Using a Scott County, Virginia, chancery court case from the 1840s and 1850s, I have been able to prove a family of nine Maness siblings who lived from the late 1700s to the early/mid 1800s.The case establishes the following points:
1) Jacob Maness, a resident of Scott County, Virginia, had died about January 1846, leaving a widow but no children of his own.Jacob’s heirs included his living siblings and the heirs of his deceased siblings.William M. Bledsoe, Jacob's stepson, brought suit against Jacob’s heirs in an attempt to establish title to a piece of Jacob’s property.
2) William Maness, brother of Jacob, was thought not to be a resident of Virginia in 1849.
3) Vincent Maness, brother of Jacob, had died about 1830, leaving four children: Lazarus (residing in 1850 in Lee County, Virginia); Absalom (thought to be residing in 1850 in Grayson County, Virginia, or Ashe County, North Carolina); Juriah (“who went to the west to parts unknown” to the respondents); and Hale (who died some years prior to 1850 in Scott County, Virginia, leaving five children: Isaac; Lazarus; Houston; Hiram; and Reuben).
4) Nancy Maness, sister of Jacob, was thought not to be a resident of Virginia in 1849.
5) Mully or Molly Maness, sister of Jacob, was thought not to be a resident of Virginia in 1849.
6) George Maness, brother of Jacob, had died prior to 1849.His children are included as heirs in the chancery case, but their names and residences are not listed.They were thought not to be residents of Virginia in 1849.
7) Isom Maness, brother of Jacob, had died prior to 1849, leaving four children: Loften/Loftin/Lofton; Sterling S.; Arthur L.; and Alexander.All four of Isom’s sons were residing in 1850 in Scott County, Virginia.
8) Ferraba Maness, sister of Jacob, had married John Askins “and moved to some distant state many years ago” (as of 1850).
9) Elizabeth Maness, sister of Jacob, had married Ephraim Maness “and lived the last the respondents know of them in Tennessee, where probably she has died” (as of 1850).
Source for the above:Scott County (Va.) Chancery Causes, 1816-1942.William M. Bledsoe v. Heirs of Jacob Maness, 1855-003.Local Government Records Collection, Scott County Court Records.The Library of Virginia, Richmond, Virginia.
Does anyone know of any historical record linking any of the above nine siblings to parents?
~Mark Strickler (descendant of the above Isom Maness and Sterling S. Maness)