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    CLARKSON MANNING, retired farmer; Allen's P.O.; was born in Warren Township, Somerset Co., N.J., Aug 15, 1794, and was raised to farm labor; their school being two miles distant; he received a limited education. In September, 1814, he was drafted, served as a private under Capt. John Logan, and remained in service until December of the same year, when he was discharged in Jersey City; he has since obtained land warrant 13,337 for 40 acres, and also 28,839 for 120 acres, obtained by Squire Duncan, of Fletcher. Upon March 18, 1818, Mr. Manning married Phebe Cory, who was born in New Jersey, Jan 7, 1791; June 2, 1818, they started in a two-horse wagon for Ohio, when time and perseverance were needed to reach their destination, which was Lebanon, Warren Co.,; there they stopped for a short time, and then went to Middletown, where they remained until April, 1819, when they emigrated to Miami Co., and entered land in Sec. 3, Brown Township; leaving his family and goods at his nearest neighbor's, a distance of four miles, he commenced the task of opening a road to his newly entered farm' this he completed and looked up a suitable place to erect a hut, where he cleared away the timber, and built a log cabin 18X20; this was finished in eight days; they took possession, storing away their household goods, which were all comprised in one small wagon load; for a few days their cooking was done by a large stump, until they could prepare a place in their hut for such work; they soon began to fell the trees, cut and clear a spot on which to raise a few vegetables and other necessaries of life; thus they continued for several years, and at that time had but two neighbors within a distance of two miles; after many years' hard and toilsome labor, they opened out a good farm. In 1824, there was a prospect of having a county road laid out, which would pass by Mr. Manning's farm; upon the hope of this, he erected a hewed-log house on the supposed line, which road was granted as soon as they could produce a sufficient number of petitioners; the log house was said to be the second best in the territory of what is now Brown Township; this was their residence until 1833, when Mr. Manning erected his present house (brick), on what is now the Lena Pike. Mr. and Mrs. Manning are the parents of seven children, viz., Parkhurst, Elsyanna, Isaac A., Johanna, Mary J., John C., and David; of the above, three are now living. Mr. Manning has nobly assisted his children in acquiring property. Our subject and wife have trod the path of married life three score and two years, and now both enjoy good health. April 22, 1878, on looking from their window they beheld carriages, buggies, etc., concentrated at their gate, filled with friends and relatives from far and near; all coming with baskets well filled; this was for the sixtieth wedding day, but, owing to the bad weather in March, the celebration had been deferred until now; the parties entered the house and the tables were soon spread with the many substantial viands and delicacies, which kind hands had brought; when everything was in readiness, all surrounded the table and Rev. Lippincott offered appropriate thanks; after which the repast was abundantly enjoyed, and the balance of the day was spent in social entertainment.

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