Dr. F. S. Manning, a well-known citizen of this community, is a son of Smith Manning, a native of Tennessee, who came to Missouri and settled in what is now Moniteau County in 1838. His mother was Miss Frances Lizenby, of Tennessee. John Manning, the great-grandfather, was born in England, July 11, 1734, and married Miss Courtney Wallace. He was very wealthy; owned several ships on the Atlantic, and had ship-builders among his slaves. Just before the Revolution he came over to North Carolina, but during the war his ship carpenters were captured. The Doctor's grandfather was born in 1781, and after reaching manhood married Miss Chloe Smith, eleven children blessing their union, and all but two born in North Carolina. They moved to Tennessee in 1818, and settled near Nashville. In 1834 he was unfortunate in his financial matters, and became located near Lexington, in Henderson County, W. Tenn., where he died. The only one of his family living is James Manning, who has reached a ripe old age, and resides near Milan, Gibson Co., W. Tenn. The subject of this sketch lived on the home farm until 1881, having attended the district schools of his neighborhood. He was one of thirteen children, five of whom are now living. He is a prominent member of the State Dental Association, having chosen his profession after having reached his majority. After careful study and extensive practice in Moniteau, Morgan, Miller, Cole and Camden Counties, he opened an office in the Wood's Block in Versailles, in February, 1887, where he is now located. His patrons give him the reputation of doing first-class work only, and his practice is extensive. This in itself is sufficient to assure Dr. Manning of his recognized substantial worth in the community.
History of Cole, Moniteau, Morgan, Benton, Miller, Maries and Osage Counties, Missouri, Goodspeed Publishing Co., 1889.