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Josiah Manuel

Birthplace: Almer, Dorsetshire, Dorset, England
Death: Died in Almer, Dorsetshire, Dorset, England
Place of Burial: Dorset, Dorsetshire, Almer, England
Immediate Family:

Son of Robert Manuel and Mary Budden
Husband of Mary Unknown and Selina Sarah Knight
Father of George Manuel; Anne Manuel; Robert Manuel; William Manuel; Henry Manuel and 8 others
Brother of Richard Manuel; Charlotte Manuel, MANUEL; Jemima MANUEL; George MANUEL; Thomas MANUEL and 8 others
Half brother of Mary Manuel; Charlotte Manuel; John Manuel and Joseph Manuel

Occupation: 1861 Formerly Agricultural Labourer
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About Josiah Manuel

It is stated that Josiah's occuptation in 1861 was formely Agricultural Labourer.

Josiah and first wife Mary Uknown children are as follows:

George born about 1807 in Almer, Dorset, England d 1809 Almer, Dorset

Anne born July1806 in Almer, Dorset, England d 1806 Almer, Dorset

Robert born July 1806 in Almer, Dorset, England d 1832 Almer, Dorset

William born July 1809 in Almer, Dorset, England d 1 JUL 1882 Yarrowyck, NSW, Australia (William is my GGG Grandfather).

Josiah's date of burial was 7th July 1824 at Almer, Dorestshire, his dedication was St Mary the Virgin which is Anglican.


This Booklet is the result of the efforts of many people to trace the origins of the Manuel Family and particularly to outline the development of the family in NSW since the arrival in 1841 of WILLIAM & ELIZA MANUEL and of William’s half brother, FREDERICK and his wife, HARRIET, about 1883, exactly one century ago. It seems probable that most Manuel’s in NSW are descended from these two couples.

During the past seven months we have been in contact with many people, most of whom were strangers and have been enthused by the warm friendliness of these new-found relatives. A strong feeling of kinship emerged as telephone calls and letters passed back and forth from places as far afield as South Australia. We would like to thank all who have been so generous helpful and friendly and particularly to acknowledge the assistance of the following: Charles Manuel of Murwillumbah (deceased): Daphne, wife of Tom Manuel of Glen Innes (deceased): Yvonne Daniels of Orange: Allen Hashim-Jones of Mt. Pritchard: Norma Manuel of Armidale and Clarice Russell of Kahibah. Without the information obtained by exhaustive research conducted over many years by these people the compilation of this booklet in time for the reunion at Armidale on April 23 and 24, 1983, would have been impossible.

Although every effort has been made in the short time available to trace lines and check information, it is realised that there are gaps and very likely there are errors. Help in locating additional information or correcting errors would be appreciated. Perhaps this booklet could provide the basis for a bigger and better effort for 1991, the sesqui-centenary of the arrival in NSW of WILLIAM & ELIZA MANUEL.

Written by

Jean McIntosh



Believed to have been granted during the 16th Century by the French Bourbon King, Henry IV, Henry of Navaree. It is said to be registered in Switzerland and assessed as authentic by the Society of Heraldry.



ORIGIN OF NAME: According to “RIETSTAP’S ARMORIAL GENERAL & DICTIONARY OF NAMES”, the ancient origin of the family name of MANUEL was Spain.

Rietstap also suggests that the name may have been very anciently of Roman origin, but points out that this would have been in a period prior to the curtain of history even beginning to lift on personalities. The name was of considerable note in the field of military enterprise in the Holy Wars against the Moors in Southern Spain in the early 10th Century. The Moors were the natives of the Barbary States, one of the Moslem conquerors of Southern Spain in the 8th Century. Several prominent historians state these wars in southern Spain as the bloodiest and most uncompromising struggles of a time when total war with quarter neither asked nor given was the normal. Though these were Crusades against the Moors in the later half of the 9th Century, it was wars of the 10th Century which finally ousted these people from Southern Spain, and caused the revival of the Christian Faith in this country.

It is also of interest to note that the name of MANUEL was noted and recorded in Britain in the year 1095. P.H. Reaney, considered the most authoritative writer on British surnames and their origins, in his “A DICTIONARY OF BRITISH SURNAMES”, explains that the name would have been carried to Britain by the Norman Invasion and Conquest of this country in 1066, under William 1 (William the Conqueror), but would not have been noted in the “DOOMSDAY BOOK” (first official record of names in Britain under the Normans, compiled 1066 – 1086), because this or these MANUEL’S would have been mercenaries under the banner of William 1. Many such troops served under William the Conqueror’s banner at the Battle of Hastings.

The name of MANUEL held high martial and civic status in Spain in the 13th and 14th centuries and was of note in these fields in France in the 15th and early 16th centuries.


We know that the country of origin of the Manuel’s was England but the previous ancestry of the family is uncertain.

According to Garth Manuel of South Australia, who conducted research for 16 years, the forebears of the English Manuel’s could have been Spanish or Portuguese, but favours the fishermen of Portugal as having been our ancestors.

One researcher claimed to have traced the family back to the 15th century, King Manuel of Portugal, but this appears to be doubtful. It is also claimed that Basques named Manuel were captured by the Spanish and made unwilling members of the Spanish Armada of 1588, much of which was wrecked on various shores around Britain. It is surmised that some Manuel’s survived and settled. We do know that the Manuel name is common in Cornwall, Devon and Dorsetshire. Also many of the Manuel’s have had swarthy complexions which could come from Spanish origins.

The oldest ancestor definitely traced is ROBERT MANUEL, who married MARY BUDDEN on 23/01/1757, this being registered at Almer, Dorsetshire. One child, JOSIAH, baptised 13/06’1778 (Almer register), married MARY ? and a child of this union was WILLIAM who married ELIZA SHEPHERD and came to NSW in 1841.

Back in Dorsetshire, JOSIAH’S wife had apparently died for, at the age of 53 he married SARAH KNIGHT, aged 17 yrs. From this marriage there were two known sons, HENRY, who died 30/05/1875 and was buried at Michigan, USA, and FREDERICK JOSIAH who arrived in Sydney about 1883 with his wife HARRIET and some of their family. It is worthy to note, that despite marrying for the second time at such an advanced age, JOSIAH survived SARAH by about a year, dying at the age of 93.

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Josiah Manuel's Timeline

June 13, 1779
Almer, Dorsetshire, Dorset, England
September 12, 1779
Almer, Dorset, England
September 12, 1779
Almer, Dorsetshire, England
September 1804
Age 25
Almer, Dorset, England
May 18, 1806
Age 26
Almer, Dorset, England
May 18, 1806
Age 26
Almer, Dorset, England
July 1809
Age 30
Mapperton Manor, Beaminster, Dorsetshire, England
Age 51
Dorset, Almer, England
Age 55
Dorset, Almer, England