Manor, Texas

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Manor (pronounced /ˈmeɪnər/) is a city in Travis County, Texas, United States. It is part of the Austin-Round Rock metropolitan area. The population was 1,204 at the 2000 census; it was 1,877 in the 2005 census estimate. The approximate population for the City of Manor is 5,500, which is calculated from the number of utility service connections. Manor was so named in 1872 after the town's original Postmaster James Manor.

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History

In the rich soil of the blackland prairie, just a dozen miles from the state capitol, lies the City of Manor.

The city was named for James B. Manor, who was born in 1804 and was one the earliest settlers of Travis County. His family had known Sam Houston for many years back in Tennessee and in 1832 Manor came with Houston to Texas. In 1836 Manor settled on Gilleland Creek just west of present day downtown Manor while Texas was in its earliest days of the Republic. He cleared the land and constructed a log home on the east bank. Soon after, E.D. Townes constructed the second home in the area on the opposite bank. In 1842, Manor constructed a two story frame home retaining the cabin at the rear of the house as the kitchen. That house served as the first stage stop out of Austin and as a post office when stage service from Austin to Houston was shifted through the area in 1857. Sam Houston and James Manor remained lifelong friends and Houston was often a visitor in the Manor home.

The first settlers to the Manor area included Eggleston D. Townes father of Judge John Charles Townes, former Dean of the Law School of the University of Texas, Judge N.A. Rector, W.A. and A.C. Hill, J.I. Haynes, A.F., W.M. and J. Boyce, Dave Eppright, Sterling Chamberlain, W.L. Shipp, W.G. Howser, and Joe Bill, Sam and Walter Vaughn. Along with Reuben Hornsby, JosiahWilbarger, James Gilleland, Noah Smithwick and John Webber these families comprise the core of the early settlers of eastern Travis County.

A school for boys began operation northwest of the present Manor High School complex in 1854 and was followed in 1858 by a school for girls near the present Manor Elementary School. Land for the latter school was given by James Manor to help assure a proper education for his daughters. The school was initially called Parson’s Female Seminary in honor of Silas Parsons a primary contributor to the school. A Masonic Lodge was organized about the same time and occupied the second floor of the school. The boy’s school closed in 1861 during the Civil War but boys were eventually admitted to the seminary and it came to be called Parsons Seminary and eventually Parsons Academy. It continued to serve both boys and girls as one of the leading private educational institutions in the area until the day of the public school system and was deeded to the Manor Public School in 1890.

“Manor is beautifully situated, surrounded by considerable material wealth. It is remarkably free from evil influences; no bad places of resort, no vicious element. These advantages cannot be overestimated...” Manor Parsons Seminary Report for 1888-1889 (Austin History Center)

In 1854 the Methodist Church was organized, first meeting at the boy’s school and in 1857 moving to Parson’s Seminary. A post office was reestablished in the Manor home in 1859 under the name of Grassdale with James Manor again serving as Post Master but it was discontinued during the Civil War when the stage line route shifted its route through Hornsby Bend. Again in 1867, a post office operated out of the Manor home this time being couriered by horseback. This post office operated under the name of Gregg.

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