Young Jenny Shrum

My grandmother left us a wonderful handwritten manuscript of her life. I have been transcribing it here. You can start from the beginning with Part 1. In this entry, my grandmother, Jenny Shrum Willett, talks about some of her earliest memories.  She was born in Bloomington, Indiana. The osteopath school …

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 …