Saturday, November 19, 2011

John Moran Ezzell, Sewanee Class of '31

John Moran Ezzell was the youngest of three children born to Fanny Lemira Moran and James Battle Ezzell.  He was born in 1909 and died in 1988.  He married Margaret Rhett Cuthbert of South Carolina September 30, 1939.  However before getting married he attended Sewanee, The University of the South.  He graduated in 1931 with a bachelor of science degree.  The commencement booklet was found at Moran Place along with many other items belonging to Fanny Moran Ezzell.

Friday, November 18, 2011

Tennessee to Texas in a Rockaway Carriage, 1858

My Dear Scott and Kenney:
John Moran, your great grand-father was the brother of my grandmother, Martha Helen Moran.  She married my grandfather, Rufus Franklin Scott.  They were all born in Dresden Tenn.
In 1858 my grandmother and grandfather drove to Gainesville, Texas, in their "Rockaway" Carriage with their own wagon train.  Manned by their three slaves, who were wedding presents.
Their five sons were born in Gainesville:
Will -Real Estate
Dr. Arthur Carroll, chief surgeon of the Santa Fe Railroad and founder of Scott and White Hospital in Temple, Texas.
Moran, a judge in Ardmore, Okla.
Oscar Franklin (my Dad) farming, real estate and with five friends "wildcat" drilling for oil in Oklahoma and Texas.
Berry: died of T.B. soon after graduation at Auburn Uni.
I'm sure Martha Helen Moran Scott and her son, Oscar, would love for you each to have one of her Sterling Silver serving spons.
I give them to you with much, much love from all of us.
Auntie Ir
Thanksgiving 1974.  Dresden Tenn. with you all. Yippee!!

That letter was sent to my husband and his brother back in 1974 when they were teenagers living at the Moran family home from their cousin Mary Irvine Scott Sheperd.  Her grandmother, Martha Helen Moran Scott, was the sister of my husbands great grandfather John Williamson Moran.  In addition to the letter we have several pictures of the Scott family.  The picture below is from about 1880.

Rufus Franklin Scott 1828-1905
Martha Helen Moran Scott 1833-1901
William J. Scott 1859-1917
Moran Scott 1863-1925
Arthur Carrol Scott 1865-1940
Oscar Franklin Scott 1871-1931
Berry L. Scott 1873-1903

Thursday, November 17, 2011

1901 Vanderbilt University, Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity

Charles Henry Cobb was born June 27, 1876 in Union City Tennessee.  His parents were Thomas D. Cobb and Elizabeth Johnston.  Cobb attended Vanderbilt University and was a member of the Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity, Beta Pi Chapter, 1901. He was an attorney and businessman in Union City. Cobb married Marion Agnes Moran in 1905.  He and Marion had one child, Carolyn Elizabeth Cobb.  She was born in 1907.  

Marion committed suicide in 1934 by jumping from a bridge.  She was buried in Eastview Cemetery.  Not long after Marion's death, Cobb married Ottis Leone Luton, she was 22 years his junior.  They had no children together.  Cobb died in 1951 and was buried in the Cobb Plot at Eastview Cemetery with his first wife, Marion.  Ottis passed away in 1986.  She joined Marion and Charles in the Cobb family plot.

Below is a picture of the Brothers of the Beta Pi Chapter, Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity of Vanderbilt University, 1901.  We found the picture in a steamer trunk on a recent trip to the Moran family home.  I believe the F.W. Motlow pictured is Felix Motlow, one of the brothers of Lem Motlow of Jack Daniels fame.

Left to right Top row: S.A. Johnson, T.E. Kennedy, F. B. Wilson, W.D. Weatherford
Second row: W.W. Jarrell, W. E. Wellburn, C.D. Zdanowicz, F.W. Motlow, O.V. Calhoun
Third row: J.R. Dawson, B.T. Nolen, J.R. Snyder, Thos. Steele Jr., J.E. Pierson, A.W. McCord, A.B. Camper
Fourth row: R.W. Billington, J.K.McFarland, John Paschall, C.H. Cobb, D.F. Douglass

Closeup of Charles H. Cobb,
husband of Marion Moran

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Giving Back

I haven't posted anything in awhile because I've been spending time documenting a local African American Cemetery, Morning Grove Missionary Baptist Cemetery in Cordova Tennessee.  As much as I enjoy researching our family sometimes it can be more gratifying researching and documenting the families of others.  I actually do that quite a bit and then enter the information on Findagrave or blog about it on my Graveyard Rabbit blog.  It's my small way of giving back and hopefully, making a contribution to the genealogy community at large.