David Manship, ca. 1865. Accession number M2011.1.1 MDAH Museum Division collection.

David Daley Manship was born December 30, 1844, the second surviving son of Charles Henry and Adaline Manship.  Known as “Dave” by family members, he enlisted in the Confederate Cavalry as soon as he was of age.  After the war, he returned home and worked as an apprentice machinist.  On March 11, 1875, David Daley Manship and Lucretia J. Martin were married at Loves’ Station, Mississippi.  For many years, the couple lived in McComb City where David was employed as an engineer on the Illinois Central.  They adopted a daughter Kate, born in 1885, but had no other children. The Weekly Clarion, March 18, 1875, included the following wedding announcement:


MANSHIP-MARTIN-at Loves Station, Miss., March 11th, by Rev. T. Page, Mr. D. Manship, of Jackson, to Miss Lu Martin, of Loves Station.