Thursday, July 11, 2013

Invitation to a Reception by Mrs. Sallie Fowlkes, 1891

Mrs. S.E. Fowlkes, Reception,Thursday, April twenty-third8:30 o'clock, p.m.
in honor of Mr & mrs. W.H. Haywood, 1891, Dyersburg, Tenn.
On the left side is the individual name card for the bride, Sallie Fowlkes.
We recently took a day trip to Newbern, TN.  Many Moran family and friends were from Newbern and the surrounding area.  This day we were particularly interested in seeing Fairview Cemetery where some of the Gentry relatives are interred.  While there I took more than 500 photographs and am still processing those for inclusion in Findagrave.  I have learned to take as many photographs as I can because sometimes I come across a letter or picture of someone and that was the case with the Fairview Cemetery

Fannie Moran was the recipient and would've been about 18 at the time.

I believe Mrs. S.E. Fowlkes is Sarah E. "Sallie" Connell.  She married William Parkham Fowlkes Jr in 1863 and the couple had the following children: William Connell, Weston, Charlie, Carrie, Sallie, Kate and John H.  Her husband William died in 1882 in Dyer County.

Name card of William Henry Haywood, the groom.

The invitation is for a Mr. and Mrs. W.H. Haywood. William Henry Haywood was born about 1868 and he married Sally Fowlkes on April 21 1891 so the invitation was a reception for the newlyweds.  .

It seems likely that the William Henry Haywood in the invitation is the W.H. Haywood who republished The Civil and Political History of the State of Tennessee from its Earliest Settlement up to the Year 1796 including the Boundaries of the State by John Haywood.  W.H. Haywood was the grandson of John Haywood and wrote the forward to the publication when it was issued in 1891. He was the son of James Glasgow Haywood and Harriet Boyd Read.  One source says W.H. was a newspaper man and that he lived in Memphis. He and Sallie appear in the 1909 City Directory for Atlantic City New Jersey. They appear in the 1910 Census and are living in Memphis.

Sallie and William were blessed with three girls and one boy: Caroline Reed, Mary Glasgow, Charles Fowlkes and Katherine Theresa Haywood.

Sallie Fowlkes Haywood died in Memphis July 6, 1958.  At this time I don't know what happened to her husband William.

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Dresden Enterprise Apr 24 1896 - The Illustrated Edition Part 7 "Weakley County Officers"

This is the seventh in a multi-part series featuring the April 24 1896 edition of the Dresden Enterprise.  If you missed the previous posts you can find them here: part onepart two, part threepart fourpart five, part six.

F.P. Fonville - Weakly county's present trustee, and by the way one of the best we ever had, Mr. Franklin P. Fonville, was born in 1852 in the eight (Sharon) district, when that part of the county perhaps never dreamed that some day that district would have a flourishing little village.  Mr. Fonville was raised on the farm, and remained with his father until he was of age.  Since that time he has been both self-reliant and prosperous.  At one time he was in the dry goods business at Sharon, and for seven years bought and rehandled tobacco, in which he was very successful.  four years ago he became a candidate for the Democratic nomination for trustee and easily won over several worthy competitors.  Two years later he had no opponent in the Democratic primary, and in August was re-elected, having no opponent.  Mr. Fonville this year declined to run for a third term, saying he believed in rotation in office and would step aside for some other Democrat.  He will have a worthy successor in Mr. W. C. Croft, the Democratic nominee.  Today there is not a better man morally in Weakley county than Mr. Fonville, or one who has more friends, both because of his good private character and his unassailable public record.  He is a member of the Baptist church (missionary) and has a very happy family, consisting of a wife and seven daughters.  His wife is a sister of C.D. Bowden, now doing business in Dresden.

John J. Thomason - Mr. Thomason was born in the old Thomason homestead five miles from Dresden, two and a half this side of Gelason.  Mr. Thomason was in the drug business in Texas for sometime, but returned here to take care of his father, who had been stricken with paralysis.  He was his father's deputy until time for another election, at which time he was a candidate, being nominated in the Democratic primary over several very strong men. He makes a good clerk and has in Mr. T.E. Irvine, a splendid assistant.  Mr. Thomason is very popular with people all over the county, and especially so at home, where he is well known.  John is not married, but is counted among the old bachelors who hopes to be this year.  He is a public spirited young man, and is always abreast with the times, when it comes to leading issues of the day.  he is an enthusiastic sound money man, and is very confident that his position is the correct way out of our financial troubles.  He, however, believes in majority rule, and will abide the decision of his party should it be against him.

G.T. Mayo - The information for Mr. Mayo and others will be the topic of the next blog entry.

F.P. Fonville is buried at Woodlawn Cemetery in Sharon with his wife Emma Bowden Fonville.

William Congrave Croft, Fonville's successor, is interred at Mt. Moriah Cemetery in Weakley County.

A search of John J. Thomason on shows him listed as the son of Joseph Green Thomason and Sarah Caroline Peck.  His date of death is given as March 22, 1899, place of interment is unknown.  His assistant, T. E. Irvine is interred in Sunset Cemetery.

More information about Henry Leake Hill will appear in a subsequent blog post.

The complete list of links in this multi-part series:

Monday, July 8, 2013

Dresden Enterprise Apr 24 1896 - The Illustrated Edition Part 6 "Weakley & the Tennessee Centennial"

This is the sixth in a multi-part series featuring the April 24 1896 edition of the Dresden Enterprise.  If you missed the previous posts you can find them here: part onepart two, part threepart four, part five.

Today's post covers page 3.  The top half of the page is an advertisement for something called the "Cash Racket Store" and the bottom section is dedicated to the Tennessee Centennial.

Transcription of the Tennessee Centennial article:

Beckersteth in his beautiful poem, "Yesterday, Today and Forever," speaks of anniversaries as white stones in the journey of life.  They are set up to comemmorate what i past, and to give strength and inspiration for the further journey.  They mark both a burial and a birth.

Tennessee is completing the circle of years that marks her stone one hundred.

All the hands that placed the first stone have mouldered back to dust.  The men and women of the old heroic days belong now to history.  In camp, in forts, in the humble home, in legislative hall, in foreign courts, anywhere and everywhere, the men who fought our battles and laid the foundation of our state and plead for her recognition were such as posterity delights to honor.  Their praises have been sung in poetry and written in books and inscribed on stone.  It is eminently proper, then, that the state should herself celebrate her Yesterday by a Today that will make her famous forevermore.  This notable event should be a great gathering in which every county, every citizen, every woman, every child is suitable represented.  The mother, venerable in years and usefulness, deserves a token from all who claim her care--who share her protection.  A long absent son writing from a foreign field said, "Mother, I cannot be with you, but I send my love and my offering."  There are ninety-six counties in Tennessee ? is able to send love and an offering worthy of the occasion.  some of the counties--through the county court--have devised liberal things. When the courts refuse an appropriation more remains to be done by individual action.

Weakley, so rich in resources, will surely send some gift for the birthday of the state.  Right here in Dresden we have one of the best mills in West Tennessee.  It runs regularly, working from ten to fifteen hands, with a capacity of 100 barrels of flour, fifty barrels of meal and fifty barrels of chopped feed.  It is owned and operated by home men--S.P. Scott and B.D. Irvine, with a capital of thirty thousand dollars.  In tobacco the showing is just as creditable, while the growth of small fruits and tomatoes yields a heavy income for the money and labor invested.  All in all, Weakley County is a good county and one that has honored the state in nearly every deppartment. (sic)  Why should not Weakley take some part in the erection of that white stone to mark the Mother's birthday into a fuller and more glorious future.  I know that there are difficulties in the way of the Woman's Board.  It is a hard matter for the wives, mothers and children to do anything or to go anywhere without help from the husbands, the fathers and the brothers--yes and the old bachelors, for on these Rome used to put a double tax for all public enterprises.  however, despite discouragements, the members of the Woman's State and County boards appeal to one and to all for help in securing suitable means for a creditable county exhibit.  They earnestly desire that the exhibit of woman's work from Weakley shall not be a whit behind the chiefest.  To this end, they urge upon sub-committees throughout the county, or in each civil district, and upon all women to put forth their best efforts to secure specimens of handiwork of every kind, fine needle work, painting, embroidery, crocheting, knitting, leather work, dairy products--anything from the home or from a farm or garden managed by women.  Then we must have money or the exhibit cannot be transported and mounted.

Now, in some neighboring counties the farmers are helping by donation of hams, flour, corn, cotton, tobacco, meal and the women donate the money from a pound or more of butter, the sale of so many dozen eggs.  The hams are cooked and made into dainty lunches by the women and sold for the Centennial fund.  The articles donated all go to the treasury.

Who will be the first to help our county board with such things as he or she can spare from the farm and from the dairy and the orchard?  Will not each help to make the mother's birthday an occasion of great rejoicing?
           Mrs. S. F. Mooney
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The complete list of links in this multi-part series:
part onepart two, part threepart fourpart fivepart sixpart sevenpart eightpart ninepart tenpart elevenpart twelvepart thirteenpart fourteenpart fifteenpart sixteenpart seventeenpart eighteenpart nineteenpart twentypart twenty-onepart twenty-twopart twenty-three.