| ||Notes for REV. JOSEPH ELGIN MANNING:|
Joseph Elgin Manning was born on March 23, 1802 in Anderson County, South Carolina (probably in the Lowndesville area). Joseph Elgin Manning is the son of George Manning and Aleatha Reeves. Joseph Elg
in Manning apparently lived most of his life in the Anderson County, South Carolina area.
At the age of 23 Joseph Elgin Manning married Terissa Clinkscales, the daughter of Levi Clinkscales and Polly Rice. Joseph Elgin Manning and Terissa Clinkscales had 12 children. The Birth places of th
eir children indicate that they lived in the Lowndesville and Abbeville, areas of Anderson County, S.C. At the age of 23 years old, Joseph Elgin Manning named his first born son Francis Asbury Manning
, obviously after the Methodist, Francis Asbury. Francis Asbury Manning died when hewas 23 years old. He was buried in the old Ridge Church cemetery. Francis Asbury Mannings name, birth and death da
tes are chiseled into a flat field stone and is the oldest grave marker in the Ridge Church Cemetery located in Lowndesville, S.C. We can only wonder, at the heartache he must have felt, having lost h
is son at such an early age, and if he chisled his son's name into the field stone himself and placed it upon his grave.
From his first son's name we get an indication that Joseph Elgin Manning's religious beliefs even as a 23 year old young man were of the Methodist faith. In 1843, when he was 41 years old, Joseph Elgi
n Manning was ordained as a minister in the Methodist Episcopal Church by Bishop James Osgood Andrews. The Ordination Papers read:
"KNOW ALL MEN BY THESE PRESENTS
That I, James Osgood Andrews, one of the Bishops of the Methodist Episcopal Church, in the United States of America, under the protection of Almighty God, and with a single eye to his glory, by the im
position of my hands and prayer, have this day set apart Joseph E. Manning for office of a Deacon, in the said Methodist Episcopal Church; a man who, in the judgement of South Carolina Conference, is
well qualified for work: and is hereby recommended to all whom it may concern, as a proper person to administer the ordinance of baptism, marriage, and the burial of the dead, in the absence of an Eld
er, and to feed the flock of Christ, so long as his spirit anf practice are such as become the Gospel of Christ and established doctrines of the Gospel.
In testamony Whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and seal, this twelfth day of February in the year of our Lord, one thousand eight hundred and forty-three.
James O. Andrews (seal)
Joseph Elgin Manning was 62 years old when he died on November 2nd, 1864 in Cobb County, Marietta, Georgia. The cause of his death is unknown.