Friday, July 15, 2011

Record of the Morehead Family, 1870, by Charles Robert Morehead

This gem was found among the papers belonging to Virginia Shumate Moran.  The cover isn't much to look at but the information this book contains is priceless for those of us who are into family history.  The Moran's are connected to the Morehead family via Lyman T. Gunn (one of the first dentist's in Nashville and a very interesting person in his own right) and his first wife, Caroline M. Morehead.  Lyman and Caroline had four sons and one daughter.  It was their daughter, Sophia Riley Gunn, who married John Williamson Moran.  

This history of the Morehead Family was published 1884 in Nashville, TN, and written by Charles  Robert Morehead.  At the time of the writing many of the people I am researching were still alive as was the case with Dr. Lyman T. Gunn.  C.R. Morehead even indicates that  Dr. Gunn's first wife Caroline Morehead had passed away and that he believed Dr. Gunn was living in Nashville with his second wife and they had no children.  There is no mention as to Caroline's cause of death but I believe it was related to the birth of her son Charles M. Gunn.  He was born in 1855 and she died in 1855 and dying in childbirth or because of puerpural (childbed) fever was a common occurrence.

In my research I have found that Caroline Morehead's mother was Mary (sometimes called Polly) Ann Hewitt Hooe.  At least that's the name I've seen on several sites and in other family trees.  However, Mr. Morehead says her name was Polly Ann Hewitt Hove and since the author was her son, I tend to believe that the name is Hove, not Hooe..  Now I just have to prove it. 

I've only skimmed the book and hope to have it scanned into pdf files so that the original document does not deteriorate any more than it already has.  Till that time we don't handle it very often.

Record of the Morehead Family by Charles Robert Morehead,
Leavenworth City, Kansas, 1870.

Preface page from the Morehead Family History.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Theatre Vendome, Tennessee Centennial 1897

I blogged previously about the Moran family and their involvement in the Tennessee Centennial.   Obviously they were very interested in the Centennial and had a good time because we found this four page flyer among the papers they kept.

The advertising flyer was printed by Gray Printing Co located at 317 N. Cherry St, Nashville, TN to promote Nashville businesses during the Tennessee Centennial which opened May 1st, 1897 and ran through November 1st, 1897.  Although the other pages are intact I couldn't get good scans of them so for now I give you the front page leading off with Nashville's Theatre Vendome which was built in 1887/1888 and had a seating capacity of 2000 with ticket prices ranging from 25 cents to $1.00.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Virginia Shumate Moran - La Belle Epoque, ca. 1910

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A beautiful moment in time captured forever.  In this picture Virginia S. Moran epitomizes the elegance, beauty, and fragility of La Belle Epoque, the Beautiful Age.
1888 - 1970

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

The Tennessee Centennial and Belmont College, 1897

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Education has always been important to the Moran family.  From the time they were little they were attending Mrs. Evans School in Dresden TN and then as they became teenagers the boys (Jimmie and Harrell Moran) were off to a school in Elkton KY and then The Webb Bell Buckle School in of course, Bell Buckle, TN.  The girls (Fannie, Ida, and Marion) attended Mrs. M.E. Clark's Select School for Young Ladies and Miss Price's School in Nashville, TN. They went on to attend Belmont College also located in Nashville.  At the time they were attending, the ladies were housed in the Belmont Mansion which had been divided up into dormitory rooms.

The Tennessee Centennial and International Exposition took place in 1897 and there was a special pavilion just for showcasing the contributions and achievements of Tennessee women.  Among those who attended and took part in the Centennial were Fannie and Ida Moran. Fannie contributed works of poetry and writing while Ida participated in Belmont Day at the Centennial by participating in a musical recital.  She performed two solo piano pieces.

This letter from Ann Snyder (Chairman Library Cmte, Women's Board Tennessee Centennial)
was sent to Sue Mooney in Dresden, TN.  Mrs. Mooney was the principal at the Dresden Academy
where Fanny Moran was teaching. The Committee is requesting Mrs. Mooney to submit
books and other works of writing for inclusion at the Exposition. 

This is the programme from Tennessee Centennial for the musical
concert performed by students of Belmont College, May 21, 1897.
Pg. 2 of the programme.  I've underlined Ida Moran's name in red.

Page 3 of the programme.

On the back is a song called Belmont Days.  I'm assuming
it was the Alma Mater for Belmont College.

This is the cover from the Centennial Souvenir book Tennessee Centennial Poems,
written by Annie Somers Gilchrist, 1897.

This is another item from the Tennessee Centennial.  A recital
program for Miss Neva Sharon Stuart, another student from
Belmont College, School of Music.

Sunday, July 10, 2011

The Baum's of Denver Colorado

Updated March 12, 2014

Serendipity strikes again.  Yesterday part of the Martha Belle Shumate puzzle literally dropped at my feet.  While reaching for something else I accidentally knocked Ria Moran's address book to the floor.  As I stooped to pick up the items that fell out I noticed a piece of paper that said "Harry L. Baum Jr_ Mrs. Leslie Prior (Martha Belle) Denver Colorado.  I realized that Martha had remarried, a fact I had not known till that moment! Martha's second husband was Leslie Richard Prior.  I plan to do a separate blog entry once I have more information regarding the Prior family.  I still haven't found where Martha is buried but am hoping to hear from Fairmount Cemetery in the next few days in the hope that she and Leslie Prior are there. Updated at 12:45pm, Fairmount has no record of Martha or her husband Leslie.  The search continues.

Here is the original post with Baum/Shumate information.
We don't know a lot about the Harry Lester Baum family at this point but they certainly make for interesting research.  Here's what we know so far:

Harry L. Baum was born in 1887 in Illinois.  He later moved to Denver CO where he became a successful nose and throat doctor.  He was also Grand Master of the Colorado Masonic Grand Lodge in 1938 and he enjoyed writing Masonic plays. He is in the list of Famous Freemasons under the Initial List of 33rd Degree Masons.

He was married twice. First he was married to a woman named Martha Belle Shumate.  Martha was the youngest daughter of Quincy and Lou Shumate and was born in 1891 either in Kentucky or Tennessee. Martha was Virginia Shumate Moran's cousin, but they were more like sisters because after the death of Virginia's father, Nathan M. Shumate, her Uncle Quincy took her and her two sisters into his home and raised them as his own daughters. 

This picture was taken at Prestel Portraits in Denver, CO.  The Baum family
were the only Moran relatives in Colorado at that time.  This
is Martha Belle Shumate Baum. This photo, long hidden away, hangs
on our family photo wall.
Harry and Martha were married Tuesday, December 14th, 1915, in Denver Colorado.  Here are the couple on a hike.  On the back of the photo Martha, or maybe Harry, wrote: "On our climb of 13,000 ft this is about 12,000 ft elev. We had to rest about every ten steps."

Dr. Harry L. Baum and Martha Belle Shumate hiking in Colorado.

We know that Harry and Martha had at least two children: Harry Jr and Martha (Marty).  Harry had another son with his second wife Ellen Noreen Schryver.  His  name was William Sutton Baum (1939-1987).  Martha Belle and Virginia visited each other and here is a picture of them ca. 1919 with some of the children.

Here is Harry Sr with Harry Jr and we think that is Marty.
We aren't sure what happened to Harry and Martha's marriage but Colorado Court records show that they filed for divorce in 1936.   In January 1937, he married his second wife Ellen N. Schryver who I believe was born in 1908.  If that date is correct then Ellen would've been 29 and Harry 49 at the time of their marriage.

Records seem to indicate that Martha stayed in Denver after the divorce.  We haven't been able to find out when Martha Belle Shumate Baum passed away but we do know that Harry L. Baum Sr. died at the age of 63 from a heart attack in March 1951.

Obituary for Dr. Harry Lester Baum

 The search goes on to find out more about Harry and Martha Baum.