Wednesday, December 25, 2013
Merry Christmas from Moran Place 2013
Virginia Shumate Moran bundled these Christmas memories together many years ago. When I unraveled the ribbon that had tied them together I found that most of the names on the gift tags were of her close family. Sisters Louise Shumate Durway passed away in 1921 and Maibelle Shumate Harris passed on in 1960, both in Texas.
After the death of their parents, Nathan M. Shumate and Margaret Jane Adams, the three sisters went to live with their Uncle Quincy Shumate in Newbern TN. The Quincy Shumate family became the girls second family and they thought of their cousins as siblings. Hattie Mai Shumate Kingry died in 1956 in Colorado. Martha Belle Shumate Baum also lived in Colorado, date of death is unknown but about 1959.
The tag to from Virginia from Aunt Mollie is most likely from Mollie Tatem Collier, wife of Robert L. Collier, of Crab Orchard Kentucky. The Collier's didn't have children of their own and the Shumate girls spent a lot of time with the Collier's after the death of their mother. Mollie died in 1938 and Robert in 1942.
The tag from "The Cobb's" would be from Virginia's sister-in-law, Marion Moran Cobb.