The Maney name
is said to be of French origin. Francis Many lived in France sometime
in the early 1600's. His son, Jacques, came to America. His
brothers came with him and they settled in New York. Jacques' son
James moved to North Carolina. He lived near Washington, North Carolina.
The time period in which James lived indicated that he may be Martin Maney's
grandfather. With more research, I hope to find the missing link to Martin's
Martin Maney is the ancestor of all of the western North Carolina Maneys.
Martin was a soldier in the Revolutionary War, and an Indian fighter. He
was born in 1748. No records can be found concerning his parents
or place of birth. Martin was a resident of Washington, North Carolina,
(now Tennessee) when he enlisted in the service of the United Colonies
at the Long Island of the Holston on December 4, 1775. When he applied
for pension in 1818, he stated that he was in the company of Captain James
Knox in the Eighth Virginia Regiment commanded by Colonel Muhlenberg.
He testified that he was in the battle of White Plains, Germantown, and
Monmouth, and that he was discharged at Valley Forge, Pennsylvania.
In 1779, Martin reenlisted for three more years. This time he served
in the Ninth Virginia Regiment. Even after his term was over, he
was called upon several times to take part in frontier Indian skirmishes
and to scout. Maney also served under Lt. Colonel Burges Ball.
In September of 1781, Martin married Keziah Vann. They were married
near Jonesboro, Washington County, east Tennessee. Martin was still
in the army when he married Keziah Vann. Maney was in a company cavalry
stationed at Campbell's Station on big Limestone Creek. In 1782,
he was drafted back into the army. He served under Captain James
Wilson and Colonel John Sevier to go against the Indians and the Tories
at the Tennessee River. He returned home three months later.
Sometime between 1790 and 1796, Martin Maney moved to Buncombe County,
North Carolina. In 1796, his family was well settled in Buncombe County.
In 1810, Martin was listed as the head of the family, but in 1820, Martin's
oldest son was listed as the head of the family. On March 16, 1821,
records show that at sixty-nine, Martin was blind. Keziah was fifty-six.
On April 15, 1830, Martin Maney died. In 1832, the Maney residence
was in Buncombe County, but in 1833, part of Buncombe was formed into Yancey
County. The Maney's land was part of Buncombe that formed Yancey.
One December 10, 1849, Keziah Maney died. Keziah is said to have
been one-half Cherokee Indian.
Children of Martin and Keziah Maney: Nancy Maney - October 24, 1783;
John Maney - February 11, 1785; Martin Maney, Jr. - October 28, 1786; William
Maney - June 6, 1795; Elizabeth Maney - March 22, 1798.
John J. Maney was born on February 11, 1785. John took over the job
as head of his family in 1820. He was seventeen. He married
Mary "Polly" Metcalf. As far as records show, they had only one child,
Jackson Maney. John died in 1875. (Buried in Maney Cemetery, Barnardsville,
Jackson Maney was born in 1814. He married Elizabeth Carson, (Elizabeth,
called Betsy, daughter of Margaret Dillingham, grand-daughter of Absalom
Dillingham). Jack bought the old Pierce Roberts' House when the Roberts
moved to Georgia. The house was nearly a hundred years old then.
According to an old letter, Jack Maney enlisted in the Confederate Army,
it is not known whether he saw action in battle. Jackson died on
February 6, 1910. Buried in Maney Cemetery, Barnardsville.
Children of Jackson
James H. Maney - January 19, 1840; William R. Maney - 1842; Margaret Ann
Maney - unknown; Mary E. "Polly" Maney - Arpil 9, 1846; John W. Maney -
September 17, 1848; Barnett N. Maney - Jefferson Maney; Harriet E. Maney
- November 25, 1859; Luduska M. Maney - Elbert C. Maney - March 25, 1857.
James H. Maney was the oldest son of Jackson and Elizabeth Maney.
James was born on January 19, 1840. James grew up in Barnardsville,
and was an early volunteer in the Confederate Army. Many of his letters
are still preserved. Near the end of the war, James was captured,
and held prisoner by the Union Army. His Oath of Parole, Marriage
Certificate, and other important documents are among my grandmother's possessions.
Shortly after arriving back from the Civil War, James married Hannah Matilda
Carter. They later moved to Yancey County, and then back to Buncombe
County. Their youngest son, Talmadge, was two years old. They
lived on Reems Creek for one year, then they moved back to the Roberts-Maney
house in Barnardsville. In the years that James lived, he grew to
be respected, and admired by all. Several articles were written about
him due to his great knowledge. In the eighty-eight years that James
lived, he never bought any food, clothing or shoes. He provided all
of the necessities for his family. He never worked for anyone, and he was
very independent. James died on February 12, 1930. He and his
are buried in the Maney Cemetery in Barnardsville.
Children of James and Hanah Maney: Lucius D. Maney - October 27,
1860; Sue E. Maney - February 25, 1869; Daniel E. Maney - May 31, 1871;
Hubbert E. Maney - July 26, 1873; Molly L. Maney - May 20, 1876; John A.
Maney - August 21, 1879; James Christly Maney - April 30, 1882; Charles
Maney - October 29, 1884; Talmadge D. Maney - August 31, 1887.
Talmadge Dewitt Maney was the youngest child of James H. and Hannah Matilda
Maney. Talmadge was born on August 31, 1887. He lived eighty-two
of his eighty-five years in Barnardsville. Talmadge loved, and farmed
the land of his ancestors. He and his wife Maggie Tilman Williams
lived in the Roberts-Maney house. Talmadge was Chairman of the Agriculture
Stabilization Conservation Committee, and served as a land appraiser for
the Blue Ridge Parkway. He served on the Barnardsville School Committee,
and he and Maggie were members of the Barnardsville United Methodist Church.
Talmadge used to tell his visitors, "If you ever wash your feet in Big
Ivy you will always come back again." On March 12, 1973, Talmadge
died and he was buried in the Maney Cemetery in Barnardsville. His
wife still lived in the old (200 years old) house. She is seventy-nine
and still very active. Children of Talmadge and Maggie Maney:
daughter Maney, b. and d. 1923; buried Maney Cemetery, Barnardsville;
|Helen Fayma Maney, April 14, 1924; married Charles "Dick" Dillingham.
Norman C. Dillingham, May 1, 1948; married Linda Skaggs (she had a child
Tammy Skaggs by a previous marriage) children: N. Scott Dillingham
and Derick Dillingham
Marcia Dillingham, December 7, 1950; married Toby Pete Shelton
Children: Jody Pete Shelton and Jeremy Shelton.
Louise Maney, May 19, 1928; married Willard Sawyer.
Pauline Maney, September 14, 1930; married James George Watkins. (No
Edward Maney1, August 4, 1935; married Patricia Ann Wilde
Children: Penny J. Maney, March 15, 1963, d. October 15, 1964, buried Maney Cemetery.
Carol Ann Maney, January 1, 1966. Diane Lynne Maney, August 5, 1968.
1James Edward "Ed" Maney was born August 4, 1935. Ed is the youngest child,
and only son of Maggie and Talmadge. In 1960, Ed married Patricia
Wilde. He and Patricia live on a small farm that is part of the original
Jackson Maney property. The Maney Cemetery is located on a hill behind
their home. John J. and Mary "Polly"; Jackson and Elizabeth; James
H. and Matilda; and Talmadge; along with most of their descendants are
buried in this cemetery. Ed is in charge of the up-keep and care
of this cemetery.
Ed is employed by the North Carolina Department of Transportation; Patricia
is a teacher's aide at Barnardsville Elementary School; Carol is a sophomore
at North Buncombe High School and Diane is in the eighth grade at Barnardsville
Recently my family has received four newsletters from the Magny Families
Association (there are many spelling variations of the Maney name).
These newsletters have shown me a possible clue to the missing ancestry
of Martin Maney.
of Publication: Heritage I, article #438, p. 261
Family Bible Records
Albert S. McLean
1775 in 8th Virginia Regiment at Long Island of Holston in Washington County,
NC (now Tennessee) under Capt. James Knox, Gen. Muhlenburg and was discharged
at Valley Forge in fall of 1779. Later he enlisted under Col. John Sevier.
He was in the battles of Monmouth, Germantown, White Plains and against
the Indians, killing one and bringing his head into camp. In September
1781 at Jonesboro, Tenn. he married Keziah Varn who was born 1763. In 1818
he was living in Blount County, Tenn. and in 1820 was living in Buncombe
County, NC where he died on April 15, 1830. His wife was living in Yancey
County, NC in 1843.
His pension was
transferred from Blount Co., Tenn. on Mar. 4, 1820. Samuel Lusk, a soldier,
testified to service with him, and in 1844 in Washington County, Tenn.
James Sevier, testified that he served with Martin Maney under his father
Col. John Sevier, also Alsolom Metcalf testified in 1843 that he had known
Martin Maney for 50 years, later marying his daughter Nancy.
Sam Lusk /s/ Martin Maney
Nancy Maney was
born the 24th day of October 1783
John Maney was
born the 11th day of February 1785
was born the 28th day of October 1787
was born the 6th day of June 1795
was born the 22nd day of March 1798
In 1851 the surviving
children of Martin Maney were: John, James, William Maney and Nancy Metcalf
wife of Absalom Metcalf.
Lot of Bunkum, May 1987, Vol. VIII #5, p. 87-65