Friday, October 28, 2011

Maibelle Shumate Harris, Mother's Day 1952

May Belle Shumate was born in Rockcastle County Kentucky in 1885.  She was the firstborn of Nathan M. Shumate and Margaret (Maggie) Adams.   Her mother died in 1896 and her father followed her in 1899.  After the death of her parents, she and her sisters, Virginia and Louise, lived with their uncle Quincy Shumate and family in Newbern Tennessee.  She married Newton Temple Harris of Tarrant County Texas and changed the spelling of her name to Maibelle.  She and Temple had five children.

This picture was taken on Mother's day 1952.  Maibelle must've been remembering her own mother and father on this date because she wrote the following on the back of the picture:

"This vase, one of a pair my father, Nathan M. Shumate, gave my mother Margaret Adams before they were married in Mt. Vernon Kentucky, 1882.  This picture taken Mothers Day May 1952, Maibelle Shumate Harris, Ft. Worth, Tex."

Maibelle Shumate Harris died of colon cancer June 14, 1960.

Maibelle Shumate Harris
Mothers Day 1952
Handwritten note by Maibelle on the back of the picture.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Orlean Scott - 4 months old, 1893

We came across another picture of Orlean Scott, one of the Scott cousins from Gainesville, Texas.  The first image we found of Orlean she was 6 years old.  This one is a baby picture taken December 1, 1893 and was sent to Fannie Moran, just like the first one was. Orlean was born in 1893 and died in 1979.  The Moran children called her "Annie Orlean."  My husband explained that  "Annie" is really a corruption of "Auntie" and they called one of their Irvine aunts "Annie Ir."  Pronounce the Ir the same as Irvine but without the "vine."

I don't know what Orlean looked like as an adult but she was cute as a bug when she was 6 months old!

Orlean Scott, 4 months old

To Cousin Fannie from
Little Orlean Scott
Taken Dec 1st 1893
age four months

Monday, October 24, 2011

Marion Agnes Moran, circa 1886/87

Marion Agnes Moran was the youngest child of John W. Moran and Sophia Riley Gunn.  She was born in 1885 in Dresden Tennessee.   This picture was taken about 1886/87 and the notation at the bottom says "Marion, To Grandpa with a Kiss."  Take note on the right side of the picture and you'll see an arm reaching across the back of the chair most likely holding Marion by the dress so she doesn't tumble out of the chair!

The Grandpa note would be referring to Lyman Taft Gunn, her maternal grandfather because her paternal grandfather, James Henderson Moran, passed away in 1843.  Lyman Gunn was born in Massachusetts and was a prominent dentist in Nashville.  Many of the Gunn's are buried in Nashville's City Cemetery although most of the headstones are missing.  Lyman Gunn and his second wife, Mary Ann Hall, were living in the Moran home in Dresden at the time of his death.  After his death Mary Ann Gunn moved to Boston and is buried in Forest Hills Cemetery in Suffolk County Massachusetts.  Lyman passed away in 1890, just a few short years after this photo was taken and is buried in Nashville's City Cemetery.

I've posted the photo as we found it but I also did some touch up work to get rid of some of the black spots and stains that are on the original and I've included the "after" image as well.

Picture as it was found Oct, 2011.

Marion, To Grandpa with a kiss.

Photo touched up a bit.

Moran Crazy Quilt

It's in terrible condition.  The backing is gone, there are holes in it, and the silk is falling apart but it's what we have of a crazy quilt that was most likely stitched together by Fannie, Ida and Marion Moran, late 1890's.  The colors are still amazing.  I was hoping to find some embroidered initials and maybe a date but so far no luck.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Moran Trivia, '95....1895 that is.

"Begun laying the foundation for the new house on Friday Aug 30 '95"  From Fannie Moran's Little Red Notebook.   Please note that the '95 refers to 1895 and that the "new house" isn't so new anymore but it is still standing and would always be known as "Moran Place".

Barr None

We don't know if the Barr's were just very good friends of the Moran's or if they have a family connection to us.  What we do know is that the Barr's were important to the Moran's because we have several pictures of them starting with a photo of the Barr children, Bessie and Hugh Jr., along with Marion Moran taken about 1886.  

We also can discern from the census records that the Barr's had a deep and abiding affection for each other because with very few exceptions, this family of four lived together throughout their lives and were interred beside each other.  One other interesting note, I can't verify whether the name is Henry Hugh or Hugh Henry. Both father and son were called Hugh.  On Hugh Sr.'s death certificate his name is listed as Henry Hugh Barr.  On Hugh Jr.'s death certificate his first name is listed as Hugh, there is a -- where the middle name would be and of course his last name is Barr.

Here is a picture of Henry Hugh Barr Sr.  His father Finley M. Barr, came from North Carolina and his mother, Arrilla Nix, was born in South Carolina. Henry was born in Tennessee.  He had an older sister named Louise Barr.  I don't know the exact order of his life but I do know he attended law school because there are entries in the Dresden Enterprise indicating that he was a local attorney. In addition, he is listed on the Board of Directors for the newly formed Dresden Bank.  Sometime in the mid-late 1870's Hugh was living in New York and that's where I suspect he met Leonora Shannon.  They married in 1878 per the census records. They came back to Dresden and in the 1880 census are listed with a four month old baby girl named Mary.  I believe that daughter did not live very long.
Henry Hugh Barr Sr.
Dec. 16, 1849-
May 4, 1936
Leonora Shannon was born in New York in 1850.  Her father, Robert Shannon, was born in Ireland and her mother, Esther Brown, was born in New York.
Leonora (Nora) Shannon Barr
Sept 20, 1850 -
April 27, 1914
Their next child was another girl and they named her Bessie I. Barr.  She was born abt 1881/82 in New York according to the census records.  So either the Barr's were living in New York again or they were perhaps on an extended visit.  By 1900, the Barr's were living in Nashville.  Bessie attended Ward Seminary, which merged with Belmont College in 1913, in Nashville Tennessee.   In 1900, she was a senior and her class picture is in The Iris, the annual yearbook for Ward Seminary.  A sample of her writing, A Story of the Pink Silk, is in the yearbook too.  She was also the Associate Business Manager on the Iris Editorial Staff and is pictured with the other staff members.  While we don't personally have any school pictures of Bessie we do have one of her when she was 14 years old and she played Lady Genvra in "The Mistletoe Bough" at the Vendome Theatre, Nashville, February 1896.  Bessie never married.

Bessie Barr
1896, The Mistletoe Bough
Feb. 1896
front side

Backside of the Bessie Barr Image
Notice the image of the little boy that bled onto the back.

I haven't identified a picture of Hugh Barr Jr. yet.  Hugh was born in 1883.  He became a professional just like his father did except Hugh Jr. chose medicine.  He earned his medical degree from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN, class of 1907.  According to volume 11, 1911 of the Vanderbilt Quarterly, Hugh had been practicing in Dresden but in 1911 he moved his practice to Nashville, TN.   Hugh never married.

Throughout the census records the family of four lived together either in Dresden or Nashville TN.  Leonora was the first to pass away.  She died in 1914 from atherosclerosis. Hugh Sr. died in 1936 from bronchiectasis. Hugh Jr died in 1952 from a myocardial infarction   Bessie died in 1967.  All of the Barr's are interred in Sunset Cemetery in Dresden, Tennessee.