Dear Mr. Rodney, I have been researching African-American McBryde/McBride-Scott in Talbot County, GA, for my friend and co-worker; and came across a Bunkley connection re: Ellen Scott and Jesse Bunkley, who settled in Alabama. I have enjoyed reading your GenealogyWise blog and, if you are still interested, would like to ask you about the McBrydes. Sincerely, ---kay
The Manning surname comes into my family pretty far back - I think it would be my fourth great-grandmother, Esther Manning (her father was Samuel Manning, if that is any help). I am not too familiar with the family and haven't started real research on it yet, so I'm not sure if they are related to the governors. Esther's son, Manning Poole, was a pretty rich guy (lived in Anderson County), so they may indeed been a prominent family. Sorry I don't have much more information than this. Have you tried the Manning boards on Genforum and Rootsweb? Sorry I can't be more helpful - good luck in your search.