by AUDREY CREEL / December 28, 2020
©Audrey Creel, 2020 (All rights reserved.)
Jerry Maney was born in approximately 1834 in Tennessee.[i] It is unknown where Jerry was enslaved prior to emancipation. David D. Maney was the only member of the Maney family to have enslaved an individual approximately Jerry’s age in 1860.[ii] Therefore, it is most likely that Jerry was enslaved on David Maney’s plantation prior to the Civil War.
Following the Civil War, Jerry Maney moved into a home in Murfreesboro, Tennessee.[iii] The 1870 census indicated that Jerry had married Melinda Maney within the past year before the census was taken.[iv] There is no known marriage record for Jerry and Melinda, so the exact date of their marriage is unknown. Jerry lived in a household with Jeffry and Millie Love.[v] It is unknown how Jerry knew the Loves or if they were related. Jerry worked as a laborer to support his family, though his specific work and employer are unknown.[vi] There are no further known records for Jerry Maney. It is unknown what happened to Jerry after 1870.
[i] United States Census, “Maney, Jerry,” 1870 United States Census, 1870, accessed December 28, 2020 from ancestry.com database, https://www.ancestry.com/imageviewer/collections/7163/images/4275524_00068?treeid=&personid=&hintid=&queryId=4efe76a2285023e1e7cdbb2e4e78d0ae&usePUB=true&_phsrc=Kxs392&_phstart=successSource&usePUBJs=true&pId=14341221.
[ii] United States Census, “D.D. Many,” 1860 United States Census – Slave Schedule, 1860, accessed December 28, 2020 from familysearch.org database, https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:33S7-9BSD-FR2?cc=3161105&personaUrl=%2Fark%3A%2F61903%2F1%3A1%3AWKT5-VW6Z.
[iii] United States Census, “Maney, Jerry,” 1870 United States Census.
[iv] United States Census, “Maney, Jerry,” 1870 United States Census.
[v] United States Census, “Maney, Jerry,” 1870 United States Census.[vi] United States Census, “Maney, Jerry,” 1870 United States Census.