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Davis Dairy, Maryville, Blount County, Tennessee on Wildwood.
Taken by Judith Richards Shubert, September 28, 2005, Copyright

Friday, December 11, 2009

Dimit from Ashland Lodge, No. 604

Ray Allen Shubert and Marilee Davis Shubert
at Bob & Judy's wedding
April 4, 1964
Shortly after moving back to Nashville from Ashland City, Tennessee 
I have found many tombstones with the symbols of Freemasons in cemeteries where I have trekked looking for an ancestor or just visiting in order to take pictures for my cemetery blogs, Cemeteries with Texas Ties and Cemeteries of the Covered Bridges. They are varied and beautiful, indicating that the person memorialized there was a member of the Freemasons during his lifetime.

Since Dan Brown's books, "Da Vinci Code" and "Demons and Angels", were published in 2006 there has been a flurry of interest in the Masons. I've had questions about the institution's symbolism, philosophy, and history since then and have discovered several direct and collateral ancestors who were members of the Freemasons.

What I have been surprised to learn is that my late father-in-law was a Mason, but left the organization in 1988 after being affiliated with them for thirty-four years.

After he died in 2003 my husband brought home several boxes of papers, letters, photos, etc., to go through. He found an envelope and papers mailed to his father in Nashville from the Ashland Lodge No. 604, F. & A. M., Ashland City, Tennessee in June of 1988. It is an original document with the seal of the lodge affixed in the lower left corner.

Ray Allen Shubert
DIMIT No. 9 from Ashland Lodge No. 604

The document indicates that he asked in writing to be released from his membership in the Ashland Lodge. Not knowing what a "DIMIT" was and what it implied, I decided to do some research about the origin of the word.

In 1873 Albert G. Mackey, M. D., a 33 degree Mason, wrote and published in London, England "An Encyclopedia of Freemasonry and its Kindred Sciences." He did so because he felt that "few men had the means, the time, and the inclination for the purchase of numerous books, some of them costly and difficult to be obtained, and for the close and attentive reading of them which is necessary to master any given subject." It was that thought that suggested to him many years prior to writing and publishing his encyclopedia, "the task of collecting materials for a work which would furnish every Freemason who might consult its pages the means of acquiring a knowledge of all matters connected with the science, the philosophy, and the history of his Order."

On page 204 Dr. Mackey defines the word Demit. "A Mason is said to demit from his Lodge when he withdraws his membership; and a demit is a document granted by the Lodge which certifies that that demission has been accepted by the Lodge, and that the demitting brother is clear of the books and in good standing as a Mason."

In the body of my father-in-law's Dimit it says that he was in good standing "and having paid all sums regularly charged against him, was dimitted at a regular meeting of this (Ashland No. 604) lodge."

Mackey continues with "To demit, which is the act of the member, is, then, to resign; and to grant a demit, which is the act of the Lodge, is to grant a certificate that the resignation has been accepted. It is derived from the French reflective verb se demetire, which, according to the dictionary of the Academy, means 'to withdraw from an office, to resign an employment.'

The application for a demit is a matter of form, and there is no power in the Lodge to refuse it, if the applicant has paid all his dues and is free of all charges. It is true that a regulation of 1722 says that no number of brethren shall withdraw or separate themselves from the Lodge in which they were made, without a dispensation; yet it is not plain how the law can be enforced, for Masonry being a voluntary association, there is no power in any Lodge to insist on any brother continuing a connection with it which he desires to sever.

The usual object in applying for a demit is to enable the brother to join some other Lodge, into which he cannot be admitted without some evidence that he was in good standing in his former Lodge. This is in accordance with an old law found in the Regulations of 1663 in the following words: 'No person hereafter who shall be accepted a Freemason, shall be admitted into any Lodge or Assembly until he has brought a certificate of the time and place of his acceptation from the Lodge that accepted him, unto the Master of that limit or division where such Lodge is kept."

In looking at Mackey's definition of Dimit, he writes that the word is "a modern, American, and wholly indefensible corruption of the technical word Demit. As the use of this corrupt form is beginning to be very prevalent among American Masonic writers, it is proper that we should inquire which is the correct word, Demit or Dimit.

For almost a century and a half the Masonic world has been content, in its technical language, to use the word demit. But within a few years, [as of 1873 when Mackey wrote the Encyclopedia] a few admirers of neologisms - men who are always ready to believe that what is old cannot be good, and that new fashions are always the best - have sought to made a change in the well-established word, and by altering the e in the first syllable into an i, they make another word dimit, which they assert is the right one. It is simply a question of orthography, and must be settled first by reference to usage, and then to etymology, to discover which of the words sustains, by its derivation, the true meaning which is intended to be conveyed."

Mackey further writes, "to demit, in Masonic language, means simply to resign. The Mason who demits from his Lodge resigns from it. The word is used in the exact sense, for instance, in the Constitution of the Grand Lodge of Wisconsin, where it is said: 'No brother shall be allowed to demit from any Lodge unless for the purpose of uniting with some other.' That is to say: 'No brother shall be allowed to resign from any Lodge.'

To dimit is derived from the Latin dimittere. The prefixed particle di or dis has the effect of off from, and hence dimittere means to send away."
 After finding Dr. Mackey's definitions of the words demit and dimit, which is found on my father-in-law's document from the Ashland City Lodge, I wasn't sure whether he was allowed to resign or whether he was "sent away."

The back of the document gave the dates of his initiation into the Freemasons in 1954, and his affiliation into the Ashland Lodge from the Nashville Doric Lodge #732 in March of 1962. I know that the Shuberts moved from Nashville, Tennessee to Ashland City, Tennessee around 1961 and then back to Nashville a short time later, around 1963. Whether or not he returned to the Doric Lodge and his fellow Masons in Nashville, we don't know. I have not found documentation that he did.

Ray Allen Shubert
Freemason Ashland Lodge No. 0604 Membership Card

Mackey, Albert G., M. D., "An Encyclopedia of Freemasonry and its Kindred Sciences," Google Book Search, (Online: Books, [Original published by Moss & Co. and A. G. Mackey, 1873 and 1878], pp 205, 211-213, <> accessed December 11, 2009).

Dimit No. 9 "To all Freemasons throughout the World" Ashland Lodge No. 604, dimit of Brother Ray Allen Shubert, June 6, 1988, John T. Bradley, Master. Original in private collection of Robert Allen Shubert.

Ashland Lodge No. 0604, Free and Accepted Masons, Membership Card, Ray Allen Shubert. No. 168, W. C. Jackson, Jr., Secretary. Original in private collection of Robert Allen Shubert.

Marilee and Ray Shubert, Mineral Wells, Texas, April 4, 1964. Digital format. Original black and white in private collection of Robert Allen Shubert.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Fellow Bloggers are Fantastic!

What a beautiful award! I am so honored to have been given this new Kreativ Blogger award by Diana, the creator and author of Random Relatives. Thanks, Diana.

The winner of this award is supposed to list seven things about themselves and then pass the award along to seven other bloggers. There are so many wonderful bloggers out there who deserve this award, and I enjoy reading them all. I have learned more about genealogy through my association with the friends I've met through blogging than anywhere else. I would love to recognize them all! Let me start with 7 ~

Roots Digging
Deb's Genealogy Room
The Graveyard Rabbit Afield
100 Years in America
Nordic Blue
My Family Roots Run Deep
A Couple of Bubbles Off Center

Now for those 7 things about me ~ hmmm ~
1. Working on new project. As newly appointed historian for the Mineral Wells High School 50 Year Club, my alma mater, I'm preserving memorabilia that has been donated to the club.
2. My mother was a twin and my step-father was a twin. Just KNEW I'd have twins, but didn't.
3. Struggling with recurrent cornea erosion for the last year.
4. Lived in Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Alabama after getting married. Then finally back to Texas where we met!
5. Love to read history books ~ read for an hour every night, no matter what time I go to bed, and at least that long while I'm drinking coffee every morning.
6. Live on a cul-de-sac and can see our pick-up on Google Earth!
7. Always wanted to learn to fly. Do ya think at 66 I've waited too late?

Thanks again, Diana!

Monday, November 16, 2009

Memorial Day 2005 - Stones River National Battlefield

Stones River National Battlefield
In the cold, early morning of the last day of 1862, a battle erupted between two American armies totaling more than 80,000 men. The small town of Murfeeesboro, Tennessee was about to become a major battlefield.
The Battle of Stones River was one of the bloodiest of the war. More than 3,000 men lay dead on the field. Nearly 16,000 more were wounded. Some of these men spent as much as seven agonizing days on the battlefield before help could reach them. The two armies sustained nearly 24,000 casualties, which was almost one-third of the 81,000 men engaged.
Today, more than 6,100 Union soldiers are buried in Stones River National Cemetery. Of these, 2,562 are unknown. Nearly 1,000 veterans, and some family members, who served in the century since the Civil War are also interred there.

About 2,000 Confederates are buried in the Confederate Circle at Evergreen Cemetery. This plot is their third resting place. They were buried on the battlefield by Union soldiers after the battle, and were moved to their own cemetery later. When the first Confederate cemetery fell into disrepair in 1867, the bodies were moved to Evergreen Cemetery.

On Memorial Day, 2005, some of my family members visited the Stones River Battlefield where we listened to a Park Ranger tell of the battle that raged on that site more than one hundred years earlier. My grandsons, young as they were, listened with awe and asked questions of us as we walked through the cemetery later. They remembered the ranger telling about the German soldier named Christian Nix that fell on the first day of battle. Stones River National Battlefield’s museum and archives collections hold many artifacts and documents detailing the life of Lieutenant Christian Nix of the Twenty-fourth Wisconsin Infantry. The boys were anxious to look for his tombstone. A carved wooden board once marked his original burial place and a marker of stone now displays his name and company. That Labor Day there were flags marking all of the graves.

Tombstone of Lieutenant Christian Nix
24th Wisconsin Infantry




  • Stones River National Battlefield and Cemetery, Digital Format, Original photographs taken and belonging to Judith Richards Shubert, Labor Day, 2006.

Friday, October 30, 2009

Henry Estel Slept Upstairs

Old Homeplace of John Henry and Sallie Cooley Shubert Roane Co TN Tourist Center and Museum Today
Old Homeplace of John Henry and Sallie Cooley Shubert Roane Co TN Tourist Center and Museum Today back view
Old Homeplace of John Henry and Sallie Cooley Shubert Roane Co TN Tourist Center and Museum Today Henry's upstairs room 2nd fr leftLoudon County Museum / Carmichael Inn
Loudon, Tennessee

Loudon County Museum/Carmichael Inn 501 Poplar St., Loudon, 37774. Museum includes Civil War exhibits showcased in the Carmichael Inn, a circa 1810 two-story log cabin used as a stagecoach inn. A self-guided tour of downtown Loudon and the county tells of the town’s early years and Civil War history. Open daily. Admission is free.
Located behind the courthouse in Loudon is one of the area's oldest homes. The Carmichael Inn is a two story log structure which served as a stopping place for stage coach travelers enroute from Nashville, Knoxville, and Chattanooga. Travelers would be ferried across the river to spend the night and then resume traveling the next morning by the next stagecoach. Although the exact date of construction is unknown, the first stage of construction is thought to have been completed around 1810. The log house was built by John Hudson Carmichael (1780-1840). His sons operated the Inn, the ferry, and the stagecoach. Two of his sons, James and Dan, fell in love with and married two sisters who were traveling on the stagecoach from Georgia to the Tate Springs Resort.

The Carmichael Inn can be described as an "I-house" as it is two stories tall, one room deep and two or more rooms long. It has a central chimney which opens into fireplaces in the two downstairs. The structure has a gable roof and two front and two rear doors. A two-story porch runs the length of the house. The Carmichael Inn is currently being used as a museum and visitors center.

Henry Estel Shubert son of John Henry and Sallie Cooley Shubert made circa 1945Henry Estel Shubert
November 11, 1889 Roane County, Tennessee
October 25, 1953 Loudon County, Tennessee

Children of John Henry and Sara Jane Sallie Cooley Shubert Lenoir City TN after 1953
Children of John Henry Shubert (1865-1924) and Sara Jane (Sallie) Cooley (1868-1909)
Lenoir City, Tennessee
Left to right: Arch, Ben, Ulysis, Maude, Henry Estel, and Buck
Picture made before 1953.

On the wall in Aunt Alyce's dining room there is a painting of a home, one that looks like so many others found in the little communities across our country. It is a wooden structure and it is obviously a place that holds many memories for the Shubert family, as it is lovingly displayed in a place of prominance. I asked Aunt Alyce about the picture and about why it meant so much to her and her brothers and sisters. She was eager to tell us the story about how her father, Henry Estel, had lived in the house as a child and how he had laid on his bed in the upstairs bedroom and looked out of the window, staring at the stars dreaming of what his life would be like one day. She pointed out the very window that opened up the world to him in his dreams. It was the second one from the left. Now the house stands as a testament to those days when our ancestors lived and died, worked and played in our beloved Tennessee. It is the very same structure that houses the Loudon County Museum.

Schubert and Wells Genealogy, written by W.B. Howerton Kingston, Tennessee,
September 1987, p. 26:

1900 Roane Co. Census, 9th Dist., 102-103, P. 120A, 11 June 1900
SHUBERT, John, head, 33, b. Dec. 1866 m. 13 yr.
Sarah, wife, 34, b. Aug. 1865, m. 13 yr., 6 chld., 5 living
Fred, son, 12, b. May 1888
Henry, son, 10, b. Nov. 1889
Maude, dau, 6, b. Apr. 1894
Buck, son, 1, b. Sep. 1898
Ben, son, 1, b. Sep. 1898
Deceased: Infant child of J.H. and Sallie Shubert.*
Nancy Morenan, dau. of J.H. and S.J. Shubert, b. 18 July 1901, d. 26 July 1902*
*On gravestone in Durham Cemetery, near Laurel Bluff, in Roane Co., TN

Name: Sarah Shuberd Date of Death: 9/26/09 Sex: Female Color: ----- Age: 40 Married or Single: Married Place of Death: Roane County Cause of Death: Cancer Place of Birth: Roane County Occupation: Farmer's wife
DEATH CERTIFICATE NUMBER: 54644 Name: Cacil Shubert Date of Death: 6/4/12 Sex: Female Color: White Age: 6 months Married or Single: ----- Place of Death: Lenoir City Cause of Death: Toa bactas (?) Place of Birth: Lenoir City Occupation: -----


1920 U.S. Census Roane County, Tennessee, [] accessed:February 15, 2009.

Loudon County Death Certificates, [] accessed:February 15, 2009.

"Carmichael Inn", Loudon County TnGenWeb [] accessed:February 15, 2009.

Loudon County Museum/Carmichael Inn, Digital Format, Originals belonging to Judith Richards Shubert, 2009.

Shubert, Henry Estel. Digital Format, Original photograph belonging to Robert Allen Shubert, 2009.

Shubert, children of Henry and Sallie Shubert, Digital Format, Original photograph belonging to Robert Allen Shubert, 2009

Howerton, W. B., "Schubert and Wells Genealogy," Kingston, Tennessee, September 1987.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Where were They in 1909?

Sometimes "I am a day late and a dollar short!" But I had written this some time ago and forgotten it. For family members who might be interested, I thought I'd go ahead and post.

Back on June 6, 2009, Randy Seaver of Saturday Night Genealogy Fun fame challenged us to do the following:

1) Which of your ancestors were alive in 1909?
2) Tell us where your ancestral families were living in 1909. What country, state, county, city/town, etc. Who was in the family at the time? Use the 1910 census as "close enough."
3) Have you found each of these families in the 1910 census?

4) Write a blog post about your response. Or write a comment to this post.
5) Have fun. Learn something!
My husband, Robert Allen Shubert's, ancestors:
Maternal Grandmother:
LEOLA HITCH - b. May 24, 1903 Ducktown, Polk County, Tennessee
- d. August 7, 1976 Winter Park, Orange County, Florida* (See Census below.)

Maternal G-grandmother:
ARIE LEE ARTHUR HITCH b. May 20, 1879 Polk County, Tennessee
- d. 1961 Orlando, Orange County, Florida* (See Census below.)
Maternal G-grandfather:
JOSEPH EDGAR HITCH b. September 19, 1877 Polk County, Tennessee
-d. 1946 Orlando, Orange County, Florida* (See Census below.)

Maternal 2nd G-grandfather:
JASON K. ARTHUR b. 1846 - d. 1921 Polk County, Tennessee
with children Arie Lee Arthur, Horace G. Arthur, Blanche Arthur, and 3 other daughters

Maternal 3rd G-grandfather:
JASPER NEWTON MITCHELL - b. February 10, 1824 Tennessee
- May 26, 1910 Blount County, Tennessee

Maternal Grandfather:
WILLIAM SPENCE DAVIS, SR. - b. March 24, 1895 Sevier County, Tennessee
- December 17, 1976 Maryville, Blount County, Tennessee

Maternal G-grandmother:
ELIZABETH ANNE BURNS DAVIS b. February 16, 1874 - d. August 1, 1943
Maternal G-grandfather:
JAMES PINKNEY DAVIS b. September 09, 1869 Sevier County, Tennessee
- d. May 01, 1934 Loudon County, Tennessee

Maternal 2nd G-grandmother:
SARAH MELVINA HINES - b. May 19, 1850 Blount County, Tennessee
- d. September 24, 1919 buried Knoxville, Knox County, Tennessee

Paternal G-grandfather:
JAMES R. CONNER - b. October 4, 1865 Tennessee
- d. November 5, 1948 in Lenoir City, Loudon County, Tennessee
Paternal G-grandmother:
CEALY JANE ROGERS CONNER - b. January 16, 1869 Sevier County, Tennessee or Western North Carolina
- d. February 03, 1948 Lenoir City, Loudon County, Tennessee
with children: Martha Ann, Alfred L., Ellen, Mae

Paternal 2nd G-grandfather:
JESSIE ROGERS - b. August 30, 1847 - April 29, 1914
Paternal 2nd G-grandmother:
MARTHA GRAVES ROGERS- b. 1852 - d. 1925

Paternal Grandmother:
MARTHA ANN CONNER SHUBERT - b. October 27, 1892 Sevier County, Tennessee
- d. June 5, 1964 Lenoir City, Loudon County, Tennessee
Paternal Grandfather:
HENRY ESTEL SHUBERT - b. November 11, 1889 - Roane County, Tennessee
- d. October 25, 1953 Lenoir City, Loudon County, Tennessee

Paternal G-grandfather:
JOHN HENRY SHUBERT - b. December 26, 1865 Midway, Roane County, Tennessee
- d. March 16, 1924 Lenoir City, Loudon County, Tennessee
Paternal G-grandmother:
SARA JANE COOLEY SHUBERT - b. June 25, 1868 Meigs County, Tennessee
- d. September 25, 1909 Roane County, Tennessee *(See death certificate below)

Paternal 2nd G-grandfather:
HENRY MITCHELL SHUBERT - b. March 7, 1839 Sevier Co., Tennessee
- d. June 1, 1915 Midway, Roane County, Tennessee

Paternal 2nd G-grandfather:
JOHN THOMAS COOLEY - b. March 1845 - d. 1918 prob. Meigs County or Roane County, Tennessee

Name: Sarah Shuberd
Date of Death: 9/26/09
Sex: Female
Color: -----
Age: 40
Married or Single: Married
Place of Death: Roane County
Cause of Death: Cancer
Place of Birth: Roane County
Occupation: Farmer's wife

Found in the 1910 Florida U. S. Census:

Name: Arie Hatch
Age in 1910: 30
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1880
Household Members:
Name Age
Joe Hatch 33
Arie Hatch 30
Leola Hatch 6

Says they were in Caddo Co. (?) Name Hitch misspelled.

These are Bob's family ancestors living in 1909.

Monday, October 19, 2009

Carson-Newman 1941 Graduating Class

Carson-Newman College Graduating Class 1941, Ray Shubert
Carson-Newman College
Graduating Class

Jefferson City, Tennessee

My father-in-law, Ray Allen Shubert, is in the 2nd row from top, standing 2nd from left. Ray was born September 8, 1917, in Lenoir City, Tennessee. Son of Martha Ann Conner and Henry Estel Shubert, Ray was a star athlete in high school and college. He was honored with an induction into the Sports Hall of Fame at both Lenoir City High School and Carson-Newman.


Carson-Newman College Yearbook, The 1941 Appalachian, Jefferson City, Tennessee, Ralph Below, Editor, Conard Gass, Manager. Digitally reproduced photo by Judith Richards Shubert, 2009.

Monday, October 12, 2009

Phyllis Evelyn Froneberger Davis - 1922-2005

Phyllis Evelyn Froneberger
March 10, 1922 - June 27, 2005

Phyllis F. "Maw" Davis, 83, of Hixson, passed away Monday, June 27, 2005. Phyllis was born in Maryville, Tennessee, and was a 1941 graduate of Maryville High School. She moved to Chattanooga in 1961 and was of the Baptist faith.

Phyllis and her husband owned and operated Chickamauga Marina until they retired in 1992.
She was preceded in death by her parents, William Russell and Margaret Melvina Froneberger; sisters, Glenn Ferguson, Mae Brooks, and Margaret Froneberger; brother, William Froneberger; granddaughter, Rachel Cemel; and a great-grandson, Chandler Pursley.

She is survived by her husband, William "Bill" Davis, Jr.; daughters, Margaret Ann Pursley and husband, Buford, of Ringgold, Barbara Brewer and husband, Don, and Brenda Cemel and husband, Albert; son, Spence Davis, all of Chattanooga; and several grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Graveside services will be at 3 P.M. today at Hamilton Memorial Gardens with the Rev. Jim Hensley officiating. The family will receive friends from 1 P.M. until service time today at the funeral home. Share your thoughts and memories at Arrangements are by the North Chapel of Chattanooga Funeral Home, Crematory & Florist.

Aunt Phyllis was a delightful, sweet, and caring sister-in-law
to our dear mom and dad, Marilee Davis and Ray Shubert.
They all visited with one another often and Phyllis always sent the most beautiful greeting cards to them. After mom and dad's deaths we found a great number of those cards that Marilee had carefully saved. I now have them in a beautiful scrapbook. I know her family misses her. We do.


"Obituaries - Phyllis Evelyn Froneberger Davis." The Daily Times,, [Blount County, Tennessee], 29 Jun 2005.

Photograph, Phyllis Evelyn Froneberger, Digital Format, original belonging to Brenda Davis Cemel, Hixson, Tennessee, 2009.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

William Spence Davis, Jr. - Sept 28, 1921 - Oct 08, 2008

William "Bill" Spence Davis, Jr.
Island of Saipan in the Mariana Islands
World War II

William "Bill" Spence Davis, Jr., 87, of Hixson passed away on Wednesday, October 8, 2008, at his home.

He was born in Sweetwater, Tennessee, but moved to Maryville, Tennessee, during his childhood. He served in the Navy as a Ship Fitter Second Class Construction Battalion from 1943-1945. He was stationed in Saipan during WWII.

After moving to Chattanooga in 1961, Bill and his wife, Phyllis, owned and operated Chickamauga Marina. They retired in 1992.

Mr. Davis was preceded in death by his loving wife of 63 years, Phyllis Evelyn Davis; parents, William Spence Davis, Sr. (Maryville) and Leola Hitch (Orlando, Florida); sister, Marilee Davis Shubert (Nashville); step-mother, Mary Sue Davis (Maryville); granddaughter, Rachel Cemel, and a great grandson, Chandler Pursley.
Survivors include his son, William Spence Davis, III, of Chattanooga; daughters, Margaret Ann Pursley (Buford) of Ringgold, Barbara Brewer (Don) of Chattanooga, and Brenda Cemel (Albert) of Hixson; sister, Suzanne Kerr (Ernest) of Maryville; several grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

A graveside service will be held at 1:00 P.M. Saturday, October 11, 2008, at Hamilton Memorial Gardens with Dr. Jim Hensley officiating. Interment will be in Hamilton Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends for visitation from 11:00 A.M. to 1:00 P
.M. Saturday, October 11, 2008, at the North Chapel.

Arrangements are made by Chattanooga Funeral Home Crematory and Florist, 5401 Hwy 153, Hixson, Tennessee 37343.

Junior Davis was my husband, Bob Shubert's, uncle.
He is the uncle mentioned in the story about "Spence with His Oliver-66".
Bob's mother, Marilee, and her big brother, Junior, were inseparable
growing up and in the later days of their lives they talked
every weekend on the phone.
Junior was a handsome, funny, loving guy to his family and friends,
and the Shuberts miss him!


"Obituaries - William (Bill) Spence Davis, Jr." Chattanooga Funeral Home Crematory [Chattanooga, Tennessee] 8 Oct. 2008.

Photograph, Junior Davis, Digital Format, original belonging to Brenda Davis Cemel, Hixson, Tennessee, 2009.

Friday, October 9, 2009

The Honor of a Nomination - "40 Best Genealogy Blogs"

Wow! I've just learned from a dear friend and fellow blogger, Janice Tracy, author of several blogs about Mississippi that my blog, Tennessee Memories, has been nominated for one of the 40 Best Genealogy Blogs! I'm very honored and appreciate so much my readers.

In the May 2010 issue of Family Tree Magazine, the editors will name the 40 Best Genealogy Blogs.

The genealogy community was asked to nominate the genealogy blogs they read most. Beginning on October 5, voting commenced on the nominated blogs in several categories. You can find the list of nominees and vote for your favorites at Family Tree Magazine here. (For more on nominations and voting, go here.)

I had no idea. I have been so out of things for a while with my eyesight and the work I'm doing as Historian for our "50 Year Club" in Mineral Wells - my high school alma mater - that I've not been keeping up with my blogging community like I should. I truly appreciate the nomination and am really excited about the possibility of being voted on by readers.

Congratulations to all of the nominees!

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Joseph E. Hitch & Arie Arthur Hitch

Joseph Edgar Joe Hitch and Arie Arthur Hitch in Orlando FLJoseph Edgar "Joe" Hitch and Arie Lee Arthur
Married December 23, 1900
in Polk County, Tennessee by W. H. Rymer, M. G.

Arie Lee Arthur Hitch
Born May 20, 1879 in Polk County, Tennessee
Died 1961, Orlando, Orange County, Florida

Joseph Edgar Hitch
Born September 19, 1877
Died 1946, Orlando, Orange County, Florida

Joseph Edgar Hitch WWI Draft Registration Card Sweetwater Monroe Co TNJoseph Edgar Hitch WWI Draft Registration Card

Arie and Joe were my husband's maternal great-grandparents. He doesn't remember Joe but remembered Arie very well. He said she taught him to read at a young age and remembers visiting her in Orlando after Joe died and she was living with her daughter (Bob's grandmother), Leola. Leola and Arie also would drive to Nashville from Orlando and visit. He has very fond memories of her.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Colleagues Voice Respect for Former Official Proaps

Harold "Frosty" Proaps died Monday morning, leaving a city he loved to mourn his passing.

The 78-year-old Proaps served for 20 years as Lenoir City's treasurer/recorder - a job his friends and colleagues said he took very seriously.

"I've seen him spend hours trying to find a penny in the budget," said Councilman Gerald "Gene" Hamby. "He was the most honest man I've ever met in my life and a true public servant."

The former city treasurer served as a Marine in World War II and received the Purple Heart after being shot during action in the Pacific islands.

His daughter, Michelle Laughlin, recalled he was "a proud Marine."

Prior to becoming the city recorder/treasurer, he spent 30 years behind the counter at Moore Drug Company, which later became Atchley's Drug Store.

Proaps' successor, Debbie Cook, talked about her mentor as the flags at City Hall were lowered to half-staff.

Proaps hired Cook the first year he served in the office.

"He taught me how correct you have to be in taking care of the taxpayers' money," Cook said. "He helped build an extra classroom (for the schools) just by the way he saved and invested money.

"He was very intense in his job," Cook recalled. "He could be very particular in how he wanted things done."

Cook also remembered the lighter side of "Frosty."

"We were on a trip one time and he bought a soda and pack of crackers and said, 'Here's your meal allowance,' " Cook said.

Although "Frosty" may have at times showed a gruff exterior, he had a big heart.

"He was always giving when nobody knew it," Cook said. "Every year he would take a family in need and give them money."

Cook said Proaps worked with the American Legion to help with Christmas baskets.

He was a member of the Disabled American Veterans and a past member of the Lenoir City Civitan Club.

"I looked up to him and I'll miss him terribly," she added. "He loved his family, his job, his country, and God."

The family received friends from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Click Funeral Home in Lenoir City.

Funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday in Click Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow with full military honors at Lakeview Cemetery.

Lenoir City Hall will close at 1:45 p.m. and remain closed for the remainder of the day to allow city employees to attend the service.


Graves, Brian. "Former Lenoir City Official Harold "Frosty" Proaps Dies." News-Herald [Lenoir City, Tennessee] 18 Dec. 2002, Volume 118, Number 101 ed., sec. A: 1-8.

Harold E. "Frosty" Proaps - 1924 - 2002

Harold E. "Frosty" Proaps, 78, of Lenoir City died Monday, December 16, 2002 at the Parkwood Medical Center. He was of the Baptist faith. He served during World War II in the U. S. Marine Corp. He was awarded the Purple Heart after being shot in the Pacific Islands. He was a member of the Disabled American Veterans and the American Legion. He was employed for over 30 years at Moore Drug Co. which later became Atchley's Drug Store. He retired from the City of Lenoir City where he was treasurer/recorder for 20 years. He was a past member of the Lenoir City Civitan Club. He was preceded in death by his infant daughter; parents, William and Belle England Proaps; brothers, Raymond, Paul and Wayne; an infant brother and sister.

He is survived by his devoted wife of 50 years, Alyce Shubert Proaps; children, Army Maj. Ret. Michael Proaps and wife, Heather of Huntsville, Ala., Michelle Laughlin and husband, Jeff of Lenoir City; grandchildren, Chelsea and Tyler Laughlin of Lenoir City, Alex, M. G. Kelley and Brendan Proaps of Huntsville; brother, James R. "Bob" and wife, Dee of Lenoir City; sisters, Sue Jane Tilley and husband, Rob of Knoxville, Barbara Bright and husband, Allan of Maryville; sisters-in-law, Edna Proaps, Bunnie Walker, Lucille Gardner Greene, Helen Dutton and husband, Paul all of Lenoir City; brothers-in-law, Ray Shubert of Nashville and Robert Shubert of Knoxville; several nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends 5-8 p.m. Wednesday at Click Funeral Home in Lenoir City. Funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday in Click Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow with full military honors at Lakeview Cemetery.


"Obituaries - Harold E. "Frosty" Proaps." News-Herald [Lenoir City, Tennessee] 18 Dec. 2002, Volume 118, Number 101 ed., sec. A: 2-2.

Photograph, Frosty Proaps, Digital Format, original belonging to Bob Shubert, Fort Worth, Texas, 2009

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Possible Conner Mother and Daughter

Martha Ann Conner and Cealy Jane Rogers possibly mother and daughterMartha Ann Conner Shubert
Possibly her Mother
Cealy Jane Rogers Conner

Martha Ann Conner was born in Sevier County, Tennessee, on October 27, 1892. She married Henry Estel Shubert in Lenoir City, Roane County, Tennessee, on July 4, 1914. She died June 5, 1964 and is buried in Lenoir City Cemetery beside her husband who died in 1953.

Martha was the oldest of six children who were born to James R. Conner and Cealy Jane Rogers who were married in 1880. Her siblings were Alfred L., Ellen, Mae, George D., and Ethel.

Cealy Jane was born January 16, 1869, either in Sevier County, Tennessee, or western North Carolina. Her parents were Jessie Rogers and Martha Graves. She died in Lenoir City on February 3, 1948 and is buried in Lenoir City Cemetery beside her husband, James R. Conner.

My husband's father, Ray Shubert, couldn't tell me for sure that the woman in the little photo on the right was his grandmother, Cealy Jane, but he thought it was. We have several pictures of Ray's mother, Martha Ann, and my husband remembers his grandmother Conner but not his great-grandmother, Cealy Jane.

Ray tells us that his grandmother, Cealy, often told him that she played with the wife of James Pinkney Davis (Elizabeth Anne Burns) when they were children. James Pinkney Davis and his wife were the grandparents of Ray's wife, Marilee Davis Shubert.

I posted the two small pictures together so we could compare them. Bob and I think they look a lot alike. Their chins are similar, their hair is parted on the same side, and they seem to be sitting in the same position. If there is anyone who recognizes the photo on the right, or who knows her identity, I would love for you to contact me, either by comment here on the blog or by email which can be found on my profile page accessed on the right side of this blog.

I hope to post pictures of their headstones found in Lenoir City Cemetery in the next post.

Martha Ann Conner Shubert and unidentified woman (possibly Cealy Jane Rogers Conner). Digital format. Privately held by Robert Allen Shubert, 2009.

Monday, June 8, 2009

The "Puckerbrush Award" for Tennessee Memories

Harriett from Tennessee and author of Genealogy Fun has just given my blog, Tennessee Memories the coveted "Puckerbrush Award". I appreciate it so much. I love the fact that she and I are familiar with a lot of the same countryside. I understand that Terry Thornton, author of Hill Country of Monroe County, Mississippi, created the award to honor fellow genealogy blogger, Janice Brown. Terry explained that "Janice told us all about the word 'puckerbrush' in an article she posted August 27, 2007, at Cow Hampshire."

Terry's challenge: "Henceforth these awards will be called the Janice Brown Puckerbrush Blog Award for Excellence. All blog authors are hereby challenged to name the ten blogs which have influenced their writing the most and list them as a tribute to Janice --- the Janice Brown Puckerbrush Blog Awards for Excellence.

You can read more about the award in my post on Genealogy Traces.

I will list ten more blogs that have influenced my writing and Tennessee Memories. There are many great blogs about genealogy and wonderful writers that give me inspiration daily.

  1. George Geder, Family Historian and Photo Restoration Artist is one of my favorite writers. He is very knowledgeable about photo restoration and his column on Shades of the Departed is well worth reading.
  2. Lidian, author of The Virtual Dime Museum , has a wealth of information and photos of "weird corners of history and retro pop culture". It's so much fun.
  3. A. Spence of Spence-Lowry Family History has so much that is familiar in her blog because of the area she writes about. Her family stories and photos are great sources of inspiration to many.
  4. Virginia Travis who writes Oh Blah Vi, Oh Blah Va, life goes on has a beautiful way with words and photos. I enjoy this beautiful blog.
  5. Robert Baca, author of The Baca / Douglas Genealogy and Family History Blog has a very informative and interesting blog. I love to read about his family ties to the west and New Mexico in particular.
  6. Julie Cahill Tarr has been an inspiration to me since I started blogging a little over a year ago. Her beautiful blog Who Will Tell Their Story? is so well done and thoughtful, you just know the rightful owner of those lonely mystery photos will stumble upon them and come forward.
  7. Colleen from Arizona writes a great blog! Her Orations of OMcHodoy has something for everyone. I love her humor and her clear instructions when explaining how she did things like recoloring a photo or cleaning up her files!
  8. I love Drusilla Pair, from her lovely name to her blog, Find Your Folks. Her obvious love of her family heritage shows in her writing and pictures on this great blog that has inspired me to work harder.
  9. Terry Snyder's blog, Desktop Genealogist Unplugged, has been a great source of inspiration and new information. I learn something each time I stop by. Her articles about her searches and discoveries help me in so many ways.
  10. Debbie Blanton who writes Blanton Family Roots and Branches may be too busy right now trying to get moved, but I couldn't leave her out. She has been an encouraging and inspirational blogger to me and I love reading her blog.

Now get busy and pass the Puckerbrush Blog Award along when you have time.

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Monday, June 1, 2009

Lois Walker Blalock - 1914 - 2009

Lois Walker Blalock Caldwell NC Christmas 2008
Lois Walker Blalock
September 10, 1914 - May 26, 2009

One of my favorite ladies in all the world was Mrs. Lois Blalock. She had such a sweet spirit and shared her life with so many. I met her in 1988 when my daughter, Gail, met her only grandson, Troy, and they began a 3-year courtship that we all enjoyed as it progressed toward a life together. When Troy and Gail got married Lois was the first to take her under her wing and treat her like a granddaughter. I'm glad she had old-fashioned traditions and she shared her life with Gail. Indeed, all of the Blalocks helped me leave my precious daughter in North Carolina without worrying about her when Bob and I moved to Texas. We knew she was in good hands. I'll miss Lois.

CALDWELL - Mrs. Blalock was born September 10, 1914 to Wesley and Maggie Latta Walker in the St. Mary's community of Orange County. She attended St. Mary's school and graduated from Hillsborough High School in 1930. She received a teaching certificate from East Carolina and later at Duke University completed her bachelor's degree. She began her teaching career, which spanned 37 years, at Caldwell school in 1934 and later taught at Grady Brown Middle SChool in Hillsborough. While at Caldwell School Mrs. Blalock was principal for many years while also teaching fifth and sixth grades. She had a great love for children which was evident in her teaching.

She was a life-long member of New Sharon United Methodist Church where she played piano, sang in the choir, taught Sunday school, was a charter member of the United Methodist women and served on many committees. In 1992. she was presented The Book of Golden Deeds award by the Exchange Club of Hillsborough. She was very active in the Caldwell Community including the Caldwell Home Demonstration Club, The Caldwell Community Club and also supported the Caldwell volunteer fire department. She was a member of the Orange County Retired Teachers Association.

Mrs. Blalock was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Lewis Blalock and brother, Warren Walker. She is survived by her son, Charles W. Blalock and wife, Brenda, of Caldwell; grandson, Troy Blalock and wife, Gail, and their girls, Gailey and Shelby of Caldwell; granddaughter, Jamie Blalock Borland and husband, Jeff, and their girls, Paige and Payton of Cedar Grove.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday in New Sharon United Methodist Church. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Visitation will be from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday in Walker's Funeral Home of Hillsborough. Online condolences:

The family will welcome donations to New Sharon United Methodist Church, 1601 New Sharon Church Road, Hillsborough, NC 27278 or Duke Hospice at Meadowlands, 1001 Corporate Drive, Hillsborough, NC 27278.

Obituary printed Durham Herald-Sun May 28, 2009

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Honoring One of our Own on this Memorial Day 2009 - William Spence Davis, Sr.

Sgt William Spence Davis Sr WWI 1917 Loudon TNSgt. William Spence Davis
October 16, 1917 - June 20, 1919
United States Army

Pvt Lcl June 2 1918, Corp July 18 1918, Sgt Sep 7 1918. Overseas service from July 3, 1918 to June 14, 1919. Discharged on Jun 20 1919 with no disability. Address at enlistment RFD 2, Greenback Tennessee. Inducted at Loudon, Loudon County, Tennessee on Oct 16 1917.
Place of birth Sevier County, Tennessee.

William Spence Davis Sr WWI 1917 age 22William Spence Davis
Born March 24, 1895 in Sevier County, Tennessee
Died December 17, 1976 Maryville, Blount County, Tennessee

A young Spence appears with his family in the banner on my blog Genealogy Traces; in the 3rd picture from the left, he is standing behind his mother, Elizabeth Anne. The same picture appears below.

James Pinkney Davis and Anne Burns Davis with childrenJames Pinkney Davis Family
In the photo from the left are:
Elizabeth Anne Burns Davis, William Spence, Alvin, Nora,
father James Pinkney "Pink" Davis, Louis, Ethel, and Baby Lessie.

Approximately a year and a half after being discharged from the Army, Spence married Leola Hitch of Ducktown, Tennessee, in September of 1920. He was married a second time to Mary Sue Delozier of Blount County in June of 1936. His children are William Spence Davis, Jr., Marilee Davis Shubert, and Suzanne Hampton Davis Kerr.

I have previously written about Spence in the article Spence with His Oliver 66 found here and on my blog, Genealogy Traces. He is my husband's grandfather. There are many veterans found in our family, as there are in most readers' ancestry, but I have chosen to honor Spence this Memorial Day 2009 because he was a very special man. He served his country well and came home with an honorable discharge. Until he met and married his second wife, Mary Sue Delozier, Spence cared for his two oldest children with only the help of a nanny while working fulltime. He and Mary Sue worked very hard and were prosperous dairy farmers in Maryville. They were both teachers, as well.

My husband's father, Ray Allen Shubert, tells of Spence and Mary Sue in an interview during the 1990s:
Spence Davis, went to the Bill Jones School in Sevier County - a "Normal School" as it was called - took a state exam to become a school teacher. He was a good ball player and we have a couple of pictures of him with his team. He taught grade school in Monroe. While teaching he took a job in the Sweetwater post office during the Summer. Then he went to the Knoxville post office. Spence got full custody of Marilee and Junior when he divorced from their mother, Leola. After Leola left, he hired a nanny to look after the children. They called her "Aunt Tilly" - she was as broad as she was tall. Soon she told Spence that the kids were so big she couldn't handle them any longer and he needed to find a wife!" Marilee was a student of McCampbill School where Mary Sue Delozier taught. Spence and the kids lived on Valley View Road in Knoxville.

Suzanne Hampton Davis was born to Spence and Mary Sue in 1942. The Delozier's were prominent farmers in Blount County. Mary Sue taught at Wildwood High School where Marilee, Junior and Suzanne all attended. Suzanne and Marilee were cheerleaders, at different times, of course. Marilee and Mary Sue were pregnant with their first child at the same time. When Suzanne was a few months old, Marilee and Ray went into the post office where Spence worked. She remembered one of the clerks looked over her glasses at her and then called out, "Mr. Davis, your OLDER daughter is here!"

William Spence Davis Sr WWI Draft Registration Card
William Spence Davis
World War I Draft Registration Card
(accessed 2009)

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Tabler's "Appalachian History" is a Great Blog

Cade's Cove Methodist Church Tennessee Smoky Mtn National Park

Cade's Cove Methodist Church
The Great Smoky Mountain National Park
Cade's Cove, Tennessee

Dave Tabler began blogging about Appalachian History about 13 years ago. He has put an enormous amount of work into this blog as he strives to write a 400-500 word article every day, Monday through Friday. His work takes the form of articles, extracts, pictures, interviews, and audio samples.

"The Appalachia covers a vast expanse of area: It includes all of West Virginia and parts of 12 other states." Our beautiful Tennessee falls within that area. You can read Mr. Tabler's interesting blog by clicking on this link: Appalachian History. I'm sure he'd love to hear your comments. You can also read his interview on the History Nexus site. You'll learn all manner of neat things about our Appalachian expert.

I want to post an addition to the above two paragraphs. Dave left a comment after seeing my post and I thought everyone might not see it. He wrote:

Judith, thanks so much for all that enthusiasm! I do want to point out that, while I started my journey into the world of Appalachian history 13 years ago in the form of helping my dad edit his memoirs, the Appalachian History blog itself only dates back to December of 2006.

And boy, what an eye opener it's been digging up all this stuff. Truth really IS stranger than fiction.
So, I wanted to correct my statement on how long the blog had been online and apologize to Mr. Tabler. Thanks for stopping by.

Photograph taken by Judith Richards Shubert (c) October 2005
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