Saturday, January 18, 2014

1859 State Bank, South Carolina, 10 Dollars

Toward the end of the Civil War John W. Moran was at Augusta, Georgia.  This $10 bank note was probably part of his last pay from the Confederacy.  The note is signed by Benjamin M. Lee, a cashier at the State Bank of South Carolina and the president of the bank, Edward Sebring.

Sebring was a transplanted New Yorker to South Carolina.  In addition to other architectural endeavors, he built an amazingly beautiful Greek Revival style home in Charleston between 1838 and 1846.  In addition to being the President of the State Bank of South Carolina during the Civil War, his tombstone proclaims that he was one of the founders of Magnolia Cemetery and its first president.  At the time of his death he was president of E. Sebring and Company, an insurance and brokerage firm.  His first wife was Caroline Secress Miller.  In 1863 he married Gertrude Richards Jessep.

Benjamin Markley Lee was born in Charleston about 1809.  His tenure with the Bank of South Carolina was a long one.  He seems to have begun as an "outdoor clerk and porter" in 1836 and worked his way up to Cashier.  He married Eliza Broome in 1852.  Lee died in 1871 and like Sebring, is buried in Magnolia Cemetery. Cemetery.

Friday, January 17, 2014

Gainesville Texas Court Square ca 1885

This image was taken about 1885 in Gainesville Texas.  I was able to identify the place using some of the names on the shop signs.   John Moran's sister Martha and her husband Rufus Franklin Scott moved from Dresden to Gainesville in 1858 in a "rockaway carriage".  In a letter posted here, one of Kent's relatives writes with the story of how Martha and Rufus made their way in a wagon train "manned by their three slaves".  There's a picture of the Scott family on that page as well.

Robert D. Gillenwaters was a grocer and the only one I've been able to positively identify at this time.  He was the son of Rev. Edward Campbell Gillenwaters who also was a furniture dealer in Gainesville. Robert's mother was Eliza Jane Harris Gillenwaters.  He married Camilla "Mela" Manion Elliott.  Robert died in September 1900.  His wife Camilla appears on the 1900 Census census rolls as an inmate at the State Lunatic Asylum in Austin.  Camilla was the daughter of Camilla Jane Manion and Dr. M.A. Elliott.  He served as 1st Asst. Surgeon with Co. E 9th Cav. Texas.

J.L. Noth & Co. Saddles and harness

Rubey's Shoe Store, boots, shoes & hats

Bone Bros. Dry Goods

Atkinson & Bro. Boots, Shoes.  Hats & Gents Furnishing Goods

Cheatham & Haley Drugs.

To the far left you can see the iron fence of the courthouse.

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Tintype Unidentified Group of 6 Women

Most of the tintypes we have were found loose without a case.  This one is caseless and has sustained some damage over time.  The image on the left is the original scan.  The one on the left I've tinkered with to remove some of the scratches and discolorations. 

I'm wondering if the seated girl may be blind since she has, what appears to me, to be a walking stick.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Frances Bruce Taylor to wed George Fonville Freeman

This clipping was found among the papers of James Henderson Moran IV.  He attended the Naval Academy at Annapolis and had relatives in Carroll County Tennessee as well as friends.  It's hard to know where George Fonville Freeman fits in, friend or relative, but regardless of the relationship James Moran felt it important enough to keep the wedding announcement. 

However, after doing some research it is quite possible that this wedding never took place, even the announcement indicates the wedding date will be announced later.  What I have found is that George Fonville Freeman was born either in 1908 (according to the History of Carroll County) or Nov. 25 1910 (according to the North Carolina Death Certificate) in Carroll County Tennessee.  According to the History of Carroll County he married Marilyn Plummer in Dallas Texas and that they had one son named John Freeman. George's parents were Eugene Freeman and Nona Barksdale.  He died in Mecklenburg, North Carolina April 18, 1972.               

"Miss Frances Bruce Taylor.  Announcement has been made of the engagement of Miss Frances Bruce Taylor of San Francisco to Ensign George Fonville Freeman of Huntingdon, Tenn.  The marriage date will be announced later.  The bride-to-be is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W. Taylor of San Francisco.  The bridegroom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Freeman of Huntingdon and brother of James Freeman of Nashville.  Mr Freeman was a student at Vanderbilt University for two years and a member of the Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity.  He was a member of the graduating class of 1931 of the Naval Academy at Annapolis, business manager of the Log and an honor man of the class.  He is at present Ensign on board the United States Steamer Arkansas."

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Ft. Worth Wedding Pictures ca. 1905

Fort Worth University Catalog 1909
We know this is one of Virginia Shumate Moran's sisters.  I'm leaning toward it being Maibelle.  She married Newton Temple Harris Sr about 1905.  Three of the pictures had been framed as a triptych and was hanging in Virginia's room at Moran Place.  Over the years the pictures faded till the bride had become a ghost.  I played around with it and have brought the images out, not back to their original state, but enough that we can see she was a beautiful bride.

The photographer was Frank Leffler of Ft. Worth Texas.