Michelle Russell has done a an extroadinary job in pulling together the ancestry of Judy Garland who comes from the Baugh and Gum families of Murfreesboro, Rutherford Co., TN. If you have not read Book 1, it is a must read to get the full scope of these families. Other names in both volumes are: Batte, Marable, Pruitt, White, Jacobs, Howland and more. A great read, Curry Wolfe
~~~~~~~~~~ Part 2 on Judy Garland’s Ancestry “From Tennessee to Oz” Set for Release
WHITE HAVEN,Pennsylvania—February 24, 2012---Today Catsong Publishing announced the release of the second and final volume for “From Tennessee to Oz – The Amazing Saga of Judy Garland’s Family History” by author Michelle Russell. Judy Garland, who is best known for her portrayal of Dorothy in “The Wizard of Oz,” was descended fromTennesseepioneers, who settled inRutherfordCountyin 1804.
Part 2 of “From Tennessee to Oz” begins in 1870 when Judy Garland’s ancestors lived onEast Main StreetinMurfreesboro. The storyGarland’s grandparents, the handsome Will Gum and the beautiful but crippled Clemmie Baugh begins happily, but soon becomes a darksome tale which later is told in the Rutherford County Courthouse. The family’s story is interwoven with that ofMurfreesboro’s most respected citizens, men like Dr. J.B. Murfree, James Richardson and Horace Palmer.Garland’s father, Frank Gumm, spent his early childhood in poverty, until he was rescued by the town’s first millionaire, Oaklands’ resident, Mr. George Darrow, who sent him to Sewanee. The book also includes many charming stories of Judy Garland’s childhood, which the author personally collected from family and friends.
Author Michelle Russell spent eight years working on the book. Traveling to many states in pursuit of the family history, she lived inMurfreesborothree years during this time. Last year, Russell attended the Judy Garland Festival inGrand Rapids,Minnesotaand the Oz Festival inChesterton,Indiana, where she spoke about her book. She expects to travel even more this year, giving talks about her adventures discoveringGarland’s family history.
What others are saying about the book: “A deeper understanding of Judy Garland is an advantage in anyone’s life.” - Elaine Stritch
"Russell's work hits a new level of accomplishment in professional research and personal dedication. Both of these volumes provide specific, generational back stories of a real, human, and fascinating family as well as an historical overview of our country and its peoples." - John Fricke, Garland and Oz Historian
“There is certainly plenty of "Garland" in this book for the fans if they wish to go deeper into the subject… we don't know everything about her yet.From Tennessee to Oz proves that.” - Barry Kehoe, co-author with David Dahl, Young Judy
“From Tennesseeto Oz Part 2,” Author: Michelle Russell, ISBN: 978-09800642-3-0, Format: 6” x 9” softcover, 521 pages, 190 illustrations, Retail Price: $24.99. For those purchasing the book directly from the publisher, this price will include postage. www.catsongpublishing.com. Book excerpts and photos may be found on this site. Books will soon be available at Oaklands, local stores (by request) and Amazon.com. For further information, please call:
570-443-8274, 570-301-4069 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. or order from Catsong Publishing, HC1 Box 23Z-31, White Haven, PA 18661