Saturday, March 23, 2013

1848 Odd Fellow of the Day: Dr. Isaac Calvin Reavis

June the 16 1844
Mr. C. Revis Dr to H. Moran 124 at 6 1/4 cts per pound, 29 Sept Calvin Revis Dr to H Moran for 25 bls lard at 6 1/4 Received cash in hand for 120 bls lard.

The H. Moran is Harriet Harris Moran.  She was the wife of James Henderson Moran the first who died in 1843.  Her parents were Williamson Harris and Elizabeth Battle Perry, both originally from North Carolina and removed to Carroll County Tennessee.  J.H. Moran the first was a merchant and it seems apparent from this receipt that Harriet continued operating the business after his death.  Harriet died in 1848.  Both she and her husband are buried in Moran Cemetery.

We believe that Calvin Revis is Dr. Isaac Calvin Reavis whose parents were John Hannah Reavis and Elizabeth Parham of North Carolina.  It appears that Calvin was first married to a woman named Mary and he married his second wife, Jane Castleman/Cassilman, on Nov. 3, 1861. Calvin and his parents are interred at Parham Cemetery.

In addition to the 1844 receipt Dr. I.C. Reavis appears in the 1848 Ledger Book for the Independent Order of the Oddfellows which is another treasure from Moran Place.  Dr. Reavis paid his quarterly dues and paid into the Orphans fund in 1848 but doesn't appear to have made any more payments after that which might explain why he was expelled from the order in December 1850. In 1873 he was appointed Postmaster of Dresden.

I would be happy to do look ups in the Odd Fellow book for anyone who is interested.  Drop me a line here or send me a message on the Moran Place Facebook page.

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