Monday, April 22, 2013

William Albert Shibley

Surnames: Shibley, Wermuth, Tigrett, Kearney, Davidson, Snell

There are several similarities between William Albert Shibley and James Moran III.  They both attended St. Albans School in Radford, VA and the University of Virginia.  They both played on the football team.  Their fathers served in the Confederacy during the Civil War, both married young ladies living in Newbern, Tennessee. Both had three children: William had two girls and a boy while James had two boys and a girl. William Shibley worked for a time as a Bank Cashier.  James' father owned the Bank of Dresden and he would eventually become the Bank President at his fathers death.  Neither stayed in the banking business.  By 1920 William and his family lived in Memphis and he was working in the automobile industry.  After the failure of the Dresden Bank James became a "bond buyer" and eventually found work as a bank examiner for the Federal Housing Administration and for a time he lived in Memphis and Little Rock.  William Shibley died in 1926 and was buried in Fairview Cemetery in Arkansas, the same cemetery as his parents.  James Moran died in 1968 and is buried in the Moran family cemetery.

That's the connection between William and James.  But what about Virginia Shumate, James' wife.  Virginia was born in Kentucky but after the death of her parents she and her sisters moved to Newbern and lived with their uncle Quincy Shumate and his family.  In addition the Gentry family, relatives of the Shumates were living in Newbern as well.  I believe that Virginia was probably friends with Rebecca and the Tigrett family.  Rebecca would end up being Williams first wife.  So it's very possible that James Moran and Virginia Shumate met through their mutual friends, William and Rebecca.

These items were found among the papers of Virginia Shumate Moran:

The wedding invitation to Rebecca Tigrett and William Albert Shibley's wedding.

Mr. and Mrs. A.B. Tigrett

invite you to be present

at the marriage of their daughter



Mr. William Albert Shibley

Wednesday evening January the sixteenth

Nineteen hundred and one,

at eight o'clock

Cumberland Presbyterian Church

Newbern, Tennessee

William Albert Shibley was born October 7 1876 in Crawford Arkansas to William Henry Harrison Shibley and Esther A. Cook.   William was married three times.  His wives were: Rebecca Tigrett (predeceased him), Marie Louise Wermuth (divorced) and Jeanne T. Snell (divorced).

Rebecca Tigrett was born July 6 1879 in Newbern to A.B.Tigrett and Lucy (Lutie) Parks.  Rebecca and William Shibley married in 1901 and had one child, William Burton Shibley.  Rebecca died March 27, 1905 and is buried in Poplar Grove Cemetery in Newbern.

Marie Louise Wermuth was born March 3, 1891 in New Orleans.  She was the daughter of Charles Ernst
Wermuth and Marie Agnes Pichet/Picket. She married William on January 9, 1910, in New Orleans.  James Moran was the best man at the wedding.  It's interesting to note that Marie Wermuth Shibley was the organist at the wedding of James and Virginia in 1911 and William Shibley was an usher!

I've transcribed the wedding information:
A pretty wedding was that of Miss Marie Louis Wermuth, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles E. Wermuth, to Mr. William Albert Shibley of Newbern, Tenn., which was celebrated at 5 o'clock in the afternoon yesterday at the Prytania Street Presbyterian Church.  There was a large gathering of friends entertained for the ceremony, and there were several attendants on both the bride and bridegroom.  The church was decorated with a profusion of plants and tall ferns and numberous clusters of white cut flowers and loops of tulle.  "Lohengrin's" wedding march was played as the bridal party entered.  The attendants at the wedding were the bridesmaids, Misses Rita Kuntz, Ethelyn Reuss of Louisiana and Alma Spiller of Whitecastle, La., and the maid of honor was Miss Malissa Radetzky of Houston.  The groomsmen were Messrs. Aleck Leonhardt and howard Pattison and Dr. S.J. Muller, and the ushers Messrs. Walter Gerault, Jr., Oscar Catoire, John McCloskey, Jr. and H.G. McCall. The best man was Mr. James H. Moran of Rudderford (sic), Tenn.  Jest preceding the bride were the little flower girl, Miss Aline Casanas, and the little ringbearer, Maxwell Hughes.  The bride was given away by her father, with whom she entered.  She wore an elaborate bridal gown of cashmere de soie over satin, trimmed with duchess lace.  It was made in princess effect, with a long train, and worn with the conventional veil of illusion.  She carried lilies of the valley and orchids.  The bridesmaids' gowns were of pale pink messaline over satin, and they carried shower bouquets of La France roses and asparagus vine.  The maid of honor wore white sating and carried bride roses.  During the signing of the register Miss Marie Norra sang an "Ave Maria" very beautifully.  There was a reception later at the home of the bride's parents in Nashville avenue, which was a largely attended and elaborate affair.  Mrs. Wermuth was assisted in receiving by Mrs. O.H. Simpson, Mrs. Benj. Casanas and a few other guests, besides members of the bridal party.  Mr. and Mrs. Shibley left for a bridal tour in the Middle West, after which they will make their home in Newbern. The bridegroom is a native of Tennessee and is an alumnus of the University of Virginia.  There was a large number of beautiful gifts sent to the bride.

Marie and William had two daughters: Evelyn Wermuth Shibley and Marie Esther Shibley.  Marie and William divorced sometime before 1920 because she and her daughters appear in the 1920 Census living with her parents in New Orleans and her marital status is divorced.    Marie died in 1970.

Mrs. H. Crawford Davidson, the former Miss Evelyn Shibley,
devotes her spare time to various activities of the New Orleans
Junior League including the Children's Playhouse Company

Their daughter Evelyn married Hugh Crawford Davidson in 1934.  This picture is probably from the 1940's.  In the 1940 Census Hugh is listed as an executive.  They had no children at that time.

Miss Marie Esther Shibley, one of the beauties
of the younger set, whose engagement to
Mr. William J. Kearney, Jr., is announced
today by her mother, Mrs. Marie Shibley.

Their daughter Marie married William James Kearney Jr sometime about 1936.  His occupation was listed as lawyer in the 1940 Census.  At that time they had two children: William age 3 and Michael, 8 months.

The final marriage of William Albert Shibley, that I'm aware of,  was to Jeanne T. Snell on June 30, 1923 in Arkansas.  The marriage lasted less than two years as the couple divorced in January 1925.

In the span of 19 years William Shibley had married twice, been widowed, and then divorced and had three
children.  The 1920 Census has him living in a boarding house with his 18 year old son William B. Shibley.  His daughters are living in New Orleans with his second wife.  It's very possible that his son had a place of his own and William is living alone in Memphis in 1922 when he sent this Christmas greeting to Jim and Virginia Moran.  In six months he would be married for third time and divorced again in a year and a half.  William died in 1926.

There is one other item I recall seeing but can't put my hands on it and that is a calling card for William.  When I do I'll scan it and add it here.

For now that's all of the Shibley family information I've located but I also haven't been through all of the items from Moran Place which means there could be more!

At this time I can find no family connection between the Shibley and Moran Clans except that they appeared to be very good friends.

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