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His great-grandfather Manning, was born and reared about Boston, Massachusetts, and served three years and nine months in the Revolutionary army and was honorable discharged but never applied for nor received a pension. After the war ended he was sheriff in Connecticut. He had two children, Elisha and William, the last lived to be 96 years old. His grandfather was born during the war of the Revolution in North Parish of New London, Connecticut. He married an Ingersoll and moved to western New York December 2, 1805 in Pennsylvania. His grandfather volunteered for five years in the United States army, but after serving three years and nine months in the war of 1812, was honorable discharged, but never applied for nor received a pension. His maternal grandfather was a wheelright (sic) or ship carpenter; was a volunteer in the war of 1812. His grandfather Manning reared seven children, only one of whom, Martin M. Manning of Alasaria, Kansas, is now living; he was 80 years old October 29, 1903.
His father was born in Pennsylvania near New York. He was a cooper and came to Texas April 1857. He married Miss Martha Harvey, who was born and reared in Montpelier, Vermont. They married January 20th, 1828, and became the parents of eleven children. He died May 20, 1874; she, March 16, 1882, near Canton, Texas.
Wentworth himself was born in Pendleton county, Kentucky, March 25, 1847. He came with his father to Van Zandt county in 1858, and was mostly reared and educated within her borders. The family came from Kentucky to Red River county, Texas, in 1857; thence to Van Zandt county in 1858. Mr. Manning's school life was limited, but he has been a close observer and has seen much of life, has a good knowledge of things and probably knows more about his own section than any man in the country.
He has never married, is a banker, and is in real estate and insurance. In many respects he is a very useful citizen. He placed this editor under many and lasting obligations to him in the labor of this issue. He is gentle, courteous and obliging.
He owns a thousand acres of land and thinks a great future awaits Van Zandt county and all east Texas.