Saturday, September 23, 2017

Moran Brothers Sell Big Farm, 1918

Moran Bros. Sell Big Farm
Messrs. Harrell and James Moran sold their farm, near Greenfield this week to Messrs. Blue and Will Irvine.  The farm consists of 238 acres, all fine second bottom land, and is considered one of the best tracts of land in the entire county.

Source: Dresden Enterprise & Sharon Tribune
Nov. 15, 1918

Will and Blue Irvine are our 1st cousins twice removed.  Their mother, Agnes M. Moran, was a sister of John W. Moran.  She married Benjamin D. Irvine.








Tuesday, June 20, 2017

They Promote Planting To Prosper, 1938

We recently attended the estate of Lillian Ezzell Dobson Dunavant in Memphis.  Lillian is a great-grandchild of John Williamson Moran making her and Kent 2nd cousins. We purchased several items related to the shared family history including two boxes of newspaper clippings, letters and other ephemera.

The first packet of clippings just happened to include articles that mention Uncle Brud, aka Charles H. Moran.  I thought that was a great place to begin scanning and sharing the information from the Dunavant estate.


"Plans for bigger and better participation in the 1938 Plant To Prosper contest by Weakley County farmers were outlined at Dresden, Tenn., this week by the county committee; Members are (left to right) Charles H. Moran, banker; Claude H. Hilliard and Reuben E. Ellis, county agent."

Friday, January 20, 2017

Destructive Fire in Dresden Tenn 1868

The following article first appeared in the Hickman Courier on November 28, 1868.  It seems that John Moran's home was damaged in the amount of $2,800. His brother-in-law, B.D. Irvine suffered damages in the amount of $2,500 and cousin Robert M. Irvine suffered $3,000 in damages.

Destructive Fire--A destructive fire occurred in Dresden, Tenn., on Tuesday morning last, totally destroying the West-side of the public square.  The loss is estimated at $50,000.  It was the work of an incendiary and originated between Meadows' store and an old doctor's shop, used by him as a warehouse.  The following is an estimate of the losses incurred:  S. M. White, dealer in dry goods; J.M. Meadows, dealer in dry goods, $4,000; James Lumkins, grocery merchant, from $500 to $1000. Mr Lumpkins succeeded in saving most of his stock.  B.D. Irvine, owner of one of the buldings, $2,500; Jesee Givvs, owner of house an elegantly furnished saloon, $2,500; McKennan & Yates, $500; John Moran, owner of a house, $2,800; Gleason's two brick offices, occupied by Zachery, harness-maker, $300, and Archer, dealer in jewelry, $1,750.  Heirs of Jas. Summers,house on the south-west corner of the Square, $2,500.  Robert M. Irvine, house, $3,000.  J.A. Prestwood, $150. There was very little insurance on the buildings.