Wednesday, September 18, 2013
Being the swinging fella that he was Brud purchased a Victrola around 1912. He had quite a collection of waltz's and foxtrot's to keep the Moran's and their friends singing and dancing. I came across an old envelope dated October 1912 that he used to jot down a few new musical titles, perhaps he was hoping to add them to his record collection.
The only title that was familiar to me was "Oh You Beautiful Doll" which was published in 1911. It's actually a very unique piece of music in that it's one of the first songs that uses a 12 bar opening. Words by Seymour Brown and music by Nat D. Ayer.
Tuesday, September 17, 2013
This is the eleventh 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 one, part two, part three, part four, part five, part six, part seven, part eight, part nine, part ten.
Henry Leake Hill was born July 28 1856 in Buckingham County Virginia. He is in the 1870 Census for Obion County with his father Robert H. Hill age 45, mother Susannah age 39 and two brothers John age 11 and Lillian age 8 months. His father is a farmer and he and his young brother John are farm laborers at the ages of 12 and 11.
"Leak" as he was called married Nancy Ann McMurry October 23 1878 in Obion County. Nancy was the daughter of Hosea Wilson McMurry and Elizabeth Yater. He and his wife Nancy McMurry appear in the 1880 Census for Obion County with their ten month old son Harry. According to some family tree's on Ancestry.com Harry died in 1885 "Leak" as he was called was a blacksmith according to the Census. In 1900 Henry and Nancy and their sons John McMurry and Albert Sidney appear in the 1900 - 1920 Census for Weakley County. After 1900 Henry's occupation is sometimes listed as clerk and sometimes as farmer. In 1930 his sister Lillian Mosier and her daughter Mary are living with Henry and Nancy.
During his time in Weakley County, Leak owned a mill which he sold. He was a Democrat but was able to get elected in a time when the district was "thoroughly Republican" and he was known as the "marrying squire" for the many nuptials he performed. He died in 1933 in Nashville at the Presbyterian Hospital. Nancy followed him to their resting place in Sunset Cemetery just three years later.
As for their son John McMurry Hill, the only thing I know is that he was the informant on his mother's death certificate and his address was listed as Bloomington Indiana.
Albert Sidney Hill married Valda Biggs McWherter, the daughter of Doak Alexander McWherter and Adaline Biggs, June 29, 1921 in Weakley County. He, Valda and their 16 year old daughter Nancy are living in Belle Meade, Tennessee in 1940. Albert was the vice president at an investment bank. Albert and Valda both died in Nashville and are interred in Sunset Cemetery.
From the Dresden Enterprise, April 24, 1896
Leak Hill was born July 28, 1856 in Buckingham county, Va., and came to Tennessee ten years later, going to Obion county. He came to Weakley county in 1886 and went into the mill business near Dresden, which he sold to J.F. Brinkley, the latter being afterwards burned out. Hill was first elected magistrate in '88, and bears the distinction of having become such by accident--not that he was not worthy and popular, but this was then a thoroughly Republican civil district, and for years there had been only three magistrates serving. Hill was head among the Democratic candidates, and some time after the election it was discovered that the county site district was entitled to four magistrates, and had been all the time. This let him in as the fourth man, though first among his party men. Two years ago he was re-elected, and has made an exceptionally good officer. He is progressive in the conduct of the affairs of his office, and keeps strictly up with the times. For sometime he was called the "marrying squire," so frequently was he called upon to unite the destinies of those who fled from the wrath of "stern parents." He has a host of friends who have been made such by his jovial nature and warmheartedness. he is decidedly popular and will some day, we hope, come up higher, as a county officer.
Sunday, September 15, 2013
This is the tenth 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 one, part two, part three, part four, part five, part six, part seven, part eight, part nine.
On a distant branch of the Moran family tree you will find the Edwards family. Benjamin B. Edwards was born about 1830 in Dresden, Tennessee. Date of death is unknown but it was after 1900 because he appears in the 1900 Census. He was just one of many children born to Thomas Cotton Edwards and Pauline Bransford Bondurant. His first wife was Martha Morilla Cotton (1836-1857). After her death he married Hugh Alzira Sutton (1840-death unknown). Alzira and Benjamin several children: Martha M (1861-?), Latham (1863-?), William C. Edwards (1866-?), Paulina (1867-?) Nathan (1868-?) and Benjamin (1874-?).
His occupation in 1850 was "student". In 1860 he is still living at home with his parents and he is an attorney. In 1870 he and Alzira have their home and 5 children. The 1880 Census lists his occupation as Clerk of the Chancery Court.. He is a Circuit Court Clerk in 1900.
Several of their children move to Gainesville Texas. We have a picture of their sons Will and Nate.
|Will and Nate Edwards, ca 1890|
In addition to Benjamin Edwards I've written a post about his nephew James Thomas Edwards. He was part of the Edwards family that moved to Gainesville. James Thomas Edwards married Josie Lee Gardner, daughter of a well know Weakley county person, John Almus Gardner of Gardner's Station and his wife Agnes Hunter Cowardin (a Moran cousin).
Our present clerk and master was born here in Dresden in 1830 in the same residence he now occupies and received a most liberal education here at home. At the age of eighteen he began teaching school, continuing two terms. Forty-seven years ago he became a disciple of Blackstone, his preceptor being Hon. Emerson Etheridge. In 1851 he was admitted to the bar to practice law and for years enjoyed a fine practice--until, in fact, he was appointed clerk and master, which position he has held for twenty-one years. he is a most scholarly gentleman, and always has a tender regard for the feelings of others. He and Mr. Etheridge are the only lawyers living here now who practiced in those early days, and neither of them is practicing at this time. he raised a large family of children who have made honored and useful citizens, but today each has found a home elsewhere, and Mr. Edwards and his wife are passing their declining years alone. Theirs have been model lives. Mr. Edwards is a member of no church, but holds in high esteem any organization having as its object the betterment of the human race. In politics he is a Democrat, and while he has never been an offensive partisan, he is still a good party man.