from Kentucky – A History of the State, by Perrin, 1887
Jessamine County, Kentucky
John G. Manuel was born in Fayette County, Kentucky, June 15, 1817, and is a son of William and Starling (Cameron) Manuel, natives of Fayette and Scott Counties respectively. His grandfather, Manuel, came from Germany, and his grandfather, Cameron, was probably from Scotland. William Manuel was drafted in the War of 1812, but was able to supply a substitute. John G. Manuel removed from Fayette to Woodford County at the age of fifteen, remained with his mother on the farm until seventeen, and was then apprenticed to Thomas Dean, a tailor of Versailles. He worked as a journeyman until 1848, when he entered business for himself, but abandoned it in 1852, and engaged in merchandising in Mortonsville until 1878, when he sold out to his son, William F. He is a member of the Methodist Church, and was married, April 6, 1846, to Elizabeth Booth, a native of Woodford County, and daughter of Frederick Booth, of Virginia. Mrs. Manuel died July 8, 1885, a member of the Baptist church, leaving two children: Josephine and William F. The latter was born August 20, 1852, and was married April 3, 1878, to Mattie G. Bohon, succeeded to his father’s business the same year, and was appointed postmaster of Mortonsville. With his wife, he is a member of the Baptist Church.