etta Friend in 1870.  Charles Henry Jr. sent this photograph of a waterfall in Minnesota to his family in Jackson around 1870.