|Sophia E. Ezzell and her grandfather,|
John Williamson Moran
|Lyman Taft Gunn|
On a side note, Ken's site says that it's okay to "view, borrow, and use any information" on his website that may be helpful in other research so I took him at his word and have copied the images here but I am also giving him credit for his hard work and diligence cause that's the right thing to do!
|Caroline M. Morehead|
|Sophia Riley Gunn|
|Fannie L. Moran|
Sophia Gunn Moran's daughter, Fannie Lemira Moran, married James Benjamin Ezzell. Their daughter, Sophia Eleanor Ezzell (Aunt Sophie) spent a lot of time with her Moran relatives and was enamored of her grandfather, John Williamson Moran who had been in the Civil War. Sophia grew up and married Matthew H. Dobson and they lived at Harpeth Westover Farm near Nashville. Kent used to visit his Aunt Sophie at Harpeth and he and I visited her before we were married back in the early 90's. She was a wonderful woman, southern to the core and very proper. She made us mint juleps. It was a great visit. I wish I had taken the time to look closer at the history of the home and its contents because the Dobson branch of the family is where the portraits of Lyman Taft Gunn and Caroline M. Morehead ended up. And how do I know this?
Sophia and Matt Dobson's daughter Lillian Ezzell Dobson married William Dunavant Jr of Memphis. This was the wedding of two powerful families and their socialite children. Articles about their engagement and parties had been appearing in the newspapers for months. However this article appeared in the Nashville Tennessean June 27, 1952 detailing the wedding of Lillian and William which took place at Harpeth Westover Farm. This article is where I had the "aha" moment last night. Take a close look at the portrait above the mantle. That is the portrait painted sometime in the 1840's of Caroline M Morehead. It's good to know the portraits are in the family and are well cared for. It would be really exciting to see them in person.
|Wedding Photo, Lillian Ezzell Dobson and William Dunavant Jr|
The Nashville Tennessean 1952
The portrait hanging above the mantle is
Caroline M. Morehead