Friday, January 27, 2012

Nannie Drewry of Dresden Tennessee

Nannie Drewry
The Drewry's were an old and established family in Dresden Tennessee.  I don't have the full connection yet for them to the Moran's but I do know that Nannie's sister Florence married John W. Blakemore and the Blakemore's are also related to the Moran's.

Nannie's parents were John Jay Drewry and Francis Bertha Swift and together they had at least six children.  After the death of Francis in 1866 John Drewry married Kate Blakemore Bell.  (another Blakemore connection there.)

Nannie Drewry never married. Because she had a deep attachment to her father and continued to live with and care for him until his death.  She also had an attachment to the Moran family.  We have these two portraits of her and when she died in 1950 she left several pieces of furniture to James Henderson Moran IV and his heirs.

Nannie Drewry
bedecked in jewels

Letter to John W. Moran from Nannie Drewry:
Nannie Drewry Lettery

Dresden Tenn.
Nannie Drewry
page 2
Feb 13, 1910

Dear Mr. Moran:

I've gotten me a fresh tablet and you are to have the initial letter from it though I greatly fear a want of interest in its pages for I've been closely at home and have'nt seen my nearest neighbors for a month.

*Burns and Virginia have had the measles and **Sister has'nt, so I've made myself rather a prisoner.  I believe I have been more frightened than She was.  And so I have'nt seen ***Jim, except when he flies by for his breakfast, sometimes he goes by in a mad rush with the dogs leaping and barking around him and I feel gladly sympathetic when I see the door close on him, for I know he's hungry. *I believe she is referring to the children of Finis Garrett, Burns and Virginia Garrett.  **She is probably referring to her sister, Florence Drewry Blakemore.  ***Jim is probably Jim Moran, the eldest son of J.W. Moran.

Nannie Drewry
page 4
Nannie Drewry
page 3
Dresden goes on as usual, the Societies all meet and there are the usual bickerings and mistatements indulged in by the members with the same old rather warm results.  But tho tension can never reach the pitch it did when Addie and Mrs. Parker members of the old Aid Society.  You remember when the prohibition vote was before the people (I've forgotten the year) well, the Society met at the church the afternoon before to formulate its last plans.  Every one was excited and the climax approached when t'was suggested that Addie, (whose personal influence was generally known to be some what different from that diffused by oil upon troubled waters), should remain at home and dispense coffee to thirsty souls.

Nannie Drewry
page 5
The Cardwell's as a family are sharp.  Addie saw and accepted the situation, but was furious, so she said "She would remain at home if Ann Parker whose influence was regarded as worse than hers would stay at home too."  Mrs. Parker sprang up shook her fist and choked the she said if any one accused her of having a bad influence they l__d.  (lied)

Dresden is changed of course but I think its hardly as interesting.  Miss Kitty is back but she has never recovered her strength and has cold after cold.  ****Mrs Barr has been here since I wrote, she said she would see you on her return to Nashville.  We can't find out whether they will be with us next summer or not, we hate to give them up.  *****Mr Scott has not been well this winter but has kept at work.  Miss Pat has gone out to Denver to see John for two months.

Nannie Drewry
page 6
with her signature
We have'nt heard that ******you will be home soon but we're hoping that you will be.  I tell you that place has a lonesome look to us and we want you back.  I wish for you renewed strength and health.  ****Mrs. Barr would be Lenora Barr, wife of Hugh Barr.  *****Mr. Scott might be Stephen Preston Scott.
******J.W. Moran was probably spending time and recuperating in Nashville at the home of his daughter, Fannie Moran Ezzell.  

Nannie Drewry

Both John Jay Drewry and his daughters Nannie Drewry and Florence Drewry Blakemore are buried in Sunset Cemetery, Dresden Tennessee.

Here is John's Obituary from The Dresden Enterprise, Friday November 11, 1904:
On Sunday night November 6, at 12 o'clock, John J. Drewry departed this life, having been sick several weeks.  Mr Drewry was eighty-three years of age and left two daughters, Mrs. Florence Blakemore and Miss Nany Drewry, and one son Horace Drewry, who resides in California surviving him.  For many years he had been a citizen of Dresden and he was universaly loved.

His father was at one time U.S. Marshal in Nashville, and his grandfather was a soldier in the Revolutionary War.  Few men have made a better use of their opportunities and amassed a larger amount of general information than he.  He had been a reader of history, poetry, and the classics since boyhood and a retentive memory stored away the learning thus accumulated, until he was, up to very recent years, a storehouse of general learning.  No man has ever lived in Dresden who enjoyed a joke or ore keenly relished good wit than Mr. Drewry.  His was a gentle and kindly life, and his love of nature and the beautiful in humanity made him an attractive figure amongst men. Many gems of verse have come from his pen, always to the delight of his friends.  On numerous occasions, short poems written by him have found their way into print.  His soul bubbled over with music and poetry and love. There were none who knew him but who were fond of his society and his charming stories.

He was a companion to his daughter, and made home happy for her all through the latter's years of his life, while bereft of others, to whom he was fondly devoted.  At one time he was the register of Weakley County and made a splendid officer.  Again, he did a kindness for the Confederate soldiers of Weakley County; while commissioner of registrations, after the war, that placed the veterans under great obligations of gratitude to him.  There were few men like him, and the ever changing years, as they come and go, will not soon produce such a philosopher and kindly soul as left Dresden when the voice of John J. Drewry was hushed in the silence of death.

The funeral ceremonies were conducted by Bro. Russell at the late residence of the deceased, and in the presence of weeping relatives and friends, and he was buried by the hand of affection beneath a bank of beautiful flowers.  The friends of his youth are all gone, and while tracing the shadows of life, the shadows of death fell on him, and his eyes closed to this earth forever. A sweet perfume will still linger about his precious memory, and hundreds who knew him here, and loved him, will be thankful for his life and happiness which he taught and illustrated to others.

God bless the children, and especially she (Nannie Drewry) who will set by the window and listen for the footfall that will never return, and watch for the sight of that good father who is gone.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Moran Place

Moran Place, Constructed in 1895-1897
by John Williamson Moran for his wife Sophia Riley Gunn

Railing from the house and the old smokehouse

Old and new wheels.

The old silo, read more about the silo and it's history

Thought I'd give black and white a go.  Actually looks
more suited to a cemetery than one of the planters
at the house.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Civil War Era Group of Young Ladies

From the Moran Family Collection

This is another picture from the Moran family collection.  It was found among the papers of Virginia Shumate Moran.

We think the center girl dressed in black with black gloves is a widow.