Because some members of the family known as MAN, and others who have married into it, produced letters, diaries, journals, books, poems, etc. the purpose of this page is to create links to the full texts of these. It also includes recollections of and obituaries on various members of the family. A page containing family WILLS can be found HERE.

Much of the material here is in PDF format and requires Adobe Acrobat Reader software which can be downloaded for free HERE.

James Balchen’s journal describing his visit to the Man family in the village of Hurst, Berkshire, in 1747, can be found HERE. A page that includes a transcription of the journal can be found HERE. Also, James’ Letter to the British Resident at Bremen

A recent piece of research on a family connected to the Man family has just been completed: The Palmer Family of Roydon and Chelsea. All living (and many not) members of the Man family are descended from a Susannah Cradock/Craddock whose brother Richard married Hester Palmer. For ease of download this work has been divided into two parts: Part One can be downloaded HERE and Part Two can be downloaded HERE. Both are PDFs.

A ‘publication’ on two of the daughters of Richard Craddock/Cradock, Susannah and Sarah, was released in November 2013. This report is divided into three: 1. The ENTIRE report of a little over 500 pages. And then, for ease of download, if you have a slow internet connection, the report has been divided into two smaller sections consisting of first Susannah and her three husbands and second her sister Sarah. The format of all three is in PDF.

1. The ENTIRE Report. (<— 512 pages which takes a LONG time to download)
2. Susannah Cradock and her three husbands. (part one)
3. Sarah Cradock, the Roffey, and the Tyers Families. (part two)

RECENTLY PUBLISHED: ‘Sheldon Cradock and his Successors‘ (<— over 70 pages PDF). In which Sheldon died unmarried and was succeeded by his eldest son….

‘The American Connection’ (<— 71 pages PDF) which describes the connections among the American families of Weaver, Gooch, Marriot, and Cheever and how these four families relate to the Cumberland-Balchen family.

The trip to Pegu has been transcribed and can be read HERE.

The entire edition of The Cumberland Letters edited by Clementina Black and published in 1910 can be read here.

The Man family has, among its living members, a recently published poet – Harry Man – who continues a 250 year family tradition of penning verses. Family and friends are encouraged to purchase a copy of Harry’s collection of poems ‘Lift’ by clicking on the cover below and following the link. And, don’t forget our most prolific author yet: John Garnet Man.

Lift Harry Man Poetry

HENRY MAN (1747/48 – 1799)

  • Henry Man’s articles ‘Cursory Thoughts on Education’  published in the Morning Chronicle as well as some articles using the anonym HOMO.
  • 1771. The muse in miniature, a series of moral miscellanies, humbly attempted by the Trifler. Published in London and printed for the author by E. Moore, No 16, Old Broad Street, Consisting of viii, 146 pages. Verse.
  • 1775. Cloacina; a comi-tragedy. Published in London and printed for George Kearsly, (A dramatic satire on various literary and political figures, including Johnson and Chesterfield). (Note the handwriting on this copy is that of Horace Walpole).
  • 1775. Mr. Bentley, the rural philosopher: a tale. In two volumes. Published in London and printed for W. Goldsmith. (226 pages) CLICK HERE to read volume one in PDF (234 pages) and click HERE to read volume two). This book was also reviewed soon after it was published and the review can be read HERE.
  • 1775. Bentley, der Philosoph auf dem Lande: eine Erzahlung. Published in Leipzig, Germany Bey [By] Weidmanns Erben und Reich, 284 p. (To read ‘der Philosoph’ click HERE (<— PDF)). Another edition was published in 1777 in Dublin and printed for W. Whitestone, (successor to the late Mr. Ewing), 274 Pages.
  • 1780. The elders: A farce in two acts [41] leaves. (Also in our possession is a photocopy copy of the original handwritten version which was made by the Huntington Library).
  • 1783. The Trifler No I – VI in The Gentleman’s Magazine. [However I have some doubts about this being by HM]
  • 1797. Henry Man is supposed to have had some articles published in Volume One (1797) of the following journal: The Spirit of the public journals: Being an impartial selection of the most exquisite essays and jeux d’esprits, principally prose, that appear in the newspapers and other publications. Published in London, and printed for James Ridgway, Vol. 1 (1797).  (Notes: We do not know which of the various pieces that make up this volume belong to Henry, so the entire volume can be accessed from the above link and we leave it to the reader to decide which pieces are Henry’s.)
  • 1802. The miscellaneous works, in verse and prose, of the late Henry Man. Published in London by J. Nichols, 1802; Volume One Can be read HERE and Volume Two can be read HERE.
  • 2003 David Man’s ‘article’ on Henry Man as ‘The Trifler’ :When wrongful attribution leads to bibliographic confusion
  • Thomas Frognall Dibdin’s Reminiscences of a Literary Life mentions both Henry and his brother John (below).
  • Henry Man’s Pocket Book.

JOHN MAN (1749 – 1824)

  • 1810. The Stranger in Reading
  • Having published his ‘Stranger’ book, John was roundly attacked and vilified by Henry Gauntlett (1762-1833) who angrily rebutted John’s views on religion in a series of relentless attacks in a book called ‘Letters to the Stranger in Reading’. Gauntlett, a Methodist, took great offence at John’s views of Methodism. This book can be read HERE. In a memoir by Gauntlett’s daughter, Catharine, a brief reference is made to the conflict between John Man and her father which can be read HERE.
  • See also on this web site, a page consisting of John’s poems and jottings.
  • In Reading Library there are two volumes each titled: ‘Anecdotes’ which John had written out by hand and which were given to the library by a Mr. Stevens. These volumes can be read here: Volume One and Volume Two. Fortunately, John’s writing is quite neat and can be easily read.
  • John’s Map of Reading (1 page PDF)

JAMES MAN (1755 – 1823)

HARRY STOE MAN (1783 – 1848)

  • Harry’s ‘Letter’ to Lord Tenterden and others concerning his court martial can be read HERE.
  • Summary of the case brought by Harry against Sir William Edward Campbell and others can be read HERE.
  • Mentions of Harry (28 October 1783 – 2 January 1848) in The London Gazette can be read HERE
  • Extracts from Millennial Halstead A Kentish Villager History. By Geoffrey Kitchener, that describes some of Harry’s actions in the village can be read HERE
  • Harry’s Court Martial


CATHERINE (WALCH) MAN (1791 – 1873)

 HENRY GARNET MAN (1804 – 1873)

ANN DESBOROUGH MAN (1820 – 1909)

FREDERICK MAN (1825 – 1897)

WILLIAM LIONEL MAN (1832 – 1904)

EDWARD GARNET MAN (1837 – 1920)

JANE SMART (WALCH) MAN (1836 – 1929)

MARY LOUISA (MAN) AWDRY  (1852 – 1908)

JAMES HENRY MAN (1851 – 1888)

JAMES GRAHAM ADAM (1862 – 1951)


HARRY MORGAN STOE MAN  (1873 – 1936)


MORRICE LIONEL MAN (1877 – 1948)

GRAHAM EDWARD ADAM (1896 – 1917)

HUGH CASSON (1910 – 1999)

ANDREW MAN (1907 – 2000)

FRANK MAN (1914 – 1986)

MORGAN MAN (1916 – 1986)

MORRICE JAMES (1916 – 1989)

GORDON HUNTLEY MAN (1925 – 2008)

Gordon’s Recollections of 1947 – 1949

Lionel Garnet Man’s father in law ‘Purple Johnson’, art master at Charterhouse School, is remembered by Osbert Lancaster HERE.


In 1983 on the 200th anniversary of the company ED and F Man a book entitled ‘The House of Man’ was published.  Passages from that book and of direct concern to the Man family will be added here in parts here. An initial attempt at this oncerns mostly the relationship between the Man and Dumas families. (<— PDF)

A summary of the history of the MAN group founded by Edward Desborough and Frederick Man that appeared in the journal West Africa (2000) can be accessed HERE (<— two pages PDF). A listing of the name ‘Man’ appearing in London Directories can be found here (<– PDF).

The following items are written by or about persons who are related to the Man family via other families e.g. George Cumberland’s mother Elizabeth Balchen’s sister, Mary Balchen, married John Man.




WILLIAM BAKER (1742 -1785) (brother of Sarah Baker who married John Man (1749 – 1824))

Mary (May) Man married Randal Casson and were the parents of Hugh Casson. The Casson family was quite creative. We list here some of the publications by or about one or other member of this family.

  1. Paul Hale’s appreciation of Thomas Casson’s artistry as an organ builder
  2. Thomas Casson’s Reform in Organ Building: A lecture delivered to the Birmingham and Midlands music guild (1888);
  3. Thomas Casson’s Lecture on the pedal organ: Its history, design and control (1905)


The following material concerns the Matthews family.  In 1867 Katherine Jane Matthews (K. J. M.) married Edward Garnet Man.

Sarah Matthews, the eldest daughter of James Matthews, married Herbert Hancock and had five children among them Ernest La Touche Hancock (ELH). In 1877 ETH married a young lady (Charlotte Youlin) which earned him the approbation of his grandfather James Matthews (ELH’s parents died when he was quite young).  ELH left England for the USA in 1891 where he became a newspaper editor and writer of light verse and magazine articles some of which have been gathered below.  For more details on ELH and his family go to the Matthews family page.

  • Some light verses by La Touche Hancock that appeared in The New York Times
  • Same light verses that appeared in a variety of periodicals
  • Poets of Printing House Square
  • Some Humour of Homourists
  • American Caricature and Comic Art Parts One and Two
  • On Jokes in the Editor
  • The Budding Bard
  • Desultory Verse
  • Them as is, because: Verses  [New York] : Press Artists Association
  • Perchance : (the dream is o’er)  King, Robert A.; Hancock, La Touche, Publication: New York, NY : Century Music, 1906 Musical Score
  • Angel voices ever near by Kathleen Roberts and La Touche Hancock.  New York : Century Music Pub. Co., 1905. Musical Score
  • Sunbeams and shadows (Sonnen-strahlen und schatten)  Keiser, Robert A.; Hancock, La Touche: New York, NY Vandersloot Music Co. Musical Score
  • A plea for plagiarism … Hancock, La Touche, 1860-Publication:  1911 Article in  Caxton magazine. Pittsfield, Mass., 1911.
  • Other publications in alphabetical order include: An Anxious Amor in Blue Pencil Magazine Sep 1900;  A Man, a Matron, and a Monkey in Breezy Stories Jun 1922; At Christmas Time in Metropolitan Magazine Dec 1900; The Ch?????ing of the Years in The Cavalier Jul 19 1913; The Difference in Argosy All-Story Weekly Jun 24 1922; Dives and the Serpent in The Bellman Mar 4 1911; Exodus in The Cavalier Aug 2 1913; The Haunting Song in The Reflector Aug 1907; Hide and Seek in The Gray Goose Sep 1908; Inspiration in Blue Pencil Magazine Jul 1900; King of the Rail in The Railroad Man’s Magazine Oct 1906; Lover’s Lore in Brief Stories Sep 1922; Mental Conception in 10 Story Book Nov 1922; The Muse Upon the Mouth in The Cavalier Oct 4 1913; Nothing in The Gray Goose May 1909; One Touch of Nature (A Pastel), (vi) in Blue Pencil Magazine Sep 1900; Reciprocity in Snappy Stories Jan 18 1916; The Scar in 10 Story Book Nov 1922;  A Seashore Cocktail in The Cavalier Aug 16 1913; Sweet Sunset in The Reflector Aut 1907; There Were Others in Argosy All-Story Weekly Jan 28 1922; Those Two in Blue Pencil Magazine Sep 1900; Try It on the Dog in Blue Pencil Magazine Nov 1900; Why, Indeed in Argosy All-Story Weekly Jan 28 1922.


Although not a member of the Matthews family, he was James Matthews’ business partner for over twenty years. The following section is devoted to Grindlay.

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