The family of Manning had their early origin in Germany, and in the 4th or 5th century went from |
Saxony, in the lower part of that country, to England, where at first the family consisted of three
branches, one in County Kent, one in Sussex, and another in Norfolk. In Kent we find Ranuloph de
Manning, of Manholm, Lord of Manholm, who married the aunt of King Harold. His son, Simon de
Manning, was Lord of Betiad at Downe, County Kent. He was the first English baron to go with King
Richard to the crusades in 1190. Simon de Manning is the ancestor of the Mannings of Downe and
Cootham, who were knights marshall of the household of England's sovereigns for about 400 years.
The Mannings in Ireland arrived during the reign of Henry II, 1154 - 1189. Sir Henry Manning, knight
marshall to Henry VII, had a grandson, John Manning who had a grant of part of the possessions of
the Earl of Desmond, in Ireland. In 1600 he joined the Earl of Essex in an expedition to the land of the
Irish people. Branches of the Manning family from England and Ireland emigrated to North America
and settled in Nova Scotia, New England, New York, New Jersey and the Carolinas.
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