Friday, September 21, 2012

Ephemera Friday: Dresden Germany 1899

This postcard was sent from Dresden Germany November 22, 1899 to Harrell Moran from someone with the initials H.H.  I have no idea who H.H. might be but here is the message:

"Glad to know I am not entirely forgotten, as I was reminded of the fact today when that letter with few little words on envelope arrived.  Am enjoying my stay immensely. "Schreben Sie Wieder", bitte, Sincerely, H.H."

Harrell was never known for his correspondence skills!

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Our lives could have been greatly enriched

Here's another letter from Martha Belle Shumate Famuliner.  I hope I come across more letters from her because she is chatty and fills her letters with great family information.  Unfortunately, the previous letter was from 1935 and this one is dated 1945. That's a ten year gap where I'm sure a lot of information has been lost!

This letter was written to Virginia Shumate Moran, one of Martha's many Shumate cousins.  Notice the Win the War stamp on the envelope, it has arrows but no olive branch.  Sometimes the way to peace is through war.  Applicable then as well as today.

Letter from Martha Belle SHUMATE (Mrs. James B. FAMULINER) to
her cousin
Virginia SHUMATE (Mrs James H. MORAN)

Harrisonville MO
Jan 21st 1944 (like many of us Martha found it hard to transition to the new year, the postmark is 1945 but she still wrote 1944)

Dear Cousin Virginia:

I was truly glad to get your nice letter a few days ago, but was much saddened to hear of Cousin Selwyns' unexpected passing and my sincere sympathy goes out to all those, to whom he was near an dear.

Altho' I was only in his presence a few hours, in that brief time, one could tell he was an individual of character and a pleasing personality.

I have always regretted the fact that I was not acquainted with my Shumate kin, for I feel certain we all have much in common in our inherited traits, that would have made us congenial associates, and our lives could have been greatly enriched by our knowing one another, but fate dealt otherwise.

I am also writing to Cousin Patti, to let her know that my heart goes out to her in this hour of her great sorrow.

To lose any member of our family is hard indeed to bear, but to lose one's life mate is the saddest blow that can befall us, I feel.  There is the consoling thought that he did not have to lie on a bed of pain & suffering for a long period of time like so many do.  To go quickly is so much the better way I think.  One does not have the haunting memory of seeing a loved one enduring great misery & not being able to help them.

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I was so glad you told me about your own family, your dear sons', who like all our young men are in the service of their country.  And your daughter away at School, & your husbands business in a different town.  All these things keep your mind on their general welfare, I am sure.

Our only son, James Jr. was home for eight days, arriving on Jan 2nd, from Corpus Christi Texas, with his young wife & darling baby daughter, who was 21 months old the first day of Jan & it was the 3rd time we had seen our grand daughter.  and what a precious little thing she is, to us, you can imagine, also being a grand-parent.

This was the first leave of absence James has had since Feb last year when he was home for about 10 days. We received a letter from him yesterday saying they had arrived in Corpus Christi O.K.  They drove thru in their car and it is such a long, tiresome trip (nearly a thousand miles).

James is stationed at the Naval Air Technical Training Center.  His rating s Aviation Radio Technician 1st Class and he has been an Instructor there nearly two yrs. but he informed us in his letter that he is getting a re-assignment to Gross Isle Michigan, which is about 20 miles from Detroit, (in the neat future) & that he might get to come by home again when he made the change.  My! that is a long ways' off too. And such a drastic change in climate.  Is is warm all winter in Corpus Christi.  Was about 70 degrees when they came up to MO. They thought it awfully

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cold here.  I know it will seem bitter that far north.  Gross Isle, as you may note is on Lake Erie.

You asked if my brother left any sons to carry on the SHUMATE name.  No he did not have any children.  He had been a widower for about 15 years.  When he married the second time only a few months before he died in Feb. 1938.  His death too was sudden & Unexpected for a number of years he had suffered from a liver complaint and was seized by a bad attack & was operated on, at which time they found he had cancer of the liver & it was so far advanced that he only lived a short time, but suffered greatly.

His wife Irene Shumate lives in Auburn California.  She is a business woman, and owns & operates her own business called "Irene's Gift Shop & Woman's Exchange" at Auburn.  She writes me such nice letters but I have never met her.

My only sister Nannie Shumate CONNELY died many years ago.  Her husband has also been dead since 1928.

Their two sons Charles & Raymond Connely are fine men and both live in Kansas City Mo.  Charles, the older of the boys, is in the Grocery business at 20th & Lawn K.C. Mo. It is know as Connelys' Market and he does a big business.  Raymond is salesman for the General Baking co. & has been with this large firm for 20 yrs.  He is unmarried, but makes his home with his brother Charley as we call him.  Charley has a fine wife and two children, a son & daughter, both married.  His son, Charles Jr. is in service stationed at Oakland Calif.

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He is with Sq. VR. 4 Paint Shop Ptr. 1st class N.A.A.S. and is expecting to be shipped out very soon.  He is, or will be 23 years old the 3rd of April & our son James will be 24 the 14 of April.  The two boys were always great pals as Charles Jr spent nearly every summer with us when he was in school & growing up.

All of which now makes us realize that "Time waits for no one" and we are no longer young folks, but as you say are of the older generation.

Changing the subject, but we are having quite a snow storm here in MO. this a.m.  Wonder how it is with you.  This is a very wet snow and is so disagreeable out but is expected to last thro' tonight & tomorrow according to the Radio Weather report.  We don't like it, ha!

Now, I must bring this rambling talk to a close and start getting dinner.  Let me hear from you again sometime and in closing will say I too hope we may yet meet & know each other some day.

With much love to you & yours,
Your Cousin
Martha Shumate FAMULINER

Now to dissect the letter a bit.
Page 1- Martha mentions the passing of Cousin Selwyn.  Selwyn Dennis TUCKER married Patti SHUMATE who was Martha's cousin.  In my previous post the TUCKER's had been on a trip and stopped in for what ended up being a very short visit with Martha.  That letter and that visit happened in 1935.  Selwyn died of a coronary thrombosis and was pronounced dead on arrival at Methodist Hospital in Memphis, January 1945.

Page 2- On page two Martha is talking about Virginia's sons as well as her own children and service in the war.  Nathan Harrell MORAN was the youngest son of Virginia and James MORAN and was in the Air Force. Nathan married Maria Furman while he was stationed in Germany.  They made their home in Dresden TN at Moran Place and had two sons: Charles Scott MORAN and Nathan Kent MORAN (my husband).  Virginia's oldest son was James Henderson MORAN IV and the daughter that is away at school is Louise MORAN

Martha's son was James Buford FAMULINER Jr.  He married Mamie Clay BREWINGTON.  I'm still researching this line of the famliy but James Jr is a second cousin once removed of my husband Kent MORAN.  James and Mamie have two daughters, Dorothy and Sharon FAMULINER.  Martha mentions a "darling baby daughter who was 21 months old" in her letter.  I don't know if it was Dorothy or Sharon as she doesn't mention a name.  I find it interesting that James was being transferred from Corpus Christi to Gross Isle Michigan because my father was stationed in Michigan with the Navy and was taking courses as an Aviation Radio Technician.  How interesting if Kent's cousin and my father had known each other!

Page 3- Virginia had asked if Andrew, Martha's brother, had any children to carry on the SHUMATE name.  Sadly enough he didn't have any children.  Andrew Jackson SHUMATE's first was named Pauline.  I have not discovered her maiden name yet. At some point they moved to California.  From the little bit of information I have it seems that Pauline died about 1924 and Andrew remained a widow for the next 15 years. He then married Irene BISHOP, the owner and operator of "Irene's Gift Shop & Woman's Exhange".  Andrew had been having liver problems for sometime and it was soon after his marriage to Irene that he had a liver attack and went into the hospital.  Unfortunately they discovered he had inoperable cancer of the liver.  He died soon after.

Martha's sister Nannie Bond SHUMATE married Thomas Lee CONNELY in 1898 in Missouri.  According to Martha, Nannie and Thomas had two fine sons: Charles Conner CONNELY and Raymond Jason CONNELY.  Charles owned a grocery store and Raymond, who never married,  was a salesman and made his home with Charley and his family.  Charley married a woman named Mildred.  I'm still looking for her maiden name but I did discover that Mildred either worked at or owned the Kozy Nook Beauty Shop in Kansas City MO in 1955.  Mildred and Charley had two children: Charles Conner CONNELY Jr and Gay Nelle CONNELLY.  At this time I don't know what happened to Gay Nelle but Charles Jr married Juanita Faye ARBUCKLE.  They in turn had two children: Charles Conner CONNELY and Jeanne CONNELY.

Nowhere in Martha's letter does she mention her sisters other son, Howard Shumate CONNELY. Howard was the youngest of the three sons of Nannie Bond SHUMATE and Thomas Lee CONNELY.  Howard was born in 1904.  He is living at home with his family in the 1910 Census.  His mother passes away later in 1910.  In the 1920 Census we find him living with his grandparents, Jason Champ Shumate and Jennie Lackey in Grand River Missouri.  The next reference I find is his death certificate.  Cause of death: Gunshot wound to the chest. Justifiable homicide.  He died at 10:30pm on March 16, 1925.  An autopsy was performed and the informant was his father, T.L. Connely.  His body was removed to Harrisonville, MO.  This family secret obviously bears more research.

Page 4 - The rest of the letter is chit chat about being the older generation and the weather.  Martha closes with the hope that someday they get to meet in person, a hope which I think never came true.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

My Dear Cousins & Uncle...Aug 26 1935

I really enjoyed this letter from Martha Belle FAMULINER a lot.  She was writing to her cousins and Uncle Quincy about their recent visit.  In a way it's a sad letter because the visit was a brief one and Martha Belle had obviously planned for them to stay overnight and had pre-made as much of the dinner as she could have. She is very outspoken as to how upset she was that the visit was cut short but she recovers and goes on to talk about the farm and how they had just finished threshing wheat and barley and how she looks forward to another more lengthy visit from her relatives.

Patti Shumate TUCKER forwarded the letter on to another cousin, Virginia Shumate MORAN, and her comments show who the real culprit was in regard to the short visit, her husband Selwyn Dennis TUCKER.
Letter from Mrs. J.B. FAMULINER (Martha Belle SHUMATE)
to her cousin
Mrs. Selwyn D. TUCKER  (Patti SHUMATE )

Harrisonville Mo
August 26 1935

My Dear Cousins & Uncle,

I was glad to hear that you reached home safely and felt your trip worth while, I have wondered and still am wondering, at what time you reached the Ozarks, and if you spent the night there and found it cool.

Seldom have I been so disappointed that you didn't stay and make us a visit as I had planned so much on your doing so, and had a thousand things I wanted to talk over with you and Uncle Quincy and really get acquainted.

I didn't tell you when you were here, (the time was too short), that I had my supper all prepared, with a dressed chicken ready to fry, in the refrigerator, & I had baked 2 cakes a lovely Angel food and a Devil's food, & we had frozen a freezer of ice cream and had it packed in the basement, waiting serving.  So I would be free to visit with you.  I wished afterwards I had served you ice-cream and cake, but you were in such a hurry to go there wasn't time.

I was so stunned that you couldn't even spend the night that I had a big cry after you left and when James Jr. came back from starting the engine to pump water for the hogs and found you had come and gone he was certainly surprised and disappointed too as well as his Daddy when he came home.  In fact it took me days to get

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over it, if I have yet, the disappointment was so great.

We have had it much cooler the past week, and is cool and raining this morning so the dust is all settled now.

We have been busy with our threshing, Friday and Saturday.  We threshed our wheat, oats, & barley.  If you never lived on a farm, perhaps you don't know what it is like.  We had 23 for dinner each day, I had the girl that you saw here and her sister to help me and we got along fine, but our grain didn't turn out very well.  We had too much rain in the spring and too dry since, besides the army worms ate the heads off the wheat and barley so badly.

I wish you were here today; I am sitting on the front porch writing this on my lap and watching the gentle rain come down.  It feels so delightfully cool and refreshing.

When you come out again, I hope you can come the last week in Aug. or in May.  It is most always cool then, and much more enjoyable to visit.

I hope you and Uncle Quincy will write to me often, I will enjoy hearing from you both and do take good care of yourselves and cousin Selwyn's health.  Hope he gets over the arthritis, it is so miserable.  I want so much for he & my husband to meet, think they would enjoy each other.

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Uncle Quincy looked so much like Papa I loved him the moment I saw him.  Here's hoping we all meet again before too long and have a real visit.  I must close with lots of love to all, I remain
Sincerely, Your Cousin

P.S. Charles Jr's. Grandparents came, shortly after you all left that Friday afternoon and took him back to K.C. with them.  We miss him.   M.B.F.

This part is written in pencil and was added by Patti Shumate Tucker (Mrs. Selwyn Dennis Tucker), the recipient of the letter.  Patti was forwarding the letter on to her cousin Virginia Shumate Moran.

Sat. P.M.
Dear Va, Been so busy cleaning out things preparatory to Fall cleaning past week, haven't written, but am sending this recent letter, which made me feel more than ever that husbands really do mess things up sometimes.  Dad & I were so anxious to spend at least a night in Cuz. MB's home, but my restless husband just wouldn't.  Guess he tho't he'd done his part in bringing us by for our little ghost of a visit, for which was really thankful.  The days past week have been so perfect & the nights good for sound sleep, which have enjoyed, since couldn't sleep in the Rockies.  Too high for my nerves. S. going to a stag picnic this P.M. so a lonesome Sat. & have to cook dinner since T. gone home. Lots love
Devotedly Sittie (Sittie was Patti's nickname)

The FAMULINER and MORAN Connection comes through the SHUMATE line:

The author of this letter is Martha Belle SHUMATE (wife of James Buford FAMULINER), the daughter of Jason Champ SHUMATE and Jennie LACKEY. Martha, or MB,  is writing to her cousin Patti (Sittie) SHUMATE (wife of Selwyn Dennis TUCKER) and Patti's father, John Quincy SHUMATE.  Quincy's wife Louise Elizabeth McLean passed away in 1930.  Patti forwarded the letter to another cousin, Virginia SHUMATE (wife of James Henderson MORAN III), the daughter of Nathan McClary SHUMATE and Margaret Jane ADAMS.

Champ SHUMATE and Martha Jane MCCLARY were the parents and grandparents of the Shumates listed above.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Grandfather Adams' Sisters

"Grandfather Adams' Sisters. This was made from a tintype picture."

This photograph was found among the papers of Virginia Shumate MORAN.  Some one had written the following notation on the inside cover: "Grandfather Adams' Sisters.  This was made from a tintype picture."

Virginia SHUMATE's grandfather was Cyrannus W. ADAMS, born Aug. 26, 1826 in Pulaski County Kentucky and died Dec. 7 1893 in Rockcastle County Kentucky.  He married Mary Elizabeth CUMMINS who was born July 15, 1843 and died Aug 6 1881 in Rockcastle County Kentucky.  For more information about Mary Elizabeth CUMMINS and her parents check out my blog post dated January 6 2012.

Cyrannus W. ADAMS
Cyrannus was the son of Absalom Adams and Cyntha A. Evans.  Cyrannus had several siblings including 3 sisters: 

James ADAMS (b. 1829 Kentucky and married Cyrena Sarah WHITAKER, I think he might've moved to Jones County Texas and died abt 1910)

George ADAMS (b. 1832 Kentucky and married Charlotte L., last found in the 1880 Census for Iona, Jewell, Kansas)

Cyntha/Syntha ADAMS (b. 1835 Kentucky and married John STARK, last found in 1880 census for Umatilla Oregon), 

William Gaines ADAMS (b. 1837 Kentucky and married to Rachel S. MCWILLIAMS, his headstone says G.W. but most everything I've seen indicates he was W.G. died 1892 in Kansas at a Confederate Veterans Rest Home.), 

Margaret A. ADAMS (b. about 1839 and married John C. BROOKS died after 1900), 

Rachel J Adams (b. 1844 and married John A. WINSTEAD, died 1921)

Here's the same photo with some adjustments made using  We can't know exactly who these women are but because of the notation we can narrow it down to three women: 
Cyntha/Syntha ADAMS, 
Margaret A. ADAMS or 
Rachel J. ADAMS.  
They were the sisters of "grandfather ADAM's".  Based on the dates of birth I'm guessing that the girl on the right is Rachel Adams who was born in 1844.  Rachel was 5-8 years younger than her sisters.  But I could be wrong.  Such is the way of genealogy and time!

Two of three sisters of Cyrannus Adams
Cyntha, Margaret or possibly Rachel

Monday, September 17, 2012

Brasfield-Thompson Lumber Co. Nov 4, 1910

Letter to J.W. Moran from
George M. Brasfield
Note that "answered" is written on the letter.
George Moore Brasfield was born in Weakley County Tennessee August 18, 1868.  His parents were George Robert Brasfield and Sarah Ellen Moore.  George married Virginia Elder January 13, 1892. He and Vergie had one child who they named George Frederick Brasfield.  This George married Minna Booker.  I haven't figured out all of the Brasfield/Moran connections but there are Brasfield's in the Moran family tree.

When George M. Brasfield wrote this letter to John W. Moran he was living and working in Tacoma Washington in 1910.  He was the president of the Brasfield-Thompson Lumber Co, manufacturers of hardwood lumber, specialties in oak, ash and gum.  His vice president was J.W. Thompson, who might've been the same J.W. Thompson who was born in Weakley County in 1859 and died there in 1924. A.L. Foster was the company secretary and J.N. Penrod, treasurer.

In addition, George had a lumber camp on the Cache River in Arkansas and the Brasfield post office in Arkansas was named after him.  He had lived in Memphis for a time and on the letterhead Memphis is listed as the Office for the company.

In his letter George is specifically asking for a loan of  $5000.  We don't know if it was a personal loan from J.W. Moran or if he was asking for a bank loan which was possible since J.W. Moran was the President of the Dresden Bank.  I lean toward the side of it being a request for a bank loan since at the end of the letter George Brasfield is also sending his regards to George Boyd who was a cashier at the Bank of Dresden and was kin to J.W. Moran too.  If it had been a personal loan I don't think he would've mentioned George Boyd.

George goes on to indicate that his mother and "John" would most likely endorse the note for him.  I can't say for certain but it's possible that he is referring to his brother John Coke Brasfield who moved his family to California where he formed John C. Brasfield Publishing Co and was the founder of  Architectural Digest.

On the envelope someone has written "answered".  It could've been J.W. Moran, George Boyd or even J.W.'s son Charles Harrell Moran since all three of them worked at the bank.  We'll never know for certain if George M. Brasfield received his loan but my intuition tells me it was granted.  J.W. Moran was an astute businessman and there is a clear indication that this was not the first time George had asked for money and it had previously been granted.

Mr. J.W. Moran
Dresden, Tenn
Nov. 4th, 1910

Dear Mr. Moran

I am making some deals out here in timber and land and the prospects of coming back look mighty good but I am shy of enough cash. Can you loan me 5000 for a year at 10%.  I do not want to lose this deal because it is a good one and absolutely safe.

Mother and John I expect will endorse the note.  Its all right I assure you I haven't sold any of my Memphis and Miss. Land.  Pretty nice Country out here growing fast and many opportunities for good investments in timber and growing city property especially.

I hope you will accommodate me again.

With regards to yourself & Geo. Boyd
Very Respectfully,
Geo. M. Brasfield

P.S.  I have no expectation of making this my permanent home.  Only out here temporarily, about a year I think.  I do not have to have this money for 30 or 40 days but need letter to him about it soon.

Very Respectfully
Geo. M. Brasfield
1218 Fidelity Bldg
Tacoma Washington

To me it's amazing that this letter was sent on Nov 4 1910 from Tacoma Washington
and arrived Nov 8 1910 in Dresden Tennessee.  Just four days!