Friday, September 30, 2011

Francis (Fanny) Ann Morehead, 1838-1859, Missouri

Fanny Morehead Belles

Fanny Ann Morehead was the daughter of Charles Robert Morehead (1800-1880) and Francis Fannie Warder (1804-1843).  Her father, Charles Robert Morehead was the brother of Caroline Morehead, the wife of Lyman Taft Gunn.  Their daughter Sophia Riley Gunn married John Williamson Moran and that is the family connection to the Morans. Fanny Morehead is also one of the many grandchildren of Turner Morehead.  In addition, Charles Robert Morehead wrote a history of the Morehead family.

Fanny Morehead married Gill E. Belles October 14, 1858 in Lafayette County, Missouri.  She died July 24, 1859, nine months after the wedding.  It's speculation on my part but I think it's very possible she died in childbirth or had complications with a pregnancy and that she and the child did not survive.    

Gill Belles took a second wife in 1862 named Marinda.  They had four children: Hattie, Fannie (a nod to his first wife?), Eudore, and Tarlton.  Gill died in 1902 and Marinda followed him in 1908.

Monday, September 26, 2011

From Murder in the Second Degree to Innocent...John Sidney Irvine, 1885

This entry into the genealogy blog started off completely different from where it ended up.  I scanned the images of John Sidney "Sid" Irvine and his wife, Blanche Boulware.   Sid was born in Dresden, TN August 1862. His parents were Benjamin Dabney Irvine and Agnes Moran.  He was the third born in a group of nine children.  Census records show him living in Dresden TN till 1880.  He moved to Bowie Texas soon after 1880.  I haven't been able to find out who Blanche's parents are but then I've only been searching for about 9 hours!  She was born in Texas about 1870.  By the 1900 census she and Sid have two sons, Sidney (b. 1891) and Harry Clinton Irvine (b. 1897). Blanche and Sid married sometime between 1880 and 1890.   

Blanche Boulware Irvine
b. abt 1870 - d. Dec 13 1939
That was basically going to be the blog entry today but I thought no, let me do a bit of searching to see if I can come up with something else.  And I did. 

It seems that Sid and his brother Thomas "Tom" E. Irvine ran into a bit of trouble while living in Bowie Texas.  Tom, one of Sid's older brothers, owned a Furniture business and Sid was working with him in the business.  It appears there was an incident between the Irvine brothers and a local attorney named J.W. Kerr.  According to Tom, Mr. Kerr was trying to collect money on debts before they were due and that he, Tom, would not pay them until they were due.

Tom confronted Mr. Kerr on July 1, 1885.  His brother Sid was not there at the confrontation.  On July 2, about 5 or 6pm Tom and Kerr were arguing again.  This time Sid was there but according to witnesses he did not have a gun.  Tom and Kerr had the guns and they started shooting.  At some point in the fracas Sid hit Kerr with a board and held him.  Tom approached and shot Kerr.  Kerr lingered through the evening and died of his wounds around 10pm that night.  In addition C.W. Easley was injured during the shooting when a bullet went through his right hand which may have required the amputation of his thumb according to newspaper sources.

Tom fled immediately and avoided arrest.  I have not located if Tom was ever brought to justice in Texas.  I do know he went back to Tennessee.  In 1894 he married Mettie May Gardner and had a daughter, Annie A. Irvine.  He remained in Weakley County until his death October 20, 1918. His occupation, according to the death certificate, was "decorator."  He died from stab wounds that became infected and his death was ruled a homicide.  I'm sure there must be an interesting story there!  He's interred at Sunset Cemetery in Dresden.

Sid was arrested immediately.  Over the next four years he went through four trials.  The first trial found him guilty of second degree murder and he was sentenced to five years in the penitentiary.  He appealed.  The second trial found him guilty of manslaughter and he was sentenced to two years in the penitentiary.  He appealed.  The third trial ended in a hung jury.  The fourth trial the jury found him not guilty.  Sid remained in Bowie till his death in 1927.

If you are interested in more about the case of Sid and Tom Irvine be sure and read Irvine vs the State of Texas.

John Sidney "Sid" Irvine
b. Aug. 1862 - d. 1927

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Cecile V. Scott and Sallie Farrar Scott, 1885 Dresden TN

We have quite a few pictures of people.  Some will never be identified, some have names and still are a mystery to us.  That was the case for the picture labeled Cecile and Farrar Scott.  We know the Scott family is related and have talked about it many times in this blog but we had no idea how Cecile and Farrar fit into the genealogy pool.  Till today.
Cecile, the older sister, is standing behind her younger sister Farrar.

Cecile and Farrar Scott were the daughters of Stephen P. Scott and Catherine (Kitty) Ruth Taylor. Cecile was born in August 2, 1871 in Weakley County Tennessee.  She was the oldest of three children.  Cecile married Robert D. Hart in 1888, Dresden TN.  They had a daughter, Cecile Scott Hart born abt 1889. Cecile V. Scott Hart died July 11, 1931 in Waverly TN.  She and her husband are buried Sunset Cemetery.

Farrar Scott was the middle child, born February 18, 1873.  She married Robert G. Stanley in Dresden on December 6, 1894.  They had two children, Carey Stanley and Granville David Stanley. At the time of the 1900 census they were living in Nashville.  The 1910 census has them living in Memphis.  Robert Stanley died sometime between the 1910 and 1920 census because Farrar is listed in the 1920 census as a widow. She died October 6, 1969.  She and her son Granville are buried at Sunset Cemetery in Dresden, TN.

Cecile and Farrar had a younger brother named Stephen P. Scott.  He was born in 1876.  He married a woman named Grace and together they had two sons, William and Jack Scott.  Stephen died in Galveston TX in 1934.

Cecile and Farrar's father, Stephen P. Scott, was the half-brother of Rufus Franklin Scott.  Rufus married Mary Helen Scott Moran and that is the connection between us and this branch of the Scott family.