by AUDREY CREEL / December 28, 2020
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Minerva Maney was born in approximately 1850 in Tennessee.[i] It is unknown where Minerva was enslaved prior to emancipation. David D. Maney is the only member of the Maney family to have enslaved a young woman Minerva’s age in 1860.[ii] Therefore, it is most likely that Minerva was enslaved on David Maney’s plantation prior to the Civil War. Minerva was approximately fifteen at the end of the Civil War.
Following the Civil War, Minerva moved into a home in Murfreesboro, Tennessee.[iii] Minerva lived in Chas Porter’s household.[iv] It is unknown how Minerva knew the Porter family. Minerva found employment as a farm laborer, though it is unknown for whom she worked.[v] There are no further records for Minerva Maney. It is unknown what happened to Minerva after 1870.
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[i] United States Census, “Maney, Minerva,” 1870 United States Census, 1870, accessed December 26, 2020 from ancestry.com database, https://www.ancestry.com/imageviewer/collections/7163/images/4275524_00241?treeid=&personid=&rc=&usePUB=true&_phsrc=Kxs382&_phstart=successSource&pId=4853762.
[ii] United States Census, “D.D. Many,” 1860 United States Census – Slave Schedule, 1860, accessed December 26, 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, Minerva,” 1870 United States Census.
[iv] United States Census, “Maney, Minerva,” 1870 United States Census.[v] United States Census, “Maney, Minerva,” 1870 United States Census.