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Nicholas Manning

Birthdate: (80)
Birthplace: St. Patrick's Parish, Dartmouth, Devon, England
Death: July 6, 1724 (80)
Kennebunk, York, Maine
Immediate Family:

Son of Richard Manning and Anstice Manning
Husband of Mary Manning
Ex-husband of Elizabeth Gray
Father of John Manning
Brother of Margaret Palfrey; Jacob Manning; Thomas Manning and Sarah Williams

Occupation: Gunsmith
Managed by: Erica Howton
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About Capt. Nicholas Manning

 Captain Nicholas Manning ,Sea Captian, born in St. Petrox parrish, Dartmouth, co. Devon, 23 June 1644, son of Richard and Anstice (Calley). Came to Salem about 1662, and on 23 June 1663 married a much older woman, Elizabeth Wickes Gray,widow of Robert Gray, who divorced him in 1683, after he had risen in civil life. After his father died in England, he sailed back to England in 1679 and brought his widowed mother and his brothers and sisters (except Richard Jr.) back to Salem in the ship 'Hannah and Elizabeth'. In November 1679 Manning was sued by Doctor John Bartomn for medical services rendered to passengers on the Hannah and Elizabeth. In 1675-76, he served as a captain in Philip's war.  He was  Captain of militia before Apr. 1684; marshal of Falm, J. P. for Cornwall, sub collector and surveyor, all in 1686 He was commisioned Captain by Govenor Andros in 1687. In 1688 Govenor Andros appointed him Chief Magistrate and Justice of the Court for the Province of Sagadahock. After Andros was overthrown, in 1689, Nicholas was arrested and imprisoned as one of Andros followers. His petition for release from Boston prison, in which he claimed to be destitute and to have served honorably, was granted 12 July 1689. He moved from MA to ME to escape further punishment. 

Regardless, he was in favor with Sheepscot authorities, if not always with the inhabitants. A large landowner in right of self and 2nd wife Mary Mason whom he married before she and her brother went to Long Island’ (Y. D. 20: 86-8). Lists 80, 16-19, 97, 163. See also Goddard.  Bos. 1691-7. He witnessed the  Indian treaty at Pemaquid in 1693. In March 1695-6 he moved to Staten Island and to Long Island  after 1702 apparently living with his second wife Mary. He died 24 Aug. 1725. Kennebec Maine.

He had three children. John, born in Boston, 28 May 1668, married 9 May 1695 Joanna Lash(1), died 1 May 1721; married -Susanna- d. 4 Dec. 1722. ; appar. s. p. No child of Capt. N. M.'s 2d mar. appears, but if Thomas. of Moreland, co. of Phila., Pa., rightfully claimed ¼ of the Mason land in 1767 (SJC 131,790) one is indicated. This claim discussed in ‘Manning Families of N. E.,’ pp. 659-676, 690-4. See also Y. D. 12: 184; 14; 61; 20; 162, and D. H. 6.487.


  1. The genealogical and biographical history of the Manning families of New England and descendants. Published 1902 by The Salem press co. in Salem . Written in English.  Page 664]
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Capt. Nicholas Manning's Timeline

June 23, 1644
Dartmouth, Devon, England
May 28, 1668
Age 23
Salem, Essex, Massachusetts
July 6, 1724
Age 80
Kennebunk, York, Maine