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Manus/Manes Lemley
Posted by: Les Tate (ID *****5192) Date: February 26, 2006 at 02:24:31
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Carolyn Hodge and I have been involved in some information exchanges over the past few days and received a scanned copy of Peter Lemley's will from John P. Rankin, with whom we've had some conversation via email. The scan of the will suffers from bleed-through of writing on the back of the page and general darkness over some parts. Nevertheless, we were able to discern, in part, the following sentence: "To my wife Milley I give the other part of my land and all the improvements therein during her natural life or widowhood, if a change in either then to be by my son Aramanoses."

Discussion among us has shown that the name "Aramanoses" (not "trimanoses" as some typewritten transcripts show) is the misspelled possessive form of Aramanus, that is, Aramanus'...."to be my son Aramanus's".

In looking for the name Aramanus on the internet, I found that (1) Aramanus Lyles was the first white settler in Fairfield County SC, where Manus was born; (2) Aramanus Lyles in recorded in the 1800 Fairfield Co SC census as Aramanos Liles; and (3) a younger relative's tombstone reads "Arromanus Coleman Lyles", who is recorded as "Arromanos Coleman Lyles", son of Coleman Lyles, marrying Margaret Ella Cross. In addition Aramanus Lyles and Peter Lemley, Manus' father, are found in the same census of Fairfield County and undoubtably knew one another.

Based on these findings, the three of us believe that Manus Lemley's actual name is Aramanus Lemley, which he shortened to Manus Lemley. We also feel that this firmly establishes Manus Lemley as the son of Peter Lemley.

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