I have never heard of this surname before and it took me a long time to figure the writting out on my GG grandma's death certificate, the only part I was sure of was the " Hell", the rest was hard to make out. Anyway, Mary/Polly Hellums was born 1804 in Kentucky. She was married to William Christison, who was also born KY., at some point after 1832 they moved to Livingston Co., Missouri and she died 1875 and is buried in the Christison Cemetery there. Do you think she is a sister to your Jonathon? You were the only one with a Hellums born in KY., What is the orgin of this surname?