I don't envy you that one, I have similar problems with mariner ancestors.
Do you know what regiment Charles was in and where it was during the Napoleonic wars? The
marriage could even have been abroad. Soldiers often married daughters or widows of their
brothers in arms.
A Charles Manning born Wolverhampton served in the 14th Dragoons and the 8th Dragoons, is
If this is your wife's ancestor, you may be interested in the following which came up
when I googled 14th Dragoons.
They were in Ireland from 1816 so you could try looking in Irish records. In 1819 they
sailed to Liverpool and marched to Canterbury and then to Brighton in 1821 for a year.
They then moved to Coventry, Dorchester and Exeter and back to Ireland in 1825.
You could try investigating all the other Mannings resident in the neighbourhood where
your ancestor is living. Families did often live in close proximity. Check out
marriage witnesses where known (who witnessed George's marriage for instance?).
Sometimes you can find siblings or brothers-in-law etc. acting as witnesses. I also
noticed that George has an orphan Bridget Aden aged 12 living with him in 1851. Have you
traced her through the censuses, I haven't had much luck. Bridget Hayden possibly?
From : mjhulme(a)hotmail.com
Date : 18/03/2017 - 11:31 (GMTST)
To : devon(a)rootsweb.com
Subject : Re: [DEV] Marriage 18 Apr 1816 at Coldridge, Devon
Thank you very much for that information which I think just about rules
this family out as the family I am looking for.
Charles MANNING was living in Wolverhampton in 1851 - he was a Chelsea
(out) Pensioner. Their son was born in King's Lynn, Norfolk in 1820
because father happened to be there with the army at the time. This is
my problem, I have no idea where they might have been at the time they
married. A further complication is that Mary died in 1838 so I have no
way of knowing where she was born.