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John Mangum, Jr.

Birthdate: (63)
Birthplace: Lawnes Creek,Surrey,Virginia
Death: December 26, 1737 (63)
Isle of Wight Co., Virginia
Place of Burial: Isle of Wight Co., Virginia
Immediate Family:

Son of John Mangum, Sr and Martha Mangum
Husband of Frances Mangum
Father of John Mangum, Jr; James Mangum; Frances C. Mangum; Joseph Mangum; Nicholas Mangum and 4 others
Brother of Mary Mangum

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About John Mangum, Jr.

John's [the immigrant] origins are unclear and no ship passenger logs of his arrival have been found. Searches have been extensive...

Different family lines have suggested his birth place to be Ireland, England and Virginia.

1692 List of Tithables in Surry County, VA: John Mangle [probably the immigrant in that he's shown in the same household as Hugh and Wm Honyford (3 tithables). These two indiviuals are listed near John Mangum from 1694 through 1696 with various spellings of the surname: Honyford, Honiford and a Will Hemiford was a witness to the 1695 Isle of Wight Co., VA deed by Richard Bennett, Sr. to John Mingham.]

1693 Tax Records: John Mangom of Lawnes Creek Parish, Surry Co., VA [Honyfords not listed near John]

1694 Tax Records: John Mangham of Lawnes Creek Parish, Surry Co., VA [Hugh Honiford listed immediately after John Mangham.]

1695: Tax Records: Jno Mangom [with Hugh and Wm Honyford listed just before John's name.]

1695: Land purchased from Richard Bennett, Sr. in Surry Co., VA

1696: Tax Records: John Mangham [listed immediately after Hugh Honiford and Wm Honiford.]

1696: Surry property traded for land in Isle of Wight County, VA.

"John must have married into the Bennett family after 1696 but probably before 1700. The fact that John was unmarried in early 1696 is shown by the deed he made on 23 March 1695/6 to John Morrell.(3) He alone signs the deed. By law, a wife would have had to sign with him. The Mangum heads-of-household who were later in the Albemarle Parish of Surry County seem to have been born shortly after 1700.

1707: The will of John Parsons from Isle of Wight County dated 1707 lists John Mangum as a witness.

1709: Excerpt from the Will of Richard Bennett, Sr.: I do give & bequeath unto John Mangum two head of cattle... [Isle of Wight County, Record of Wills, Etc., Vol 2, 1661-1719 Pg 514]

"John Mangum died in Isle of Wight County, Virginia in 1737 and Frances Mangum was administrator.(4)"

"...Of major importance, however, is the fact that Frances Mangum was administrator of John's estate as listed on the inventory. It is the one and only piece of evidence we have for the name of the wife of John. The only other mention of Frances Mangum in the old records is the will of Richard Bennett Jr. who leaves a feather bed to his granddaughter Frances Mangum. Whether this Frances Mangum of the will and the Frances Mangum of the estate of John Mangum was the same, or maybe mother and daughter, is a matter of some controversy.

It is probable that John Mangum married Frances by 1709 and possibly as early as 1695. This latter date is the date of the deed from Richard Bennett Sr. to John Mingham. We have no clue to the parents of Frances, but Boddie [SEVENTEENTH CENTURY ISLE OF WIGHT, by John B. Boddie.] lists the children of Richard Bennett Jr. as Richard, Jane (Cofer), Silvester, Ann (Bell) and James. One of these may have been one of her parents.

In summary, we know that John Mangum?s wife was named Frances. We know that Richard Bennett Jr. had a granddaughter named Frances Mangum. All other lineage relationships re John Mangum, Frances and the Bennetts are derived from ?intelligent? reasoning. Unfortunately, it leaves a lot of room for controversy.

"The determination of the children of the immigrant John Mangum has been mostly a matter of educated guesswork. We know that Mary and Sarah Mangum, mentioned in Sarah Lancaster's will of 1722, were daughters of John Mangum. Both were apparently minors at that time. Frances, mentioned in the will of Richard Bennett Jr., may have been a daughter of John but that theory is still controversial. John who married Olive Savidge, was most likely the eldest son of John and Frances. Two other probable sons, James and William, both married Marys and recorded some of their children's births in the Albemarle Parish...

Henry Mangum...was in the same general area and his age was approximately the ages of John's other children...

The first record we have of another John Mangum is in Surry County, 1728, when a John Mangum witnessed the will of John Spratley.(5) We know that it was not John the immigrant. The signatures of John the immigrant showed that he was illiterate, signing all his records with an 'X' or a '+'. The John who witnessed this Surry will signed it John C. Mangum without a mark. We believe he was son of the immigrant John Mangum because he seemed to be of that age group. He resided in Surry County and died there in 1744.(6) His estate was administered by Olive Mangum who later was godparent to several children born in the Albemarle Parish. Olive also witnessed a will by John Richardson in 1747.(7) Interestingly enough, John and Olive never recorded any of their children in the parish records. We therefore have no direct record of any of their children. However, in 1747 the Parish Church wardens "bond out a guardian for the orphans of John Mangum."(8) This must have been John Jr., not John the immigrant who died in 1737.

James, possible son of John the Immigrant, was probably born about 1706. He, like his brother William Sr., recorded the births of some of his children in the Albemarle Parish records beginning in 1741/42...

William Mangum Sr. was born about 1709 because he began recording some of his children's births in the Albemarle Parish in 1734.


John had been a witness to the will of John Person made in the Isle of Wight Co., VA, on 20 Oct 1707, and the testator mentions John's wife, Frances Mangum and son, John. John Mangum's estate was appraised on 26 Sept 1737 in Isle of Wight county and recorded 28 Nov 1737. The appraisal was made by John Davis, Edward Brantly, and Joseph Ward and was signed by Frances Mangum.


1. John, Born Albemarle Parish, Surry, Va. circa 1694, Died: Abt 1744 (Inventory) Surry Co., Va.(M) Olive Savage (Admx. of his estate).

2. William, Born Alb. Par, Surry Co., Va. circa 1696, Died 1744 Orange Co, NC (M) Mary Person.

3. Joseph, Born Alb. Par., Surry Co., Va circa 1698, Died abt 1762 I-O-W Co, Va (will) (M) Lucy.

4. Nicholas, Born Alb. Par., Surry, Va circa 1700, Died: 1757 Inventory Surry Co, Va (M) Martha 1761 Will.

5. Sarah, Born Alb. Par., Surry, Va circa 1702.

6. James, Born Alb. Par., Surry, Va circa 1704, Died: abt 1783-4 Sussex Co, Va (will) (M) Mary.

7. Henry, Born Alb. Par., Surry, Va circa 1706, Died: 1795 I-O-W Co, Va (will) (M) Constance.

8. Samuel, Born Alb. Par., Surry, Va circa 1708, Died: 1777 Greenville, SC (Intestate Rec) Bk 1, P 136- Granville Co (1777)- Acctg. of Est. of Samuel Mangum, Dec'd, by Commissioners, John Oliver, James Langston, Littleton Mapp. (1/3 to Widow, unnamed and 2/3 to children, unnamed).

9. Frances, Born Alb Par, Surry, Va CA 1710 (Named in will of gr/father Richard Bennet, Jr.1720 I-O-W Co, Va).

10. Mary, Born CA 1712 Alb Par., Surry, Va. Died About 1794 Greenville, SC- Named in will of Sarah Lancaster, -her step grt gr/mother- 1722) (M) John Langston, Sr of Isle of Wight Co, Va CA 1730.

[Huge disparity in dates from this list compared to tree. Sources?]

(Surry County, VA Deeds, Etc. 1694-1709, p50A) This indenture made this twenty fifth day of May Anno Dom. one thousand six hundred ninety & five between Richd Bennett Senr of ye upper pish of ye Isle Wight in ye collony of Virga planter of the one pt & John Mingham of the lower pish of Surry of ye other pt. Witness that the sd Richd Bennett for valuable consideration to him the sd Bennett in hand paid by the sd John Mingham ye recet? whereof he sd Bennett doth hereby acknowledge & hath bargained sould alined enforsed & confirmed & by these psents for himselfe his heirs, Exors & adms doth bargain sell align enforss & confirme unto ye sd John Mingham one hundred acres of land situate in the lower of ye said County of Surry abutting upon & adjoining to ye land now in possession of Geo Murrell which sd one hundred acres is at psent occupied possessed & enjoyed by ye sd Richd Bennett To have & to hold ye sd one hundred acres of land with all and singular apperteness emoluents? & privledges there unto belonging unto ye sd John Mingham his heirs and assignes forever & ye sd Richd Bennett doth for himself his heirs and assigns covent promise & grant to & with the said John Mingham his heirs & assigns yt ye sd land att the time of the ensealing & delivery of these psents is free and clear from all & all manner of incumbrances whatsoever by him ye sd Richd Bennett made suffered? or done in any manner howsoever. In witness whereof ye said Richd Bennett hath hereunto sett his hand & seal the day & year above written. Sealed & Delivered in marks the presence of Richard R B Bennett (Seal) Phillip Shelley Will Hemiford Att a Court held for the County of Surry May the 28th 1695. This day appeared in Court ye above named Richd Bennett and acknowledged ye above specified contents to be his real act and deede. Teste J. Edwards



3. Charles E. Hatch, Jr., THE FIRST SEVENTEEN YEARS, VIRGINIA, 1607-1624. Pub. by the Va. 350th Anniversary Celebration Corp., Williamsburg, Va. 1957.

4. Archibald F. Bennett, FINDING YOUR FOREFATHERS IN AMERICA, published by Bookcraft Co., Salt Lake City, Utah, 1957.

5. Surry Co., Va. will book 7, page 867

6. Surry Co., Va., Wills, Etc., 1738-1754, page 486 dated Aug. 1744. Olive Mangum Adminix.

7. Will of John Richardson, Surry Co., Va. Will Bk. 9, page 561. Will recorded 20 Oct. 1747.

8. Research by Mrs. Joann Hoagland described in a letter to John Palmer, 17 July 1991.

PLEASANT MANGUM AND ALL HIS KIN, THE STORY OF THE BENNETTS, THE MANGUMS, AND THE PARHAMS," compiled by James Lynn Parham, Gateway Press, Inc., Baltimore, MD, 1996

More documentation:


FGS sheet of Delta I.M. Hale, Rt #1, Blackfoot , Idaho. - Personal

letters & researcher-in Richmond, VA.

Although considerable research has been done attemptilng to find the

arrival of John Mangums progenitors in America no record has been found

to date. Early ship listings, Library of Congress, and many other places

were searched by author Delta Mangum Hale. The family tradition runs

that one day in an Irish Seaport village, a young Mangum accidently broke

a window in a church, and was so frighterned that he ran away and

concealed himself on a vessel which was anchored at the wharf. He

remained concealed until the ship was far out in the ocean. It is believed

that the vessel made port in what is now the Carolinas in the 17th

century. There is a small post office down there called Mangum, and also

strings of such offices along trails followed by this boys descendants

across Carolina, Tennessee, Mississippi, Arkansas, Indiana, Oklahoma and

Texas. "Hancock and Descendants" 921.273 H191L

John Mangum, the common ancestor for the majority of Mangums living

in the United States today, is the first known Mangum in America to have

left living descendants. He was born between 1671 and 1674. Some

researchers feel he was born at Lawnes Creek, Surry County, Virginia;

others believe that he may have migrated from the Isle of Man off the

coast of England. While we are not certain of his origin, we do know that

he was deceased by September 26, 1737, when his estate was appraised

in Isle of Wight County.

On May 25, 1695, a John Mangum, almost certainly our ancestor,

bought 100 acres of land from Richard Bennett Sr. Then, in 1700 we read

of his marriage to Francis Bennett who was identified as the

grandaughter of Richard Bennett, Sr. in his will dated 4 December, 1720

Isle of Wight County, Virginia. She was most likely the daughter of

Richard Bennett Jr. John Mangum and his daughters, Mary and Sarah,

were named in the will of Sarah Lewis Bennett (same person as Sarah

Lancaster), widow of Richard Bennett, probated in Isle of Wight County

on 29 Jan, 1723. When he died in 1737 the administrator of his estate

was Francis Mangum. KENDALL 929.273 K334h.

A book "Seventeenth Century Colonial Ancestors" by Colonial Dames

have a listing for Mangum, John (1680-1737) Va.; m. Francis Bennett.



Material researched and/or transcribed by Barbara L. Van Norsdall

John Mangum was the progenitor of most of the Mangums of the US, it seems. He may have come from Santon, Ireland, which is a little village that once stood outside of Dublin. It has now become a part of Dublin. "Santon"

was written in an old Mangum family Bible now in the possession of David Mangum of Houston area. ("Santon" is written in, then crossed out and replaced by "San Antonia" with the comment "near Dublin, Ireland" in the old

James Jameson Mangum Family Bible, copies of sheet was sent me by Grady Mangum, of Texas prior to his death. It is interesting that a Santon, Ireland, was found just outside of old Dublin, now a part of the city in the

direction of the Dublin Airport.

The descendants of Arthur Mangum, Sr of Orange Co, NC, firmly believe that the Mangums are of Welsh Origin. This is noted in the Biographical History of NC in discussing the Mangum line of Sen. Willie P. Mangum.

Delta Ivy Mangum Hale, who spent 40 years of research into the Mangum line reports the following story which she notes has been handed down over the years: This traditions states that two brothers in Isle of Man were playing and accidentally broke a window. They ran, hid on a ship and went to sleep. When they awakened they were out to sea on the way to the New World. The likely-hood, James Parham noted in his article on the early Mangums, of this having happened is debatable and there are other explanations for the lack of Mangums on passenger lists. One obvious possibility, Parham wrote, is the fact that many passenger lists were destroyed or lost over the years. Mrs. Hale's book was published posthumously in 1971. At that time it could be ordered from

Mr. Elgie J. Hale, 1040 E. Arlington, Bountiful, Utah. Parham noted that Mrs. Hale contributed much to Mangum research and without her he could not have written his articles on the Mangum and Bennett families.

Sources: Southside VA Families, Vol 1, p. 58 & 17th Centuryu Isle of Wight both by John Boddie; VA Mag. Vol 2, p. 104, 118, 119, & 151. Vir Am Pub Vol II, p. 108. Albermalre Parish by Boddie, p. 91-93. Wills & Admin of Isle of Wight by Blanche Adams Chapman; Albermarle Parish Register 975.556 V26R & 975.55 V25. Research of Lester J. Mangum 9328 Twin Lake Ave, Orangevale CA 95662

John Mangum appears to be the earliest known Mangum to have left descendants. Research and reading lead one to believe that perhaps ALL of the Mangums in the South (VA, NC, SC, GA, TN, AL, MS, LA, TX, ARK) and Utah and California descend from John Mangum. The Utah Clan of Mangums descend from a namesake of this John, John Mangum who served in the Rev. War. Some of his children and his wife Rebecca Mangum were converted to the Mormon religion, went through Nauvoo, Illinois, on their trek to the Salt Lake area. There are many descendants of John and Rebecca in the Utah area of the U.S. today.

Mangum genealogical notes developed by Miss Ruth Peebles of 308 Church Street, Livingston, TX, 77351, which were photocopied in 1968 notes that the earliest record of this family in America was in Isle of Wight County, VA, 23 March 1695 /96 when John Mangum bought land on Lowne's Creek in Surry County, VA, from George Morrel of Surry Co, VA. Witnessed by Richard Halleman and John Atkinson. (Source: Isle of Wight Deed Book, 1688-1704)

The Quit Rent Rolls for 1704 show John Mangum owned 100 acres in Surry County. John Mangum purchased land from George Morrell of Lawne's Creek Parish in Surry Co on 3/23/1695/96. John was of the same county. This land was part of 1100 acre grant to William Miles and William Cookes bounded by Beaverdam Branch and John Parsons, Land previously owned by Robert and Mary Lacy of Lawnes Creek Parish in Surry Co, next owned by George Teacher in 1694 and on 23 March 1695 90 acres were sold to John Mangum of Lawnes Creek Parish in Surry County.



Notes on John Mangum , Virgina John Mangum of early Virginia has long been considered the original Mangum ancestor in the New World, or at least the first one to leave descendants. There was a Timothy Mangham who was transported to Maryland in 1666 but we found no further records concerning him. We also believe there were other Mangum immigrants later on but we have no definite proof.

John was in the Virginia colony in 1695 and probably somewhat earlier. Most consider him to the be father of the heads of those Mangums who later appear in the Albemarle Parish of Surry County. Many of the present day Mangums or descendants of Mangums trace their lineage to those several families. John's origins are unclear and no ship passenger logs of his arrival have been found. Searches have been extensive. We are left with only family traditions. The first sure record we have of him is 25 May 1695 when he purchased land in Surry County, Virginia from Richard Bennett Sr. John might have been the John (Mangom?) who was a taxable in Lawnes Creek Parish, Surry Co., on 10 June 1693 and the John Mangham who listed taxes in Surry Co. on 10 June 1694. John was born about 1672, probably in England or English territory. Some traditions say Isle of Man, others say Wales, Ireland, etc.

John almost certainly married into one of Virginia's pioneering Bennett families. That marriage and the controversy surrounding the identify of his wife Frances are explored in the page concerning the Bennett family. John must have married into the Bennett family after 1696 but probably before 1700. The Mangum heads-of-household who were later in the Albemarle Parish of Surry County seem to have been born shortly after 1700. John died in Isle of Wight County, Virginia in 1737 and Frances Mangum was administrator.

John's descendants quickly migrated to other areas of the developing colony and nation. The descendants of Henry Mangum, possible grandson of John, migrated to Maury Co., Tennessee after the Revolution. William Mangum Sr. and his family migrated to the North Carolina fronteer about 1748. One descendant, John Mangum moved on to Lunenberg Co., Virginia and was the father of a Revolutionary War patriot. Eventually the family expanded to all the states in the Union. In some cases the spelling of the name was changed. Common variations were Mangham and Mangrum. See Solomon Mangham and Joseph Mangumof Bute County.

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John Mangum, Jr.'s Timeline

Lawnes Creek,Surrey,Virginia
Age 23
Albemarle Co., Virginia
August 17, 1708
Age 34
Albemarie, Surry, VA, USA
Age 34
Isle of Wight Co., Virginia
Age 36
Albermarle Par.,I Of W,Virginia
Age 38
Virginia, United States
Age 38
Isle Wight,, VA, USA
Age 40
Surry, , VA, USA
Age 46
Albemarie, Surry, VA, USA