My grandmother, Mary Catherine Eckel, was born in 1853 and married "Mac" Chilton in 1878 in Jefferson county, Tennessee. When she died in 1925 she passed a collection of old family photos along to my mother. Earlier this year I began to seek connections with those in the photos prior to distributing the photos to relatives as well as to the Jefferson county museum in Dandridge. Most of the relationships were easily identified from my mother's notes.
However, several photos of a young man in a Navy uniform identified as "Dick Drummond" did not reveal a connection to the Eckel family. I have traced out the relationships and they are described below for anyone who might be interested. Most statements are backed by contemporary sources.
In 1866 John H. Drummond married Sarah Ann Judson Sharp in Jefferson county; they appear in the 1870 census for Greene county in western Tennessee with three children including Dick age 5 months. Misspelling "Drummond" as "Drummon" in the Ancestry database and also in the one maintained by Heritage Quest makes identification awkward but the 1880 census confirms what is in the 1870 census. In 1880 they were back in Jefferson county though in that census John Drummond was married to "Mary". Sarah's children appear along with younger ones. As John and Mary are also in the 1900 census I do not believe "Mary" is an error and guess Sarah died a year or two before 1880 though I've not found a record of her death.
In each census John Drummond was listed as a photographer.
Richard Drummond appears twice in the 1880 census, once with his father as noted above and a second time with Mary Ann Harrison Sharp Eckel, where he is labeled as "great-nephew". The two records appear four pages apart in the census and the records were collected two days apart by the same enumerator. Mary A. H. S. Eckel was my great-grandmother. My grandmother, her daughter, was first cousin, once removed, to Dick Drummond. She certainly had opportunities to know Dick Drummond when he was living nearby in the Eckel home and thus saved his photographs.
Why the two census listings is unknown.
The photos show Richard Drummond in a Navy uniform and on board the USS Pensacola. His
Veteran Service Number was 001154946 and the records are available for a fee from:
NARA Attn: Archival Programs
Saint Louis, MO 63132-0306
Dick Drummond's life ended abruptly and violently in August of 1893 as a victim of the "Coal Creek War" as found in Wikipedia from a description in Karin Shapiro's, "A New South Rebellion: The Battle Against Convict Labor in the Tennessee Coalfields, 1871-1896" (Chapel Hill, N.C.: University of North Carolina Press, 1998), p. 218 and also reported in the N. Y. Times archives for 11 August 1893.
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