William Manning

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William Manning, whose parents are unknown (or untraced), died at Suffolk Co., Massachusetts, before 28 April 1666 when his will was proved.1

William married an unknown first wife, say 1613;2,3 he married (2) Susanna (…), before 1635;2,3 he married (3) Elizabeth (…), after 1651. The ancestry of all three wives is unknown.4,3

William left a will dated 17 February 1655, and proved 28 Apr 1666:
The Last will & Testament of Williaam Maning senior being weak of body but perfect in understanding and memorie blessed be God

I William Maninge of Boston in new england in ye countie of Sufolk: Being weake of bodie but of perfect memorie. doe make & ordaine: This my last Will & Testament: in maner & forme as followeth:
Imprimis all my debts & funerall expenses beinge payde by my executrix hereafter named:
I doe give & bequeath unto my lovinge wife Elizabeth Maninge: all my whole estate whatsoever: duringe the time of her natural life:

& at her decease my will is that of what shall be then left of my estate; which was my owne before my last mariage: I doe diispose of as followeth forasmuch as my lovinge son Willyam maninge have through ye providence of god A good estate: I doe therefore give I bequeath unto him but on third part of that which shal be left of what was my owne before this last mariage:

& ye other two thirds: I doe give & bequeath unto my grandchilde Samuel Walsbie: & my desire is that this grandchild Samuel Walsbie might be put to A trade acordinge to ye discretion of my executrix & overseers:

further I doe make ordaine constitute & appointe: my lovinge wife sole executrix: & I doe desire Robert Walker Jacob Eliot & Theophilus ffrrary to be overseers: & to asist my wife and to see this my Last will & testament performed :

lastly I doe hereby revoake & make vovd all former wills & bequests whatsoever made or pretended to be made: & own and acknowledge this to be my last will and testament in witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand this seventeenth of febuarie in ye year of our lord 1655
Willyam X Maninge

In presence of
     John Tapping
     Edward Porter

Jno Tapping & Edw. Porter depose in Court 28 April 1666 that they subscribed their names to this paper as witnesses that they were present & did hear ye sayd Willyam Maning publish & declare the same to be his last will & Testaniment & that he was of a sound disposing mind when he so did
Edw. Rawson, Recordr.5

Family 1


Family 2

Susanna (…) d. 16 Oct 1650
  • Hannah Manning7 b. say 1635, d. 2 Feb 1655/56

Family 3

Elizabeth (…) d. aft. 1655
This person was last edited on16 Dec 2017


  1. [S524] William B. Trask and Samuel G. Drake, "Abstracts from the Earliest Wills on Record in the County of Suffolk, Mass.," The New England Historical and Genealogical Register 2 thru 34 (Jan 1848 thru 1880), at 123, further cited as Trask and Drake, "Abstracts from Wills in the County of Suffolk."
  2. [S1255] William H. Manning, The Genealogical and Biographical History of the Manning Families of New England and Descendants from the Settlement in America to Present Time (Salem, Massachusetts: Salem Press, 1902), 94, further cited as Manning, Manning Genealogy.
  3. [S1872] Clarence Almon Torrey, New England Marriages Prior to 1700, 3 vols. (Boston, Massachusetts: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2011), 992, further cited as Torrey, New England Marriages (2011).
  4. [S1255] Manning, Manning Genealogy, 95.
  5. [S1255] Manning, Manning Genealogy, 95-96.
  6. [S1255] Manning, Manning Genealogy, 97, 99.
  7. [S1255] Manning, Manning Genealogy, 96-97.