Saturday, September 23, 2017

Moran Brothers Sell Big Farm, 1918

Moran Bros. Sell Big Farm
Messrs. Harrell and James Moran sold their farm, near Greenfield this week to Messrs. Blue and Will Irvine.  The farm consists of 238 acres, all fine second bottom land, and is considered one of the best tracts of land in the entire county.

Source: Dresden Enterprise & Sharon Tribune
Nov. 15, 1918

Will and Blue Irvine are our 1st cousins twice removed.  Their mother, Agnes M. Moran, was a sister of John W. Moran.  She married Benjamin D. Irvine.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

They Promote Planting To Prosper, 1938

We recently attended the estate of Lillian Ezzell Dobson Dunavant in Memphis.  Lillian is a great-grandchild of John Williamson Moran making her and Kent 2nd cousins. We purchased several items related to the shared family history including two boxes of newspaper clippings, letters and other ephemera.

The first packet of clippings just happened to include articles that mention Uncle Brud, aka Charles H. Moran.  I thought that was a great place to begin scanning and sharing the information from the Dunavant estate.

"Plans for bigger and better participation in the 1938 Plant To Prosper contest by Weakley County farmers were outlined at Dresden, Tenn., this week by the county committee; Members are (left to right) Charles H. Moran, banker; Claude H. Hilliard and Reuben E. Ellis, county agent."

Friday, January 20, 2017

Destructive Fire in Dresden Tenn 1868

The following article first appeared in the Hickman Courier on November 28, 1868.  It seems that John Moran's home was damaged in the amount of $2,800. His brother-in-law, B.D. Irvine suffered damages in the amount of $2,500 and cousin Robert M. Irvine suffered $3,000 in damages.

Destructive Fire--A destructive fire occurred in Dresden, Tenn., on Tuesday morning last, totally destroying the West-side of the public square.  The loss is estimated at $50,000.  It was the work of an incendiary and originated between Meadows' store and an old doctor's shop, used by him as a warehouse.  The following is an estimate of the losses incurred:  S. M. White, dealer in dry goods; J.M. Meadows, dealer in dry goods, $4,000; James Lumkins, grocery merchant, from $500 to $1000. Mr Lumpkins succeeded in saving most of his stock.  B.D. Irvine, owner of one of the buldings, $2,500; Jesee Givvs, owner of house an elegantly furnished saloon, $2,500; McKennan & Yates, $500; John Moran, owner of a house, $2,800; Gleason's two brick offices, occupied by Zachery, harness-maker, $300, and Archer, dealer in jewelry, $1,750.  Heirs of Jas. Summers,house on the south-west corner of the Square, $2,500.  Robert M. Irvine, house, $3,000.  J.A. Prestwood, $150. There was very little insurance on the buildings.

Dr. Walter H. and Mrs. E.J.M. Drane

I haven't found a family connection between the Moran and Drane families but they were definitely friends.   Here is an article I found among Moran family papers posted in the Nashville Banner June 10, 1934.

Clarksville, Tenn., June 9--(Special)
Prominent surgeion and physician, Dr. Walter Harding Drane was one of Montgomery County's philanthropists and leading public spirited men.  Dr. Jane and his wife, Mrs. Eliza J. McClure Drane, were both descendents of leading families and their descendents are today playing important roles in the life of this community.

Dr. Drane was a leader in the movement to build the old Hopkinsville Turnpike and the covered bridge at Ringgold.  He advanced $20,000 for the construction of the old covered bridge and when the tolls failed to pay dividends the span was finally deeded to him.  He sold it for $2,500 to the late H.C. Merrit who in turn sold it to the county which freed it.

Dr. Drane not only aided by his influence the building of the Louisville & Nahsville Railroad, through Clarksville, but paid $10,000 in cash to the enterprise.

In 1843 Dr. and Mrs. Drane moved to the beautiful county home the Hopkinsville Turnpike which is still standing today, though time has dealt unkindly with it.  In addition to being an outstanding surgeon of his day, he had extensive connections in the tobacco business, holding large stocks both her and in Europe.  It was in the tobacco business that the bulk of his fortune was made.

Walter Drane was born in 1798 and died in 1865.  During the Civil War he  was Surgeon of the 14th Tennessee Infantry Regiment, Confederate States of America.  Eliza J. McClure Drane was born in 1808 and died in 1889.  They are both interred at Greenwood Cemetery in Clarksville, Tennessee.

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Unknown Woman? by Gebhardt & Co., Memphis Tennessee

Here we have another photograph of an unknown woman, maybe.  See update below.  The only thing I do know is that the photograph was taken in Memphis, Tennessee at the Gebhardt & Co. studio located on Main street.  However, because she was a lady she used the ladies entrance  at no. 2 and 4 Mulberry Street!

The photo was taken between 1880 and 1895 which is when the Gebhardt studio, by this name and at this location, was in operation.

UPDATED January 15 2017

Today, Kent looked at the photograph and said she looked like the same woman in a painting we have.  We compared the two and she does appear to have the same facial features and she is prominently wearing a good size brooch.    The painting is that of a woman not yet married in her finery with her hair still down while the photograph is the married matronly picture showing a settled woman.  At least that's what we think!

We know the painted woman is Louise Elizabeth McLean, wife of Quincy Shumate. She was born July 28 1855 in Tennessee a daughter of Ephraim Harvey McLean and Mary Frances Hardin.  We know this because there is a fragile piece of paper on the back of the painting that tells us that it was painted by her daughter Pattie Shumate. The note also tells us that Pattie painted and it was her first first painting ever! She goes on to say that she was using a picture taken from a tintype, 3 1/2" x 4 1/2",  of her mother that was taken about 1876, it was a year or so before her marriage to Quincy and she was about 21 years old in the painting.  And it was taken in Shelbyville, Tennessee

Monday, January 9, 2017

E.T. Edwards, Gainesville Texas

Eugene Taylor Edwards
I wasn't sure I would be able to figure out which Edwards family this little guy came from or how he might be connected to the Moran family. Even with a photograph that has been annotated I sometimes come up with dead ends but I believe I came across enough clues to identify him as Eugene Taylor Edwards, a very distant Moran relative.

Eugene Taylor Edwards was born September 15, 1889, in Gainesville, Texas.   He was the son of Pattie Ophelia Taylor and Little Berry (L.B./Berry) Edwards.  

L.B. Edwards was born about 1843 in Dresden, Weakley County Tennessee.    His father was Thomas Cotton Edwards who was originally from Sumner County Tennessee but moved to Dresden sometime after 1820. L.B.'s mother was Pauline Bransford Bondurant, originally from Buckingham Virginia.  L.B. was just one of about 15 Edwards children.

L.B. Edwards served with John W. Moran in the 31st Infantry TN (Col A.H. Bradford) CSA. Records indicate he was just 18 years old in 1862. His future wife, Pattie, was just one year old in 1862.

Pattie Taylor Edwards
Pattie Ophelia Taylor was born in 1861 in Brownsville, TN. She was the daughter of Samuel E. Taylor and Mariana Green.  She and L.B. were married November 23, 1886, in Haywood County, Tennessee.  Their son Eugene Taylor Edwards was born September 15, 1889.  

L.B. Edwards died on April 8, 1900.  He was interred in Fairview Cemetery in Gainesville where several other Moran Texas relatives are interred as well.

Starting about 1912, I came across passport records for Pattie that even included a photo.  It seems she began to travel with some of her destinations being Cuba and Hawaii.  

Pattie Ophelia Taylor Edwards died August 17, 1936 in El Paso.  She was interred with her husband in Gainesville.

As for Eugene, I came across a wedding announcement in the El Paso Evening Post dated July 26, 1928, that indicated he was a graduate of the High School in Gainesville, Texas, where he lived prior to moving to El Paso.  From there he was a graduate of the University of Virginia and then of Harvard.  He was an attorney with the law firm of Lea, McGrady, Thomason & Edwards.

He married Mary Rebecca Hayes on June 18 1928 at the Methodist church of Morganfield, Kentucky. She was the daughter of Richard Foster Hayes and Mai Elizabeth Jenkins. Mary had made her home in El Paso a few years earlier where she taught at El Paso High School.

Eugene and Mary had two children: Katherine Elizabeth Edwards and Berry Hayes Edwards. Katherine was born in 1929 and died in 2015.  She married Edward Bruner Crain.  Berry was born in 1931 and died in 2010.  He married Ruth Helen Deutsch.

Mary Rebecca Hayes Edwards died August 11, 1977.  Eugene Taylor Edwards died the following year on May 20, 1978.  They are both interred at Restlawn Memorial park.

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Cousin Edna Scott of Gainesville, TX

This is Edna Scott, daughter of William James Scott and his wife Jennie Ella Holmes.  Her grandparents were Rufus Franklin Scott, a well-known Gainesville merchant and his wife, Martha (Mattie) Helen Moran.  Rufus and and Mattie were born in Dresden, Tennessee.  Mattie is the sister of John W. Moran. You can read more about their move to Gainesville here.

Edna was born April 13 1884.  She had two brothers, William Scott and Charles James Scott. She married George Alexander Richter September 20, 1903 in Montague Texas.  She and George appear in the 1910 Census for Gainesville, Texas.  George was 34 and a sporting goods merchant.  Edna was 26 and listed as having 2 pregnancies and 2 living children. George Jr. was 5 years old and William (Billy) was 3.  At this time it is unknown what happened to George Jr., but Will married Angie Katherine Heard.  

Edna Scott Richter died in 1966.  Her husband George Richter died in 1954.  Their son Will died in 1985 and his wife Angie died in 1991.  They are all buried at Fairview Cemetery in Gainesville.

This photo is annotated on the back as follows: "Edna Scott March 5 1901, Gainesville Texas."  The photographer's mark is Manderfeld.