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Gumm and Erb Family Page

Updated February 5, 2012

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Our branch of the Gum family goes backward from Jefferson, Iowa where Ray Gumm built a sizeable farm on some of the richest soil on earth, to Spickard, Missouri where we found the family farm site that Lon Gumm lost to buy quack medicine for a hernia that we know today requires surgery, to Keyesport, Illinois from where Civil War veteran Wm Jeff Gum came and where Gums were bankers and farmers at least through the 1990s, to Crabbottom, VA (name changed to Bluegrass, VA in the 1950s) from where Isaac Gum moved to settle in Keyesport, to Delaware where the first Gum on this continent, Roger Gum, settled in the 1600s.

Leaves of the Gum Tree family genealogy book has been published, but the tree is incomplete beyond my grandpa Ray's siblings. Family lore and details have been the focus of my research. I've concluded that Gums were pioneers or settlers through almost all of the history of the United States. Roger Gum was given land by William Penn in Delaware; the English got the land in 1664, Penn got the land in 1684 yet son John was already born in Delaware in 1680. There is a Gumboro and Gum Crossing in Sussex County, Delaware. Roger's grandson John Jr. pioneered to Virginia when it first opened to settlers before the Revolutionary War, where the family were neighbors with Lincoln's mother's Herring family in Augusta County; nephew Jacob Gum's family moved with them to Kentucky but parted company when Abe's Dad moved to Illinois. John's grandson, Issac Sr. moved to Ohio soon after that frontier was open, then on to Indiana when it was opened, then settled in Keyesport, IL.

Our Gumm line is 8th cousin a couple generations now removed to Francis Gumm (Judy Garland). A Gum was said to be a secretary to Abraham Lincoln, though I've not found the exact person or any evident to verify its truth. My mother's side traces back to a Charles and Dianna Tiffany, but a family story that we're related to the Tiffany lamp Tiffany hasn't been confirmed.

Family Trees (viewing trees requires 4.0 or later browser)
  • Descendants of Roger Gum (78 KB)
    Family tree from 17th Century Roger Gum as this line moved from Sussex County, Delaware to Augusta County, Virginia, to Bond County, Illinois, to Spickard, Missouri, to Jefferson, Iowa and on.
Family Photos
  • William Jefferson Gum (106 KB)
    "Jeff" Gumm fought in the Civil War, where he suffered an injury that caused problems the rest of his life, yet still managed to raise a sizeable family in Missouri.
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