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

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.

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