by AUDREY CREEL / December 28, 2020
©Audrey Creel, 2020 (All rights reserved.)
George Maney was born in approximately 1838 in Tennessee.[i] It is unknown where George was enslaved prior to emancipation. Lewis Maney was the only member of the Maney family to have enslaved an individual George’s age in 1860.[ii] Therefore, George was most likely enslaved on the Maney plantation (present day Oaklands Mansion) prior to the Civil War. There are several individuals enslaved on Edwin Keeble’s plantation with a similar age, so it also is possible that George was enslaved by Edwin Keeble and his name was misrepresented in census records.[iii]
George Maney married Hester Bell on December 5, 1865 in Rutherford County, Tennessee.[iv] Following their marriage, George and Hester moved into a home in Murfreesboro, Tennessee.[v] A ten-year-old girl, Lizzie Maney, lived in the same household with George and Hester.[vi] It is likely that Lizzie was George and Hester’s daughter; however, this relationship is not confirmed in census records. George worked as a day laborer, though it is unknown by whom he was employed.[vii] There are no further known records for George Maney. It is unknown what happened to George after 1870.
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[i] United States Census, “Maney, George,” 1870 United States Census, 1870, accessed December 28, 2020 from ancestry.com database, https://www.ancestry.com/imageviewer/collections/7163/images/4275524_00029?treeid=&personid=&hintid=&queryId=fb71bbbe6dec8dbb247917550d1d9334&usePUB=true&_phsrc=Kxs394&_phstart=successSource&usePUBJs=true&_ga=2.6810811.882264017.1599938151-1700215809.1599080803&pId=14340864.
[ii] United States Census, “L.M. Manny,” 1860 United States Census – Slave Schedule, 1860, accessed December 28, 2020 from ancestry.com database, https://www.ancestry.com/imageviewer/collections/7668/images/tnm653_1285-0120?treeid=&personid=&rc=&usePUB=true&_phsrc=iaY1010&_phstart=successSource&pId=92225235.
[iii] United States Census, “E.A. Keeble,” 1860 United States Census – Slave Schedule, 1860, accessed December 28, 2020 from ancestry.com database, https://www.ancestry.com/imageviewer/collections/7668/images/tnm653_1285-0152?treeid=&personid=&rc=&usePUB=true&_phsrc=iaY1006&_phstart=successSource&pId=92227684.
[iv] Marriage Record, “George Maney to Hester Bell,” Rutherford, TN: December 5, 1865, accessed December 28, 2020 from familysearch.org, https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3QSQ-G93F-4CDV?i=141&cc=1619127&personaUrl=%2Fark%3A%2F61903%2F1%3A1%3AQKH3-WZDW.
[v] United States Census, “Maney, George,” 1870 United States Census.
[vi] United States Census, “Maney, George,” 1870 United States Census.
[vii] United States Census, “Maney, George,” 1870 United States Census.