1930 census Freestone Co, TX:
Manning, Arthor(sic), hd, 34, md @ 19 yrs of age, b TX, TX, TX
" Mattie, wf, 32, md @ 16, b TX, TX, TX
" Alice, dau, 16, b TX
" Edgar, son, 14, b TX
" __ssel, d, 11, b TX
" Arthor(sic), s, 9, b TX
" H.__., s, 7, b TX
" A______, s, 5, b TX
" Irene, d, 2 1/12, b TX
[Everyone in the household is listed as Negro.]
1920 census Freestone Co, TX:
Manning, Arthur, hd, 25, md, b TX, TX, TX
" Mattie, w, 123, md, b TX, TX, TX, TX
" Alice, d, 5, b TX
" Edgar, s, 2 1/12, b TX
" Vessen, d, 7/12, b TX
[Arthur and children are listed as Mulatto, Mattie is Black]
Now, I can find Edgar, and his father Alfred, but cannot tie Arthur to them.
1880 census Freestone Co, TX:
Category: Name;Relationship tohead of household; Marital Status; Gender; Race; Age; Birthplace; Occupation; Father's Birthplace; Mother's Birthplace.
Sarah MANNINGWifeMFemaleMU24TXKeeping HouseALAL
Edgar H MANNINGSonSMaleMU4TXALTX
Clara E MANNINGDauSFemaleMU2TXALTX
1900 census Freestone Co, TX, page 169:
Manning, Edgar H., h, b Oct 1875, 24, m 4 yrs, b TX, AL, TX
" Lucy, w, b Nov 1875, 24, m 4 yrs, 1 ch 1 lvg, b TX, AL, AL
" Edgar Jr., s, b Jul 1899, 10/12, b TX
Abron, Clarinda, cousin, b Apr 1897, 13, b TX, TX, TX
Page 170 [Looks like Alfred has a second younger wife, also named Sarah]:
Manning, Alfred, h, b Oct 1853, 47, md 3 yrs, b AL, AL, AL
" Sarah, w, b Dec 1874, 26 md 3 yrs, 2 ch, 2 lvg, b TX, GA, AL
" William, s, b Jun 1880, 19, b TX, AL, TX
" Annie, d, b Apr 1882, 18, b TX
" Mary J., d, b Mar 1884, 16, b TX
" Johnnie, d, b ___ 1886, 14, b TX
" Matilda, d, b May 1887, 13, b TX
" Fredrick, s, b Apr 1894, 6, b TX
" Stacy, s, b Jun 1897, 2, b TX
" Wesley, s, b Jun 1899, 1, b TX
[Alfred owns farm free and clear, all members of both families are listed as Black.]
Did Arthur have a middle name?Stacy and Wesley are children of second wife -- but note age of Matilda, 13, then Fredrick 6, big gap.Could this boy be son of Edgar, and being raised by his grandfather Alfred?Edgar is married 4 years to Lucy, maybe she didn't want to raise Edgar's son from previous marriage?????All the family seems to be listed as black until you get to Arthur listed as mulatto on 1920, did he get his lighter complexion from his mother???
I can't find Edgar, Arthur, nor Fredrick either, on 1910 census.If Edgar died, you might want to check out land and probate records for Alfred, on 1900 census he owns farm free and clear.The children of Edgar would share the portion of the estate that would have gone to Edgar and that could tie the whole family together.
You specifically said you were looking for Manning ancestors, so do you already have Mattie's Shed line?Father Ned, mother Lillie on 1910 census Freestone Co, TX.
More on Alfred's line.1870 census Freestone Co, TX:
Manning, Joel, 45, b AL
" Sarah, 38, b AL
" Owen, 21, b AL
" Alfred, 18, b AL
" Pinkey, 14, b TX
" Rachel, 14, b TX
" Tilda, 11, b TX
" Lottie A., 9, b TX
" Josephine, 4, b TX
" Tim, 5, b TX
" Jane, 2, b TX
" John, 8, b TX
" (Wilin?), 1, b TX
Now, there is not one Manning family on the 1860 census that is black or mulatto, so the family may have been slaves.There are 4 white Mannings listed in Freestone Co, TX and 3 live are in the Cotton Gin P.O. area.I would say cotton is the local crop, and one of those families probably owned your ancestors.You might check the slave schedule for 1860 Freestine Co, TX.
Check Freestone Co, TX GenWeb site.Click on search, type in Manning, lots of items, I didn't take time to go through them.
Also, the archived section for Freestone Co, TX.I don't know the difference, except sometimes the archived site will have more records.Again, type in Manning.Also, do a Shed search on both sites.
Happy Hunting (^_^)