Manning, Mason, 1795 - 1883

Dr. Mason Manning was a “beloved” and prosperous physician who practiced medicine for over 60 years in New London County. 
He was born on August 26, 1795 in Lisbon, Connecticut, the son of Luther and Sarah Manning.  Mason attended Yale College, graduating from the medical department in 1818.  He immediately went into practice along with his older brother Luther in Scotland, CT for the next two years.  By 1820 Mason Manning had moved to North Stonington and then Old Mystic where he set up his own medical practice. In a matter of months, he married Fanny Hoval in Windham, Connecticut on November 20, 1821.  She died less than a year after the birth Aug 21, 1822 of their son Francis Mason Manning.  He remarried Harriet Leeds on January 6, 1829 in Stonington.
Mason Manning provided medical services to the Mashantucket Pequot tribe for a number of years beginning in 1821 until 1835. Among the members of the community treated by Dr. Manning were James Sunsamon, Phebe Sunsamon, Hannah Miller, Theodosia Deshon, Betsy Wheeler, Betsy Squib, and Amy George Daniels.  He was the physician who attended the bedside of Edward Nedson, a dying Eastern Pequot, who had been grievously assaulted in 1847.
Mason Manning was an active member of the New London County Medical Society and the Connecticut Medical Society, from whom he received an honorary degree in 1840.  Manning was considered one of the longest practicing physicians in Connecticut.  In 1880 he noted that he suffered from neuralgia. Manning died on February 10, 1883 and was buried in Elm Grove Cemetery in Mystic, Connecticut.
Stonington Chronology,, page 47;; D. Hamilton Hurd, History of New London County, Connecticut (Philadelphia: J.W. Lewis & Co. 1882), 728; Connecticut, U.S., Town Marriage Records, pre-1870 (Barbour Collection) [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations Inc, 2006; CSL, RG3, NLCC: PbS, Indians, Mashantucket Pequot; US Federal Census 1880, Stonington, CT,  Image: Hurd, History of New London County, 728.
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August 26, 1795
February 10, 1883