by AUDREY CREEL / December 30, 2020
©Audrey Creel, 2020 (All rights reserved.)
Wm Maney was born in approximately 1853 in Tennessee.[i] It is unknown where Wm was enslaved prior to emancipation. David D. Maney was the only member of the Maney family to have enslaved a young boy approximately Wm’s age.[ii] Wm was most likely enslaved on David’s plantation prior to the Civil War. It also is feasible that Wm had been previously enslaved by the Maneys but did not live on the Maney’s plantation during the Civil War.
Following the Civil War, Wm moved into a home in Murfreesboro, Tennessee.[iii] Wm lived in a household with David, Lucy, and Wally Maney.[iv] It is unknown how Wm knew David, Lucy, and Wally or if they were related. Wm’s listing in the 1870 census indicates that he likely was not related to David and Lucy; however, this is not specified in the census. Wm found employment as a farm laborer in 1870, though it is unknown for whom he was employed.[v] There are no further known records for Wm Maney. It is unknown what happened to Wm after 1870.
[i] United States Census, “Maney, Wm,” 1870 United States Census, 1870, accessed December 30, 2020 from ancestry.com database, https://www.ancestry.com/imageviewer/collections/7163/images/4275524_00045?treeid=&personid=&rc=&usePUB=true&_phsrc=Kxs375&_phstart=successSource&pId=10573636.
[ii] United States Census, “D.D. Many,” 1860 United States Census – Slave Schedule, 1860, accessed December 30, 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, Wm,” 1870 United States Census.
[iv] United States Census, “Maney, Wm,” 1870 United States Census.[v] United States Census, “Maney, Wm,” 1870 United States Census.