MANNING, GEORGE FELIX "DOC" - Coconino County, Arizona | GEORGE FELIX "DOC" MANNING - Arizona Gravestone Photos

George Felix "Doc" MANNING

Citizens Cemetery
Coconino County,

b. Oct 27, 1837, Mobile, Ala.
d. March 9, 1925, Flagstaff, Az.
COD: Influenza
h/o Sarah Ellen (Alexander) Manning
s/o Payton T. & Virginia Manning
Occ: Physician

Doc was born October 27, 1837 in Mobile Alabama and studied medicine at the University of Alabama and in Paris, France.

At the outset of the Civil War he returned and, with his brothers, joined the Confederate Army as a lieutenant under General Joe Wheeler. He and his three brothers vowed they would not shave until the south was victorious. They kept their vow and died with their beards.

After the war the brothers joined other Confederates in exile in Mexico. He eventually settled in Bolton, Texas where he married Sarah. He moved to Giddings, Texas and started a medical practice.

He was a scrappy little fellow and became involved in a knife fight with a fellow doctor and both were severally injured but survived.

His most famous battle occurred after he moved to El Paso and opened a saloon with his brothers. A feud developed between the brothers and city marshal Dallas Stoudemire who suspected the family of plotting to kill him.

On September 18, 1882, Doc and Stoudemire, now a deputy U.S. Marshal, engaged each other. Stoudemire was shot twice in the chest but managed to shoot Doc in the right arm. Doc lost his gun and as small as he was, engaged Stoudemire in a wrestling match.

Brother Jim Manning entered the saloon, saw the fight and Stoudemire with a gun, and shot Stoudemire behind the left ear. The Mannings were acquitted of murder charges.

Doc moved to Flagstaff and became a respected physician, but his right arm was virtually useless.

He died in Flagstaff on March 9, 1925.

Contributed on 3/12/09 by goldwing.traveler
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Record #: 66372

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Submitted: 3/12/09 • Approved: 3/12/09 • Last Updated: 10/22/12 • R66372-G66371

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