Personal record of his life, written by Charles Henry Manship. Call number Z/1129.000 MDAH collection.

On this day in 1812, Charles Henry Manship was born in Talbot county, Maryland.  The eldest son of Noah and Rebecca Sangston Millington Manship, Charles Henry grew up in a blended household with older half siblings.  After the death of his father Noah, the family moved to Baltimore, where Charles Henry was apprenticed to learn the trade of ornamental chair painting.  In November, 1835, Manship boarded a ship to New Orleans and worked his way up the river until reaching Jackson in February, 1836.  Manship soon found work as a skilled craftsman on the statehouse, state penitentiary, and governor’s mansion.  In 1838, Charles Henry and Adaline Daley were married.  The couple had fifteen children, ten of whom survived to adulthood.  Manship was active in the community, and served in public office for over fifty years.  Late in life, Charles Henry Manship recorded some of the significant events of his long life in hand written accounts for each of his children.