Mancill descendants contributed to county growth

Published 2:07 am Saturday, November 18, 2017

This writing will continue featuring Edward Green Mancill Sr.’s family which migrated from South Carolina to Conecuh and Covington County circa 1817. The story in last week’s column focused mainly on Edward Sr.’s life and his eventually settling in the Sanford community of Covington County. His children were named, and they will be listed here for easy reference.

Edward Green Mancill Sr. (1760-1840) was married in 1791 in South Carolina to Mourning Flowers (1773-1840). They were the parents of the following children: Edward Green Jr., b. 1793, d. 1873, m. Mary Ann Ward (1795-1878); William A., b. 1795, d. 1842, m. Mourning Dove White; Mourning Dove, b. 1798, d. 1867, m. James Jonathan Jordan (1790-1856); Sarah Elizabeth “Betsy,” b. 1800, d. 1878, m. Noah Carroll (1799-1871); Robert R., b. ca 1801, d. 1866, m. Martha ?; Mary “Polly,” b. 1802, d. 1897, m. (1)Calvin Holley (1803-1846) (2) Barfield Tuberville; Rebecca, b. ca 1808, d. 1885, m. Daniel Spikes; Martha “Patsy,” b. 1809, d. 1835, m. ca 1828 Hosea Holley (1799-1858); and Simeon, b. 1811, d. 1860, m. Dempsey Bozeman (1817-1898). Some records report there was another daughter, Sarah, b. 1805, but she is not listed in other records.

Records related to the oldest son, Edward Green Mancill Jr., are sometimes confused with those of his father, so caution is required in reviewing them. Edward Jr. was born in South Carolina before the family migrated to South Alabama. He was married there in 1814 to Nancy Ann Ward, daughter of Joshua Ward and Sara McCall. Nancy Ann was a full-blooded Cherokee Indian. Only a few years later he rendered service as a private during the War of 1812 as a member of the 2nd Regiment, South Carolina Militia (McWillie’s). Around 1817, he and Nancy Ann migrated along with the Mancill family to Covington County. Edward eventually acquired considerable land holdings near his father in the Sanford community and became a successful farmer and valued member of the community.

Edward Jr. also was a leader in education and politics. In 1868, he was elected to serve as a representative in the Alabama Legislature. There is an interesting story of how Judge Josiah Jones of Covington County fame helped Edward Jr. get elected to this office. To show his appreciation to Jones, Edward Jr. introduced a bill in the legislature to rename the county from Covington to Jones. The bill passed on August 8, 1868, and it caught Judge Jones by complete surprise when he learned of it. He immediately insisted the name be changed back and even threatened Edward Jr. Therefore, on October 10, 1868, the name was returned to Covington, so this county was known by the name of Jones for about two months.

In addition to his political office, Edward G. Mancill Jr. was also involved in other areas of service to his community. He was a teacher at one time in the Old Fairmount School in Red Level. In 1874, he was elected to serve as Superintendent of Covington County Schools. He valued education and encouraged it for as many as possible.

Edward Jr. and Nancy Jane (Ward) Mancill were the parents of the following children: Sarah; Mary, b. 1820; John Jackson, b. 1823, d. 1959, m. Annie Lyles; Eliza Ann Mourning; James; Robert; Nancy Susanna; Martha Jane; William Simeon, b. 1833; Edward Morgan; Elias Green, b. 1836, d. 1903, m. Nancy Jane Joanna Pattillo (1849-1937); and Elisha Jedegian, b. 1837, d. 1896, m Virginia Elmore (1845-1910).

Edward G. Mancill Sr.’s second son, William A. Mancill, was born in 1795 and died in 1842. He was first married to a lady named Elender ? who apparently died young. He was then married circa 1818 to Mourning Dove White, a full-blooded Cherokee Indian. He and Mourning Dove were the parents of the following 12 children: William A. Jr., Benjamin, Hannah, Simeon, Martha, Lumin, Mourning Dove Dezenia, John, William, Fealy, James Jordan, and Gabriel. In the censuses, William A. Mancill and his wife, Mourning Dove, along with their children are recorded as Cherokee Indian.

Edward G. Mancill Sr.’s oldest daughter, Mourning Dove, was born in 1798 and died in 1867. She was married circa 1815 to James Jonathan Jordan. They were the parents of the following children: Elizabeth, b. 1816, m. John Bozeman; Robert E., b. 1818, d. 1870, m. Nancy Beck; Ann Elizabeth, b. 1820, d. 1865, m. William Hampton Holland (1820-1865) CSA Veteran; Margaret, b. ca 1821; Eliza, b. ca 1824; Emily, b. 1825, d. 1910, m. Robert Garrett; Joseph, b. 1826, d. 1835; James Glenn, b. 1827, d. 1897, m. Bettie Elizabeth “Smiley” Ward (1829-1896); John, b. ca 1831, m. Mary Floyd; Andrew, b. 1832, d. 1880, m. Mary Jane Watson; and Levin Monroe, b. 1840, d. 1910, m. Martha Ann Watson (1844-1925).

The next daughter, Sarah Elizabeth “Patsy” Mancill, was born in 1800 and died in 1878. In 1821, she was married to Noah Carroll (1799-1871) in Covington County. They later moved to Elba in Coffee County where they settled. They were the parents of the following children: Lewen Webster; Martha Jane; Noah Marshall Jr., b. 1827, d. 1910; Edward Dempsey; Charles Calvin, b. 1834, d. 1908; Elizabeth; Samuel; George W., b. 1842, d. 1910; Mary Ann, b. 1884, d. 1887; and Martha.

According to the 1850 federal census, the son named Robert Mancill, was born circa 1801 and died 1866. He and his wife, Martha, had a daughter at the time named also named Martha. This is all that was found on this family.

The next daughter, Mary “Polly” Mancill, was born in 1802 and died in 1897. She was married circa 1829 to Calvin Holley (1803-1846), son of William Holley and Charlotte Massey. They were the parents of the following children: Mosley or Mahaly Edenton, b. 1830, d. 1891, m. (1) 1846 Benjamin Dozier (2) 1863 Hamilton Parrish; Charlotte Mourning, b. 1832, d. 1904, m. Isaac Taylor (1853-1900); Rebecca Adaline, b. 1835, d. 1919, m. Paul Dozier (1828-1899); Caroline, b. 1837, d. 1921, m. Thomas Darling Dauphin (1825-1879); Hosea E., b. 1839, d. 1917, m. Mary Louisa Holden (1843-1906); and Mary Anna, b. 1845, d. 1937, m. William Harrison Bowers (1840-1916).

There is some uncertainly whether the Sarah and Rebecca sometimes listed as children of Edward Green Mancill Sr. actually belong in this family. No more was found on this Sarah, and a Rebecca married Daniel Spikes who settled in Clinch County, Ga.

There was a horrible tragedy that took the life of the youngest daughter, Martha “Patsy” Mancill. She was born 1809 and died in 1835. Around 1828, she was married to Hosea Holley (1799-1858). On an occasion when Hosea was away, two slave women attacked and killed Patsy and some of her children along with a niece. There is some uncertainly at to the identity of the murdered children, but there were four who reached adulthood: John, Zachariah, Jane and Solomon. The two women were hanged for their malicious deeds.

The youngest son, Simeon Mancill, was born in 1811 and died in 1860. He was married circa 1835 to Dempsey Bozeman (1817-1898), daughter of Lewis and Dempsey Bozeman. They were the parents of at least two children: Martha and William Edward.

There are many descendants of this Mancill family who continue to reside in Covington County.

The sources for this narrative include, two family stories written by a descendant, Isabelle Algee, and printed in The Heritage of Covington County, Alabama. Some facts were also gleaned from Gus and Ruby Bryan’s Covington County History and Wyley D. Ward’s Original Land Sales and Grants in Covington County, Alabama.

Anyone who might find an error in the above is requested to contact this writer, Curtis Thomasson, at 20357 Blake Pruitt Road, Andalusia, AL 36420; 334-804-1442; or Email: