No doubt in my mind, your JOSEPH W. MAHANAY, b. 5 Nov 1839 at Gainsboro, Jackson County, TN, to OLIVER PERRY MAHANAY and ELIZABETH (MORGAN) MAHANAY, was my GG/F BENJAMIN MORGAN MAHANAY's brother.
OLIVER PERRY MAHANAY was born 28 Mar 1801, in Charleston, Charleston County, SC.
ELIZABETH (MORGAN) MAHANAY was born 28 May 1802, in Morganton, Burke County, NC .
JOSEPH W. MAHANAY married ODELIA PRENNETT 29 Nov 1879 in Bushman County, MO
You fail to list your father, grandfather, great grandfather et al.
I would like to place them in their order if possible.
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to evade any interlopers. OK ???
I may have some very old photographs to fill in for you.
One prize I have is the family bible which belonged to BMM and my GG/M, MARTHA SARA ANN (SPAULDING) MAHANAY. It has several kin listed, along with birth/death dates. VERY FRAGILE !
There was a major migration of Mahanays before the turn of the century to Alvarado, Johnson County, TX, just south of Fort Worth. The Glenwood Cemetery there is overrun by them, all with impressive headstones. Worth a visit if you are nearby.