Tonight I will share some of my in-progress research on my Manly family.
For quite some time I knew that my 3rd Great Grandmother had the last name of Manly, but I had not been able to find the right records to trace her family further back with confidence. However, in the past couple weeks I have done some new research and have found some good information.
Mary (Polly) Manly was born in South Carolina in about 1803 according to the 1850 Iowa Federal Census. She was married to Thomas Bolin – Which is also spelled Bolen, Bowlin and even Bowling in different records.
I also knew that Thomas and Mary had married in 1830 in Perry, Indiana and I was able to trace how they came together.
There was a John Manly who lived in Wood Township, Clark County, Indiana in 1820 and this is the father of Mary.
By the 1830 census John Manly had moved down to Alabama.
Here is John Manly in the 1850 Alabama Federal Census showing him being born in South Carolina. Mary was the oldest daughter of John and from what I can tell the rest of the family moved south to Alabama just before she married Thomas Bolin.
In the past couple of years I have received DNA matches from the Manly family in Alabama. I had not had much luck following the paper trail, but I have finally been able to tie it all together with the 1820 census record in Indiana.
Now heading back all the way to 1800 we find John Manly Junior in the Laurens District of South Carolina. With him listed a Junior, this of course indicates that his father was also named John and this is the case as both in 1790 and 1800 there is a John Manly Senior also listed in the South Carolina Federal Census.
Another thing that had me mystified a bit was that Ancestry ThruLines had been showing the father of John Manly as a Captain Basil Manly. However, after doing some research on him I found that he was definitely not the right person. The DNA matches were all down from John Manly and not Captain Basil Manly, so I am not sure how their logic worked.
Captain Basil Manly was the head of a rich and influential family in North Carolina which because of the location was one of the many reasons I knew that the hint was wrong. Now that I have the right person in my tree Basil is no longer showing up as a possible ancestor.
I have friends who live near Limestone County, Alabama, so perhaps some day I will take a trip to visit where my 4th Great Grandfather lived. However, I need to do a lot more research first. I currently have DNA matches with 12 descendants of Mary’s brother Hutchison, so I am confident that my research is on the right track.
Perhaps some of the Alabama Manly family will see this and contact me.
Now back to more research.
p.s. I find that writing about my research helps me focus and even points me toward new information.