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

Monday, May 10, 2010

Pictures of Cealy Jane Rogers Conner

My father-in-law's sister in Lenoir City called us Saturday morning and talked a long time to both me and Shubert. She called to see how things were with his siblings in Nashville since she hadn't heard from them after the flood there this past week. They are fine. She always likes to talk about the past and family. She was telling me that after her oldest sister died in 2007 she saw how much she had accumulated and how difficult it was for her nieces to go through. But she was a wealth of information about our common ancestry and, like me, hated to let go of a newspaper clipping, a photo, a graduation program, or any number of things that make up the fabric of our lives.

Anyway, Aunt Alyce said she saves everything herself and so she went home and started going through things one room at a time so her only daughter wouldn't have to deal with so much when she is gone. She said she doesn't throw things away and is very careful to save things that she feels would have some family meaning.

A cousin of hers, the daughter of George D. Conner and Nelle Scarbrough, had given her some pictures before she herself had died a few months ago. She said they were of Cealy Jane! Cealy Jane Rogers Conner was Alyce and this cousin, Eva's, grandmother. Alyce is trying to locate the pictures. She said they are in the bedroom she is cleaning out and when she runs across them, she'll send me copies. I am very excited about that. I will then place them here on Tennessee Memories for all of you to see. I will then be able to confirm whether or not the little picture beside Grandma Martha Ann Conner Shubert is indeed her mother, Cealy Jane.

When she told me this, I started talking to her about Mr. Rogers contacting me and the connection we had found between the Conners and the Rogers. Listen to this ~ she said her Granny Cealy Jane had a brother whom she loved very much. And even though he had moved to Columbus, Georgia, they had remained very close all their lives!  That was before I told her about Mr. Rogers' grandfather, George.

Alyce is the youngest of the Shubert siblings, only 10 years older than my husband, and she didn't remember seeing George and his brother, Jim, like my father-in-law had. Nor had she ever heard about their professional bent. But she did say they were a "little better off than some of us and had a little more spending money," (her) Granny said.

I don't remember whether she knew Mr. Rogers' grandfather's name was George or if I told her that, but she said she thought her Granny Cealy Jane had probably named her son, George D. Conner, after him because she missed and loved her brother so much. Her son, George D., committed suicide when he was only twenty-six. I can only imagine how devastated she must have been to lose him.

Read about the Rogers connection in my post, Moonshiners, Bootleggers, Prohibition and Revenuers.
See Martha Ann Conner Shubert's photo with possibly her mother in my post, Possible Conner Mother and Daughter.
See George D. Conner's headstone in my post, Conners and Rogers in Lenoir City Cemetery.

Monday, April 26, 2010

Mauve & Gray Mystery Woman

 Tennessee Mystery Woman

This beautiful lady was a surprise when I took my husband's grandmother's photo out of a frame that was in his mother's cedar chest. At first I thought it might be one of those pre-printed prints that smile up at you when you purchase a new frame - one that you feel you should know, but don't; one that has 8 x 10 and the manufacturer stamped across the front! It isn't one of those. It is definitely a studio portrait, but has no markings on the back except some penciled numbers that are common on some photographs.

Someone had placed Leola Hitch Davis Ray's studio portrait on top of this one. Her daughter, Marilee Davis Shubert, had the framed pictures in her home at the time of her death. Leola's picture wasn't removed for a long time, and when it was removed in order for me to scan it, I discovered this very pretty lady.

Marilee went to college at Carson Newman in Jefferson City, Tennessee, so I thought she might be a friend from school. Or she may have been a friend of her mother's, Leola. Leola left Tennessee and moved to Florida. Then again she may have been another member of the family: a Davis, a Delozier, a Burns.

If there is ANYONE out there who recognizes her, please, please contact me. I would love to be able to connect her with a family member. My email is in my profile on the right, or you can leave a comment at the bottom of this post.

Scrapbook Page created Using
Papers and Elements "In the Pink" from Judy at a Touch of Class 
and Glossysticks Alpha Letters from Rainy's Alphas.

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Moonshiners, Bootleggers, Prohibition and Federal Revenuers

Just as I have been learning more about my husband's Conner and Rogers family in Tennessee and Georgia, the very moving and relevant "When Love is Not Enough: the Lois Wilson Story" aired tonight on CBS. The Hallmark Hall of Fame's presentation is based on the true story of the "sorely-tested but ultimately enduring love between Lois Wilson, co-founder of Al-Anon, and her husband Bill Wilson, co-founder of Alcoholics Anonymous."

Their story took place during the years 1918 and 1934. James Ray Rogers was nine years old when Lois and Bill got married and he died four years before Lois, in 1934, finally witnessed Bill get and stay sober – not through her help, but from the support of a fellow alcoholic and later Dr. Bob Smith. Out of their relationship, AA was born. But I did not intend to tell the Wilson's story, but to tell you of the young Ray Rogers.

My father-in-law used to tell me of a couple of his uncles, George or "Shorty" and Jim, whom he remembered coming into Lenoir City in their fast cars and their fancy clothes and staying at the hotel down town. He said he thought they were bootleggers and that they had eventually moved from Blount County, Tennessee, to the Columbus, Georgia, area as whiskey dealers. He also told me Ray Rogers was killed by Federal "Revenuers" while he was carrying whiskey for his father, George.

The Rogers descendant I told you about in my previous post, Conners & Rogers in Lenoir City Cemetery, has told me that my father-in-law was correct. His grandfather, George "Shorty" Rogers, and great-uncle, James "Jim" Rogers, were the ones Mr. Shubert was talking about. Mr. Rogers sent me pictures of  George and James "all dressed up like I imagine they were in Lenoir City so long ago."

 George R. "Shorty" Rogers on Left
James "Jim" Rogers on Right
Brothers and sons of Jesse and Martha M. Graves Rogers

No one knows who was the first of the Tennessee Rogers to go to Columbus, Georgia, but go they did! No one knows why they chose Columbus, but everyone agrees that they had to leave Tennessee - some believe they were "run out" of the state. George had many ties to moonshine before and after leaving Tennessee and in the 1920 Muscogee County, Georgia Census he lists his birthplace as the "United States" - not Tennessee or Georgia or Arkansas - just the United States! Do you think he didn't want anyone to know where he was?

George worked as a cab driver in Columbus and later owned a grocery store, selling and delivering moonshine in the Columbus area. He had many conflicts with the law and others during the Prohibition time. His son, James Ray Rogers, paid the ultimate price while working for George. On July 25, 1930, at the age of twenty-one he was killed by a federal dry agent while delivering a gallon of moonshine in Columbus. It was ruled that the agent's gun went off accidentally and the case was dismissed.

James Ray Rogers
1909 - 1930
Son of George "Shorty" Rogers and Elizabeth Humes Stinnett
Brother of R. M. Rogers

When Prohibition ended, George and his son, R. M., opened one of the first liquor stores in Georgia, Rogers Liquor Store. They also opened the popular Rogers Supper Club, a restaurant next door at 14th Street and 5th Avenue in Columbus.
R. M. Rogers
1914 - 1988
Son of George "Shorty" Rogers and Elizabeth Humes Stinnett
Brother of James Ray Rogers

It is said that George's brother, Jim Rogers, never married or had children. He slipped one morning and hit the back of his head on the foot-board of his bed. The fall killed him. He is buried in the Rogers family plot in Riverdale Cemetery in Columbus.

by Billie Atkins
Permission to publish here by Paul Rogers

  James Ray Rogers
Dec. 12, 1909
July 25, 1930
"Gone But Not Forgotten"

George R. "Shorty" Rogers
holding his son, R. M. with son, James Ray standing beside them.

I wonder where their mother, Eliza, was when this photograph was taken. Was she looking on, smiling proudly at the men in her family or was she sitting with them in the next photo?

"Hallmark Video - Sneak Peek -" CBS TV Network Primetime, Daytime, Late Night and Classic Television Shows. N.p., n.d. Web. 26 Apr. 2010. .

All photographs in the private collection of Paul Rogers, Columbus, Georgia. Permission given to publish here. Copyright 2010.

Friday, April 23, 2010

Conners & Rogers in Lenoir City Cemetery

 Lenoir City Cemetery
Lenoir City, Loudon County, Tennessee
Ray Allen Shubert beside His '82 Chevrolet Impala
Yesterday I found a group of pictures I had taken in 2001 while visiting the Lenoir City Cemetery with my husband and his daddy, Ray Allen Shubert. I had completely forgotten about them; they are 4 x 6 glossy prints - before my digital camera days. I have a pack of photos from that cemetery as well as some taken in 2003 in Eusebia Presbyterian Cemetery, Elijoy Cemetery, and Logan's Chapel Cemetery. The last three cemeteries mentioned are in Blount County. Lenoir City Cemetery is is Loudon County about three-quarters of a mile from the center of town. The county is in east Tennessee in what is considered the Knoxville Metropolitan Area.

I have recently been corresponding with a descendant and grand-nephew of Cealy Jane Rogers Conner, my husband's great-grandmother. He has generously allowed me to use photos and information that he has acquired about the family here on Tennessee Memories.

First, I would like to post some photos of the headstones and monuments found in Lenoir City Cemetery that I took back in 2001, when my father-in-law was still alive and enjoyed reliving his childhood and retelling the stories he had heard and conjuring up the things he had seen.

 View from the area where some of the Conners and the Rogers are buried.

Born 1852 - Died 1925
Ray's great-grandmother was buried beside one of her grandsons,
George D. Conner and his wife, Nelle Scarbrough.

Jan. 16, 1869 - Feb. 3, 1948
"There is Rest in Heaven"
Ray's grandmother.

Ocr. 4, 1865 - Nov. 5, 1948
"There is Rest in Heaven"
Ray's grandfather.

Apr. 22, 1905 - Apr. 29, 1951
His Wife
Dec. 20, 1904 - Nov. 22, 1983
"Asleep in Jesus"
Ray's uncle and aunt.

Jan. 22, 1897 - Jan. 22, 1959
Ray's uncle.

Born Aug. 22, 1899 - Died Mar. 3, 1912
"Christ Loved Her so and Took Her Home."
Ray's aunt who died at age thirteen.

Lenoir City Cemetery
Lenoir City, Loudon County, Tennessee

Cemeteries on USGS Maps


Tombstones in Lenoir City Cemetery, Lenoir City, Tennessee, 2001. Digital format. Original held and photographed by Judith Richards Shubert, Copyright 2001.

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Shuberts in Durham Cemetery, Roane County

Born Mar 7, 1839
Died June 1, 1915
"Gone but not Forgotten"

My Wife
Wife of
Born Nov. 25, 1832
Died Nov. 3, 1878
"Gone but not Forgotten"

Notice in the first photo the last name is spelled "Shubert" and in the second it is spelled "Shubart". Mornan died first in the year 1878, so my theory is that Henry had her tombstone engraved with the correct spelling of their name; then when he died in the year 1915, his step-children or Nancy, his second wife, had it engraved incorrectly. It might have been an error by the maker of the monument or the family, but I feel that Mornan's tombstone was correct since Henry was still alive.

Here are extra pictures of the tombstones with others in the background, all taken on what appears to be a dreary, Fall day in Tennessee. Notice the stones in the following 3 pictures seem to have been cleaned with something in order to read them. Some of the detail found in the first 2 photographs seems to have been inadvertently removed.

Durham Cemetery
Roane County, Tennessee

Henry Shubert's tombstone and in the background on the far right is
grave marker of
Infant Child
J. P. (Jacob Pearson) & Dialtha Shubert

I cannot read the name on the other small marker on the left.

This seond photo of Mornan's tombstone with Jacob's and Dialta's baby infant's marker behind it marks Marnan's location as being buried beside and to the right of her husband, Henry.

This is a cropped view of Jacob's and Dialtha's infant child with tombstone of Sallie Shubert behind it. A post and better photograph of Sallie's tombstone can be found at my post "A Jovial Company." 

They say that when Sarah Jane (Sallie) got sick, her husband, John Henry Shubert, took her on a boat to a doctor.  He, however, was unable to help her.  When she became unable to even take care of herself; he took her to the Reynold's home  near Kingston where they cared for her until she died.  She is buried along side Mitch and Mornan Shubert at Durham cemetery near Midway School in Roane County. Notes from Ray Allen Shubert.

DEATH Certificates for 1908-1912 Loudon County, 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

Original Photos given to the author by Loma Schubert Rodgers, Fort Worth, Texas 2003.
Digital format, Judith Richards Shubert, 2010.
Conversation with Ray Allen Shubert, 1998.

Friday, March 12, 2010

Shubert Births and Deaths Recorded in Bible

 Shubert Births Recorded in Bible
Copy sent to Bob Shubert by
Eddie Shubert around 2004

Shubert Deaths Recorded in Bible
Copy sent to Bob Shubert by
Eddie Shubert around 2004

Bob Shubert and Eddie Shubert are both descendants of Henry "Mitt " Shubert and Mornan Matilda Reynolds Shubert through their son, John Henry Shubert, and Sara Jane Cooley Shubert, all of Roane and Loudon Counties, Tennessee.

On the Births page the first entry is that of Henry M. and the second entry is that of his wife, Morenan. Their children are listed next. The Deaths page includes the death of his second wife, Nancy. The first death recorded is that of Morenan on November 3, 1878.

Monday, March 8, 2010

"A Jovial Company"

 Sara Jane "Sallie" Cooley Shubert
 "Gone Ye Blessed"
Wife of J. H. Shubert
June 25, 1868 - Sep. 25, 1909
"A tender mother and a faithful friend.

Buried in Durham Cemetery, Roane County, Tennessee

It's amazing! Over the last few weeks I have received emails from folks who are descendants of my husband's Shubert, Reynolds, and Cooley families. Boy, has that gotten me hopping! I must admit I haven't done any new research on these families in a few years, and I was a little rusty with my information, to say the least. But with so much paper in my files and a very large number of names in my Family Tree Maker, I was at least able to sound somewhat intelligent.

My husband and I were very excited when a Cooley descendant wrote because that is one line on which we have very little information.

My husband's line is as follows:
1. James Cooley, Sr., born about 1745, died about 1780 in Henry Co.,Virgina
+ Ann
2. James Cooley, Jr., born about 1765 in Virginia, died about 1852.
+Martha Patsey Stewart, born 1770 in Franklin Co., Virginia
3. Elijah Cooley, born 1788 in Franklin Co., Virginia, died 1868 in Roane Co., Tennessee
+Jemima Walden who died in 1832
4. Chapman Cooley, born 1824 in Roane Co., Tennessee; died 1905 in Miegs Co., Tennessee
+Ginity America Brock, born 1821; died 1897 in Meigs Co., Tennessee
5. John Thomas Cooley, born 1845, died 1918
+Nancy Jane Cofer, born 1843
6. Sara Jane Cooley, born 1868 in Meigs Co., Tennessee , died 1909 in Roane Co., Tennessee
+John Henry Shubert, born 1865 in Roane Co., Tennessee; died 1924 in Loudon Co., Tennessee
7. Henry Estel Shubert, born 1889 in Roane Co., Tennessee; died 1953 in Loudon Co., Tennessee
+Martha Ann Conner, born 1892 in Sevier Co., Tennessee; died 1964 in Loudon Co., Tennessee
8. Ray Allen Shubert, born 1917 in Loudon Co., Tennessee; died 2003 in Davidson Co., Tennessee
+Marilee Davis, born 1923 in Monroe Co., Tennessee; died 2000 in Davidson Co., Tennessee
9. Robert Allen Shubert + Judith Gail Richards

My husband's 3rd great-grandparents, Chapman Cooley and Ginity America Brock were married in Roane County in 1841. An interesting notation was written on the license.
 Notes for Chapman Cooley:
According to the Roane County, Tennessee marriage records of 1801-1855, when Chapman Cooley married Merica (America) Brock on April 16, 1841, a note was written on the license that said:
"A find(e) weding(wedding) this evening, April 16th, 1841. A joval(jovial) company and well behaved."
Family Sources
Tennessee Archives, Nashville, Tennessee
Photo in Digital Format, Judith Richards Shubert, Original held by Loma Schubert Rodgers

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

"Happy 101" Award for Tennessee Memories

There are so many dear, sweet folks I've met through blogging about my family genealogy! Three of them have been so kind as to give me this "sweet" award called "Happy 101" to recognize Genealogy Traces and Tennessee Memories.

I first heard from Debbie Blanton at  Blanton Family Roots and Branches and then Taylorstales-Genealogy dropped by with hers. I also heard from Robin Cordell-Inge who writes Where I Come From. Over at Tennessee Memories, Janice Tracy, author of Mississippi Memories and six other very interesting blogs, left her "sweet" comments! Thanks to all of you. I appreciate it, and you all make me happy!

If you receive this award you are asked to list 10 things that make you happy and list 10 blogs you would like to share it with.

10 Things that Make me Happy! 
Laughter of my sisters
Reading about Texas
My kids and grandkids
Sunny Days
Music (all kinds)
Collecting Glass
Walking through cemeteries with a camera and notebook
Iced Tea "the table wine of the South"

I'd like to pass the award on to the following blogs:
everything blues Everything about the blues, including history of the music form and details about the lives and the music of some well-known blues musicians. by Janice Tracy 
Appalachian History Stories, quotes, and anecdotes. by Dave Tabler 
Genealogy Simple & Fun Here are articles to help you in your research, news information plus items to make your genealogy adventure fun! by Tammy Evans
Greta's Genealogy Bog Seriously obsessed with genealogy since 2005; the joys, problems, and pitfalls of family research. by Greta Koehl
Lincecum Lineage A genealogy blog devoted to her Lincecum ancestors, as well as all allied lines that merged with or crossed their paths. by Stephanie Lincecum.
Raeburn Family Odyssey Connecting the dots of the Raeburn families and related surnames from Ireland to North America; with a little bit of this and that in between. by Holly
Where I Come From "This is the story of my family and where they came from....and the journey that brought me to here!" by Robin Cordell-Inge
Who Will Tell Their Story? "A blog dedicated to my collection of orphan photographs." by Julie Cahill Tarr
Consanguinity kin-necting the dots. Relationship by blood, whether linear or collateral. by Patti Browning 
GeneaDiva's History, Genealogy and "Stuff"  Genealogy, history and general stuff connected to my life with emphasis on history and genealogy. by the GeneaDiva

Please take a moment to check out my selections. They are all worthy of your readership and your comments
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