Key date analysis:
The 1877 Will of Dr. Anthony L. Manning describes his house at 36 Main Street as "the frame dwelling and lot with all the improvements thereunto belonging built by me, and adjoining my hotel property in East New Market". A storehouse and small tailor's shop occupied this lot by 1853 as evidenced by an equity court case. A close inspection of the current house reveals the front, middle, and rear sections were not built at the same time. The rear of the house appears to older. Dr. Manning possibly incorporated parts of an earlier structure into the new house. In 1865, Dr. Manning advertised for rent of sale, an elegant new Dwelling and outhouses. A tax record from 1862 assesses $1,050 of improvements on this lot.
In 1798 this property was "part of the lot aforesaid on which the said Cyrus Mitchell lived at the time of his death." Cyrus Mitchell bought 5 3/4 acres of land for 217 pounds between 1793 and 1796. The northernmost 1/6 of an acre where he lived at the time of his death was sold for 100 pounds in 1798. It is still not clear whether the older structure existed on this property before Cyrus Mitchell purchased the land. A merchant, James Shaw, leased a lot that adjoined this lot to the immediate north from 1782 to 1795
Who built it:
Dr. Anthony L. Manning built the current structure sometime between 1861 and 1865.
Members of the Gambriel family were associated with this property almost 65 years.
The circa 1917 Circuit Court record no. 3462 Chancery likely has much information about Dr. Anthony L. Manning's properties. This record needs to be researched. We will likely not be as fortunate searching for a record that shows the division of Cyrus Mitchell's property or the division of Charles LeCompte's property. These records were possibly destroyed in the 1852 Cambridge Courthouse fire. Dendrochronology could establish the construction date of various sections of the house.
PLC 239/553 - 5 May 1986 - Dorothy E. Gambriel & Wallace Allen Gambriel to Joan C. Datesman for $30,000: lot conveyed unto the Gambriel's by R. Alton Hackett & Edna H. Hackett, his wife, by deed dated 11 September 1943, RSM 47/696. All that dwelling house property on the West side of Main Street, fronting street 62 12/ feet, running back therefrom 303 feet to the Isenberg lands; and being the same land that was conveyed unto the said William T. Gambriel and wife by Samuel J.T. Smith and wife by deed dated 22 February 1921, WHM 10/9. Being the same land which was conveyed to the said R. Alton Hackett by J. Richard Jones, Attorney, by deed dated 21 February 1940, RSM 40/582. The property is identified upon a plat entitled "Map Showing Manning Property in East New Market, Maryland" dated July 1916 and filed in Chancery Proceedings No. 3462 in the Circuit Court of Dorchester County. The same land which was conveyed unto Dorothy E. Gambriel and Wallace A. Gambriel from Dorothy E. Gambriel by deed dated 21 September 1970, PLC 166/294.
166 PLC 294 - 21 September 1970 - Dorothy E. Gambriel to Dorothy E. Gambriel and Wallace A. Gambriel
47 RSM 696 - 11 September 1943 - R. Alton Hackett & Edna H. Hackett, his wife, to Gambriel
40 RSM 582 - 21 February 1940 - J. Richard Jones, attorney for Gambriel, to R. Alton Hackett
Dwelling #24, Household of William T. Gambriel, house carpenter
WHM 10/9 - 22 February 1921 - Samuel J.T. Smith & Mary R. Smith, his wife to William T. Gambriel & Ada V. Gambriel for mortgage page $1200: Beginning at a stone set on the West side of Main Street, marked A.M. at the northeast corner of the lands described as Lot No. 3 on the plat of the East New Market lands of the Manning Estate filed in No. 3462 Chancery in the Ciruit Court, and from thence runs with the Westward side of Main Street North 15 degrees East 62 1/2 feet and to a stone marked "Dr. A.L.M.", and to the Wm. J. Payne property; thence with same North 75 degrees West 303 feet and to a stone marked "Dr. A.L.M.", and to the Isenberg lands; thence with same South 18 degrees West 67 feet to a fence post and to Lot No. 3 on said plat; and thence with same South 74 degrees East 306 feet to the place of beginning, and being the same and identical property that is described as Lot No. 1 in the Trustees Report of Sales in said Chancery proceedings and which is also described as Lot No. 4 on the said plat. Being the same property conveyed unto Samuel J.T. Smith by Lester Millenson, by deed dated 3 September 1917, WHM 3/609.
Possibly Dwelling #36, Household of William Gambriel, house carpenter
WHM 3/609 - 3 September 1917 - Lester Millenson (bachelor), to Samuel J.T. Smith for $5: Described WHM 10/9. Same property conveyed unto the said Lester Millenson by Frederick H. Fletcher and Francis H. Vincent, Trustees, by deed dated 25 August 1917.
WHM 3/607 - 25 August 1917 - Frederick H. Fletcher and Francis H. Vincent, Trustees to Lester Millenson for $1550: By decree of the Circuit Court no. 3462 Chancery between Herman Manning, et al., complainants and William Manning, et al., Defendants, the above named Trustees to sell the real estate in the proceedings. Beginning at a stone set on the West side of Main Street, marked A.M. at the northeast corner of the lands described as Lot No. 3 on the plat of the East New Market lands of the Manning Estate filed in No. 3462 Chancery in the Circuit Court, and from thence runs with the Westward side of Main Street North 15 degrees East 62 1/2 feet and to a stone marked "Dr. A.L.M.", and to the Wm. J. Payne property; thence with same North 75 degrees West 303 feet and to a stone marked "Dr. A.L.M.", and to the Isenberg lands; thence with same South 18 degrees West 67 feet to a fence post and to Lot No. 3 on said plat; and thence with same South 74 degrees East 306 feet to the place of beginning, and being the same and identical property that is described as Lot No. 1 in the Trustees Report of Sales in said Chancery proceedings and which is also described as Lot No. 4 on the said plat.
Possibly Dwelling #64, Household of J. Millenson, retail merchant for dry goods
1896-1910 Tax Record
Mrs. James H. Thomas
1896 - House & lot in ENM opposite the Baptist Church $800
Brick Hotel & Lot $2650
Dwelling & Lot adjoining the hotel $900
Brick Store House (damaged by fire) $100
Store House adjoining above $200
5 May 1910 - reduced by lot opposite Baptist Church to J. Abdell
Mrs. Jas. H. Thomas
House & Lot in East New Market opposite the Baptist Church $800
Brick Hotel & lot $2650
Dwelling & lot adjoining the hotel $900
Brick Store House (Loss on Building by fire $300) $400 $100
Store House adjoining the above $200
Dwelling #15, Household of Robert O. Christian, school teacher
East New Market Cemetery - Dr. Anthony L. Manning (1831-1878)
25 January 1878 - Will of Doctor Anthony Lafayette Manning - Secondly, ..... and in case this sale is sufficient for these expenses, the Framed dwelling and lot next herein after mentioned shall not be sold, but be inherited by my sister Mrs. Eugenia S, Thomas and her heirs. In the same manner as she is to inherit the other property willed to her by me: but should the sale of the Baltimore City property not be sufficient to pay my debts, funeral expenses and for the publication of my life and poems, then I will that the frame dwelling and lot with all the improvements thereunto belonging built by me, and adjoining my hotel property in East New Market, Dorchester County and state of Maryland, shall also be sold to the best advantage, and the proceeds immediately appropriated to the completion of my monument, burial lot, my funeral expenses, my indebtedness, and to the publishing of my life and poems in book form both together; and if any should be left, to be invested in good permanent irredeemable ground rents in Baltimore City, Md, and a sufficient part of it appropriated yearly toward keeping in complete refrain (?) my monument, grave, and burial lot forever, and the residue, if any, shall go to my sister Mrs. Eugenia S. Thomas. Thirdly, I give and devise to my dearly loved and only own sister, and nearest relative living, Mrs. Eugenia S. Thomas, my farm that was willed to me by my father, Major Anthony Manning lying in Dorchester County and State of Maryland, formerly the home of my father, containing four hundred and twenty one acres, more or less, together with all the improvements, and timbered land, and timber thereunto belonging to and going with said house and lots, situated in East New Market Dorchester County State of Maryland where my father died, and is now occupied as a hotel, also my large Brick store house and improvements and the ground on and over which it is built, also my small framed store house and improvements and the ground on and over which it is built, situated in East New Market Dorchester County and state of Maryland, all of these to my sister Mrs. Eugenia S. Thomas, and her natural heirs forever.
Dr. A.L. Manning
Brick Hotel in ENM 2 acres - $3000
Dwelling house in ENM adjoining hotel 1 acre - $1200
Brick store house on hotel property - $1000
Frame store house - $500
Total - $5700
1867-1876 Tax Record
Dr. Anthony L. Manning
1867 - Tavern Property $3000
1867 - House & Lot where Jacobs lives $1600
1867 - Store House where J.W. Beckwith keeps and...
1867 - ...Store House where Mrs. Harrington & Jones keeps $1200
Dr. Anthony L. Manning (Mrs. E.S.M Edmondson, agent) -
Tavern House $3000, House & lot where Mr. Jacobs lives $1600, Store House where J.W. Beckwith keeps & Store House where Mrs. H. & Jones keeps $1200, Total $5800
Baltimore Sun - 14 October 1865
- For Rent or Sale -
The best business stand in Dorchester county, Md. in the town of East New Market. The finest new Brick Store on the shore. Also for rent of sale, an elegant new Dwelling and outhouses, in the same beautiful and thriving town. Apply immediately to Dr. Manning, No. 90 Sharp street, at 8, 2, and 7 o'clock.
[The lots purchased by Anthony L. Manning in 5 FJH 112 & 113, were each triangular in shape. When the two lots were combined, they formed the rectangular lot labeled Dr. A.L. Manning on the 1877 map. Note the triangle purchased of Fletcher was very small.]
5 FJH 113 - 9 November 1861 - Major S. Fletcher & Willie K. Fletcher, his wife, to Anthony L. Manning for $90: part of a lot in the town of East New Market on the west side of the Main Street. Beginning at a stone bounder marked Dr. ALM, thence running W to a stone situated on the line of the lot of W.V.M. Edmondson & wife (Eugenia), thence S with the said line to the land of Dr. A.L. Manning, thence E with the line of said Manning to the street, thence N to the place of beginning.
5 FJH 112 - 7 August 1861 - John Q. Leckie to Anthony L. Manning for $500: lot with buildings and improvements in the town of East New Market on the west side of the main street and now in the occupancy of John Q. Leckie, adjoining the property of the late Major Anthony Manning on the south and that of Major S. Fletcher on the north. Being the same which the said John Q. Leckie purchased from James M. Bradshaw, trustee for the sale of the real estate of the heirs of Mary A. Travers.
Dwelling #757, Household of Elizabeth Twilley
3 FJH 232 - 7 May 1855 - James H. Bradshaw, trustee, to John B. Leckie & John Q Leckie for $725: By a decree of the circuit court on 30 July 1853, between James H. Bradshaw for himself, and friends of Mary A. Bradshaw and Frances E. Travers, complainants and Mary A. Bradshaw and Frances E. Travers, defendants, the said James H. Bradshaw was appointed trustee to sell the real estate in the proceeding mentioned. He sold the land on 10 September 1853. All that triangular lot, together with the buildings and improvements thereon, situated on the west side of the main street in East New Market. Adjoining the property of Major S. Fletcher, formerly belonging to Mrs. Mary Bramble, and the property of the late Major Anthony Manning, deceased. "Triangular Lot".
Marriage - 26 October 1853 - Dr. Anthony L. Manning to Sarah E. Mackey
26 July 1853 - James H. Bradshaw for himself + as next friend of his
wife, Mary A. Bradshaw (formerly Mary A. Travers) and Frances E.
Traverse, who are infants under the age of 21 vs. Mary A. Bradshaw and
Francis E. Traverse - The said Mary A. Bradshaw and Frances E. Traverse
are seized as tenants in common in fee of the following property in the
village of East New Market to wit: The Tavern
House and premises occupied by John Dean, The Dorchester House
and premises adjoining occupied by Edwin E. Medford, The Dwelling House
and premises known as the Tan Yard property occupied by Mrs. Manning,
the Store House and premises opposite to the Dwelling occupied by Edwin
E. Medford occupied by Leckie & sons, The Tailors shop adjoining said
Store House and premises occupied by Washington Hines, and the small
Triangular Lot in the rear of the said Store House and premises.
It further shows that the said property is in a bad state of repair and
yields but a very small clear revenue and that it will be for the
interest and advantage of said infants to sell the aforesaid real estate
and to insert the proceeds in some productive fund for their benefit.
William C. Huffington appointed guardian to answer the complaint of the
said infants under the age of 21. James Thompson, John H. Hodson,
and George Winthrop appointed to appraise the value of the aforesaid
property taking into consideration the quality, local situation,
improvements, with all advantages and disadvantages and incumbrances,
whether it would be for the interest and advantage of the said infants,
that their interest in the said grounds & premises should be sold.
On 14 July 1853, they values the property as follows: the two
story dwelling house, back buildings & out houses on the lot containing
about 3/4 of an acre where E.E. Medford lives at about $1000. The
buildings are only in tolerable repair, and will require considerable
expense annually, to keep up the repairs. The
Tavern property, occupied by Jno Dean, contains about 1 acre of land has
on it a two story room, with an additional single story altogether about
50 feet in length and about 18-20 feet in breadth. The above
buildings and Granary are in tolerable repair. Stable and
Carriage House is in tolerable repair. Granary and other out
houses need repairing. We estimate the real value of the said lot
& buildings at $1700. The Tanyard property occupied by Mrs.
Manning containing about 3/4 of an acre has a single story dwelling &
kitchen, shop, smoke house, and other old outbuildings scarcely worth
repairing (the former in tolerable repair). We estimate the real
value at $700. The Store house & small triangular lot occupied by Jno B. Leckie & son are in tolerable repair. We estimate the real
value at $500. The small shop occupied by A. Washington Hines, we
estimate the real value at $120. Taking into consideration the
advantages and disadvantages, the encumbrances, locality, the amount of
expenses that would naturally accrue annually, in keeping up the
repairs, the casualties and liabilities of said buildings to be consumed
by fire, as also the fact that property of the aforesaid description is
in ready demand generally, at this time and command good prices.
We, therefore, determine that agreeably to our opinion and best
judgment, it would be advisable to sell said property & that is would be
in the best interest of the heirs so to do.
On 10 September 1853, property sold at auction at the Hotel of John Dean in East New Market after it was advertised for 3 weeks in the Cambridge Chronicle.
Sold to William C. Huffington for $900, the dwelling house occupied by Edwin E. Medford, the lot on which it stands, beginning at the gate post on the Main Street and next to the Tavern and then running back by the right side of the Smoke House to the back line of said lot, and thence with the outlines of said lot to said Gate Post at the beginning.
Sold to Joseph Bradshaw, the Tavern property for $1275.
Sold to Dr. J. Edwin Hooper, the Tan yard, not in the occupancy of Mrs. Manning for $700.
Sold to John B. Leckie, the Store House occupied by John B. Leckie, the triangular lot of ground in the rear of said said store house, and also the small shop on said lot on which the store house stands for $725
1852-1864 Tax Record
John B. Leckie
1852 - house & lot $500
1854 - house & lot from Mary Ann Travers
1858 - by House & Lot charged to J.B. Leckie & Son $400
1862 - by House & Lot charged to J.Q. Leckie $500
John B. Leckie & Son
1856 - triangular Lot in East New Market $725
1858 - house & Lot in New Market $725
1862 - house & lot from Mary A. Travers $400
John Q. Leckie
1862 - house & Lot in ENM $500
1862 - house & Lot from Mary A. Travers $400
1862 - by lot sold to A.L. Manning
Dr. Anthony L. Manning
1852 - house & Lot 2 acres $1500
1862 - lot in New Market from J.Q. Leckie
1862 - lot from M.S. Fletcher improvements on 2 lots $1050
Major S. Fletcher
1852 - store house & lot $700
1862 - by lot sold to A.L. Manning $50
Cambridge Chronicle - 2 June 1849 – For Sale –
a lot and dwelling house adjoining the residence of Major Manning - William B. Bill, property agent, Baltimore.
12 HD 539 - 5 February 1798 - William McDonald and James McDonald, executors of Cyrus Mitchell, deceased, to Charles LeCompte, Gentleman for 100 pounds: by the last will and testament of Cyrus Mitchell, executors to sell his house wherein he lived being in New Market. Part of Lot No 1 in New Market on the west side of the main road leading from Cabin Creek Mill to Cambridge, being part of the lot sold by Captain James Sulivane to a certain Charles Daffin 21 October 1786, and by said Charles Daffin to a certain Daniel Godwin 1 December 1790, and by said Daniel Godwin sold to a certain Cyrus Mitchell aforementioned, which said part hereby sold is part of the lot aforesaid on which the said Cyrus Mitchell lived at the time of his death. Beginning at a bounded stone standing on the west side of the main road leading from Cabin Creek to Cambridge and at the end of 21 1/2 perches from the boundary of the said lot and from thence running S 15 W 62 feet to another stone standing also on the west side of the said road, and from thence running N 75 W 13 3/4 perches to intersect the first line of the aforesaid Lot No 1, and then with that line E to the place of beginning. Containing 26 square perches and all houses and fence to the same belonging
[The main road in front of this property is essentially the same. However, as the main road left the south end of this property it originally bent westerly exiting at the southwest corner of the Smith Cottage lot. The deed 9 HD 427 shown below adds about 1 acre of land to the east of this original road to the 4 3/4 acres of land on the west side of the original road to create a 5 3/4 acre lot. The 5 3/4 acre lot is on the west side of the current Main Street. The executors of Cyrus Mitchell sold the small triangular northernmost part of his 5 3/4 acre lot to Charles LeCompte in 1798.]
[Front Original Large Lot] 9 HD 427 - 28 July 1796 - James Sulivane to Cyrus Mitchell for 37 pounds, 10 shillings: 1 acre part of a tract called "New Market" in the village of New Market. Beginning at the end of a line drawn east 21 1/2 perches distance from the boundary of "Anderton's Desire", it being the place of beginning of the 2nd line of Lot No 1 sold by the said Sulivane to Charles Daffin about 10 years ago for 4 3/4 acres, and from thence running S 21 W 30 perches, bounded with Lot No 1, and then running S 50 W 11 1/2 perches bounded with Lot No 1, and then running S 61 W 8 3/4 perches bounded with Lot No 1 to a marked white oak, it being one of the boundaries of Lot No 18, and from thence running S 75 E 16 perches bounded with Lot No 18 to another white oak post marked 18 standing on the west side of the new road leading through New Market, and from thence bounded with the said road on a straight line to the place of beginning. Containing 1 acre and 14 square perches.
[Original Large Lot] 6 HD 31 - 2 April 1793 - Daniel Godwin to Cyrus
Mitchell for 180 pounds: lot in the village of New Market which was
purchased by the said Daniel Godwin of a certain Charles Daffin, who
purchased of a certain James Sulivane.
Marriage - 24 October 1793 - Cyrus Mitchell to Betsy Richardson
[Cyrus Mitchell likely owned two or more houses in New Market in 1792 and is putting one up for rent in the newspaper notice below. It is not clear whether this house or the brick house to the south is for rent. He may have just completed building the brick house and is putting this one up for rent.]
Maryland Herald and Eastern Shore Intelligencer - 18
December 1792 - For Let -
House at New Market - Cyrus Mitchell
[Back Original Large Lot] 3 HD 25 - 1 December 1790 - Charles Daffin, merchant, to Daniel Godwin, planter, for 250 pounds: lot in the village of New Market being part of the tract called "New Market" purchased by said Charles Daffin of a certain James Sulivane.
[Back Original Large Lot] 9 NH 102 - 21 October 1786 - James Sulivane, merchant, to Charles Daffin, merchant for 157 pounds, 10 shillings: part of a tract called "New Market" and "Yorke". Beginning at a Spanish red oak, it being the original bounder of a tract called "Andertons Desire", then runs E 21.5p to a marked cedar post standing at the main road, it also being the beginning of Mr. James Shaw's lot leased of Mr. John Anderton, S21W 30p down the said road binding therewith as the road now runs S50W 11.5p down the said road binding therewith as the road now runs S14.5W 10p down the said road binding therewith as the road now runs N 41p that is to say until an E course will strike the first beginning. Containing 4 3/4 acres.
50 BC & GS 471 - 30 October 1776 - Resurvey of Buckland Regulated, Debate Enlarged, Restitution, Sulivane's Meadows, Westward, York, and several pieces of vacant land to create the tract New Market.
[This lot appears to fall within the original bounds of the northwest
arm of a tract called "York". With the changing metes and bounds
in the 1700s, the tract could also be partially or entirely within the
bounds of "Debate Enlarged", which was later called part of "Buckland