Friday, May 25, 2012

1938 Dresden Home - Coming

This sounded like a great time with a dirty joke contest, veil dancing, good food and great friends.  I believe Oscar Alexander to be John Oscar Alexander Sr and Mary Alexander is Mary Katherine Mitchell Alexander his wife.  I'm taking a guess here that "Mutt Alexander" is their son, John Oscar Alexander Jr.  As for "Snow Irvine" I can't make a guess.  There were several Irvine's and many of them all had their own nicknames of Bit, Bump and Blue!  Peck Mayo is another one that will remain a mystery unless someone can step forward and claim him as their own!  There were two John Irvine's: John Albert Irvine and John Sidney Irvine.  No clue which one was keeping the stork away.  

Herbert Stone was Herbert Given Stone.  He married Josephine Marguerite Boyd in 1918 in Dresden.  By 1930 he had moved to Kingsport TN along with several other locals including James Moran IV where they worked at Eastman Kodak.  The Boyds are related to the Moran's through the Scott/Rogers/Blakemore connection.  Herbert Stone made a lot of money and he purchased the historic home known as Rotherwood built in 1818 by Reverend Frederick Ross.  His daughter, Rowena, was engaged to a young man who died when his boat overturned on the river in front of Rotherwood.   Rowena's second fiance died from Yellow Fever.  She eventually succeeded in getting married and she had a daughter.  When her daughter was 6 years old, Rowena committed suicide.  Apparently she thought she heard the voice of her first love calling from the river and she followed the voice into the river.  According to some, Rowena and others haunt Rotherwood.  Sounds like a great place to live!  :)

But forget about Rotherwood and join us for the 

PLACE ***Old Dresden Club House on Reelfoot Lake
TIME    ***Friday, July 15th through Sunday, July 17th
BRING ***Sheets, blankets, pillows, knife and fork (if you use fork), Spoon, Cup
Don't bother about tooth brush as we can all use the old club house brush.
Listen Folks - We have been trying to get together for a long time.  Let's all go and have a good time once more before we check out of this good ol' world.  (We may not all see each other again after we leave here) Everybody that does not show up is a big "Sissy"
Oscar Alexander is treasurer.  Send him $5 in advance in order that everything will be ready when we get there.  This is $5 per couple.
Big veil dance Friday night at midnight - Mutt Alexander
Dirty joke contest Saturday night (No limit)
(Judges will be picked)
Lemonade Drinking Contest Saturday night at Dinner
by - Snow Irvine and Peck Mayo - Served by Roscoe
(Judges * Sara and Lucille)
The show will start with a big fish dinner Friday around 6:00 pm - - Don't eat anything before then - that day.
Ladies, you won't have to worry for old faithful John Irvine will be there to keep off the storks.
No drinking permitted (If your wife objects and is close by)
No rules against getting away from your wife - if you can.
If the drinks run out old Herbert Stone knows how to make them.  (gin for instance) by the way Herbert, all drinks will be served up stairs and not in the basement.  The husbands are to be with their wives when you serve (this time).
Every wife that gets mad at her husband on this trip will be barred from all meetings in the future.  (regardless of what the husband does)  Let's all be broadminded.
Swimming ** fishing ** dancing ** card playing and anything else you can think of that you want to do.
(Subject to approval)
Last but not least ** the meals are planned by Mary Alexander and Millie Brooks.  And boy do they know how!!
P.S. Agan we say all that are not there are ?*@3/4&%#'(etc)

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Two Texas Harris', A Shumate and a Moran

This photograph helped me fill in some of the information for the Harris branch from Texas.   Uncle Brud is 62 years old in this picture that I believe was taken at the Moran home in Dresden Tennessee.  The boy named Jim, well, I haven't figured out who he is yet.  There are a lot of Jim's in the Moran extended family it's just a matter of narrowing it down to which Jim.

Maibelle Shumate Harris is Brud's sister-in-law and the sister of Virginia Shumate Moran.  Maibelle and Virginia's parents were Nathan McClary Shumate and Margaret Jane Adams of Rockcastle County Kentucky.  Their youngest sister was Louise Shumate Durway who passed away in 1921.  Maibelle ws married to Newton Temple Harris, the brother of Virginia and Mattie Mai who are also pictured here.

Newton Temple (not pictured), Bertie Victoria (not pictured), Mattie Mai and Virginia Frances are the children of William Dawson Harris and Mary (Mollie) Rush Temple. Their grandfather was W. Miniard (Maynard) Harris who was born in North Carolina.  An excellent resource for the Harris family is The Edward Harris Family Its Lineage and Traditions by Marie Harris Key.

Mattie Mai Harris married Elisha Brinton Ingram March 7, 1916 in Tarrant County, Texas. Their daughter Martha M. Ingram was born in 1924.

Virginia Frances Harris was the youngest child of William and Mollie Harris.  She never married.

Bertie Victoria Harris, how much more Victorian of a name can you get than Bertie Victoria?? Bertie married Henry Lee Spencer and they had a daughter named Mary Katherine Spencer.

Newton Temple Harris married Maibelle Shumate.  They had five children: Newton Temple Harris Jr, William Shumate Harris, Margaret Frances Harris, and one set of twins Joseph Brinton Harris Sr and his unnamed sister who died at birth.

I don't know who annotated the back of the picture with the names but I salute them!!!

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Sue Ellen Sandefer, Dresden Tennessee

While going through pictures that had belonged to Nathan H. (Bub) Moran I came across a newspaper clipping talking about the upcoming marriage of Sue Ellen Sandefer and James Prentice Pritchett. The names didn't ring a bell to me so I scanned the clipping and kept going through the box.  A few pictures later I came across two pictures of the same girl and she looked familiar.   I went back to the Sandefer newspaper clipping to compare the young girl to the young woman.  They look like a match to me.

I was pretty sure I knew the answer but I asked Kent anyway if his father, Bub Moran, had ever mentioned a Sue Ellen Sandefer.  No, he never mentioned her.  So I told him that I thought perhaps they had been childhood sweethearts, or perhaps his dad had a crush on her in his youth or maybe they were just good friends because he kept two pictures and a newspaper clipping of her.  He said that was possible so I went on to say she married someone named James Prentice Pritchett.  "Oh wait, Miss Sue Ellen Pritchett?? Yeah I knew her.  She was the pianist at the Methodist Church."  And that is true.  She was the pianist among many other things.

Her parents were Charles E. Sandefer and Mattie R. Sandefer.  She had at least one sibling named John G. Sandefer.  Sue Ellen was born Sept 11, 1918 in Dresden Tennessee.  She married James Prentice Pritchett September 11, 1940.  James Pritchett was the son of James R. Pritchett and Era Parham.  He was born in 1915 and died in 1979.  Sue Ellen Sandefer Pritchett passed away March 31, 2009 at the home of her daughter Judith Ann Wade in Memphis TN.

From NWTN Today:
Sue Ellen Pritchett, 90, of Dresden, died March 31, 2009, at the home of her daughter, Judith Ann Wade, in Memphis.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at Dresden First United Methodist Church.  Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. Friday at Bowlin Funeral Home.

Mrs Pritchett was the daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Charles Edward Sandefer of Dresden.  She taught piano in Dresden for 40 years until her retirement in 2006.  She was a lifelong member of the Dresden Methodist Church, where she served as pianist, choir director and youth leader.  She married James Prentiss Pritchett of Dresden in 1940.  She had been involved in leadership in the Girl Scouts and the Dresden PTA.

Survivors include two daughters, Judith Ann Wade of Memphis and Janey Sue Williams of Lexington; three grandchildren, Gabe Williams of Lexington, Lisa Fairchild and Jenny Williams, both of Memphis; and thre great grandchildren, Marina Law of Memphis, Lacey Williams and Carly Williams, both of Lexington.

The family requests memorials be made to Crossroads Hospice of Tennessee LLC, Jean Harrison - Executive Director, 1669 Shelby Oaks Drive no. 106, Memphis TN 38134 or to the Dresden Methodist Church Choir or Building fun.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

History of Moran Cemetery, Dresden TN

If one goes by the remaining headstones in the Moran Cemetery it's very fitting that the two oldest graves belong to James Henderson Moran the first (1796-1843) and his wife Harriet Harris Moran (1813-1848).

But originally the land that became known as Moran Cemetery belonged to Benjamin Dabney Irvine, or B.D. to his friends.  B.D. Irvine was in the mercantile business in Dresden Tennessee and he married Agnes Moran, one of James H. Moran's daughters. 

The Irvine and Moran families were exceedingly close not just in proximity to each other but within the bonds of familial love. So it's not surprising that B.D. Irvine deeded the cemetery land to the heirs of James H. Moran Sr.

Another interesting note about the land.  There is a chain link fence and a concrete fence.    John W. Moran set aside part of the land for other families in the area who needed a place to be buried.  Those families are interred in the section surrounded by chain link and some of the surnames are:  DeRossett, Grubb, Insco, Dunn, McDaniel, Ooten and Radford.  The Moran's are buried in the section surrounded by the concrete fence.

B.D. Irvine to heirs of James H. Moran Sr.
Deed Book 18 Page 148.

And in consideration of the love and affection I have for the heirs of James H. Moran Sr. Deceased to wit, My wife, Agnes Irvine, formerly Agnes Moran, Martha H. Scott, wife of R.F. Scott formerly Martha H. Moran, and John W. Moran and their heirs forever have this day given and hereby convey in fee simple unto them a certain tract of land expressly for burial purposes situated in said county and State, 7th Civil Distrist and about one mile north east of Dresden known as The Moran burying ground and bordered as follows:

Beginning at the center of James H. Moran Sr.s grave runs thence North, East, South and West one hundred feet in each direction from the center of said grave.  I also give and convey to said heirs 15 ft. of land off the North side of the land owned by me to extend from the Dresden and Boydsville road to said burying ground in the line between me and E.J. Sanderfer as a passing to and from said graveyard and I warrant the title to said land to the heirs of said J.H. Moran Sr. and their heirs forever against the claims of all persons whatever.  Witness my hand and signature on the 17th day of May, 1894. 

B.D. Irvine