Hi, although I do not have any information on my Manley ancestors regarding the circus era I would like to confirm that after purchasing the birth certificates for Walter Reuben Manley and George Benjamin Manley I know now that they are brothers to Charles Edward Manley b1845 (cert purchased) and that they are all children from William Manley and
Ann Duke. I would love to see any photographs anybody might have of the circus days - my Gggrandfather was Charles, he married
Sarah Trower, had my great-grandfather Charles Edward Manley, who was aged 8 on the 1881 census, where his father is listed as being a Showman (performer) with Show - so he must have been doing something!! I look forward to hearing back from some of the distant Manley relatives!