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Here are some Manning stories and accounts over the years:

The Manning Family of Kent

Some historians have made Mannheim in Germany the cradle of this family.  They were said to have begun their history with Ranulph or Rudolph de Manning/Mannheim of the Palatine court who, having married Elgida, aunt to King Harold I of England, was granted lands in Kent.  His grandson Simon de Manning went off on a Crusade to the Holy Land with Richard the Lionheart in the late 12th century.

The Mannings came into property in Kent twice through marriage:
  • first Bertrey castle through the marriage of William Manning and Joan de Cherfholt around the year 1320.  By 1405 these Mannings also owned land in Downe parish near Cudham.
  • and then Downe Court through the marriage of John Manning and Agnes Petley around the year 1510.
Downe Court was later sold.  Other Mannings remained at Saint Mary Cray and Kevington some five miles away.  The following inscription for Richard Manning who died in 1605 and his wife Rachel was found on a brass memorial in Downe church:

ďHere Richard Manning lies, who the son of the Mannings came
He dwelt and died at Manningís Hall old homestead to the name
Zealous of Godís truth hating sin to honest men right kind
Housekeeper good and enjoyed much to welcome foe and friend
Good wife a helper fit he had assisted with Godís grace
In full ripe years he died and hath a blessed place."

Another brass shows the family arms and motto and records that Edward, the son of the last Manning buried in Downe, died in 1622 at the age of 20, having been page to Prince Charles, later King Charles I.

Irish Manning Lore

There is an old and well-founded tradition that all the Mannings in the world are descended from a King of Ulster who ruled around the year 450.  This king was very wealthy and was called the Maoin, which translates as riches or wealth.  The clan of Maoin was said to have been converted to the Catholic faith by Saint Patrick himself.  

Sometime between the 10th and 13th centuries many of these Maoins crossed the English Channel and settled in Kent.  According to English law, they were forced to give their name an English form.  A number chose Manning. Some of them, dazzled by English gold, gave up their faith and soon advanced to a high position in the English nobility.

Laurence Manning During the Revolutionary War

Laurence Manning was born in Killarney in Ireland in 1757.  He had come to America with his widowed mother and settled in Carlisle, Pennsylvania.

He began his army career in the 2nd Canadian Regiment and was a sergeant with that unit in late 1776.  He was wounded and captured at the Battle of Staten Island in 1777, but was back the next year with his regiment as ensign and later as lieutenant.  In 1780 he was transferred to Harry Leeís Legion Infantry where he served until the end of the war.

ďA painting of Lieutenant Manning, which now hangs in Yale University Art Gallery, portrays him in a conventional blue army coat with red collars and facing and silver epaulettes.Ē

After the War, he made his home in Sumter county, South Carolina and married Susannah, the
daughter of General Richard Richardson.  Their son Richard Irvine Manning became Governor of South Carolina.  Laurence Manning died in 1804.

Dennis Manning in the British Navy

Dennis Manning had grown up in a poor Catholic tenant farming family in Roscommon in the early 1800's.  The family probably lived in a one roomed cabin built of mud and earth sods, the first two or three feet being made of stone without mortar.  Potato was their staple diet. 

Potato crop failures occurred in 1816 and again in 1822, resulting in much poverty, starvation and death.  Dennis left this blighted countryside, walking the hundred or so miles from Roscommon to Dublin in search of a ship that would take him away. 

He ended up in London where, in 1825, he was recruited or press-ganged into the British navy.  It turned out that he did not join the British navy to fight enemies abroad but to combat nuisances at home.  He became part of the crew of H.M.S. Hyperion, a wooden sailing frigate carrying forty-two guns, as a landsman (probably at the time the lowest rank in the British navy).  The Hyperion was stationed at Newhaven and was part of the Sussex coast blockade to prevent smugglers landing and disposing of their contraband goods on the south coast of England. 

For three years he served as a sentinel on this ship at Rye harbor on the mouth of the river Rother.  An incident in which he would probably have been involved occurred in April 1826 when a galley with illegal spirits on board beached on the east hills at the entrance to Rye harbor and a large body of armed smugglers came over the sand hills .  An affray commenced between the smugglers and the blockade party.  The blockade party ultimately seized the galley and fifteen tubs, but the smugglers escaped. 

After three years he was discharged from the navy and returned to London.

Ernest Manning's Christian Awakening in the Canadian Prairies

According to his son Preston: 

ďOne Christmas, Ernest and his brother Bill assembled a three-tube radio set they had ordered through a mail-order catalogue.  Listening to the radio my father became acquainted with the religious radio ministry of William Aberhart, a high school principal and Christian layman in Alberta.  Aberhart was a pioneer in the use of radio to communicate Christian teaching.  His broadcasts were heard across western Canada in the 1920ís and 1930ís. 

As a result of listening to Aberhart, my father decided to leave the farm in 1927 to study at the Calgary Prophetic Bible Institute, Aberhart's training school.  He was the school's first graduate and became Aberhart's assistant. 

Had he not bought that old tube radio or listened to William Aberhart's broadcasts, the political landscape of Alberta and indeed Canada may well have been very different."

The Book of Manning

Archie Manning was born and grew up in the small town of Drew, Mississippi in the 1950ís.  His father Buddy worked at a farm equipment store and his mother was a homemaker.

In the SEC documentary The Book of Manning screened in 2013, the story of Archie and his wife Olivia was told - how they met and fell in love at Ole Miss, the folk hero quarterback and the homecoming queen. 

And it is also a story of how their three boys - Cooper, Peyton and Eli - followed in their dad's footsteps and signed to play football in the SEC.  Two of the boys became NFL star quarterbacks who won Super Bowls, Peyton with the Indianapolis Colts in 2006 and Eli with the New York Giants in 2007.  The Book of Manning utilized a trove of Manning home movies from their childhood to give an insiderís look at how both Peyton and Eliís on-field personalities were shaped.

The film also went a little deeper into some of the familyís darker times, including the suicide of Archie Manningís father Buddy in 1969 when he was a 19-year-old star quarterback at Ole Miss and the life-threatening spinal condition that ended Cooper Manningís collegiate career.

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