Re: Christian Saum in Luzerne Co. PA by 1796
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Don't give up.
An interesting note is that my ancestor David Saum changed his name to Saums to distance himself from his family. Evidently he was a real SOB judging from the will of his father-in-law!
Also, as you know this name has had many spelling variations in census & other records. Don't discount Schaum, Zalm, Shaum, etc. I have seen so many! I always go for the "soundex" option if I can.