Monday, November 17, 2008
Laurence Manning (1757-1804) was wounded during the Battle of Long Island in 1776. His widowed mother was with him. Nothing is known of her except that she and Laurence came from Carlisle in Pennsylvania. He was a soldier in the continental Army. Was promoted to Sergeant in 1777; to Ensign in 1778; to Lieutenant and Adjutant in 1779. In 1780 he was transferred to the Brigade of Light Horse Harry Lee.
After the war he married into a "highly respectable family. He married Susannah Richardson the daughter of General Richard Richardson and his first wife, Mary Cantey.
Laurence and Susannah had a son Richard Irvine Manning I (1789-1836), who was governor of South Carolina from 1824-1826.The portrait is of Richard.