Joseph Manning Case




Joseph Manning Case was a Confederate soldier in the Civil War. I have not been able to get any information on his war records. He was only twelve years old when the Civil War becan, and sixteen years old when the war ended.

As I remember "Grandpa" Manning Case, when I was a young girl, when he would come to visit us, after we moved to Laurens, S.C. in 1926, he was a gentle, easy-going, loveable man. The only times I ever remember seeing "Grandpa" Case mad was whn we would go into town, and pass the Confederate Monument, on the public square in Laurens. I remember "Grandpa" telling about seeing some Confederate soldiers kill one of his brothers because he would not tell where his father and another brother that the Confederate soldiers where hunting for were. "Grandpa" said that he knew that the brother the Confederate soldiers killed did not know where his father and brother were. I feel, because of this, that Joseph Manning Case was drafted (or "conscripted", as it was sometimes called then), and did not voluntarily enlist in the Confederate Army. But, despite his resentment to the Confederate soldiers that killed his brother, Joseph Manning Case must have served the time he was in the Confederate Army as best he could. At the foot of his grave, at Refuge Baptist Church Cemetery, Dana, NC, is the Confederate marker, with the inscription, "A friend to his country and a believer in Christ".

Joseph Manning Case was a rock mason. He lost on eye many years before his death in an accident while working as a rock mason. He did some rock work for my father, W. Herman Gibbs, after we moved to Laurens, SC in 1926. He built a chimney for the heater we used in the dining room of our house that burned in 1933. He also built a rock house, that we used for storing canned goods, among other things. This old "Rock House" as we have called it these many years, is still standing at the old home place of Herman and Java Gibbs, which is now owned by their son, Charles W. Gibbs, who is the great-grandson of Joseph Manning Case.

My sister, Emily Gibbs Martin, remembers our Father, W. Herman Gibbs, tell the following story about Joseph Manning Case.

"Grandpa" Manning Case had done some work for some man, and was to be paid for his work on a certain day. Needing something from Hendersonville, NC, which was about eight miles away, before he received payment for the above work, "Grandpa" went to Shepherd's Store, and made his purchase. He promised to pay this account on a certain day, after recieving payment for his work. The day he was to pay his account at Shepherd's Store, it was eitber raining or snowing. Some of "Grandpa's" family tried to get him to wait until the next day, when someone who lived farther over the mountains would be going into town in a wagon, and he could ride into town. "Grandpa" told whoever of the family that suggested this that he had promised to pay his account that day, and if he waited, his promise would be a day late. So, despite the rain or snow, "Grandpa" walked the eight miles into town, and paid his account the day he promised to pay it.

Isn't this a great example for us, his descendants? The above story shows us something of the type man that "Grandpa" Joseph Manning Case was.


Written by: Essie Gibbs Waldrop