Friday, January 18, 2013

Photo Friday - On Display

Sometimes it feels like we own a mini-museum of Moran History.  And as such, it's impossible to display everything that we'd like to showcase.  We were able to save one piece of furniture that had been dismantled and stored in the parlor.  It's a wonderful old desk/bookcase made in Cincinnati by Mitchell and Rammelsberg who operated between 1847 and 1881.  I've set up some pieces on display and took a few pictures and thought I'd share this one today.

There are a few old keys and a very old leather eyeglass holder with goldframe glasses inside.  We think those belonged to Lyman Taft Gunn.  There are two seals with an "M" on each.  One of them has a lovely amethyst stone at the end.  There's a small ladies pocket watch which may have belonged to Sophia Riley Gunn Moran.  The tintype frame is from the 1800's however James H. Moran IV removed the tintype and placed a photograph of his daughter in the frame.  We have several tintypes but no clue if any of them are the one that went with the frame.  And there's an assortment of books belonging to the Gunns.  Oh, and on top of the books is a fob.  There would've been an ornament of some kind, possibly a jewel, at the end but that's long been missing.  By candlelight it's almost like living in another era.

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Thursday's Treasure - Godey's Women 1800's

This Godey's Fashion Plate is either from 1890 or 1850.  The date is a bit faded and I can't decided which it is.  :)  I haven't found any other Godey's prints so this might have been used as a room decoration or perhaps one of the Moran girls wanted to try to duplicate one of the dresses and used it as a guide.  Either way it's a wonderful little little treasure from the past.

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

1893 Wedding Wednesday - Walsh & Sullivan Nuptials

Today's featured wedding invitation is to the wedding of Jenny Walsh and Belton O'Neal Sullivan.  They were married on November 28th, 1893 in Jackson Tennessee.  To date I've not found a family connection between the Walsh/Sullivan families to the Moran family so it's possible they were just some of the many friends.  Should a family connection show itself later I'll update this information

The William Kirby Walsh Home, ca 1870's
Jackson TN.  It's on the
National Register of Historic Homes.
Jenny Walsh, the bride, was one of the daughters of William Kirby Walsh of North Carolina and Talitha Jane Anderson of Purdy, Tennessee.  Her mother passed away in 1878 and two years later her father died.  Since neither of her parents were alive to give her away in marriage her sister Annette Walsh McClaran and her brother in law Robert Smith McClaran had the honor.

Belton O'Neal Sullivan, the groom, was the son of Dr. James Madison Sullivan of South Carolina and his second wife, Elizabeth S. Vaughan Sullivan.  The Sullivan's have a long and distinguished lineage and played a prominent role in the history of South Carolina.

Jenny and Belton were blessed with several children: Annette, Belton Jr.,  Marion, Elizabeth (married Frank Caldwell), and William.

Mr. & Mrs. Robert Smith McClaran
request the honour of your presence
at the marriage of their sister
Jenny Walsh,
Mr. Belton O'Neal Sullivan,
on Tuesday November the twenty eighth,
eighteen hundred and ninety three,
at high noon.
Cumberland Presbyterian Church.
Jackson Tennessee

This is William Kirby Walsh Sullivan, one of Jenny and Belton's children.
He attended Vanderbilt University.  The photo comes from the school annual, The Commodore, for 1930.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

The Beautiful and Fascinating Miss Moran 1891

William Edward Eastman
ca. 1890

Today I'm posting a letter to Fannie Moran from another one of her many admirers.  She is described as "beautiful and fascinating" by William Edward Eastman Jr., of Nashville Tennessee.  At the end of the letter I've included as much information as I could find in regards to Mr. Eastman and his family.  It appears he never married, did Fannie break his heart?

Fannie thought highly enough of Mr. Eastman to include him in a photo album of close friends and family.  He is about 18 years old in this picture. (Picture was added to this post on April 26, 2013)

Bank of Commerce
J.N. Brooks Prest.
C.B. Duncan, Cash'r
Nashville, Tenn Oct 17, 1891

Dear Miss Moran,

I am afraid that you are fast forgetting your old Nashville friends so I have taken the liberty of letting you know that one is still true and desires very much to be remembered.

I saw your very dear friend Mr. Ewing the other day and he informed me that the beautiful and fascinating Miss Moran was well and doing well.

I received a letter from Matt A. to day.  He is in St. Louis with the "St. Louis Republic." (Maybe you have heard that direct from him?)

I was awfully sorry not to have been able to bid you a fond farewell when you left here.

When are you coming to Nashville again?  Would like very much to have a "reunion."

It it would not be too much trouble to you I should be delighted to hear from you.

Yours very truly

   Will E. Eastman Jr.

William Edward Eastman Jr was born February 20, 1872 in Nashville Tennessee to William Edward Eastman Sr and Addie Florence Clark.  William Eastman Sr. appears in A National Register of the Society, Sons of the American Revolution, Volume 1:

Son of Elbridge Gerry and Lucy Ann (Carr) Eastman; grandson of Timothy and Abigail (Wilkins) Eastman; great-grandson of Nathaniel Eastman, private New Hampshire Continental Rangers.

William Eastman Sr. was one of the founding partners of The Nashville Banner and served as its first president.  He was also a member of the Grand Chapter, Royal Arch Masons of the State of Tennessee and was a "Grand Scribe", "Grand Steward",  "Grand King", "Grand High Priest",  and a "Grand Master of Ceremonies" at one of the conventions.

William Eastman Jr. is listed in the 1900 Census.  He's living in Washington DC as a boarder and his occupation was accounting.  By 1910 he's living in Nassau, New York and is residing in the household with his brother-in-law Colin Studds, his sister, Maud Eastman Studds and their sons Carlin (possibly mis-written by the census take, most likely Colin Jr)  and Eastman Studds.  William Eastman is listed as single.  An interesting side note, Maud Eastman Studds is the grandmother of Gerry Eastman Studds, the first openly gay member of Congress.

In the 1920 Census William is now listed as head of household and his sister and her two children are living with him.  Oddly enough the census taker lists both of them as married which I believe is incorrect.  William was still single and his sister was now a widow since her husband Colin Auld Studds died in 1915.

In 1930 the Census has reversed the situation with Maud now being listed as head of household. His occupation is now that of District Passenger Agent for the railroad.  His marital status is single.

In 1940, the most current year census records are available, it is just he and sister residing in the home at Hempstead, Nassau County, New York.

I don't know where he died but William Edward Eastman died in 1950 and is buried in Pennsylvania with his sister Maud and her husband Colin Studds.