Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Moran - Shumate Wedding Articles in The Tennessean, November 1911

James Henderson Moran III and Virginia Shumate were married on November 22, 1911, in Newbern TN. This is the shower and wedding announcement as it was reported in The Tennessean. These clippings were among the papers from Virginia Shumate Moran's desk in Dresden, TN.

Shower for Bride-Elect

(Written for last week's Tennessean) 
  An unusually charming occasion was the miscellaneous shower given by Mrs. Louis G. Norvell Friday,November 17, in honor of Miss Virginia Shumate whose marriage to Mr. James
Moran, of Dresden, Tenn., will be the notable even in social circles on Wednesday, November 22.

  A gracious welcome was extended to the guests by Mrs. Norvell who was lovely in white media elaborately hand-embroidered in lavender. 

 The honoree was beautiful in a handsome gown of lavender broadcloth.
 The hostess was assisted in receiving by Miss Martha Belle Shumate.  In blue crepe-de-chene, Miss Olive Fields of  Dyersburg, in hand-embroidered media with trimmings of real lace, and Miss Grace Shelton, of Covington, in white

  The entire lower floor was thrown together, and the attractive decorations, carrying out the color motif of  green and white were artistically arranged.  

  After Mrs. E. Marion Clerc had pres- ented each guest with a daintily hand-painted score card they were invited 

into the beautiful dining room where Mrs. Franklin Grisham, in her usual charming manner, served punch.

  Rook was played, and upon compario-son of scores, Mesdames William L. Cawthon and Alfred Williams were highest for the drawing.  Mrs. Williams was successful in receiving the ex-quisite cut glass vase.

  Intense interest was manifested when the bride-elect started in her search  for the many and handsome gifts showered upon her by her friends.

  Mrs. Norvell made a unique feature in this part of the entertainment by forming an immense spider net of green

ribbon - each ribbon led to the hiding place of some gift.

  The Misses Dickey charmingly assisted their sister, Mrs. Morvell, in serving a daintily appointed two-course luncheon in which the color scheme of green and white was attractively used.

  The favors were water lilies filled with rice, the latter being used as a farewell shower upon the honoree.

  The invited guests numbered sixty. This shower was pronounced one of  the most elaborate as well as one of the most enjoyable social functions ever given in Newbern. 


  On Wednesday evening November 22nd at 7 o'clock in the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, before a brilliant assemblage, Miss Virginia Shumate of this city was united in marriage to Mr. Jas. H. Moran, of Dresden, Tenn.  Never has Newbern seen a prettier wedding. The chancel was a veritable bank of  ferns, palms and hot house flowers,  the decorations being simple, yet artistic.

  The doors of the church were thrown open to the invited guests at 6 o'clock and long before the hour set for the wedding the church was crowded and large numbers were unable to gain admission.

  While awaiting the arrival of the wedding party Miss Annie Lee Hamilton, accompanied on the piano by Mrs. Wm. A. Shibley sang a favorite selection of the bride, "oh Fair, Oh Sweet, Oh Holy." Mrs. Shibley presiding at the organ rendered the wedding march and the music during the ceremony. 

  To the strains of Mendelssohn's the bridal party entered the church. The ushers, L.W. Hughes of Memphis, and Wm. A. Shibley entered on the left while C E. Dickey, of Wynne, Ark., and John M. Drane came in on the right. The Bridesmaids, Miss Grace Shelton, of Covington, Tenn., and Miss Olive Fields, of Dyersburg, both lovely in white satin with draperies of chiffon ?n???ce, and empire sashes of green,  each carrying maiden hair ferns tied with spangled green tulle, came next with N.B. Gentry and Harry Jones, of Dresden. The Maid of Honor, Miss Martha Belle Shumate, in green and white crepe meteor, combined with gold cloth, and carrying Killarney roses, never appeared to better advantage or looked prettier than on this occasion. She entered with Dr. Mayo, of Dresden. 

  The bride in her gown of Duchess Satin paneled with Venetian lace, veil caught with Lilies of the Valley, and bearing in her arms a magnificent bouquet of roses and orchids, showered with Valley Lilies was radiant and beautiful. The Bride was accompanied by her Matron of Honor, Mrs. J. V.  Thomas, who was regal and charming in her creation of white messaline with overdress of silver embroidered chiffon and garniture of pearls and carrying a sheath bouquet of white roses. 

  The groom with his Best Man, Mr Harold (sic) Moran, came from the vestry entrance and met the Bride at the altar, where Rev. J.H. Thomas, using the beautiful and impressive ring ceremony, united them in marriage. 

  After the wedding an informal reception was had at the home of Mr. Q. Shumate. Among the out of town guests at the wedding and reception were Hon. and Mrs. F.J. Garrett, Harold (sic) Moran, Harry Jones, Dr. Mayo and Mr. Thomason of Dresden, Mr. and Mrs. Cobb and daughter, of Union City, Mrs. Belle Williams of Hickman, Ky., C.P. Shumate and wife, A.M. Tyler and wife of Hickman, KY., Mr. and Mrs. J. V. Thomas, of Paducah, Ky., Mr. and Mrs. E.C. Newman of Memphis, L.W. Hughes, of Memphis and C.F. Dickey of Wynne, Ark. 

  Mr. and Mrs. Moran were the recipients of many beautiful and costly gifts, attesting the high esteem in which the young couple are held by the army of friends. The Groom's gift to his Bride was a beautiful diamond pendant, while the gift of the Groom's father was a chest of silver. 

  Mr. and Mrs. Moran took passage on an evening train for New Orleans and other points South where they will spend several weeks, after which they will be at home in Dresden. The Bride's going away gown was gray, with hat and accessories to match. 

  Mrs. Moran was one of Newbern's prettiest and most charming girls and will be greatly missed in the social life of our city. However, what is Newbern's loss is Dresden's gain. 

  Mr. Moran is a banker of Dresden and stands high socially, and in the business world of his home town. 

  The Tennessean extends to the happy twain its warmest congratulations and wishes for them a long, happy and prosperous married life.


  1. On Louise Shumate, Virginia and Maybelle younger sister She got married to a Joseph Durway in Fort Worth, Texas. Louise died of Pellagra in Fort Worth Texas on 12/3/1921. She married Joseph Durway in June 1909. Her name was spelled Dunlap on her death certificate but Joseph Durway signed it and her parents are listed on the death certificate. She died in Fort Worth, Texas Tarrant county

    1. Hi Joyce, I don't know if you ever saw my blog post on Louise but here is the link if you're interested. http://moranfamilytn.blogspot.com/2012/04/last-shumate-sister-louise-shumate.html I also added an update to indicate when she married Joseph Durway.