Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Tombstone Tuesday ~ Rev. Abel Manning and his wife, Goffstown, New Hampshire

These tombstones were photographed at the Hillside Cemetery in Goffstown, New Hampshire

in Sterling, Mass.
Mar. 11, 1788
Dec. 20, 1879

Wife of
Died Feb. 6, 1885
AE. 90 yrs. 5 ms. 

Rev. Abel Manning was born 14 March 1788 in Sterling, Massachusetts, the son of Israel Manning and Lydia (Richardson) Wright.    He was first a teacher, which helped him to pay for an education at Brown University.  He graduated in 1817 and then studied divinity with Rev. Nathaniel Emmons in Franklin, Massachusetts.  He first became the pastor of a tiny church in Goffstown, New Hampshire which had been nine years without a minster.  His dynamic preaching lead to sixty five people joining the church in 1818- 1819.  He was responsible for over 100 conversions during the Second Great Awakening.  Rev. Manning went on to be a missionary in Vermont and throughout the state of New Hampshire, but he called Goffstown his home.

Abel Manning married Mary Little on 27 Jan 1823 in Goffstown.  She was the daughter of John Little of Goffstown.  They had no children.

The Genealogical and Biographical History of the Manning Families of New England, by William Henry Manning, 1902, page 390.  


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Heather Wilkinson Rojo, "Tombstone Tuesday ~ Rev. Abel Manning and his wife, Goffstown, New Hampshire", Nutfield Genealogy, posted April 5, 2016, ( http://nutfieldgenealogy.blogspot.com/2016/04/tombstone-tuesday-rev-abel-manning-and.html: accessed [access date]). 

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