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Free Genealogy Biography of Samuel M. Manifold,
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Samuel M. Manifold

Samuel M. Manifold, superintendent of the York & Peach Bottom Railroad, is a native of Hopewell Township, and was born in 1842. His ancestors are of Scotch-Irish and English origin, and were early settlers in the southern portion of York County.

Upon his father's side, his grandfather was Henry Manifold, a farmer of Hopewell Township, and upon his mother's, Samuel Martin, a well-known Presbyterian minister, and a resident of Lower Chanceford Township. His parents were Joseph and Rebecca (Martin) Manifold, the former a native of Hopewell and the latter of Lower Chanceford Township. They resided in the lower end of York County all their lives.

The mother died in 1869, and the father in 1884. They were the parents of six children (four of whom are living): Samuel N. (being the eldest), Margaret J., Keziah A. and William F. (a farmer of Lower Chanceford), Mrs. Rosanna Dougherty (deceased) and Alexander (deceased).

Our subject was reared upon a farm and obtained a common school education.

He remained engaged in agricultural pursuits until 1863. when he enlisted in Company A, Twenty-first Pennsylvania Cavalry, 182nd Regiment, and was in active service until the close of the war, participating in several severe battles, the principal of which were Cold Harbor. the battles before Petersburg, Poplar Grove Church and with Gen. Warren when he destroyed the Weldon Railroad.

When he was mustered out he held his commission as second lieutenant, and for four months subsequently was engaged in the provost marshal's office at Campbell Court House.

Returning to his home he engaged in farming in Lower Chanceford until 1872, when he accepted a subordinate position with the engineer corps, then surveying the York & Peach Bottom Railroad. Possessing no practical knowledge of the business of this period, he so applied himself to its study that he was soon after made assistant engineer and subsequently chief; under his charge, the last twenty miles of the road were built, and the Peach Bottom Railroad, on the cast side of the river, completed. Soon after the road was finished, in 1878, he was appointed superintendent, which office he still holds; under his supervision all of the many improvements have been made, and the improved condition of the road fitly attests to his executive ability.

Mr. Manifold was united in wedlock in 1874 with Miss Sallie Gregg, a native of Chester County, Penn. They have three children living: Howard, Rescalmo and Myra. The family are members of the Presbyterian Church.

Source: York County, Pennsylvania Biographical History, John Gibson, Chicago: F.A. Battey Publishing Co., 1886.

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