Thursday, November 3, 2016

E.E. Taliaferro of Jackson Tennessee

E.E. Taliaferro, Jeweler
Diamonds, watches & gold jewelry
Jackson Tenn

Though the box is empty it was saved by a Moran.  Was it a gift from family or friend?  What special memory did it hold?  We'll never know which Moran it belonged to or what it might have held but it meant enough to a member of the family to keep it.

What we do know for certain is the box came from the E.E. Taliaferro Jewelry store in Jackson, Tennessee.  That actually might be a clue because Ida Moran Timberlake lived in Jackson. It may have been a gift to her from her husband William G. Timberlake or it may have been a present for another Moran from Ida and William. 

Who was E.E. Taliaferro?  The following information comes from History of Colorado, volume 3. Edited by Wilbur Fiske Stone and published in 1918 by The S.J. Clarke Publishing Company.

"Edward Ellett Taliaferro, vice president of the Hamilton Jewelry Company and thus actively connected with the leading jewelry establishment of Colorado Springs, was born in Trenton, Tennessee, in 1875, a son of Lewis W. and Sallie (James) Taliaferro, who were married in Kentucky. The father was born in Virginia and represented one of the old and distinguished families of that state. Lewis W. Taliaferro was a Confederate Captain of the Civil War, enlisting for service with the troops from Tennessee.  Throughout the period of hostilities he was at the front under General N.B. Forrest. He passed away at Trenton, Tennessee, in 1881, while his wife survives and is now a resident of Colorado Springs.

Edward E. Taliaferro is indebted to the public school system of his native city for the early educational advantages which which he enjoyed.  he attended school there until he reached the age of thirteen years and then went to Jackson, Tennessee, where he secured employment in a jewelry store. After remaining in that city for a decade he removed to New York, where he resided for a year and a half, and in 1903 he arrived in Colorado Springs.  Through the intervening period he has been identified with the jewelry trade of this city and is now vice president of the Hamilton Jewelry Company of Colorado Springs, owning the leading store in this line in the city.  He carries a very extensive stock of jewelry of domestic and foreign manufacture and his store, neat, tasteful and attractive in arrangement, has brought to him a large patronage which he is able to hold by reason of his progressive and straightforward methods, the policy of the house being such as will always bear the closest investigation and scrutiny.

On the 16th of April, 1901, in Jackson, Tennessee, Mr. Taliaferro was married to Miss De Lana White.  They hold to the Baptist faith and Mr. Taliaferro gives his political allegiance to the Democratic party.  He is essentially a business man, alert and energetic, actuated by a progressive spirit and never stopping short of the successful attainment of his purpose."

Although Lewis W. Taliaferro was reported to have died in 1881 he actually died September 4 1883 which was reported in the Milan Exchange on September 8 1883.  Lewis Taliaferro is buried at Oakland Cemetery in Trenton Tennessee.  He married Sallie James on February 7 1871 in Gibson County Tennessee rather than Kentucky. 

"Capt. Lewis W. Taliaferro died at his home in Trenton last Tuesday.  He was a talented, noble specimen of an Old Virginia gentleman, and will be sadly missed in the community."

Their son Edward was first married to De Lana White.  After her death he married Lucy Dion McKenzie on July 15 1944 in Madison County TN.  His WWI registration card shows he was living in Colorado Springs in 1918.  He was born August 19 1875 and was the owner of his own jewelry store.  He and wife De Lana lived at 1730 Wood Ave.  He was of medium height, slender build with blue eyes and black hair.  He had no exemptions.  De Lana is buried next to Edward in Hollywood Cemetery while Lucy is at Mt. Calvary, both cemeteries are in Jackson TN.

In his will, dated July 12 1956, Edward indicated he instructed his wife Lucy M. Taliaferro that he wanted his debts to be paid including his funeral expenses and any expenses incurred due to his last illness.  He appointed Mrs. Nancy M. Duffey to help his wife in closing his estate and whatever else was necessary and to be his executrix.  His wish was to have all of the bequests carried out that had been part of his first wife's will.  He made the following bequests:
1. $500.00 to James Talbot Jr..  $1000.00 to each of his three nephews, Russell, Evans and Lewis Taliaferro.
2.  $650.00 "To Mamie Currie my faithful cook". To his beloved wife Lucy M. Taliaferro "all the rest, residue and remainder of the property real, personal and be hers absolutely subject however to the following exceptions and provisions as to my personal effects.  To Russell Taliaferro, my crest finger ring.  To Evans Taliaferro, my pocket Crest watch. To Lewis Taliaferro, my collection of Scarf pins.  The diamond engagement ring given by me to De Lana when we married has been given to Russell, being the first of the boys to marry."

I was able to locate the nephews in Census records:
1930 Census for Kansas City Missouri
George J. Taliaferro, head, age 48, born in Tennessee, accountant.  George was the brother E.E. Taliaferro.  He died in 1931 and is buried at Forest Hill Cemetery in Kansas City Missouri.
Ethel Taliaferro, wife, age 35, born in Maryland
Russell G. Taliaferro, son, age 11, Missouri
Evans Taliaferro, age 9, Missouri
Lewis E. Taliaferro, age 3 months, Missouri

1940 Census for Los Angeles California
Ethel Taliaferro, age 45, widow, born in Maryland. Here is the link to her findagrave memorial.
Russell G. Taliaferro, age 21, born in Missouri, Store Clerk, motion picture industry The SSI index says he was born in 1919 and died in 2006. Here is the link to his memorial on findagrave.
Evans Taliaferro, age 19, born in Missouri, Cartoonist, motion picture industry. Here is his findagrave memorial.
Lewis Taliaferro, age 14, born in Missouri.

It is interesting to note that there is a Taliaferro connection in the Moran family tree through J.W. Moran's wife, Sophia Riley Gunn.  Sophia's mother was Caroline Matilda Morehead, daughter of Turner Morehead and Mary "Polly" Ann Hewitt Hooe.  Polly's parents were Harris Hooe Sr and Catherine Taliaferro of Virginia.  Edward Ellett Taliaferro's father hailed from Virginia as well.

Updated Feb. 8 2018
I came across E.E. Taliaferro's obituary in The Jackson Sun, Jan 11 1957.

E. E. Taliaferro
Jeweler, Inventor Dies at Home Here; Rites to be Saturday

Edward Ellett Taliaferro, 80, died at 5:20 o'clock this morning at his residence at 119 Allen avenue.

While his health had not been good for the past several years, he was critically ill for only two weeks.

Mr. Taliaferro was born in Trenton on August 19, 1876, the son of Capt. Lewis and Mrs. Sally James Taliaferro.

He became interested in watchmaking and engraving in his early teens and received his first training from R.O. Crump, jeweler at Trenton.

He later moved to Jackson and was in business on Main street for several years before entering  Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, N.Y., for a complete course in jewelry designing.

He completed his course there two years later in 1911 and was awarded a gold medal for the execution of the best original design of a jeweled ornament in the Pratt Institute jewelry course.  Ludwig Nissen made the award.

His exhibits while at the institute, won for him ofers of employment from such famed firms as Tiffany's of New York.

Mr. Taliaferro decided to locate in Colorado Springs, Colo., where he spent 20 years as vice president of the Hamilton Jewelry Co.

After that time he was for several years connected with B.F. Stief Co. in Nashville where he was a designer.

He decided in 1924 to move to Jackson where he opened his own jewelry store, remaining in business here until his retirement in 1955.

Mr. Taliaferro was one of the few jewelry graduate designers in Tennessee.

He also was well known for his numerous inventions, especially those pertaining to time-keeping instruments.

In 1901 he was married to Miss Delana White of Jackson, who died in August, 1941.

On July 15, 1944, he was married to Miss Lucy McKenzie, who survives.  He is survived also by three nephews, all of Escondida, Calif., Russell, Evans and Lewis Taliaferro.

He was a member of the First Baptist Church and Jackson Lodge 192, B.P.O. Elks.

The body will be at the residence until time for the services which will be held at 2:30 p.m., Saturday from Griffin Funeral Home Chapel.  Burial in Hollywood.

Honorary pallbearers will be Hugh W. Hicks, Paul Russell, Frank Caldwell, Simpsin Russell, Dr. W.T. Fitts, Dr. George Harvey, Will Holland, Dr. R.B. White, James Diffee.

Active pallbearers will be Robert Spragins, Sid Spragins, Lamar Spragins Jr., James G. Joyner, James E. Whitaker Jr., James Talbo, Robert W. McKenzie, Bernard Sullivan.

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Dorothy Louise Timberlake, 1906-1910

In 2012 I posted about the home of Ida Moran and William G. Timberlake home which is located in Jackson Tennessee and still stands.  I included several pictures of the exterior and interior of the home that were taken in the early 1900's. The pictures were actually negatives that I scanned and then inverted the image.  The results were beautiful but to me had a sad other world feeling to them.  

One image shows a picture of a little girl on the wall.  We thought it was probably Dorothy Louise Timberlake, the only child of Ida and Will, who was just 4 years old when she died.  But we had no way of knowing for sure until now.  Here is the original framed picture that you can see hanging on the wall of the Timberlake home.

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Gold Coins and Small Waisted Girls, January 1908

We greatly enjoyed this letter from Jimmie to his dad J.W. Moran.  J.W. and George Boyd taught him a good lesson, when you want something the price usually rises and in this the price on the gold coin he wanted increased by $15!  This letter also shows the competitive streak between Jim and his brother Brud for the ladies.  Or at least the competition existed in Jim's mind.  :)

Just an FYI for you all.  Instead of posting the images of each scanned letter, I think the above format is more interesting to read and to look it.  Since search engines can't read the embedded text on an image, I will still include the text of each letter in html format so that the information can be retrieved by a search.

"The Mechanics-American National Bank of St. Louis
Dear Papa-
Your letter received today and as I will not have another opportunity to write for several days will answer at once.  

I don't know whether you ever told me or I just found it out from observation but a man when he wants to trade with you must not appear at all anxious that he wants to trade.  Now when I was down home and didn't want that gold piece I could have got it for sixty dollars but when I get back here and do want it then the price rises.  I don't see my way clear to give seventy-five dollars or even seventy but rather than have you and Mr. Boyd bluff me out I will give you seventy dollars if delivered at once express paid.  I don't think you can get this much from a broker, in fact I know you can't but the party that wants this one is collecting coins for his own personal pleasure and is able to pay for luxuries.  

If you will trade at the above price send to me care of the Mechanics-American Bk not Am. Germ. as your letter this morning was addressed.

I hope Brud is not trying to take advantage of my absence by visiting Jackson for the purpose of taking possession of my belonging down there.  The pretty girl with the little waist is not there now so I can't imagine what is prolonging his visit.

Give my love to Aunt Aggie, Hope you are both well.


Sunday, January 17, 2016

Pigue, Manier, Hall & Co., Nashville TN 1874

Here's a neat piece of business ephemera from Nashville, TN dated Dec. 2, 1874, from the Office of Pigue, Manier, Hall & Co."  A quick search told me that they were "manufacturer's and wholesale dealers of boots and shoes.  The search also produced an introducing result from "The People's Paper" of Huntingdon, Tennessee dated September 1, 1874:  "John C. Ezzell with Pigue, Manier, Hall, & Co. manufacturers and wholesale dealers in boots and shoes."

Being no stranger to the Ezzell name since Fannie Moran married James B. Ezzell, I immediately checked the family tree and found a John Chambers Ezzell. If my research is correct he was the son of Benjamin Gilbert Ezzell and Elizabeth Jetta Allen.  Benjamin G. Ezzell was a brother of Mason Ezzell, the father of James Ezzell making John C. and James B. first cousins.  It's just supposition on my part but it seems very possible that it's the same John C. Ezzell.

Friday, January 15, 2016

Uncle Brud's Travel Kit

Uncle Brud, 1913, aboard the
S.S. Kronprincessin Cecilie
Uncle Brud traveled a great deal for a variety of reasons. As a young man he spent time away at college learning all of the accounting skills that made him a successful banker.

Brud was very health conscious and  seemed to be on the "sickly" side so he spent time at sanitariums/health resorts like the one in Battle Creek Michigan.

And he loved to travel for adventure such as the great American west and a trip to the Panama Canal and Cuba in 1913, a year after the death of his father J.W. Moran.

So when I look at Brud's travel kit, I wonder about all of the places it's been that we'll never about.

Monday, January 11, 2016

Brasfield and Moran, 1924-25

Found these two photographs and few others stored in a Loveman's Department Store Box and were annotated for Kent from his mom, Ria Moran.  The first photo features Richard Brasfield, Nathan "Bub" Moran and his young sister Louise.  Taken late 1924 or early 1925.  I'm guessing that Richard is Richard Duane Brasfield, son of Roy West Brasfield and Johnnie Costen Bobbitt, born in 1919. He married Ruth Anne Bowlin in 1942 in Nashville, TN. He studied medicine and became a physician specializing in Cancer Research at New York City Hospital.  Dr. Brasfield passed away in 1970.  

left to right:
Richard Brasfield, Marion Louise Moran and Nathan "Bub" Moran

The second picture was taken in the side yard of Moran Place, about 1925-26, and features Bub and Louise Moran. Bub and his sister were very close.  Even when he was away at college and early in the military he kept pictures and letters from his sister Louise in his footlocker.

Loveman's Department store.  

Saturday, January 2, 2016

Mrs. Charles R. Morehead, 1891

1891, Mrs. C.R.Morehead, El Paso, Texas
Theo C. Marceau, fotographer,
826 Market St. Phelan Building
San Franciso, CAL

In keeping with yesterday's theme I'm posting a picture that may or may not be Mrs. Charles Robert Morehead, aka Lemire Morris Morehead.  The back of the photo is stamped  "C.R. Morehead, El Paso Texas" and "Mrs" is written in pen before the stamp. It is also annotated "1891."  So does that mean the picture is of Lemire Morehead or did she stamp the photograph to show ownership?  I've written about Charles and Lemire back in 2012.  You can see a picture of her as a young woman in that blog post.  I know she was living in Los Angeles during the later part of her life and that's where she died in 1910.  

This 1891 picture was in a group of several other pictures including the one marked "Cousin Turner to Cousin Fannie."   It's interesting to note that Lemire and Charles named their daughters Ida and Fanny.  We're certain that John W. Moran and Sophia Gunn Moran named two of their daughters after the Moreheads.   Fannie Lemira Moran was most likely a nod to Lemire Morris Morehead as well as Lemire's daughter Fanny and their other daughter was named Ida Morehead Moran and most definitely was named after Charles and Lemire's daughter, Ida Morehead!

Theo C. Marceau was a well known San Francisco photographer.  The following comes from The San Francisco News Letter, July-Dec. 1896:

The signature at the foot of these lines has become a
household word in San Francisco. Photography, as
there are few cities in the world that can beat us at it.
practiced here, has indeed become one of the arts, and
course, but patient study and care in every detail has
Our atmosphere may have something to do with it, of
achieved more than anything else. Theo. C. Marceau,
Phelan Building, can improve upon nature in his photo-
whose beautiful studio is at 826 Market street, in the
graphs, and when one considers how handsome our women
especially, find satisfaction in posing before his cameras.
are, that is saying a great deal. A single glance at some of his work will suffice to prove what we say. Ladies,
the person, divine their moods, and know how to catch
One must be an artist to know how one will look at one's best; one must be able, as it were, to fathom the nature of
work done is perfect. All the latest styles of photography
them upon the plate that will hold them forever. This Mr. Marceau does, and he is surrounded by such efficient assistants in every department that every detail of the
absolutely lifelike. Considering the quality of his work,
can be had in his studio. His color work is simply beauti- ful, and adds something to his pictures that makes them his prices are very low, reputation, in his case, bringing
him all the patrons he can desire.

Friday, January 1, 2016

Cousin Turner to Cousin Fannie, ca. 1880-1900

I'm starting out the New Year with a photograph that is annotated "Cousin Turner to Cousin Fannie" taken at Bingham & Hilliard's photography studio in Memphis Tennessee.  The Fannie is Fannie Moran but Cousin Turner is a bit more mysterious.  But I guesstimate that it's possible Cousin Turner is a Morehead.  The Moran's are related to many Moreheads including Turner Morehead who is connected via his daughter Caroline's marriage to Dr. Lyman Taft Gunn, the father of Sophia Gunn who married John W. Moran. 

The picture dates from 1880/81-1900. I use those dates because Charles D. Hilliard joined the Bingham Photography studio in 80/81 to form Bingham & Hilliard in Memphis. There were a large group of Morehead's living in Memphis and it's possible that this is the Turner Morehead that appears in the Sholes' Memphis Directory for 1895.  More research is needed.