Friday, August 24, 2012

Fannie Moran and Custis Dupree

Update Nov 24, 2012
At first I thought the girl in the photo with Fannie Moran was Corinne Deupree, daughter of John Greer Deupree and Eleanor Durham.  I wasn't totally wrong.  I had the correct Deupree family, just the wrong line of descent.  I now think that the girl in the picture is Sara Curtis Deupree, friend of Fannie Moran and cousin of Corinne Deupree.
Corinne Deupree's ancestry
Sara Curtis Deupree's Ancestry
Original post and theory:
Here we have a photo of Fannie Moran and Custis/Curtis Dupree.    It was taken by Thuss in Nashville Tennessee at McGavock Block.

I am of the opinion that this woman is actually Corinne DEUPREE (born 1868), daughter of John Greer DEUPREE and Eleanor Smithson DURHAM.  Corinne was born in Tennessee.  However, the Deupree's spent time in Macon, Noxubee County, Mississippi.  Fannie MORAN married James (Jim) Battle EZZELL.  The EZZELL's were related to the SHANNON family who lived in Macon MS. I know this because back in July I found newspaper clippings about the death of a little girl named Monti SHANNON who lived in Macon and was buried in the Oddfellows Cemetery in Macon.  I also found a Deupree buried in the same cemetery, Danella Deupree Patty and another in Deercreek Cemetery, Elijah DEUPREE.  In my bit of research I have learned that Deercreek was also the name of a Plantation owned by the DEUPREE family so Deercreek Cemetery might be a family burying ground.

John and Eleanor DEUPREE were also associated with Jackson Mississippi as was Corinne and I believe that is where they are buried but can't prove it yet.  Corinne married Edward Latta BAILEY of Jackson MS.  The MORAN's also had family living in Jackson at The Oaks, one of the few structures which survived the burning of Jackson during the Civil War.  Fannie's uncle, Lyman Cephas GUNN was married to Sallie BOYD, the family that owned The Oaks.

In addition, Corinne's father John Greer Deupree was a Confederate Veteran as was Fannie's father, John Williamson Moran, and James Cephas GUNN.  It's very possible their paths crossed during the war.
It's also very possible that Fannie and Custis/Corinne knew each other from any one of the schools they attended.  Both girls were highly educated.  Both were activists in their respective states.  Fannie became a teacher and later was Tennessee's first Democratic national committeewoman after serving as Tennessee legislative chairman for the American Women's Suffrage association during ratification of the 19th amendment. Corinne became involved with child labor issues and held the position of Secretary on the Mississippi Child Labor Committee. 

As to why the name is listed as Custis, well, in my research I've found many people who have nicknames. Nicknames were terms of endearment.  Several people referred to Fannie as Franceska so perhaps "Custis" is just a nickname that Corinne picked up when she was younger.

Anyway, this is my working theory at this point.  More research is needed to determine if there is a family connection...adds this to the very long to-do list that I have.

This obituary was published in the Confederate Veteran for John Greer DEUPREE.

Vol.28-United Confederate Veteran Magazine:
John Greer Deupree, a Confederate veteran, an educator of broad scholarship, and a Christian gentleman of simple faith died in Jackson, Miss., November 28, 1919. He enlisted in Company G 1st Mississippi Cavalry at Macon, Miss., May 1, 1861. Six Deuprees were members of this company Capt. T.J., J.E., J.L., J.W., W.E., and J.G. No group of soldiers displayed more heroic devotion to the cause of the Confederacy than these brothers and kinsmen. 

The following from the pen of the distinguished churchman, John T. Christian gives a clear insight into the life and character of this scholarly soldier. It was my good pleasure to know Dr. John Greer Deupree for many years. I came to Mississippi in February 1877, and preached twice a month at Tupelo and Verona. I was much in Verona at that time and often stopped at the home of Dr. and Mrs. Deupree. We read together for recreation Latin, Greek, and German. 

He was already one of the most accomplished scholars in this country. I learned then as I afterwards knew that he was encyclopedic in his information. He was as clear as crystal in his insight into subjects and had a grasp upon details that was truly wonderful. Simple in his taste and earnest in his pursuit of knowledge, he was a man of the highest culture. As a Christian he was simple and earnest without ostentation.

Some general facts on the life of Dr. Deupree show that he was born in Macon, Noxubee County, Miss., April 25, 1843, the son of Daniel and Francina B. Cox Deupree. He graduated from Howard College Alabama in 1861 with the AB degree and in 1867 he took the AM degree at the same college. In 1887 he was made an LL D by Union University, Tennessee. He began teaching at Memphis, Tenn., in 1867, was professor of Latin and Greek at Baylor University, Waco, Tex., 1877 to 78, professor of mathematics in Mississippi College, Clinton 1882 to 83; Union University, Jackson, Tenn., 1883 to 84; Mississippi College 1884 to 92; and was with the same college as professor of English and Greek 1892 to 95; superintendent of schools at Meridian, Miss., 1895 to 96; professor of pedagogy 1896 to 1905; professor of Greek 1905 to 1910 University of Mississippi. He retired under the Carnegie Foundation in 1910 With Prof. George W. Turner he organized the first teachers institute in Mississippi. in 1874 He was a writer of ability and was the author of many articles and addresses. He was married to Miss Nellie Durham of Newton, Ohio, November 1, 1865. 

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