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Note: ill section of Northern Moore County NC. In a time and place when doctors were few and far between Elias filled a necessary niche. He took on the role of a local doctor being referred to often as Dr. Elias. though he never had any formal training he seemed to possess the most essential quality required of any physician and that was the gift of 'caring'. Many nights neighbors awakened him to come and tend to an ailing loved one. With his bag of herbs in-hand he crawled bestraddle his ol' mule and forded the chilly waters of Deep River in hopes of bringing relief to another suffering soul! They say he was the best to be had for curing pneumonia. He also battled typhoid-whooping cough-dysentery and just about every affliction known to man. Having been exposed to so many ailments it is a miracle he survived. I suspect God knows who amongst us is truly indispensable. Elias Maness and Eli Moffitt were about the same age. Yet life had taken them down totally different roads. Eli had become a successful businessman while Elias remained a poor dirt farmer. Eli Moffitt died on a cold January day in 1886. Elias Maness attended his burial. As they lowered Eli's body into the grave Elias is quoted as having commented "Well I guess Eli and me we's finally even. I ain't never had nothin' and now Eli ain't got nothin' either. I suspect that makes up pret'-near even". Folks of Upper Moore County shall forever be indebted to the unselfish nature of Dr. Elias Maness. He brought hope where otherwise there was none. He sacrificed his time and efforts to alleviating human misery and suffering. His only reward was knowing he done the best he could do.
Note: Elias Maness lived near the old Luther Kennedy place in the Howard's M
Note: This source notes: Elias was born circa 1819 in Moore County NC. Elias was a country doctor and lived at the Luther Kennedy place near Howard's Mill or Noise N.C. as it was called then. He was considered one of the best when it came to dealing with pneumonia. He served as a Justice of The Peace and was Capt. in Moore County's 51st Militia 13th Brigade Dist. No. 16 29 Apr. 1862. "North Carolina Confederate Militia Officer Roster" Edited by Stephen E. Bradley Jr. Broadfoot Publishing Co. 1992. He also was in the 3rd Regiment of the N.C. Home Guard during the Civil War, as revealed by a letter he sent home to his brother John Maness in 1864. A letter home from Elias Maness to his brother John Maness dated 26 Nov 1864 from a camp near Kinston N.C. reveals that Elias was in the 3rd Regiment of The N.C. Home Guard during the Civil War.
Note: r his son in the Smyrna Church Cemetery. In 2001 a government marker was obtained for Elias Maness commemorating his service to the Confederacy during the Civil War. It was placed beside his son Thomas Wesley Maness 1852-1920 in the Smyrna Church Cemetery.
Note: Elias died about 1890 and is presumed buried in an unmarked grave nea