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Re: Manning Cem, Greene Co, AR
Posted by: Beau Bowen Date: August 27, 2001 at 19:47:44
In Reply to: Re: Manning Cem, Greene Co, AR by Bill Couch of 700

I was delighted to find so much information about Ellie Mae's descendants! I had been looking for this data but only finding bits and pieces of it. Here is what I know about her.

Ellen May 'Ellie' FRY, b. 1878, Lawrence Co, AR. Died 1964. (Where?) Married to Charles R. MANNING, 22 November 1896 at Walnut Ridge, Lawrence Co, AR.

She was the daughter of William H. FRY and Martha C. MCCLATCHEY. Showing her to to be the daughter of Martha McClatchey has taken some strenuous work, and while I think we've got it right, it isn't nailed down as firmly as I would like.

Cousin Charlene relayed to me that cousin Walter said that Jeff H. Manning (son of Ellie Mae) told him that his grandmother was a sister of Allen McClatchey, but Walter couldn't remember which one, something with an 'M' -- Amanda or Mary Ann or something like that.

Now here is some hard info: "Ellie May" was the daughter of: William H. Fry ( b. Dec 1843 TN d. 1911 Lawrence Co,
AR) & Martha J. Bridges (b. Dec 1847 d. 1911 burial : Manning cemetery #1 Lawrence Co, AR) Married: 07 Feb 1867 (book C page 323) William was the oldest Son of John Fry (b.20 Apr 1822 in Greene Co TN d. abt 1854 in TN or MO) & Sarah Harmon ( b. Abt 1827) Married: 06 Nov 1843 in Greene Co. TN. Pearlene Benn provided this information, which comes from marriage and cemetery records, and establishes that Ellie's mother was 'Martha Bridges.'

The leap comes in assuming that there was a previous marriage for Martha McClatchey, to somebody named Bridges. Birth data for Martha Bridges matches Martha McClatchey, who was a daughter (not sister) of Allen McClatchey.

Martha Bridges is buried in the Manning Cemetery. Other McClatchey family members, such as Martha's brother Rev. William Hamilton McClatchey are also buried in the Manning Cemetery. A Mary McClatchey is buried there as well, who is supposed to be the Rev's wife. I don't have any hard information on the Manning Cemetery myself, just what other people have told me.

Cousin Charlene told me she found them on the census for 1910 Lawrence County, Promiseland Township, Arkansas.

Cousin Charlene is a descendant of Allen McClatchey, and was doing most of the work on Allen's line, I am a descendant of Allen's brother Albert McClatchy. Since Charlene passed away last winter I have been trying to work on both lines.

Walter P. McClatchey, another of Allen's descendants is still alive in Louisianna and in sound mind. If you email me privately I will give you Walter's contact information.

I would also like to know if there are any Native American connections for this family; there are some rather colorful stories about Allen's parentage; but it is sure that he was part of the Freeman party that traveled west, and included the surnames: McClatchey, McClatchie, Freeman, Standridge, Ross, Cagle, Tyson, Tison, etc; these folks were a mixed community of part white and part Cherokee ancestry, and even at least one African American woman known only as 'Colored Woman Freeman' who died after helping to fight a fire.

These folks were living next door to one another on the 1850 census for Newton County, AR. Case in point, Allen McClatchey lived next door to Josiah/Joshua Freeman. Josiah's wife was Spicy McClatchie (but she is not on the census anywhere I can find her, but her marriage and name are well documented through other sources. She was a postmistress later in her life.)

Some of these folks moved to Lawrence Co, AR, and some moved to Texas, while others stayed put in the Newton/Pope county area.

The original ancestor for most of the McClatcheys (any spelling) in the South is John McClatchey of North Carolina. B. c. 1720 County Down, Ireland, and d. 1799 Iredell Co, NC. It is my goal to trace as many of his descendants as possible. I am more than happy to swap information with anyone who can help. Please email me or write:

Beau Bowen
P O Box 1118
Elkton, MD, 21922-1118

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