Saturday, October 22, 2011

More Old Pictures. Really?

On a recent trip to the family home we were surprised, and overwhelmed, by this treasure trove of pictures from the attic.  We thought we had already found all of the old pictures and documents but several trunks proved us wrong.  I found 100 -150 images in the bottom of a built in wooden crate.  We found a mostly empty footlocker and began transferring them from the dark dank wooden crate so we could transport them back to our home.  The task of documenting, scanning, and trying to identify people just increased...again.

So much stuff, so little time.

In addition to pictures we also found hair ornaments, keys, letters,  and a possible
pre-civil war set of eyeglasses with a "tombstone" case.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Shumate Family Home, Rockcastle County Kentucky, 1885

Shumate Family home near Brodhead, Rockcastle County, Kentucky.
Transcription from the back: My Ky Home where I
was born (Rockcastle Co.)
On highway, 4 miles
from Mt Vernon and
2 miles from Broadhead (sic)
9 miles from Crab Orchard.
May 15, 1885 - May Belle Shumate
(Now Maibelle S. Harris Ft Worth Tex. Feb 4, 1955)
This is the family home of Nathan M. Shumate (1859-1899), his wife Margaret (Maggie) Jane Adams (1866-1896) and their three daughters May Belle, Virginia, and Louise.  Nathan and Maggie were married July 2, 1884 in Rockcastle County, Kentucky.

May Belle was born March 15, 1885.  She married Newton Temple Harris Sr. and they lived in Tarrant County Texas and had five children of their own.  May Belle changed the spelling of her name to Maibelle.  Maibelle died June 14, 1960.

Virginia was born January 10, 1888.  She married James Henderson Moran III and they lived in Dresden Tennessee at the Moran family home.  They had three children: James Henderson Moran IV, Nathan Harrell Moran and Marion Louise Moran.

Louise was born about August 1891.  The last time she appears in the census is 1900 when she and her sisters were living with their uncle Quincy Shumate in Newbern Tennessee.

There is a house on Old Brodhead Rd that looks like it could possibly be the old Shumate home.  Of course the second story porch is missing and it's been enclosed on the first floor but there are enough similarities that it could be the house.  And if it isn't, it's a very good representation of the Shumate home.