Notes for Peter MANLEY

After leaving Ireland, Peter and his wife Mary moved to Scotland where their first son William was born about 1852. The family moved to America about 1854, worked their way through West Virginia and eventually settled in Bellaire, OH. From their children's birth locales and the census, we know they were living in Glovers Gap, Marion County, WV in 1855, Milo, Wetzel County, WV in 1860, and Cameron, Marshall County, WV in 1864.

The family arrived in Bellaire by 1870. During the 1870s Peter sold grocery provisions, a business which appears to have shut down by 1880. Peter also operated a stable. By the late 1870s, he had established a wharf at the foot of 28th Street. The wharf served as a transit point for people and goods traveling up and down the Ohio River.

In his later years Peter had a number of accidents at the wharf; he fell through a hatchway of the boat, sidelining him for several months, and had the tips of two fingers cut off when he was working with iron. He was fortunate to survive another freak accident. In June 1886 the boiler of a train blew up, killing 3 crewmen and sending metal fragments up to hundreds of yards away. Peter recovered from internal injuries from a piece that hit him in his back.

In 1860 his personal worth was given as $100. The 1870 census valued his real estate at $1,200 with a further $100 in personal effects. The 1880 census finds the family living at 321 Guernsey Street. According to the censuses he could not read or write.

The original Gaelic form of the family name MANLEY was O'Maonghaile. Other variants include Munnelly, Monnelly, and Monley; in Mayo today, Munnelly is by far the most common form of the name. According to John O'Donovan in the Ordinance Survey Letters (1839), Monaoile O' Dochartaigh (Doherty) of Inishowen, County Donegal moved his kinsmen to County Mayo sometime in the 16th century.

DNA testing of one of Peter's male descendants produced a result that is nearly identical at 25 markers to another Manley whose ancestors lived near Belmullet in the northwestern part of County Mayo. Both DNA results are matches for the Northwest Irish pattern, supporting the Inishowen origin theory.

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He died after a few hours illness from pneumonia, contracted while trying to save property during the flood at Bellaire.

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