- Born: January 16, 1817, Greene County, Pennsylvania
- Marriage: Ellisabeth SUPLER on June 22, 1837 in (Probably) Greene County, Pennsylvania
- Died: March 5, 1889, Richhill Township, Greene County, Pennsylvania
- Buried: Enon Cemetery, Richhill Township, Greene County, Pennsylvania
Photo: Jonathan Allum, 1817-1889 (see note below)
Photo from the collection of Shirley Allum Hudlicky
This photograph--from an album originating in a southwestern Pennsylvania branch of the Allum family--is labeled "Jonathan Allum" yet appears to have been taken by Bates (photographer) in Newton, Iowa, home of Jonathan's son, John Supler Allum. Photos do exist of John Supler Allum at different stages in his life, and it is questionable that the "Jonathan" in this photo and "John Supler Allum" of Newton, Iowa are the same man.
However -- because the companion photo ("matching" photo) to this one is of Jonathan's wife, Ellisabeth (Supler) Allum, 1811-1893 -- it is likely this is Jonathan Allum, 1817-1889. (See the photo of Ellisabeth, also by Bates in Newton, Iowa on the page titled "Photo Ellisabeth Supler") (The link is at right on this page) (The matching photo is not to be confused with the tintype of Ellisabeth on her personal page)
Census records indicate Jonathan was one of at least five children born to John Allum (1784-1836) and Sarah (Raper) Allum (later Wallace) (1780-1869). Because nothing beyond gender is known about three of them -- each born when a federal census documented only the head of a household and number of males and females within -- only Jonathan and his elder sibling James are within this online file.
Born in 1817, married at age 20 in 1837 to Ellisbeth Supler (6 years his elder), he became the father of nine children. One died infancy, another in childhood. Of the seven children who lived to adulthood, four migrated west from Pennsylvania: John Supler Allum to Iowa; Sarah Phylena (Allum) Gregory to Illinois, then Kansas; Andrew Kimmins Allum to Iowa, then Missouri, then Oklahoma; and Rachel Anna Allum (later Fugard) to Iowa, a brief sojourn in Kansas, then back to Iowa. The others remained in Pennsylvania: Sophia Jane (Allum) Carroll; Lydia Margaret (Allum) Huffman; and Leroy Hudson Allum.
News of Jonathan's death on March 5, 1889 in Pennsylvania reached Iowa in time to appear in the March 15 KELLOGG ENTERPRISE, Kellogg, Jasper County. It read as follows:
"Mr. J. S. Allum and sister, Mrs. Ira Fugard, received the sad intelligence, last Saturday, of the death of their father, Jonathan Allum, of Harveys, Pennsylvania, who died suddenly of spinal fever, on Tuesday morning, March 5th, 1889, at the ripe age of 72 years. Deceased leaves a widow and 7 children, three of whom are residents of this county, viz: J. S. Allum, and Mrs. Ira Fugard, of Buena Vista Township, and Mr. A. K. Allum, of Monroe; one is located in Kansas and three in Penn. The bereaved family has the heartfelt sympathy of all in their affliction."
--DeeAnna Allum Granston
1817 BIRTH of Jonathan Allum
Jonathan's date of birth of "January 16, 1817" is calculated from his age at death on his gravestone: "72 years 1 month 17 days"
(In 1817, Mississippi, a slave state, became the nation's 20th with its capital at Natchez. The nation now had 10 slave states and 10 that prohibited slavery. Alabama Territory was carved out of the Mississippi Territory. John C. Calhoun of South Carolina was named Secretary of War by President James Monroe. For helping the United States in the war with Britain, President Monroe--a member of the Democratic-Republican party--pardoned pirate Jean Lafitte. In New York, Governor De Witt Clinton broke ground for the Erie Canal that would connect the Great Lakes with New York harbor and the Atlantic.)
1820 CENSUS, Pennsylvania, Washington County, West Bethlehem Township (with parents)
7 people are in the household in 1820:
1 male 26-45 (father John, born about 1784)
2 males under 10 (sons James and Jonathan, born 1812 and 1817)
2 females 26-45 (mother Sarah born in 1780, and ?)
1 female 10-16 (unidentified)
1 female under 10 (unidentified)
1820-1830 DEATH of grandmother, first wife of William Allum
1830 CENSUS, Pennsylvania, Greene County Richhill Township (with parents)
5 people are in the household in 1830:
1 male 30-40 (father John, born about 1784)
1 male 15-20 (son James, born 1812)
1 male 10-15 (son Jonathan, born 1817)
1 female 40-50 (mother Sarah, born 1780)
1 female 10-15 (unidentified, born 1815-1820)
1836 DEATH of father, John Allum
1837 MARRIAGE, Jonathan Allum and Ellisabeth Supler on June 22, likely in Greene County, Pennsylvania
1840 DEATH of grandfather William Allum
1840 CENSUS, Pennsylvania, Greene County, Richhill Township
4 people are in the household in 1840:
1 male 20-30 (Jonathan, born 1817)
1 male under 5 (son John Supler Allum, born 1818)
1 female 20-30 (wife Ellisabeth, born 1811)
1 female under 5 (daughter Sarah Phylena, born 1840)
1850 CENSUS, Pennsylvania, Greene County, Richhill Township ("Jonathan," age 33, "Farmer") (wife "Elizabeth," age 38)
1860 CENSUS, Pennsylvania, Greene County, Richhill Township, P. O. Harvey's ("Jonathan," age 42, "Farmer") (wife "Elisabeth," age 48)
1869 DEATH of mother, Sarah (Raper) Allum
1870 CENSUS, Pennsylvania, Greene County, Richhill Township, P. O. Wind Ridge ("Jonathan," age 51, "Farmer") (wife "Elizabeth," age 57) ("Alum")
1880 CENSUS, Pennsylvania, Greene County, Richhill Township ("Jonathan," age 65, "Farmer," is in his own household)
1880 CENSUS, Pennsylvania, Greene County, Richhill Township ("Elizabeth," age 68, is "mother-in-law" in the household of her daughter Sophia and son-in-law, James H. Carroll)
1889 DEATH, Jonathan Allum, at 72 years 1 month 17 days
Cause of death: "Spinal fever" --death notice in KELLOGG ENTERPRISE newspaper (see below)
(In 1889, Benjamin Harrison was sworn in as the 23rd President of the United States. Electric lights were installed in the White House. The wildest land rush in American history occurred in Indian Territory with more than 200,000 people along the northern border of Texas and the southern boundary of Kansas participating when signaled with a single gunshot by a government official. People stampeded in wagons, carriages, on bicycles and horseback, even on foot. In nine hours 2 million acres of the Oklahoma District were settled. The Johnstown flood in Pennsylvania claimed 2,000 lives in 45 minutes when a dam broke and the reservoir emptied. A brewery named Pabst was organized in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, joining Schlitz, Blatz and Miller. On December 6, Jefferson Davis, former President of the Confederate States of America, died in New Orleans.)
1893 DEATH of wife, Ellisabeth Supler Allum, at 81 years 5 months 28 days (Cleveland was President)
Cause of death: "Cancer" --Greene County, Pennsylvania Death Records
Essie Sprowls Huffman (1883-1969) (notes):
"Funeral services were conducted by E. K. Baily. Sermon was preached from 2nd Timothy, 4th Chapter, 6-8 Verses, and was laid to rest in Enon Cemetery on May 31, 1893."
DEATH (Jonathan), KELLOGG ENTERPRISE, Kellogg, Jasper County, Iowa, March 15, 1889:
Mr. J. S. Allum and sister, Mrs. Ira Fugard, received the sad intelligence, last Saturday, of the death of their father Jonathan Allum of Harvey's, Pennsylvania, who died suddenly of spinal fever, on Tuesday morning, March 5, 1889, at the ripe age of 72 years. Deceased leaves a widow and 7 children, three of whom are residents of this county, viz: J. S. Allum, and Mrs. Ira Fugard, of Buena Vista Township, and Mr. A. K. Allum, of Monroe; one is located in Kansas and three in Penn. The bereaved family has the heartfelt sympathy of all in their affliction.
DEATH (Ellisabeth), WAYNESBURG REPUBLICAN, Waynesburg, Greene County, Pennsylvania, June 1, 1893:
Mrs. Elizabeth Allum, widow of Jonathan Allum, dec'd, died at her home in Richhil township, May 30, aged 75 years. She had been in poor health for some time.
1861 - October 23
ORPHAN'S COURT SALE
In pursuance of an order of the Orphan's Court of Greene county, there will be sold on the premises, on Saturday, Dec. 7th, 1861, the following described property, late the estate of ISAAC MORRIS, of Richhill township, deceased, to wit: A Tract of Land situate in Richhill township, Greene co., adjoining lands of Jonathan Allums, John Foster, Charles Scott and others, containing Ninety Acres More or less, about thirty-five are cleared, and on which are erected a Log Cabin House, Log Barn, Stable, etc. This is a desirable property and is situated in a good neighborhood. Terms: One half of the purchase Money at the confirmation of the sale and the remaining half one year thereafter with interest from the confirmation.
WALTER L. BATSON, Administrator
From CORNERSTONE CLUES, Volume 22, No. 1, February 1997
1889 - Estate of Jonathan Allum, No. 3768, Book 6, page 281, Greene County, Pennsylvania
In the matter of the estate of Jonathan Allum late of Richhill Township, Greene County, Pa., deceased, Letters of Administration granted upon the estate of said decedent on this March 13th A.D. 1889 to L. H. Allum and M. M. Rush and bond taken in the sum of Five Hundred Dollars with J. P. Allum and R. W. Supler as sureties, as to date of death see Affidavit of M. V. Rush, who being duly sworn according to law, says the above named Jonathan Allum died on the 5th day of March A. D. 1889 at about 6 1/2 o'clock A.M. of said day. See affidavit of death filed with bond. See also renunciation of widow filed with bond." Six documents signed, as follows: (1) L. H. Allum, M. M. Rush, J.P. Allum, R. W. Supler; (2) Ellisabeth Allum; (3) S. J. Carroll, L. M. Huffman; (4) L.S. Wise, George Huffman (5) L.S. Wise; and (6) L.S. Wise, George Huffman
1893 - Estate of Ellisabeth (Supler) Allum, No. 4209, Book 7, page 179, Greene County, Pennsylvania
FAMILY BIBLE RECORDS:
Handwritten entries of births and deaths of Jonathan and Ellisabeth (Supler) Allum and their children; plus birth and death notations about Sarah (Raper) (Allum) Wallace, Jonathan's mother
Shirley Allum Hudlicky, January 29, 1998 letter to DeeAnna:
"You remember that I saw a piece of an Allum Bible in the Essie Sprowls Huffman home in Graysville, Pennsylvania when I visited in 1966. Essie loaned me her notebook that was some 20 pages of dates (I sent you a copy), including the partial page of the Bible. I took them home, copied them and returned them to Essie. This Bible fragment could be John's Bible [son of William Allum], but I am inclined to believe it was Jonathan's, son of John. The notations written on the pages were, I assume, those of Lydia Allum Huffman for the benefit of her son Delmar. That is, 'Your grandfather, "Your grandmother, etc.' "
Jonathan married Ellisabeth SUPLER, daughter of John SUPLER and Mary Margaret SARGENT, on June 22, 1837 in (Probably) Greene County, Pennsylvania. (Ellisabeth SUPLER was born on December 2, 1811 in Pennsylvania, died on May 30, 1893 in Richhill Township, Greene County, Pennsylvania and was buried on May 31, 1893 in Enon Cemetery, Richhill Township, Greene County, Pennsylvania.)