William Barnhardt Shaum

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WILLIAM BARNHARDT SHAUM, whose widow, Mrs. Elizabeth C. Shaum lives on part of the old Marshall homestead in Rayburn township, Armstrong county, was born May 27, 1846, in Rayburn township, and died in April, 1872, in Kittanning. William Shaum, his father, came to this country from Germany, settling in Armstrong county, Pa., where he followed farming and worked at the Bonner furnace. He and his wife, whose maiden name was Altman, had two children, William B and Charles. The father was a veteran of the Mexican war, during which he was taken prisoner and suffered many hardships.

William B. Shaum grew up in the locality of his birth and when a youth clerked at Echo, Armstrong county, for a time. This was before his service in the Union army. On Feb. 18, 1864, he enlisted in Company B, 14th Regiment, Pennsylvania Volunteers, for three years or during the war, and was discharged Aug. 24, 1865, at Fort Leavenworth, Kans. He was then only in his eighteenth year. Upon his return from the war he again engaged in clerking, being employed in the borough of Kittanning, in the old Iron Store, owned by Brown E. Shaum, becoming a member of the firm, though he had no money invested in the business. They were wholesale and retail dealers in dry goods, queensware, hardware and groceries. Mr. Shaum continued thus until his early death, which occurred in April, 1872, when he was only in his twenty-sixth year. He was a Democrat in politics and attended the Lutheran Church.

On Oct. 14, 1869, Mr. Shaum was married to Elizabeth C. Marshall, who was born March 26, 1844, daughter of Archibald and Rebecca (Taylor) Marshall, and they had two children, Alice, born Dec. 5, 1870, and William Francis, born July 7, 1872. The son, who was a carpenter by trade and occupation, died unmarried Aug. 19, 1902.

Mr. and Mrs. Shaum passed their married life in Kittanning, and he was one of the respected young business men of that borough, where by his enterprise and ability he had won the confidence and esteem of all with whom he was associated. After his death his widow removed to Rayburn township, making her home on part of her father's old homestead farm; her daughter resides with her. The Marshall family history is given in detail elsewhere in this work.

Source: Page 685, Armstrong County, Pa., Her People, Past and Present, J.H. Beers & Co., 1914
Transcribed September 1998 by James R Hindman for the Armstrong County Beers Project
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