Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Two Dapper Pipe Smokers, Dyersburg TN ca 1895

Here's a great picture of two young men with pipes.  We think the fellow on the right is Jim Moran III.  Taken at Dyersburg, Tenn, "Photo by Taylor."

Saturday, December 20, 2014

From Hattie, January 27 1897

The back of the photograph is annotated "From Hattie, January 27, 1897."  We don't know anymore about Hattie than that but we do know the photo was taken in Union City Tennessee by H.E. Wallace. A quick search of period newspapers shows that H.E. Wallace purchased a gallery in South Carolina and was leaving Union City on August 15, 1908.  The newspaper snippet said "Parties desiring him to make photographs call at once." Source: The Hickman Courier, July 30 1908. Another source said he was the older brother of D.B. Wallace of Warsaw, Kentucky.  D.B. was born in 1857 in Ohio according to Census records.  

Sunday, December 14, 2014

1923 Letter from Pastor S.L. Jewell to Brud Moran

Letter to Charles "Brud" Moran from Samuel L. Jewell, pastor, M.E. Church, South.  

S. L. Jewell was born about 1860 in Kentucky and served as a pastor in several towns including Dresden, McKenzie, and Trenton.  You can see a picture of him here when he was pastor at Trenton. In April of 1923, the Dresden M.E. Church, South, had purchased an organ from a church in Memphis.  Letters and bill of sale can be seen in an earlier blog post.  He appears in the 1900 Census for Mayfield Kentucky, age 43, married 12 years, occupation Minister.  His wife was Daisy Redd Jewell, age 32.  They had two sons: William Redd Jewell age 10 and Samuel L. Jewell Jr age 5.  The family appears again in the 1910 Census living in Clinton, Kentucky.  By 1920 Samuel Sr and Daisy were living in Barlow Kentucky.  A nephew, Allan Redd age 15, was living with them.  Samuel and Daisy move to Memphis and appear in City Directories for 1932-1935 living at 1779 Glenview Ave. Their son Samuel Jr was the sales manager at Kirkpatrick Coal.

William Jewell married married Ida Porter Clark of Hickman Kentucky.  William died in Ohio in 1979 and is interred at Spring Grove Cemetery.

Samuel Lewis Jewell Jr married Rowena Wyatt.  He died in 1995 and is buried at Forest Hill Midtown in Memphis.

Daisy Redd Jewell died in 1939 in Evanston Illinois and is buried at Oakland Cemetery in Trenton.

In addition to their two sons, Sameul and Daisy had a daughter named Vivian who died at the age of 4 from burns received in a fire.  She is buried at Oakland Cemetery with her mother.

It is unknown at this time what happened to Rev. Samuel L. Jewell.

Conway Ark.
June 21 1923

Dear Brother Moran

I have Dr. Jones's telegram informing me that you have let the contract for the church at satisfactory price.  I am certainly happy to know it.

I am writing you in regard to the organ committee. Would it not be well to suggest to the committee to get their funds in at once so as to enable the good women to pay their subscription immediately?

Dr. Jones gave me no details of the contract.  When they begin to gravel the lot, please have the concrete side walk removed in unbroken squares. We will need that at one side of the building.  I think they can prize it up and shove it into the ditch and we can have it moved.

I am revolving in my head some plans to enclose the subscription list to enable us to finish the auditorium. Will lay them before you when I get home.  We are well and enjoying our visit.  Hope you are well.

S. L. Jewell

Moran Place Christmas Season, ca 1970

Christmas in the very early 1970's at Moran Place.  The tree was placed just inside the front doors (doors to the left) and in front of the pocket sliding doors to the parlor.  This picture was taken from the landing of the stairs and offers a nice shot of the Victorian wood turnings that separated the entrance area to the stairs.

Monday, December 1, 2014

Post-Civil War Roster Co. I 31st Tenn Reg C.S.A. by 1st Lieutenant J.W. Moran

Yesterday was the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Franklin, a battle in which John W. Moran participated and was wounded.  We think the photo taken by Theodore Schleier of Nashville is the earliest that we have of the Moran patriach. Schleier had his own studio in Nashville about 1863 and had completely removed to Knoxville by 1867. Based on that information we believe the photo dates from about 1866.

The following information was documented, post-war, by John W. Moran, 1st Lieutenant, Co. I 31st Tenn Reg. C.S.A. and was transcribed by his great-grandson, Kent Moran, back in the 1990's. At that time Kent was cross-referencing information from the list with information found in Tennesseans in the Civil War Vol II.  Recently we took another look at the transcription and have started adding additional information from other sources such as Findagrave, Fold3, etc.  The information here will be updated as we find information about the men in the unit.   We have the original document and will scan it once we find it in our ever growing collection of Moran files.  

In addition to the information about the unit, J.W.M. also documented the history of the Company's Battle flag which can be found here.

Key: The numbering was on the original document
X indicates listed in Tennesseans in the Civil War Vol. II
? indicates unknown in Tennesseans in the Civil War Vol. II
Other sources are noted in the body, i.e. Fold3,, IOOF etc)
** indicates my own note regarding the individual

J.W. Moran enlisted Sept 19, 1861

1. Captain Thomas L. Bell, Discharged (X) 
(Fold3- Age 29, enlisted Sept 17 1861, Trenton Tenn, by Esqr Irvine, Discharged May 20 1862. Roster dated Oct 6, 1863-Missionary Ridge, W.V. Sims was elected at the reorganization instead of Capt. Tom Bell. **Possibly the son of Pulaski Botts Bell and Sarah Lacey Nailing, distant cousin of J.W. Moran.)

2. 1st Lieutenant James C. Simmons, Resigned (X)
(Fold3- Age 36, enlisted Sept 17 1861, Trenton Tenn, by Esqr Irvine. Resigned March 24 1862, Simmons resigned "owing to disease of the bowels which produced Piles" which he believed made him unfit for further service.  **J.C. Simmons appears in the 1860 Census for Dresden Tn, age 34, occupation Constable, birthplace Kentucky.  Also in the household: Berilla (Browning) Simmons, age 35, South Carolina and Susan Simmons, age 8, Tennessee. Family trees on indicate he died Dec. 2 1877 in Weakley County TN. Appears in IOOF Ledger Book, page 189.) 

3. 2nd Lieutenant William Sims, Killed at Franklin (X) (Same as #4 in the Reorganized section)

4. Captain William V. Sims, Killed at Franklin (X) (Findagrave Memorial.  (Fold3- enlisted Sept 17 1861, Trenton Tenn, by Esqr Irvine.)  **Pre-War he was the postmaster at District 10, Weakley county.

5. 1st Lieutenant John W. Moran, Wounded at Perryville and Franklin and served through the war (X)

6. 2nd Lieutenant John W. Montgomery, Discharged (X)
(Fold3- Enlisted September 17, 1861, Trenton Tenn, by Esqr Irvine. Promoted to 2nd Lieutenant May 8 1862. Appears on Roster dated Oct 6 1862, Missionary Ridge.  Tendered his resignation citing health reasons Dec 21 1862 supported by W.T. Wills, Surgeon 31st Reg Tenn Vols.  Montgomery suffered from chronic disease of the large intestines/diarrhea.  Discharged Feb. 3 1863. Age 27 years on roll dated May 12 1863 near Shelbyville.)  **Believe this is possibly the John W. Montgomery that married Unity Emeline Phillips in Weakley County in 1863.  He died in 1914 and was interred at Mt. Zion Cemetery in Gleason. Promoted to 2nd Lieutenant and ordered to duty on April 1 1863.

7. 2nd Lieutenant James P. Thomason, Captured after New Hope 1864 (X)
(Fold3- Name variations Thommasson, Thomasson. Enlisted Oct 23 1861, Trenton Tenn by Capt. Johnstone and/or Esqr Irvine. Company Muster Roll for May/June 1862 says he was sent to the hospital at Jackson from Corinth. Company Muster Roll for Aug 31 to Dec 31 shows he mustered in as a private and on March 28 1862 was elected to 2nd Bvt. Lieutenant and relieved from duty Aug 25 1862. Age 21 years on a Company Muster Roll dated May 12 1863 near Shelbyville.  Appears on a Company Muster Roll for Oct 6 1863 Missionary Ridge. Captured near Kennesaw Mountain June 23 1864.  Name on Roll of Prisoners Jas. P. Thomason.  Appears as James Thompson as a Prisoner of War received at Louisville, Ky.  Discharged Johnson's Isle, July 15 1864. He was released on oath June 15 1865 from Louisville.  On his Oath of Allegiance he listed Paris Tenn as his place of residence, age 23, complexion light, hair dark, eyes grey, height 5'8".) **There is a James Thomason born in 1841, son of Richard Lee Thomason and Elizabeth Smith living in Paris, Henry County, Tennessee.  He appears in the 1850 and 1860 Census with his parents and siblings.

8. 3rd Lieutenant L.B. Edwards (sgt), Served through War, Resident, Gainesville Texas 1900 (X) 
(Fold3- Enlisted Sept 17 1861, Trenton Tenn by Esqr Irvine.  Mustered in as Sergeant mustered out as 2nd Lieutenant.  Appears on a note in the record of John W. Montgomery, 2nd Lt. L.B. Edwards elected to fill vacancy left by resignation of John W. Montgomery Feb 1863.  On a May 12 1863 Muster Roll his age is listed as 18.  On an undated card he was relieved of duty by "the illegal consolidation of the 31 & 33 Regt Tenn vol" and ordered to report to Brigadier General Pillow.  In Sept/Oct 1863 he was on detached service and again in Jan-April 1864.  He resigned May 10, 1864 because he was a supernumerary officer and wanted to enlist "in a company of supernumerary officers as scouts in Genl. Forrest's command,")  **Records are ambiguous, seems there was more than one Berry Edwards, but believe this may be the Little Berry Edwards tha married Kate H. Caurthers on March 17 1875 in Weakley County TN.  Appears in the 1880 Census for Gainesville, Cooke County, Texas at the age of 35, occupation banker.  His wife Kate is 23.  Others in the household: Maggie Rice, age 10 niece; H.G. Edwards age 28 brother and a merchant; G Edwards age 20 brother also a merchant.  An L.B. Edwards was listed as a stockholder in the Dresden Bank.

9. 1st Sergeant Thomas Brown (pvt), Died in Hospital August 1862 (X)

10. Pvt. William W. Bookout, Wounded twice at Perryville (X)

11. Pvt. John B. Bookout, Wounded twice at Perryville (X)

12. Cpl. James F. Blakemore, Killed at Perryville (X)

13. John Brannon (Pvt J.H. Brandon), Unknown. Possibly killed at Perryville (X)

14. Pvt C. Bullock, Killed at Perryville (X)

15. Pvt. Sterling G. Biles, Served through war (X)

16. Jesse (Pvt Jesse Burrus), Died in Hospital (X) (?)

17. Pvt. James L. Castleman, Joined the scouts and killed (X)

18. Pvt. Car E. Callison, Wounded at Perryville and Deserted (X), (A Co. Bradfords Cav. Pvt.)

19. Sgt. Field and Staff William M. Crawford, Wounded at Perryville and served throuh war (X)

20. Pvt. William R. Clark (D Co.), Deserted (X)

21. James Covington, Discharged (?)

22. Pvt. William E. Deason, Unknown (X)

23. Pvt. Edward R. Frazier, Died at Columbus KY Feb 1862 (X)

24. Pvt. William R. Fifer, Wounded at Perryville (X)

25. Pvt. John F. Featherstone, Served throughout war (X)

26. John Eastridge, Deserted (13th Cav E. Co.) (X) (?)

27. Pvt. Milton G. Grimes, Died at Tupelo Miss (X)

28. Pvt. W. Haden Grimes, Wounded at Perryville (dead or deserted) (X)

29. Cpl. J.P. Grooms, Unknown (X)

30. Pvt. Coon E. Grooms, Died at Tupelo Miss (X)

31. Thomas Grissom, Died in Hospital at Tupelo Miss, (Possible name variations-

      Pvt. W.T. Grisham or Pvt. R.C. Grisham) (X)

32. Pvt. W.S. Greer, Unknown (X)

33. Sgt Benjamin F. Howard, Served thoughout war (X)

34. Pvt. John Harper, Unknown (X)

35. C.C. Hucker or Haden, Killed at Perryville (?)

36. Pvt. Archibald M. Hughes, Deserted (1st Cav K Co) or (19 Cav G Co.) (X)

37. Pvt. Dock E. Harmon, Died.  (Actually deserted (X))

38. James Jones (James Jones Pvt co.), Lost in the Cumberland Mountains (Possibly JJM Pvt G Co 31st Inf)

39. Pvt James S. Lynch, Deserted or Lost (X)

40. Harry Mulligan, Unknown (?)

41. James Mulligan, Killed at Perryville (?)

42. Sgt. Horrace B. Morgan, Killed at Perrville (X)

43. Cpl. T.R. Mangrum, Wounded at Perryville (X)

44. Pvt. W.N. McDuffie, Took the oath in Prison (X)

45. J.W. McCallister?, Killed at Perryville (?)

46. Cpl James T. Marcus, Unknown (X)

47. Pvt. M.L. Mayo, Discharged (X)

48. Pvt. James T. Marshall, Discharged (X)

49. Cpl. John E. Nunly, Killed at Perryville (X)

50. Sgt. Peyton B. Northcott, Died

51. Pvt. John Parks, Served through war (X)

52. Pvt G.W. Parks, Served through war (X)

53. Pvt. James C. Priest, Lost (X)

54. Drew M. Parsley (F Co.), Served through war (X)

55. Pvt. John W. Porter, Died at Columbus Kentucky

56.  Pvt James Phelps, Unknown (X)

57. Pvt Chris M. Rodgers, Died in Miss 62 (X)

58. Pvt. Mat. W. Rodgers, Killed at Murfreesboro (X)

59. Pvt. J.W. Rambo (Possibly I.W. Rambo), Captured at Chickamauga (X)

60. Pvt. H.W. Rambo, Served through war (X)

61. Pvt. William R. Redick, Killed at Perryville (X)

62. Wiley Redick, Killed at Perryville (?)

63. John Richie, Unknown (?) (Possibly J.P. Richie 13 Cav Sgt)

64. Jack Sullivan (Possibly T.J. Sullivan Co. F. Pvt, Died at Trenton, (X)

65. William Sullivan, Discharged (?)

66.  Pvt. John F. Sims, Wounded and discharged (X)

67. Erskin T. Somers (Sgt B.E.), Wounded at Perryville, Killed in East Tenn (X)

68. Pvt. J.W. B. Taylor, Died in Miss (X)

69. Pvt. H.A. Vaughn, Died at Trenton (X)

70. Pvt. E.C. Wright, Served though war (X)

71. Pvt. H. William Williams, Died in Miss 62 (X)

72. Pvt. John F. Watts, Wounded and died near Atlanta or Athens '64 (X)

73.  Pvt. Huey J. Williams, Discharged (X)

74.  W.C. Williams, Deserted (X)

75.  Pvt. Tip B. Walker, Unknown (X)

76. Doc Welch F.E. Pvt, Deserted (Francis E. K Co. 6th Cav)

77. Pvt. Rufus H. Welden, Discharged (X)

78. William Yeargin (W.B. Yergan Pvt I Co), Deserted (?)

79. Pvt. E. Dock Harmon, Deserted, Actually he was killed (X)

The following names did not appear on J.W.'s roster but are listed in Tennesseans in the Civil War vol. II

Pvt. Joseph W. Hammond, I Co. 31st
Pvt. W.H. Hammond I Co. 31st
Sgt. Quarter Master J.T. Hancock 31st
W.T. Harbert 31st Inf
E. Harmon Pvt. I Co. 31st

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving from Moran Place

While we give thanks today for all of God's blessings we take time to reflect on our family members that have passed on.  This is Kent's father, Nathan "Bub" Moran, taken about 1981/82.  Thanksgiving was always a big event at Moran Place and even though Bub was ill, you can see he took his role of turkey carver seriously!  

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Ida Morehead Moran 1898, Boston Mass., by Elmer Chickering

We know from correspondence with her brother Brud Moran, that Ida took a trip to Boston in the first part of 1898.   Most likely she was visiting some of the Gunn relatives.  Lyman Taft Gunn, her grandfather, was from Massachusetts but had moved to Tennessee about 1840.  His first wife, Caroline Matilda Morehead died in Nashville in 1855.  His second wife, Mary Anne Hall, was born in Germany but her family migrated to Boston.  Lyman Taft Gunn died at the original Moran home in Dresden in 1890 and  Mary Anne moved back to Boston a few years after his death.  We have some correspondence from Mary Anne which tells us she and the Moran's kept in touch.  I think it's safe to assume Ida spent time and perhaps even stayed with Mary Anne during the visit.

The photograph was taken by Boston's premier photographer of the Gilded Age, Elmer Chickering.

Ida married William G. Timberlake in 1902, they lived in Jackson, Tennessee.  They had one daughter, Louise, who died at the young age of 4 in  1910.  Ida died of lumbar pneumonia with contributing factors being multiple sclerosis in 1936.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

1906 Postcard, Ripley Public School Building, Ripley TN

This  postcard dated October 1906 has definitely seen better days!  It's hard to make out some of the writing but it's from a Kate to Brud Moran. She asks if he's forgotten who she is and that they are "still expecting you down to Ripley as you promised." What makes this card so interesting is the picture of the Ripley Public School Building in Ripley, Tennessee.

Monday, November 10, 2014

The "Hoops" Letter from Elise to Brud Moran, January 1898

It's very surprising that Brud Moran never married. He seemed to be quite the ladies man if the letters to him from women are an indicator.  And he was very dapper looking!

We have quite a few letters from a woman who signs herself as "Elise D.A."  Elise is mentioned in a letter I transcribed in October of 2013, from Shepherd Milner Fowlkes to Brud.  Shepherd says "No doubt you have forgotten such a human exists, and I can only think of you as "Bob Taylor's barefooted boy" for I visited at your home seven years ago this past Summer, and I can't remember how you look, only that you were barefooted, but Elise Tells me that you are a "thing of beauty and a joy forever" now, and that you were not barefooted while she was at Dresden.  She spent one day and night with me last week, and we planned many schemes to get you down here." 

That letter was written a month after the "hoops" letter from Elise which makes me think Brud and Elise had known each other for a while for him to be sending her hoops!  As for the "Ide" who went to Boston, that may have been Brud's sister, Ida.  She may have been visiting some of the Gunn relatives since that's where her grandfather Lyman Taft Gunn was from.

Dear "Brud;"

Did you send the nice hoops that came from Nashville last week?  Farne (sp?) was there at the time & I thought he had sent them until I heard from him, then I could not think of another soul in that part of the country who would be at all likely to send them but you.  It would certainly be a delightful surprise to find that you did for I thought of course you had forgotten all about me long ago.  Hoops are the nicest presents any way and these are the ones I most wanted.

Just for fun we went to see a clairvoyant the other day and she said I had recently received something nice from a tall fair haired man and described you to a dot.  Wasn't that strange?  She told me many other things too that were exactly true and made many fine predictions for the future.

I am so sorry Ide has gone to Boston.  I wanted her to go and help me keep house next month while my mother is away on a visit.  I know you will all miss her so much.

Give my love to "Dennis" and don't either of you forget me before I come again next summer.

Yours Etc
Elise D.A.
January 8, 1898

I hope someday we discover who Elise was.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

The Gone With the Wind Connection, Charleston South Carolina

On a recent business trip to Charleston, South Carolina, Kent took time to visit Saint Phillips Episcopal Church Cemetery to photograph the burial location of some relatives. John Moran Ezzell is his first cousin, once removed. John married Margaret "Peggy" Rhett Cuthbert of Charleston, South Carolina.  If you are a Gone With the Wind fan like me then you also know that India Wilkes, Ashley's sister in the movie, was played by Alicia Rhett.  What was interesting to learn is that Alicia is a cousin of Peggy Butler Rhett Cuthbert. Alicia passed away on January 3, 2014 and is interred next to the large flat headstone of John and Peggy Ezzell.  The photo of John and Peggy was taken at Moran Place in July 1945 at a family reunion.  More reunion photographs can be found here.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Tintype, Unknown Boy with Gilded Jewelry

This tintype was found with a lot of things related to Shumate/Irvine/Ferguson relatives.  The tintype has two gilded pieces of jewelry, a pinky ring and a small pin in the center of his shirt collar.  In my mind the book he's holding is a clue but the meaning has been lost with time.  There's a clasp on the left side of the book and is ornately decorated on the front. It's interesting how he's holding the book, from the top so that the front is prominently displayed.  If it was ever in a case it was removed long ago.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Nashville Photo of Unknown Clergy by Rodney Poole, 1870-1896

I can't tell you who the man is or if he was family or friend but it's obvious he was a clergyman and meant something to the Moran family. The photograph was taken by Rodney Poole between 1870 and 1896 when the Poole Art Co. was in business.

I can tell you a lot about the photographer, Rodney Poole. He was a well-known Nashville photographer owning his own studio from 1870 - 1896. He was born June 12 1837, a son of Horace Poole and Sophia Mahy, in Ohio. He was the oldest of eight children.  

1850 Census
Springfield, Clark County Ohio
Horace Pool (sic) is 42 and a grocer.  His birthplace is listed as New York.  Sophia is 37 and a native of France.   All of the children are listed as natives of Ohio.  Rodney age 12, Forrest age 11, Oscar age 9, Marilla age 4, Samma (actually I think this is Emma) age 1.  A William Pool is in the household, age 84 a native of Connecticut and most likely Horace Poole's father.

1860 Census
Springfield, Clark County, Ohio
The Poole family shows up in 1860, minus Rodney.  Horace is a merchant, native of Vermont. Sophia is 42, a native of the "Island Guernsey."  Forest, age 22, is also a merchant, born in Ohio. Oscar, age 20 is a clerk.  Marilla is 14, Louisa Emma is 9, Charles is 7, Ella F. is 5 and James is 3.

1870 Census
Springfield, Clark County, Ohio
Horace is now 63 years old and a farmer.   His wife, Sophia is 52 and Prussia is listed as her native
homeland this time around.  There oldest son Rodney is 32 and "book pedler".  Marilla is 24, Emma is 18.  Son Charles is 16 and it looks like he may have been apprenticed out.  Allen is 15 and James is 13.  Both are listed at school.  Mary May is 83 and is Sophia's mother. She is listed as being from Prussia.

1870 Census
Nashville, Davidson County, Tennessee
Another 1870 Census, this time for Nashville TN, has Rodney, age 33 and "Millie", age 22, (I believe this is his sister Marilla) living in the home of Nashville Photographer J. H. Van Stavoren. Rodney is a photographer, maybe working at Van Stavoren's studio, the studio he ended up purchasing.  

1880 Census
Nashville, Davidson County, Tennessee
In 1880, Rodney is 40 years old and still a photographer.  He's living with his brother James, age 23. James is a carriage merchant.

1900 Census
Civil District 15, Davidson County Tennessee
Rodney Poole is 62 years old and out of the photography business.   He heads the household and lives with siblings: Louisa Emma Poole, age 48, single, dressmaker, Charles Poole age 46 and single an electrician, Ella F. Poole age 45 and single and a dressmaker like her sister Louisa 

1910 Census
Nashville, Davidson County, Tennessee
This time around Emma, age 45, is listed as head of household although she has no income, Rodney , age 70, does have an income an occupation is not listed.  Charles is 46 now and an electrician while Ella, age 40, is now an artist.

The 1915 Nashville City Directory shows that Rodney Poole is working at the Masonic Library as a librarian.  The 1920 City Directory lists no occupation and his address is 908 Berryhill.

Rodney Poole died at the Nashville City Hospital on January 29, 1921.  The death certificate is transcribed incorrectly as Rodway Poole and lists his parents as Harris Poole and Sophie Mahy which makes it a bit difficult to find him in a search.  The informant was his sister, Emma Poole and they were still living at 908 Berryhill Street.  Cause of death was chronic interstitial nephritis.  He was interred at Mount Olivet Cemetery in Nashville.

Known Interments at Mount Olivet:

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Painting by J.C. Capella, ca late 19th/early 20th Century

Artist Self Portrait
From WikiGallery
Most  artwork in the Moran home were simple pieces but there were a few large oil paintings. 

One painting we have is signed J.C. Capella and is a beautiful pastoral seen with thatch roof homes and cows at the stream. The painting hung in Moran Place for at least a hundred years and most likely in the same spot, the upstairs sitting area above the sofa. 

We don't know when or where the painting was acquired but we speculate that it may have been on a trip to New York, Cincinnati or St. Louis.  It's also possible that Uncle Brud purchased the painting when he took a cruise to see the new Panama Canal.  During that trip he made stops in Cuba and other ports of call.

Pastoral Scene by J.C. Capella.  With frame approximately 31" H x 45" W.

Artists signature: J.C. Capella
The picture has darkened quite a bit but with flash and some photoshop manipulation we get a better sense of its beauty. I've included a closeup of the artists signature.

John the Baptist and Herod
J.C. Capella
It has been suggested that J.C. Capella wasGiulia (Julia) Cheli Capella, born about 1874 in Florence Italy.   Like many artists, Giulia painted Biblical scenes such as this one of John the Baptist and Herod. 

Not much is known about J.C. Capella except that she was living at 28 via Venti Settembre in Florence Italy in 1915 and that she died in 1919.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Fashionable Unknown Lady, Little Rock Ark, 1897/98

We don't know who the woman is with the wonderful hat but the stamp on the photograph tells us it was taken in Little Rock, Arkansas by Kimsey & Roberts.  Little Rock City Directories show that John C. Kimsey and T.H. Roberts had a studio at 612 Scott in 1897/98 so we know when the photo was taken.  It's annotated on the back "A Merry Xmas for all."

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

A Magnificent Social function at A Southern Home, ca. 1900

James Moran III and his sister Ida Morehead Moran attended a "magnificent social function" given by Mrs. Emma Martin for Miss Harriett Hankins and Mr. Roy Martin.   Ida married William G. Timberlake in November of 1902 so we know this article was written prior to that date because Ida was still listed as a Moran.

Some quick research tells me that the newspaper had Mrs. Martin's name wrong.  She was Elma, not Emma Martin.  Specifically she was Clara Elma Sullivan, born about 1859 in South Carolina.  Elma was married to Henry C. Hankins April 22 1880 in Madison County TN, they had a daughter Harriet born in 1881.  Elma and Henry C. Hankins appear in the 1880 Census for Henderson, TN.  Henry was a railroad agent.  He died in Union City in 1890.  It is my belief that  Henry C. Hankins is related to the Nashville artist, Cornelius Haley Hankins.  Cornelius Hankins painted the large portraits of John W. Moran and his wife Sophia Gunn Moran that hang in our home.

After the death of her first husband, marriage records show that Mrs. Elma Sullivan Hankins married Marshall Presley Martin in Madison County Tennessee on August 14, 1894.   Marshall had two previous marriages, Cora Belle Wilson and Annie Sothron Clagett, and seven children between those two wives. Marshall Presley Martin died in 1896. 

The society party was in honor of Marshall's son Roy Wilson Martin and Elma's daughter Harriet Hankins.  Roy and James Moran III would've had a lot in common.  They both attended the University of Virginia, held high positions in the banking industry and had large land interests.  Roy never married.   Harriett Hankins married Fredric Wilburn Kelsey October 28 1903.  They had a son named Peyton Kelsey.  Peyton lived in Kingsport Tennessee, as did Jim Moran the IV.

Another interesting note would be that Jim Moran IV married Annie Ruth Martin, the daughter of Walker Lawrence Martin and Myrah Amanda Nash and the grand-daughter of Marshall Presley Martin and his second wife, Annie Sothoron Clagett.

In addition to this article  I've also blogged about Belton O'Neal Sullivan, a brother of Elma Sullivan Hankins Martin.  He married Jennie Walsh in 1893 in Jackson Tennessee.   

A Magnificent Social Function at A Southern Home
A social function in which the beauty and chivalry of several states were represented was the house party given last week at Martin, Tenn, by Mrs. Emma Martin, complimentary to Miss Harriett Hankins and Mr. Roy Martin, both of that place.

Those in attendance from other towns were: Misses Ethel Hatcher, Columbia, Tenn; Myrtle Wilcox, Jackson; Ida Moran, Dresden; Harriett Temple, Jackson.  Messrs. J.H. Moran, Radford, Va; E. Prescot Boyd, Ann Arbor, Mich; Alfred Berkley, Atlanta; Will Holland, Jackson.

The joyousness and festivities of the week culminated Thursday night in a reception, the brilliancy of which was never before equaled in the pretty and cultured town of Martin.  Miss Hankins and Mr. Martin, the hostess and host, were assisted in receiving by the guests at the house party.  The decorations were exquisite in selection and in their arrangement reflected splendid artistic taste.  The parlor presented a triumph in the supberb (sic) art of decoration and was a dream of loveliness; American beauty roses and smilax predominating.  The library was done in white and green, and in the dining room sweet peas and smilax formed the decorations.  Neapolitan cream in the patriotic colors of red, white and blue was served.  Punch was dispensed in the hall.   The long veranda was done in national colors, and the beautiful lawn was illumined by Japanese lanterns. An Italian band discoursed inspiring music throughout the evening.

The young ladies who assisted in receiving were gowned in white organza and carried American beauty roses.  

The home of Mrs. Martin, where the reception occurred, is one of the handsomest and most comfortably appointed in West Tennessee, and its hospitality is thoroughly identified with the social life of this section of the state.

Friday, October 17, 2014

The Webb School, Carr's Baseball Team 1897

During his school years Jim Moran III attended several educational institutions, The Webb School being one of them.  Here's a photograph of Carr's Baseball Team, 1897, at The Webb School in Bell Buckle Tennessee.  It's annotated on the back side and I've provided links to those findagrave memorials that I believe represent the men in this list:

1. Matt McFerrin, "S", Nashville Tenn
2. Cozz Constanstine, "F", Birmingham Ala
3. George Boynton, "SS", Atlanta GA
4. James Moran, "P", Dresden Tenn
5. Felton Gill, "RT", Clarksville Tenn
6. Frank Carr, "C", Fulton KY
7. Bermin Knop, "LF", Bell Buckle Tenn  
8. Caleb Rooker, Spencer, Tenn
9. John Clary, "CF", Bell Buckle Tenn
10. William Booth, "TB", Sheffield Ala

Jim Moran is third from the left, behind the seated fellow.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Bub Moran, Group Football Photo, mid/late 1930's

We know Bub Moran played football at Dresden High and at the University of Tennessee at Martin. He also attended Bethel College and may have played there as well.    We think the buzz haircut gives him a really intense, ferocious look.  Very different from his other pictures!

Bub Moran
No. 4
front row, 4th from the left

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Letters to Jim from his little sister Louise, 1932-1933

These letters were written by a young (8-9 year old) Louise Moran to her oldest brother, Jim Moran, who was at the Naval Academy in Annapolis Maryland.  She focuses on kittens, puppies, schoolwork, friends and illness. Some of you may recognize a few of the folks she's writing about including Billy Mangum, Ila Ruth Moore, the math teacher Mrs. Pritchett, Dan Smith, and Louise Ferguson. Over the years the address of Moran Place went through some number changes.  Back in the 1930's it was 310 Cedar St. I think it's interesting that in 1932 she signed her full name, Marion Louise Moran, but in 1933 she drops the Marion and is now Louise Moran. 

Dresden Tenn
June 1932
310 Cedar St.

Dear James
I miss you a lot and everyone loves (you), even Bobby.
The kittens are growing and their eyes are blue also pretty.  I named the one like Bobby Dinks and the other one Puff.
I recived your letter this morning and I am glad that your like Annapolis.
We are going over to see Mrs. Holdman to-night.
Mother made some delicious nectar yesterday and I wish that you could have some.
Mr. Brock is working in Milan.
Joan is going to Martin this afternoon for a visit.
The puppies are growing a lot and are cute.
Bubby Brock stepped on a bee and hurt his foot bad.
I am nearly over with whooping.
How are you?
All of us well (over)
I hope that you can understand the boy that you that room with you better now.
Love to you from every one.
Your little sister,
Marion Louise Moran
kiss the . please

Dresden, Tennessee
June 15 1932

Mr. J.H. Moran
U.S. Naval Academy
Washington DC
Dearest Admiral:
Bobby was just had a fit and she scared Mother and I very much.  We were eating supper yesterday and Mother jumped up in a chair and I did too.
Louise Ferguson and her baby came Sunday at noon, and her baby is very pretty.
Mildred brought your book home yesterday.
Mr. Ellis is better now, night before last Uncle Brud stayed out there all night.
How are Daddy and Harrell, p.s. and you?
Did you see the Commercial Appeal picture? and the Banner one? I thought the one in the C.A. was better than the one in the Banner.
How are You?
Love to all and all
Your little sister
Marion Louise Moran

Dresden Tenn
Jun 10 1933
Dear James, 
I am sorry to hear that you are sick, & hope that you will soon recover.
Again I thank you for the ring which I am crazy about.
Yesterday Billy Mangum, Ila Ruth Moore, James Whartion, Dan Smith, and I were chosen to write a talk on Lindbergh.  As I was first to read mind which I did got everything the others had & more too. James got his from a book in the library, I got my story from your book "We".
To-day we are taking test.  This afternoon Mrs. Pritchett gave us Arithmetic test & she did not ell us anything about it she just took up our papers as she always does.  (We are subtracting fractions)  & counted off "five" five left out an * sign or - sign.  When she read out the grades my face became hot & my hands cold, I shivered & shook until she said "Louise Moran, 100".  Dan made 30 & yet he didn't miss a problem.
I getting sleeping so must close,
Love & Kisses,
Louise Moran

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Sometime by Alla M. Foster

"Sometime" was written by Alla M. Foster.  A search for the author only pulled up one hit on google and that was to another poem (You Held It Tight) published in 1925 in The Brethren Evangelist.  The clipping was most likely saved by Jim and Virginia Moran and gives a little insight as to what they enjoyed and things that touched their hearts.  It does make me wonder if this poem was published around the time of the Great Depression and the collapse of the Dresden Bank.  

Though clouds may gather 'round the way,
And stars refuse to come,
One land we know has perfect day,
In you bright heavenly home.
Though friends forsake and all looks drear,
And Heaven seems far away,
Cheer up, sad heart, no more repine, 
Thou shall find light--some day.

Let friends forsake and foes appear;
Our Savior bore this all.
He knows how bitter is the cup,
His own was filled with gall.
Let earth and all its troubles go,
Look up--cast grief away,
Though clouds now gather dull and low,
All will be bright-someday.

Some day, sometime we all shall stand,
Upon that blissful shore,
And there the woes that grieve us now, 
Will trouble us no more.
So then be brave, poor burdened one,
Hope on, trust on, and pray,
God knows it all and in His time,
Will give the light--some day.

Friday, October 3, 2014

Lula Bransford Swiggart, Union City TN, 1900

Lula Bransford Swiggart was the first born of Judge William Harris Swiggart and his wife Mary Ware Fields.    Lula was born in Union City, Tennessee, on August 5, 1877.   I'm not sure if the Swiggarts are related to the Morans but I do know that Judge Swiggart and Charles Henry Cobb had a law practice together in Union City and that Charles Cobb married Marion Moran.  In addition to this picture of Lula we also have an advertising fob from the Bransford Lumber Co which you can see here.

Lula married James D. Porter April 25 1906 in Obion County TN. According to the 1920 Census for Davidson County Tennessee, James was a Jeweler. Lula and James had a son, William S. Porter. James died December 30 1921 in Union City but was interred in his family plot at Elmwood Cemetery in Springfield Tennessee.

Lula and her son William appear in the 1940 Census for Belle Meade, Davidson County Tennessee. William is a bookkeeper at a bag and burlap company and is 30 years old, single.  Lula is 60.  The 1959 Nashville City Directory lists Lula as the widow of J.D. Porter and she lived at 3810 Whitland Ave., Apt. 2.

Lula Bransford Swiggart Porter died on January 8, 1961 in Nashville Tennessee.  Her place of burial is unknown at this time.

Monday, September 29, 2014

Nathan Moran, The 1940's - Evenings at The Aragon and The Peabody Hotel

Since I've been scanning pictures I found in Bub's military folder I decided to go ahead and post a few more today.  Both are souvenirs from evenings out but only one is annotated and dated.

The Aragon was located at Lick Pier, in Ocean Park California.  The ballroom and pier were built in 1922 and opened in March 1942.  In 1942, the ballroom was renamed The Aragon and held Swing Shift Dances.  In 1951, Lawrence Welk and his band was booked for a four week engagement at The Aragon. Welk and his orchestra were so popular it turned into a ten-year engagement leading to a weekly show which was broadcast Saturday nights on ABC.  Soon after The Aragon declined in popularity.  In 1967 it became known as the Cheetah Club and hosted bands like The Doors and Pink Floyd.  In 1970 the building was destroyed by fire.

This picture was taken May 6, 1945.  Bub Moran is seated on the left.  The two ladies are:

Sgt Melba Hamilton 
C.W.A.C., (Canadian Women's Army Corps) 
R.C.C.S (Royal Canadian Corps of Signals) 

S-1 Sergeant Jeannie McLean, 
Signal Corps, 
both of Vancouver Birks, British Columbia, Canada.

The fellow on the right is unknown.

The second picture is undated and the occasion isn't documented but was taken in the early - mid 1940's.   
The only person we can identify is Bub Moran, first person on the left. 

The location was The Peabody Hotel in Memphis, the Skyway and Plantation Roof.   The original Peabody Hotel was built in 1869 at the corner of Main and Monroe.  It operated until 1923.  In 1925 a new Peabody Hotel was built on Union Avenue. The Skyway and Plantation Roof were added in 1939 and immediately became a hit with big band dances. The likes of Tommy Dorsey, Glenn Miller, Guy Lombardo and Lawrence Welk (again) played at the Skyway.  The Peabody closed again in the 1970's due to economic and social factors of the area.  The Belz Corporation purchased the hotel and after a renovation that took six years to complete The Peabody reopened September 1, 1981.  It is still known as "The South's Grand Hotel." 

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Marion Louise Moran, 1923 - 2014

Photo of Louise Moran taken by
Linton Godown of Union City TN.
Linton married Louise's cousin, Carolyn Cobb.

We learned recently of the death of Louise Moran.  She was the last of the "older" generation of Morans of Dresden Tennessee.

Louise was the only daughter and youngest child of James H. Moran III and Virginia Shumate which means she was most likely extremely spoiled!  She was born September 24, 1923, and given the name Marion Louise Moran. Like her two older brothers, Jim IV and Nathan "Bub", Louise was born at the family home, Moran Place, in Dresden, Tennessee.  When Louise was born she inherited a Moran family trait of having one leg about an inch or so shorter than the other.  It never held her back from her goals in life.

Birth Announcement
Her name most likely a nod to two of her aunts: Marion Moran Cobb and Louise Shumate Durway.

Lock of hair from a
five year old Louise

Louise Moran & Joy Jones

Her best friend when she was growing up was Joy Jones. That lock of hair from above was probably snipped about the same time this photo was taken of her.  You can see she has a hint of red.  Her grandmother, Sophia Gunn Moran, had red hair too.

Louise was an exceptional student and after graduating from high school she attended Southwestern College in Memphis, Tennessee earning a Bachelor of Arts.  A big Moran family reunion was held in 1945, not long after her graduation.  A lot of family pictures from that reunion can be found here. She next attended Case Western Reserve in Ohio where she received her Master of Science in Social Administration in 1949.  

Marisa Horton (L) and Louise Moran (R)
Jacksonville FLA, Jan 1947
Marisa Horton may have been a classmate/roommate.

After graduation Louise moved to New York to pursue a career.  While in New York she met her future husband, Dr. Robert Wrisley Atkins.  In 1954 she published "Some Emotional Responses of Patients' Husbands to the Psychotherapeutic Course as Indicated in Interviews with the Psychiatric Caseworker", American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, v. 24, #2.  

Ria Moran, Kent Moran, Louise Moran Atkins and
Mary Moran.
On November 12 1961 she became the second wife of Robert Atkins.  They were married back in her home town of Dresden Tennessee. After the wedding they returned to their home and careers in Rochester, New York.  Having no children of her own, she was a step mom to Bob's children.    

In August 1995, Aunt Louise came back to Tennessee to attend the funeral of Sophia Eleanor Ezzell Dobson in Nashville, Tennessee.   Aunt Sophie, the grand-daughter of J.W. Moran, was a grand old dame in the finest southern tradition. She is the one who gave Kent and I the task of chronicling the Moran family.  The group photo was taken at the get together after the funeral and includes Ria Moran, Kent Moran, Louise Moran Atkins and myself, Mary Moran.

Louise had an interest in family history and was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution.

Bob died on September 28, 2003.  Aunt Louise passed on September 15, 2014.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Marion Moran and doll, ca 1890

The photo's of Marion Moran are always so sweet.  Notice the doll she's holding is wearing a bonnet that looks just like the one that Marion is wearing.  Adorable. 

The photo was taken by R.S. Patterson of Nashville Tennessee.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Craddock Vaughan, Miss Dresden of 1936

This photograph was found in a folder of military paperwork belonging to Bub Moran.  She is Craddock Elizabeth Vaughan, a classmate of Bub's.  

She was born June 7 1918 in Detroit, Tipton County, Tennessee, the daughter of Joseph Craddock "Crad" Vaughan Jr and his wife Kate Elizabeth Trobaugh.  Like Bub's family, the Vaughan's were bankers.   In 1936 she was named Miss Dresden and represented the town at the Humboldt Strawberry Festival. She attended Lambuth College in Jackson Tennessee and was a member of the Phi Alpha Mu Beta Chapter. She was also a member of the Glee Club and sang soprano.

Craddock married Martin B. Baker in 1940 and had a daughter named Jeannie. Interestingly enough in 1973 she wed another Vaughn, albeit with a slightly different spelling of her maiden name, John Kimbrough Vaughn. Craddock Vaughan died July 20 2010 at the Bear Creek Nursing Center in Morrison, Colorado.

Along with others from the Class of 1936, Craddock can be found in the group class photo and in a newspaper clipping announcing her title in 1936.

Her parents, J.C. Vaughan and Kate Elizabeth Trobaugh Vaughan are interred at Sunset Cemetery, Dresden TN.