George Whitfield Manley was my 4th great grandfather and was born on the 20th of May in 1796. I believe he was born in Massachusetts, but I am not sure the name of the town. He married Desire Lucritia Weed on the 12th of March 1818 in New York and they had eight children. All of their children were born in New York state, but the family moved to Knox county, Illinois sometime before 1850. Though he was listed as a farmer in 1860 and 1870, an IRS document from September/October of 1862 shows that he was "wholesaling dry goods" with George Underwood.
|From Ancestry.com this is the IRS document from 1862.|
George Whitfield Manley died on the 29th of May 1875 in Persifer, Illinois at the age of 79. He is buried in Knox County.