The Untold Stories of the Maney Slaves

These names were compiled using the 1870 United States Census and other records left by the Maney family.
It is assumed that African Americans living in Murfreesboro, TN with the last name “Maney” and older than
the age of ten by 1870 were enslaved by the Maney family prior to emancipation.

Aaron “Anthony”Andrew “Anthony”AnthonyBenj. Sr.Benj. “Ben”BetsyCalvinCatherineCharlesCherryDavidDempseyDinahDinah’s daughterEliElizaElizabethEllenFalidFannyFerdyFredGelis/GilesGeorge
George PorterHardyHarriettHesterHendersonHenretta/HenriettaHenryHenry Curren JackJamesJerryJoJohnJohn WesleyJosephJosephLaimaLennaLeviniaLizzieLizzieLovenaLuckey PorterLucyLucyMarthaMarthaMarthaMaryMatilda “Tilda”MatildaMatildaMatildaMatildaMelindaMinervaMoggaMogga’s daughterNanceNatNat’s sonNathanNathanPeggyPollySallieSamSelveySelvey’s childSelvey’s wifeSilasSpenceSylviaTimTinneyTinney’s childWallyWarrickWarrick’s sonWillieWillisWmZabell

Researched and written by: Audrey Creel
©Audrey Creel, 2020 (All rights reserved.)

This page is dedicated to telling the stories of the African Americans who likely were enslaved by the Maney family in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. Due to a lack of records and research, there is not a complete history of slavery at Oaklands Mansion. Using a variety of records, this project compiles information about individuals who are assumed to have been enslaved by the Maneys before the Civil War. My research follows their stories through Reconstruction and beyond, some families tracing to present day. 

I am pleased to identify the names of each of these individuals. Their stories of struggle and triumph are inspiring and noteworthy. It is my privilege to tell their stories. If you have more information about the African Americans enslaved by the Maneys or would like to know more, please contact me at:

To learn more about Oaklands Mansion, the Maney family, and Murfreesboro history, visit

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