The Saum Tree
August 13, 1986
The name Saum is from the Germanic language and means seam inEnglish. If you consult a largedictionary under the word seam you will find it shown as derived from theGerman word saum.
There is avillage of Saumsville in Virginia near the town of Strasburg, Virginia. There is also a town in the state ofMinnesota named Saum. There is a SaumStreet in Enon, Ohio, which is just south of Springfield, Ohio. There is a Saum Hall on the OtterbeinCollege Campus in Westerville, Ohio. There is a large Saum Hotel in downtown St. Louis, Missouri.
My great grandfather, JacobSaum, was born on June 6, 1794 in thestate of Virginia and presumably at or near Saumsville, Virginia. He moved from Virginia at an unknown dateand came to Ohio, settling on a farm in Reading Township, Perry County, Ohio. The farm was on what is now state route 13 acouple of miles northwest of Somerset, Ohio. The name of his wife unknown to me and I know nothing as to when orwhere she was born, when or where she died or was buried. Jacob Saum had four sons to the best of myknowledge. They were Simon Saum, SolomonSaum, Henry Saum, and John Jefferson Saum. This John J. Saum was my grandfather. This Henry Saum was the father of John Saum who lived in RichlandTownship, Fairfield County, Ohio just west of Marsha Chapel Church and justeast of where I was born. John marriedMaude Turner and they had two sons, Ora Saum and Bert Saum. More about them later. My great grandfather Jacob, of Somerset,Ohio, died on June 26, 1849 at the age of 55 years and 20 days and was buriedin the rear of the Old Lutheran Cemetery in Somerset, Ohio.
I have noknowledge as to what happened to Simon or Solomon Saum except that both servedin the Union Army in the Civil War. Itis believed that one or perhaps both of them settled in or near Springfield orDayton, Ohio, as there were a Charlie Saum and an Elmer Saum from that area whowere cousins of my father and thought to be sons of Simon or Solomon Saum.
As noted above, John Jefferson Saum, who was my grandfather,was born in 1828 and died in 1901. Heis buried in Drumms Lutheran Church Cemetery just south of Thornville,Ohio. My Grandmother Sarah Saum wasborn in 1834 and died in 1901. Both mygrandfather and grandmother died from tuberculosis and were living with myparents at the time of their death, my parents just having been married theprevious year. Grandmother Sarah Saumwas buried in Drumms Cemetery.
John Jefferson Saum and SarahSaum, my grandparents, had thefollowing children:
Jacob J. Saum, born 1852-died 1913 aged 61
HenrySaum, born 1865-died June 17, 1939 aged 83
Samantha Saum, born 1864-died 1956 aged 92
Rebecca Saum, born 1862-died 1949 aged 87
Rachal Saum, born 1870-died 1916 aged 46
Martha Saum, dates unknown
Anthony Lewis Saum, born 1874-died 1955
John Allen Saum, my father, born 1872-died 1938
All the above except Mary Saum Perry Westsall and Martha SaumConnor are buried in Drumms Cemetery. There was another child, ElizabethSaum, born to John J. and Sarah Saumbut she died May 9, 1855 at the age of 9 months and 1 day. The 1880 census shows another child, Sarah B. Saum age 17as a daughter of John J. and Sarah Saum but I have no further knowledge of thischild.
Following is arun down of the above descendants of John J. and Sarah Saum to the best of myknowledge of them.
Jacob J. Saum, 1852-1913, married Isabelle (maiden name unknown), 1853-1929, and they livedin an area called Avalon, which is south of Rt. 22 about half way betweenSomerset and Rushville, Ohio. To this unionwere born the following children:
Abel Saum, George Saum, MinnieSaum, and Sarah Saum.
Abel Saum married a woman by the name of Anna and as a kidwe referred to them as “Abe-an-Anna”. Get it? Abe lived in the Linden area of Columbus, Ohio. He was a railroad engineer. His first wife died some years ago and heagain married another Anna. Both arenow deceased and had no children.
George Saum left Ohio prior to World War #1 and settled in Denver,Colorado where he married a Catholic girl and had a large family. I do not know the identity of any ofGeorge’s children but my directory of Saums shows several Saums in the Denverarea. George was my first cousin but alot older than myself so I do not know too much about him.
Minnie Saum married but I do not know whom she married. The only time I recall having seen her shewas living in Jacksontown, Ohio in Licking County. She had a daughter named Laura Belle who married Houston Forsythand they lived between Bruno and Thornville, Ohio.
Sarah Saummarried Nat Rinehart and they lived in a coal camp named Rendville near Corningin Perry County, Ohio. I know nothingfurther on the Rineharts. Thisconcludes the family of Jacob and Isabelle Saum.
Henry Saum, 1856-1939, had the nickname of “Tucker”. He was a farmer and threshing machineoperator. He married Sarah Eliza Saumwho died December 22, 1899 and was buried in Drumms Cemetery. They had one son, William (Willie)Saum. Willie Saum married a girl namedAnna and they also had one son named Burl Saum. Burl Saum drowned as a child in a flooded creek around 1910. Willie, Anna, and Burl are all buried in DrummsCemetery. I knew Henry Saum better than any otheruncles or aunts as he and my father did a lot of work together and I, ofcourse, was their helper. After SarahEliza Saum died, in 1899, Henry then married again to a woman named Jane. Jane went insane and spent many years in an institution and I donot know when or where she died. Henryand Jane had no children.
Mary Saum married a man named Perry and they had four children that I know of. A son named Elmer Perry was in World War 1and I do not know what ever happened to him. One daughter, Fay Perry, married a man whose last name was Mathiasand they lived in Whitehall, suburb of Columbus. There were two other girls but I do not know their names or muchabout them. Mary Saum Perry’s husbanddied and she then married Joshua Westsall and they lived in Whitehall. Both are long deceased and left no children.
Samantha E. Saum, 1864-1956, married JacobCrist, 1864-1914, and they livedacross one field to the southwest of Drumms Lutheran Church and Cemetery. They are both buried in the rear of thechurch. They had one son, Chester Crist, who married OcieFoster. Chester and Ocie hadtwo children. A boy named AtleePomerene Crist and a girl named Ione Crist. I have noknowledge as to the current status of either of them.
Martha Saum, married a man named Connor and they lived in Green County, Ohio aroundJeffersonville and Yellow Springs, Ohio. They had four daughters, Sarah Connor, Ocie Connor, Sylvia Connor, and Letha Connor. Sarah and Ocie both men named Leming. Sylvia married a man named Fawcett. Sylvia Fawcett lived at Goes Station, which is probably in Green Countysomewhere. As to Letha Connor, I have no furtherinformation.
Rachel Saum, 1870-1915, had a son out of wedlock by a man knownonly as Horsehead Whitmer of Rushville, Ohio. The son was named Odney Whitmerand he married a woman namedOllie. Rachel then married Clell Perry,1862-1941. Both are buried in DrummsCemetery. Clell and Rachel Perry had nochildren.
Anthony Lewis Saum, 1874-1955, was the youngest of my father’sbrothers. He married a woman named Myrta whodied and was buried in Drumms Cemetery. They were only married a short time and had no children. Lewis Saum then married Ada Hodges and theyhad six children. Names of the childrenwere Irene, Chester, Leona, Olive, Ralph, and Helen. Chester Saum has chicken farm at Amanda, Ohio. Olive married a Hager and they have achicken farm on Rt. 13, just south of Thornville, Ohio. Ralph Saum has a refrigeration business onRt. 13 just south of Thornville, Ohio. I have no information on the others.
Rebecca Saum, 1862-1949, married WiliamDrum 1859-1951. (They dropped the last m off of Drumm. They had two children, Burr Drum and EthelDrum. William Drum was caretaker atCapital University in Bexley, Ohio for years and lived on the southwest cornerof Sheridan Ave. and E. Main Street, Bexley, Ohio. William Drum then moved to Somerset, Ohio and was janitor oftheir local public school for years.
Burr Drum, 1895-1975 attended Capital University and Seminaryand became a Lutheran minister. He hada church in Wooster, Ohio and taught at Wooster College. He married MarthaW. Barnstorff, 1896-1964, of Columbus andthey had a couple of children of whom I know nothing. Bur spent some years around New Orleans, Louisana and inVirginia. Martha died in 1964 and isburied in Drumms Cemetery. Burrreturned to Somerset, Ohio and later remarried to a woman named Beyer. He died in 1976 and is buried in DrummsCemetery.
Ethel Drum, 1887-1954, married AllenT. Kuhn, 1881-1973, and they livedon a farm just north of Rushville, Ohio. They had three children, Forrest, Clarita, and Annabel. Forrest worked at the army depot (DCSC) inColumbus all his life and retired from there. He is now deceased. Annabelmarried but I do not know her married name. She is now deceased. Claritamarried a man named Rhodes and had no children to my knowledge. Rhodes is dead and buried in DrummsCemetery. Clarita is still living asfar as I know. She lives in Lancaster,Ohio.
John Allen Saum, 1872 or 1873-1938 was born December 20, 1872according to his tombstone but to my calculations he was born December 20,1973. I do not know which iscorrect. At the age of 27 in 1900 hemarried Cora viola Powell, aged 16. They lived in Richland Township, Fairfield County, Ohio. They had the following children:
In the spring of 1918 the family moved to a farm 1-½ milesnorth of Somerset, Ohio, in Hopewell Township, Perry County, Ohio. Mary Myrtle Saum Died there in 1921 fromtuberculosis and was buried in Drumms Cemetery.
About 1922 Elmer Lee Saum left the family farm and went to Columbus, Ohiowhere he worked as an automobile mechanic in various garages until about 1935when he opened Saum Auto Service at 66 Parsons Ave., Columbus, Ohio. Then about 1946 he opened Saum Ford SalesAgency in Thornville, Ohio, which he operated until his death at age 57 in1961. About 1823 he married Miriam Waugh andthey had one daughter, Eleanor Lee Saum. Lee was buried in the Lutheran-Reformed Cemetery in Thornville,Ohio. Thy grave is in the extremenorthern section of the cemetery.
Eleanor Lee Saum married PaulRichards at Columbus, Ohio. They had two children, Lora Lee Richards andJeffrey Richards. After Lee Saum diedin 1861, his wife, Miriam, and the Richards family moved to Tombstone, Arizonawhere Paul Richards opened a hardware store. He also had a hardware store in Pearce, Arizona. He is now retired and lives at 9315 E. DeerTrail, Tucson, Arizona with Eleanor Lee and Miriam.
John Allen Saum died in Columbus in 1938 and was buried in DrummsCemetery. Cora Viola Powell died in Rushville, Ohio at age 86 and was buried in Drumms Cemetery.
Hazel Marie Saum was married to a man whose name I do not recall asit ended in divorce in a short time. Later she married Paul Lambert about 1940 and this ended in divorce afew years later. They had nochildren. Hazel had tuberculosis anddied in 1962 and was buried in Drumms Cemetery.
Gerald Ellsworth Saum was born October 5, 1910 about 1-½ miles north ofRushville, Ohio and in 1918 moved to near Somerset in Perry County. In 1928 he went to Columbus to work for theColumbus Railway, Power & Light Co. operating the McMillen Avenue powerplant for six years while attending Ohio State University. After graduating from O.S.U. in 1933 heworked for S.S. Kresge Co. for about a year and then worked with R.L. KaleAdvertising Agency for about a year. InNovember 1935 he became a claims adjuster for General Exchange Insurance Corp.,a division of General Motors, in Charleston, West Virginia.
On March 1, 1937 he married Louise Messmore in Akron, Ohioand they lived in Charleston, W. V. A. where on June 20, 1938 a son, RobertEllsworth Saum, was born. In August1938 they moved to Huntington, W. V. A. where G. E. Saum still worked forGeneral Exchange Ins. Corp. In 1942they moved to Cleveland, Ohio where G.E. employed by the Fisher Body Divisionof General Motors as a forman building B-29 bombers. In 1944 the family moved to Columbus, Ohio where G.E. Saumoperated a used car lot. On November17, 1944 a son, Gary Eugene Saum was born at Grant Hospital, Columbus, Ohio.
On August 1, 1946 Gerald E. Saum went to work as a claimsadjuster for the Buckeye Union Casualty Co. in Columbus, Ohio. In August of 1949 the family moved from 85Mitoff St., Columbus, Ohio to 2164 Ontario St., Columbus, Ohio. There they lived for 18 years during whichtime Robert Saum married Marilyn Findley and Gary Saum married Linda Green.
In 1967 Louise and Gerald Saum moved to 292 Cadbury Drive,Gahanna, Ohio. On ___ 10, 1974 LouiseSaum died of cancer in Mt. Carmel Hospital East in Columbus, Ohio and wasburied in the Centerburg Cemetery on the south side of Hartford Street inCenterburg, Ohio.
On January 4, 1975 Gerald Saum married Dorothy Evelyn Heinmanand they resided at 292 Cadbury Dr., Gahanna, Ohio. On November 1, 1975 Gerald Saum retired from Buckeye Union Ins.Co., which by that time was a subsidiary of Continental Insurance Co. of NewYork. We are still living at 292Cadbury as of August 13, 1986.
Marshall Woodrow Saum was born in 1913 about 1-½ miles north ofRushville, Ohio. He moved with thefamily in the spring of 1918 to a farm north of Somerset, Ohio. He moved with his parents in 1929 to 132 N.Burgess Ave., Columbus, Ohio. Hemarried Helen DeLauder about 1940 and they have three children, Diane, John,and David. He is now retired after manyyears with The Buckeye Steel Castings Co. In Columbus, Marshall and Helen Saum were divorced several years ago andHelen died of cancer a few years ago. Marshall now lives alone on Paradise Road near Sugar Grove, Ohio, whichis south of Lancaster.
Diane Saum married a boy named Shoemaker and they severalchildren but I do not know their names. The Shoemakers live near Sugar Grove, Ohio.
John Saum is married and lives in Columbus, Ohio. He is a plumber. I do not know the status of David Saum but understand that helives in Lancaster, Ohio.
Well----if you have read this far you are entitled to a fewadditions and corrections. First ofall, let me say that I was told that my uncle Gerald wasn’t much into familyhistory. But, wow, he sat down in 1986and put so much on paper! Even though Iam not sure of the accuracy of some of his facts, I am grateful that he didthis and grateful to his son for sharing.
The first fact I can supply that he didn’t know is the nameof his great grandmother. She wasElizabeth Winegardner and I will tell more about her and Jacob in anothersection just on them.
The second thing I can supply is my correct marriedname. The boy I married was James ErwinDownard, not Shoemaker. Idon’t know where that name came from, as I do not even know anyone namedShoemaker. The next thing I want tocorrect is that Marshall, my dad, did not exactly live alone after hisretirement. He lived next to my familyand me on Paradise Road. Eventually,David, his youngest son, lived on the same road just down a bit from us withhis wife and son. We all were veryclose and David and I looked after our dad when his health began todecline. Uncle Gerald died beforemy dad and did not know these facts before his death. I think he did a superb job in telling his family’s story, as heknew it.