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

Monday, March 30, 2009

The Rest of the Story at "Monday Madness"

Blaine Plemons with Grandmother Nancy Parks Shubert and her husband Henry Mitchell Shubert in Civil War Uniform
Blain Plemons
Nancy Ann Weese Parks Shubert & Henry M. "Mitt" Shubert

You remember “Poor Mr. Plemons”? Well, I have the rest of the story!

After last Monday’s post for Monday Madness, the brainchild of Amy Crook of Untangled Family Roots, Cheryle Hoover Davis asked the question: “Whatever happened to L. M. Plemons' wife? Did she get away with it?” That led me to do a little more investigating.

In a Plemons Family Online Newsletter entitled “5 Branches” I discovered a little background to what possibly led up to the poisoning. In the early 1950s, an article appeared in a Knoxville, Tennessee, newspaper that asked some of the same questions that I and my readers asked. The newspaper clipping, cut out and given to Warren Plemons by his mother, was reprinted in the family newsletter and family members added to the details.

A Mr. Gurth Robinson who was interviewed for the newspaper article said, “Who in the world would have an inscription like that cut into a gravestone? This fellow dies when he is 29 years old. And then someone puts up this gravestone saying publicly that he died from poisons administered by his wife. How did this person know the wife administered poisons? And why did she do it – if she actually did?”

The gravestone which is pictured in my previous post is found in Laurel Bluff Baptist Church Cemetery near the town of Kingston. Warren Plemons said that there was a “family story – or rumor, passed down through generations and probably changed with the re-telling.” The story as reported in the Plemons newsletter is retold here.

“On October 30, 1892, L. Martin Plemons married Cara Parks. Martin is the son of Thomas Jacob Plemons, grandson of Jacob Plemons and Adaline Harden. Cara is the daughter of James Parks and Nancy Ann Weese. They had one child, Blain, in November 1897.

According to the story, it was common knowledge that Cara was seeing the town butcher whenever Martin would leave for work. Martin was an iron ore miner and also worked on a farm for his father. One day, when Martin came to work, he told his father, ‘I think that I will go back home, and if he is there, I will kill the both of them.’

Martin left and returned some time later. His father asked him whether he had found Cara and her suitor together, he replied, ‘Yes – but I couldn’t bring myself to kill them.’

Some short time later, Martin died – under suspicious circumstances. The Plemons family did not make a secret of their dislike for Cara. They believed that she had killed Martin and they hired a doctor to come from Knoxville and perform an autopsy. As they had suspected, poison was discovered in the stomach contents. Cara was subsequently arrested and tried for murder.

At the trial, the doctor was asked whether there was a chance that some of the Plemons family could have tainted the evidence by placing poison in the containers used to collect the stomach contents. The doctor answered that he had left the containers alone in a buggy on his way back to Knoxville while he had gone inside a house to eat. This cast enough doubt on the accusation that the jury found Cara ‘Not guilty’ and released her.

The Plemons family was enraged, but there was nothing that they could do. Their only recourse was to make the incident public by carving the accusation on Martin’s gravestone.

The stone is there today, and sits near the road in a corner away from the church. Martin is buried near his father, mother, and grandmother along with many other relatives.”

Above is a photo of Martin and Cara’s only son, Blain, with his grandmother, Nancy Ann Weese Parks Shubert and her husband at the time, Henry “Mitt” Shubert. Henry M. Shubert is my husband’s great-great-grandfather. Nancy married James Parks in 1856 and began having children in 1857. Her husband, James, was killed in the Battle of Chickamauga on September 22, 1863, but Nancy continued to have children until 1877. Nancy and Henry M. Shubert were not married until April 4, 1881.

  • 5 Branches, s.v. "A Newsletter of the Plemons/Plemmons/Plemone/Plemon/Plemens Family – Winter 2002" (accessed March 2009).
  • “5 Branches” Helen Parker, editor
  • Photograph original belonging to Loma Schubert Rodgers, descendant of Jacob Pearson Shubert and Dialthia H. Parks who was a daughter of Nancy Ann Weese.

The above is my second contribution to "Monday Madness"!

Amy Crook of Untangled Family Roots has started a new meme for those of us researching our ancestors. This will occur each Monday as a recurring meme similar to Tombstone Tuesday and Wordless Wednesday. Check it out. It's great fun!

Monday, March 23, 2009

Poor Mr. Plemons - Poisoned by His Wife! "Monday Madness"

L M Plemons headstone Poisoned by Wife
L. M. Plemons
Born June 7, 1873
Died May 10, 1902
"Died from poison administered by his wife"

Family legend tells that Carrie Parks (Dialtha Parks Shubert's younger sister) married L. M. Plemons and that he was poisoned by his wife. His headstone actually reads "L. M. PLEMONS born June 7, 1873 died May 10, 1902 - 'Died from poison administered by his wife' ." Photo of headstone is in the possession of Loma Schubert Rodgers. This was told to Nelle Mae Shubert by Mattie Cox, daughter of Sarah Shubert. (This gravestone is in Roane County in the Laurel Bluff Cemetery.)

There is a photo of Henry Mitchell "Mitt" Shubert and his 2nd wife, Nancy Ann, with a child identified as Blaine Plemmons, cousin. I have posted that photo on this blog with the title "Henry Milton (Mitchell) Shubert - March 07, 1839-June 1, 1915." Could this be a child of Carrie Parks and L. M. Plemons? If the photo belonged to Nelle Mae Shubert, Blaine would be Nelle Mae's cousin.

The above is my first contribution to "Monday Madness"!

Amy Crook of Untangled Family Roots is starting a new meme for those of us researching our ancestors. This will occur each Monday as a recurring meme similar to Tombstone Tuesday and Wordless Wednesday. Check it out. It's great fun!

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Davis Wordle

Wordle: Untitled

This is the first of my planned Wordles. It has most of my husband's mother's ancestor surnames. Hope you like it. Wordles are created at and I first learned about them from Randy Seaver at GeneaMusings.

Images of Wordles are licensed by Creative Commons License.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

11th Edition Smile for the Camera - Brothers & Sisters in Nashville, Tennessee

The word prompt for the 11th Edition of Smile For The Camera at Shades of the Departed is brothers & sisters. Were they battling brothers, shy little sisters, or was it brother & sister against the world? Our ancestors often had only their siblings for company. Were they best friends or not? Show us that picture that you found with your family photographs or in your collection that shows your rendition of brothers & sisters. Bring them to the carnival and share. Admission is free with every photograph!

Bobby and Leta Shubert
Nashville, Tennessee

Big brother Bobby is displaying some of the sweet, caring disposition he has always had. Even though I can't find a photograph with all three of the siblings together, below is a picture of Bobby and his younger brother Billy. Now THEY might be planning to get into trouble! But it looks like Bobby may have been sick and Billy was entertaining him.

Billy and Bobby Shubert
Nashville, Tennessee

Photos in collection belonging to Marilee Davis Shubert and made in the 1940s or very early 1950s.

Judy has posted her submission for Brothers & Sisters at Genealogy Traces. Check it out.

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Memories of Davis Cousins

Barbara, Margaret, Spence, Jr. and Brenda Davis
Maryville, Blount County, Tennessee
Circa 1949

You remember my writing about the Davis Dairy Farm in Maryville (the subject of my blog banner)? Well, Brenda Davis Cemel, one of my husband's 1st cousins that lived close by on the farm when she was little shared some photographs that she has graciously given me permission to use here on Tennessee Memories.

Bobby & Billy Shubert
(My husband, Bob, and his younger brother, Bill)

Marilee Davis Shubert & Ray Allen Shubert
Billy & Bobby
Marilee ~ Born March 19, 1923 - Died January 11, 2000
Ray ~ Born September 8, 1917 - Died January 17, 2003
(My husband's parents and brother)

The pictures in the yard are taken on the side of the house with the drive coming up from the mailbox. In the picture of Bob and Bill, you can see the garage behind them. Behind the garage was a smoke house. On the right side of the driveway was a garden (along with one behind the house). They planted potatoes and peanuts in the one beside the driveway. Brenda Davis says she remembers having to dig potatoes and peanuts in that garden!

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