A Virginia Goldminer Part 3

While my second great-grandfather, Orlando Shrum, was a young man living in Shenandoah County, Virginia with his parents and siblings in September of 1858, he received a letter from his older brother David, who lived in Grass Valley, California. David had set out a few years earlier to find his …

A Virginia Goldminer Part 2

I’m sharing more of the letter my 16-year-old second great-grandfather, Orlando Shrum, received from his 27-year-old brother David in 1858. David left Indiana in 1855 and traveled to California to mine for gold. You can read the first part of the letter HERE. I don’t know what “great difficulties” David is …

A Virginia Goldminer Part 1

When I read we had a gold miner in the family, I thought it couldn’t possibly true. We aren’t exactly the adventurous type in this family. I don’t even like amusement park rides anymore because they make me woozy. But there he was, David Shrum, staring back at me from …

It Is The Little Things In Life

A few weeks ago, we moved my older sister out of the apartment she and Mom shared for the past 3 years. Mom died this past December.  Robin didn’t really need that second bedroom, and the rent was higher than she could really afford. So,we helped her get settled down …

“HEIRLOOM” CHALLENGE – #52ANCESTORS

What exactly constitutes an heirloom? I have  my grandmother’s beautiful art-deco engagement ring I was entrusted with because I was named for her.  I wear it every day. I also have my paternal great-grandmother’s wedding band that was handed down to me. Her fingers were so small and thin I …