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. 

Monday, August 20, 2012

After the Death of Sophia Gunn Moran

These two letters were written by Fannie Moran after the death of her mother in October  1895.  

The first letter is dated Nov 7 1895 and is to her brothers James H. Moran and Charles Harrell Moran.  The letter has the usual sadness that a mourning letter would have but it also has interesting tidbits of information about the time period.  For instance, the street lights in Dresden were lit after 6pm.  She also references a marriage that may or may not have taken place between her cousin Sophia Irvine and Charles Ferguson.  The marriage did indeed take place but it happened later in the month.  In addition it's interesting that she notes the society marriage of the Duke of Marlborough and Consuelo Vanderbilt which had taken place the day before she wrote this letter.  It also mentions a popular medicine of the day, Paine's Celery Compound.

The second letter is written in December 1895 and is to Fannie's brother Harrell.  It reminds of A Christmas Carol where she talks about how they had permission from Papa to come home for the holidays rather than stay at school.  Harrell and Jim were attending the Webb School at that time.  The rest of the letter she is telling Harrell where to shop to buy the prettiest and cheapest flowers.  What to buy for their youngest sister Marion and how the train schedule had not changed that much.  She also tells him he only had two misspelled words in his previous letter.  You have to remember that Fannie was a schoolteacher.  :)

Nov. 7 1895

My dear Brothers (Jim and Harrell)
My heart bleeds afresh as I write the above date.  You know the sorrow it brings to me, and I know the sorrow you are going through.  One month since she (Sophia Riley Gunn Moran their mother) died, and what a long, dreary month it has been!  The past ten years with their days of happiness seem but half that time and it seems hard to realize that we have suffered all the agony of and lives' greatest sorrow, has been comprised into one short month.  Truly time is not measured by days but by actions and events.  From this I realize that constant action, work either physical or mental is our only report.  

The worst hour of the day for me, the hour that seems longer than all the rest is the twilight hours when the days work is finished before the lamps are lighted, from 5 to 6 the hours that her soul passed eternity.  How I wish I could say something to comfort you, but your sorrow is mine.  Hand in hand we go through the valley of the shadow, and lover for her, for God and for each other is our only comfort, and it is a comfort to know that our lives have been so rich in love.  

It was impressed on me in reading of the great Marlborough Vanderbilt marriage celebrated in all the pomp and magnificence that unbounded wealth could conceive of and yet the father and mother of the bride were further apart than if oceans separated them.  Would you exchange even the memory of our once happy home with her?

I stayed longer in N.(Nashville) than I expected, but came home as soon as I could.  I got the ?? for Papa (John Williamson Moran) so Brother may rest easy.

In return wont you promise to take broken doses of salts for your boils and get a bottle of Paines' Celery Compound and take regularly.  If you haven't the money to buy it I will send it to you.  

Twas reported that Soph (Sophia Irvine) and Charlie (Charles Ferguson) were to be married at Bump's (James A Irvine) last night, but hope tis not true as I haven't heard it verified this a.m.  She made people believe she had broken off entirely with him after Brud's (Harrell Moran) talk with her but tell Jack (Forrest Dabney Irvine) I think he'll have to write her another letter.

Mr. Bondurant is worse.  This is a dreary, rainy day and the carpenters cannot work.  Bettie is up here sewing.  Papa has not looked so well for the past few days.

With a heart full of love
Sister (Fannie Moran)


Tuesday (The envelope is dated December 17 1895)

Dear Brud (Harrell Moran)
We enjoyed your letter which came yesterday and I was so proud to know that you had been complemented by "Buck".  All the ambition that I once had for myself is now centered on you and Jim and it does my heart good to know that you are getting along so nicely.

Jim's last letter was unusually good and yours was much better only two mis-spelled words both of which I think were due to carelessness instead of ignorance, couldent for couldn't and whare for where. 

We hadn't written about your coming home because we didn't know that you were going to get to come but after many persuasions and promises exacted by Baby (Marion Moran) from Papa, he consented saying it would be his Xmas present to you and we are so glad.  At the best it will be but a lonely Christmas for us without our dear one but more so with out your two.  I have just finished a letter to Mr. Webb giving you permission to come.  Papa asked me to write and also say he would send a check tomorrow.   He went hunting this morning with Mr. ? Scott.  

He said you never wrote him about Mrs. Black's bread bill, what the amount is up to date.  Please find out.  Knowing a little extra change is always convenient I enclose $1.00 bill for your street car fare, etc. while in N. You may go around to the market house and price the flowers.  When I was there they were some cheaper than at the Florists but were faded and soiled.  If they won't do, go to Joy's on Church St almost upper site the Vendome and to Currey's near the Nicholsons toward the depot.  Buy wherever they are prettiest and cheapest which I think will be at Joy's. Carnations and hyacinths are the most seasonable flowers.  Also ask about the weeping willow. 

So that you may not get duplicates let me tell you that I am to give Ida some garter clasps and Marion paper dolls and a book.  If you can find a tiny doll brush and comb for her get it.  There has very little change been made in the R.R. schedule the 11:30 train leaving N. 1/2 hr later and getting here at 12.  
With love to Jim and Jack
I am devotedly