About this Website

This website presents genealogical and biographical information on members of a family who can trace their ancestry back to one Jonas Man who was born in Hambleden, Buckinghamshire, England in 1596.

Most living members of the Man and other families are not included on this website unless permission to do so has been given.

The Man Booker prize was funded by the Man Group which was established by James Man in the middle of the eighteenth century. Man Group no longer supports the prize.

Some advertisements placed by James Man in London newspapers between 1780 and 1808 and which illustrate his trading practices can be read HERE. (<—PDF)

If you have comments or wish to make any additions or suggest changes please use the contact form above.

Below, Beatrice Angela Crofts, the daughter of  John David McBride Crofts and Jane Britton Dowell, and the wife of Edward James Fowle Garnet Man by the artist Letitia E. H. Tiddeman. The painting was done in the year of Beatrice’s wedding (1902). She seems to have a ring on the correct finger, which is likely to be for engagement, whose transitional state is being captured in paint. The scene, headdress, and posture are to evoke the deity Flora, very much an image of its time.

This website also contains information and links to other families who have married into this MAN family and vice versa. A GEDCOM file of the data included on this web site is available on request. Much of the data gathered in the GEDCOM file is thanks to the hard undertaken by Edward MacPherson Man.

1910 Man Family Gathering 150 dpi

As yet, only some of the individuals below have been identified: Standing from left to right are: Morrice King Man and his wife Jane Smart Walch and Morrice’s brother Harry Edward Julius Man. Seated from left to right (maybe) are: Henriette Marie Phillipine Man (wife of Harry Edward Julius), next to Henriette is unknown but probably Emma Elizabeth Man who married Jane Smart Man’s brother Charles Edward Walch. Last seated is Septimus Man. The young children are probably Ella Katherine Emma and Hariette Emma the daughters of Edward Julius and Henriette Marie (Fowle) Man.  They could be Eliza Caroline and Emma Catherine, the daughters of Morrice King and Jane Smart (Walch) Man, but Jane is standing and not holding either of them which suggests they are Edward’s daughters. (Thanks to Bill Ebden)


The years 1861 – 1864 were significant in a deadly sort of way for this group: Henriette Marie died on 15 November 1863 probably as a result of complications giving birth to her daughter Harietta. Emma Elizabeth died of tuberculosis one day later on 16 November 1863. Both Morrice King and Harry Edward died in 1864. Morrice died in Tasmania while Harry died at Halstead Hall, Kent. Caroline Eliza, the daughter of Emma Elizabeth Man and Charles Edward Walch died in 1862. Squeezed between these years (1861 – 1864) were the births of Morrice and Harry’s four daughters, all of whom survived to adulthood. The photograph must therefore have been taken some time shortly before November 1863, if Emma Elizabeth is the one seated in the middle.

Man Group’s nine-storey headquarters ‘Riverbank House’ on the banks of the Thames in London.

Below at Peter Man’s wedding on 23 April 1938, from left to right: Henry Man, his mother Nora (Loeck) Man (the wife of Harry Morgan Stoe Man), Beryl (Holberton) Man (the wife of Hubert William Man), and Michael Leland Crosthwait whose mother was Katherine (Kitty) Rosa) Man.

1938 Peter Man's Wedding Nora Man and Beryl Man with Leland Crosthwaite and Henry edited

For those readers of the online publication: ‘Blake / An Illustrated Quarterly’ and in particular G. E. Bentley, Jr.’s article: ‘William Blake and His Circle: A Checklist …. 2012’ where mention is made of this website, and of George Cumberland in particular, the page that is referenced in that article can be accessed HERE.

Perhaps the purpose of this website is to try to push back against the ideas expressed in some lines from Alexander Pope’s Elegy to the Memory of an Unfortunate Lady:

Most souls, ’tis true, but peep out once an age,
Dull sullen pris’ners in the body’s cage:
Dim lights of life, that burn a length of years
Useless, unseen, as lamps in sepulchres;
Like eastern kings a lazy state they keep,
And close confin’d to their own palace, sleep.

NOTE ON CALENDAR: England continued to use the Julian calendar up to 1752 whereas the Gregorian (‘New Style’) calendar had been adopted on the Continent in 1582. Scotland changed the beginning of the year from March 25 to January 1 in 1600, but did not adopt the Gregorian calendar until 1752 at the same time as England. By 1751 the Julian calendar was 11 days out of step. In that year Chesterfield’s Act stated that 1 January should be the first day of the year (previously the year commenced on 25 March). Thus 1750 had commenced on 25 March 1750 and ended 24 March 1750/51. 1751 commenced 25 March 1751 and ended on 31 December 1751. 1752 commenced 1 January 1752 and ended 31 December 1752. However, 11 days of September were omitted to bring it into line with the Gregorian calendar. So the convention in expressing dates that occurred in the period from 1 January to 24 March in the years before 1752 is to first show the year that would be shown on the record (according to the Julian calendar), then show the year it would have been if expressed according to our present calendar (Gregorian). Thus Jonas Man’s burial is shown as 1661/2 to reflect the two calendars: ‘1661’ (Julian calendar) and ‘1662’ (Gregorian calendar).

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