Mary Elizabeth (Manning) Brown’s Mother – Part 3 of 6

Could it be Mary A?

By Don Taylor

Photo of Don Taylor with cat Nasi.I previously concluded that Sarah Jane Garvin could not be my 2nd great-grandmother. (See: Could it be Sarah Jane Garvin – Part 2.) However, other researchers believe Mary Elizabeth Mannin(g)[i] Brown mother is one of four different names.

    • Mary A. [Mannin] (1851-1877)
    • Nelly Nellie Burton (1863-1949)
    • Lisa J. Mannin (1861-___)
    • Eliza Jane Fannin (1861-1882)

In Part 3 of this series, I’ll look at the evidence that Mary E Mannin’s mother was Mary A.

One hundred thirty-one public trees refer to Mary Elizabeth Manning, who married Arthur Durwood Brown. Three trees suggest her mother is Mary A. Mannin (1851-1877); two others suggest Mary A. Mullins (1851-1885).

1880 Census – Finds James Mannin, his wife Mary A, and two children, four-year-old Mary E and one-year-old Floyd living in Hamptons Mill, Morgan County, Kentucky. There is no evidence that James is John William “Joe” Mannin.

1900 Census – Starting in the 1900 Census and records after that, Mary Elizabeth’s husband and children are consistent with my record sources. Only ascribing the 1880 census and the mother “Mary A” appears to be inconsistent with my records.

One tree that suggests Mary A. Mullins is Mary’s mother also provides a different spouse, children, and death inconsistent with the other known Mary Elizabeth (Manning) Brown’s life. So, this tree uses the same 1880 Census record as above but ascribes the record to a different, and likely correct, Mary E Manning, not my great-grandmother.

Next, I’ll consider Nellie Burton as a candidate to be Mary Elizabeth Manning’s mother.


I am confident that Mary A Manning is not my 2nd great-grandmother. The cross-over is caused by several people linking a different Mary E Manning to my Mary Elizabeth Manning in the 1880 Census.


[i] Mannin and Manning are used interchangeably in various documents. I try to use the spelling used in a particular document when quoted. Occasionally, Mannen, Mannan, and Mannon are also used as the spelling is typically based upon what the recorder of the document believed they heard.

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