Friday, January 4, 2013

Photo Friday - Marion Moran ca. 1890

Marion Moran is on the right. We aren't sure
who the other girl is and with a plethora of cousins it's
anyone's guess as to which branch of the family
she belongs to.

Today's Photograph is dedicated to Marion Agnes Moran, the youngest child of John Williamson Moran and Sophia Riley Gunn.  Marion always touches my heart in so many ways.  We don't know the exact date of her birth, just that it happened in 1885 and we only know that from her headstone.  Marion was just 10 years old when her mother died.  From some of the letters it seems that she may have been a lonely girl and it appears there was some concern about her finding a husband.  I think she was considered the "homely" child.  However, Marion did marry, Charles H. Cobb of Union City, but it doesn't appear to have been a happy marriage and she ended up committing suicide October 1934.  They had one child, Carolyn Elizabeth Cobb

Closeup of  the two
holding hands.
Closeup of unknown girls necklace.
We don't know who the other little girl is except that she could belong to any number of the Moran cousins from the Irvines, Scotts, Fergusons and maybe even the Gunns.   I love the details in this photograph and the contrast between the two girls.  They are both dressed ornately but Marion's outfit is more subdued.  She has a simple dark ribbon in her hair and no jewelry.  The other little girl appears to be a bit older than Marion and she's dressed more like an adult than a child from the long train to the two bracelets, necklace and even what looks to be at least one gold hair pin.
I love the way the older girl is holding Marion's hand, as if to say I'm here and I'll take care of you.

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Nashville 1880 Centennial & Wheeler & Wilson

Howe Sewing machine, mid to late 1800's.
Moran Place
I came across a wonderful piece of 1880 business ephemera/Nashville Centennial among the papers of John Williamson Moran.  It's a receipt and confirmation of an order that had been placed with the Wheeler & Wilson Manufacturing Co. in Nashville Tennessee.  Wheeler & Wilson  produced sewing machines much like the Howe sewing machine we found in the attic of Moran Place.  I don't know if Wheeler & Wilson sold Howe machines in addition to their own brand but it's possible that the receipt is for the Howe machine pictured here.

Office of Wheeler & Wilson Manufacturing Co.
No. 120 Church Street,
Nashville, Tenn. March 11th 1880

Mr. J.W. Moran,
      Dresden Tenn
Dear Sir:
      Yours of 6th inst. with dft. $30.00 in full of mch sold to hand for which you have our thanks.  We ship mch ordered today.
                                      Yours Truly
                                       Wheeler & Wilson Mfg Co
                                            Omolund (sp.)

And then on the back is a fascinating piece of Tennessee History  about the "Grand Centennial Exposition" of Nashville.

  1780.      The City of Nashville 100 Years Old.      1880
                           Grand Centennial Exposition

W. Stockell, Chairman Exposition Board
M.R. Howell, Ass't Chairman.
Wm. C. Smith, Architect, Nashville.
R.A. Campbell, Recording Secretary
G.S. Blackie, Corresponding Secretary
Jos. L. Weakley, Treasurer


Location of Prominent Nashville Merchants and Manufacturers
Furniture and Mattresses
Weakley & Warren: Manufacturers of and Dealers in Furniture, Mattresses, etc.  Send them your orders, No.s 12 and 13 N. College St. Factory, 317, 319, 321 and 323 S. College Street. Nashville, Tenn.
Cotton, Tobacco and Grain Factors.
Ordway, Dudley *& McGuire, Cotton. Tobacco and Grain Factors.  Wholesale Grocers, Produce and General Commission Merchants, Nos. 80 and 82 S. Market St., Nashville, Tenn. Manufacturers' Agents for Flour, Bagging, Ties, Cotton Rope, Yarns and Cotton Gins.
Hillman, Buford & Corbett. Dealers in Hardware, Iron, Steel, Woodwork and Farming Implements, 18 and 20 S. Market St., Nashville, Tenn.
Seeds and Implements
Geo. W. Stockell, Wholesale Seeds and Implements: Office 14 and 16 South Market St. Nashville, Tenn. Agents for Oliver Chilled Plows, Mickle-Louisville, Steel and Cast Plows, Tennessee Wagons, Osborne Binders, Wheeler Reapers and Mowers, Aultman & Taylor Engines and Separators, and Jacoby Harrows.
Sewing Machines
Wheeler & Wilson's Silent Sewing Machine, No. 8, the Cheapest Machine to Buy.  Because it is the Easiest to Learn, the Lightest Running, the Easiest to Manage, the Most Durable, and Does the Most Perfect Work.  Wheeler & Wilson Manufacturing Company, 120 Church St., Nashville, Tenn.

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

William Shumate Harris of Ft Worth

Taken at Bryant Studio Inc
705 1/2 Main St
Fort Worth Tex.
William Shumate Harris
William Shumate Harris is our 1st cousin once removed.  His parents were Newton Temple Harris of Texas and Maibelle Shumate of Kentucky.  William was born May 24, 1911 in Texas.  According to the 1940 Census he was was a 28 year old attorney living at home with his mother and sister.  He died September 26 1973.  The death record indicates he was married but at this time I haven't been able to find a name or when he might have married or if they had any children.

If he has descendants or if anyone knew him we'd enjoy hearing from you.  It's always nice to be able to add more leaves to the family tree.

Monday, December 31, 2012

1901 Tennessee Club Banquet Gleason TN

James H. Moran III
James H. Moran, of Dresden TN, was a member of the Tennessee Club of the University of Virginia. On this evening he was one of the speakers at the  banquet held at the Hotel Gleason, Gleason Tennessee on Tuesday, March 26th, 1901.  We found a program for the banquet among the papers at Moran Place.  In addition, there was a photograph of a woman inside the program.  She doesn't appear to be one of the Moran women.  Perhaps she was Jim's date for the evening?  What we do know is that the photograph was taken inside of the Moran home in Dresden.

Taken inside Moran Place, Dresden TN.
Unknown woman.

Tennessee Club Banquet
University of Virginia

Hotel Gleason

March 26th

Lynndhavens on Half-Shell
Consomme Printamir Royal
Broiled King Pompans, Maitre d' Hotel
Pommes Saratoga
Virginia Sherry
Olives Chow-Chow, Pickles, India Relish
Celery,  Dressed Lettuce
Salted Almonds, Deviled Crabs
Ribs of Prime Beef
Sweet Catawba
Cold Ham
Blue Ridge Turkey, Cranberry Sauce
Virginia Port
Chicken Salad, Saratoga Chips
Peach Ice Cream
Tennessee Punch
Fruit Cake, Macaroons
Chocolate Cake, Lady Fingers
Assorted Fancy Cakes
Bon Bons
Figs, Dates, Chrystalized Ginger
Mixed Nuts, Raisins
Banquet Cakes, Toasted Crackers
Pineapple, Royal Luncheon
and American Cheese
Champagne Waifers, Cafe Nor
Cigars, Cigarettes

The Volunteer....Mr. Bradley Walker
"It is a goodly sight to see
What Heaven hath done for this delicious land." C.H.

The Old Folks at Home....Mr. James H. Moran
"While I play the good husband at home,
my son and my servant spend all at the University."

Tennesseans Abroad....Mr. Wm. R. Harrison
"When I was at home, I was in a better place; but travelers must be content."

The Boys....Mr. Charles M. Bryan
"Young fellows will be young fellows."

To the Girl I love in Sunny Tennessee....Mr. Fletcher Jordan
"Heart on her lips and soul within her eyes,
Soft as her clime and sunny as her skies."

Walker, Pres,
  Martin, Sec. and Treas.
    Bockman, Toastmaster,
        Moran, Committee

L. Ronalson,
   M. Ronalson,