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John Jube Collum By Faye Collum Fairley

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Date: Aug 1816 to 1900
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If he read the Bible, John Jube Collum must have read the passage: “Go forth and multiply”, and took it as a personal challenge. He fathered 18 children with three wives.

John (Jube) Collum

By Faye Collum Fairley

If he read the Bible, John (Jube) Collum must have read the passage “Go forth and multiply”, and took it as a personal challenge. He fathered 18 children with three wives.
John (Jube) Collum was born in the hot month of August 1816. He was first married to a lady named Amanda. They married when he was 31 years old. He was married to Amanda long enough to have six children. There was no report of what happened to Amanda. It is presumed that she passed away. Their youngest child was born in 1858. Amanda could have died from childbirth, or complications thereafter.
Two years later, he was married to his second wife, Adeline; she was soon expecting their first child. This marriage produced four more children. He was now father of ten children. When he reached the age of 66, his 3 oldest children were 34, 30, and 28. He had several grandchildren. In January of 1882, death claimed his sweet Adeline.
For an un-explainable reason, my great, great, great, great uncle John (Jube) Collum decided to marry again at age 66. The new wife he selected was only 25 years old, and was the mother of a beautiful 2 year old little girl. They began having children right away. Before their first anniversary, their first child was born.
In 1887, Sarah gave birth to their fourth child. During that year, a most disastrous tragedy struck this family. Only one small line of information was printed on a research paper: “Cause of Death: Burn to death from bonfire at age of 7 years old.”
This comment was referring to Sarah’s own daughter she brought into this marriage. Little Gay Woodall had reached the tender age of 7.
These words were etched in paper with no other explanation. A simple one liner does not satisfy those doing serious lineage research. This event happened in 1887, therefore, no one is around who could verify or deny any activities in that day. No other records were documented that I could locate. Therefore, all that’s left are questions, with no way to find the answers.
I cannot wrap my brain around this catastrophic accident in any fashion. I have built, and helped to build perhaps hundreds of bonfires. I know that if you start toward that fire, you will feel the heat several feet before you get to the fire. It is a defense mechanism designed by God to protect us from harm. I also know that if a bonfire is large enough for a child to fall into and burn to death, the 7 year old child did not build that fire alone!
Given these facts, where was the person or persons who helped to build the fire? Was the child left unattended next to a large bonfire? How did the child withstand the heat long enough to walk up to the fire? I feel there is more to this story, and my heart aches for a gentle little seven year old girl who burned to death in a fire. To be completely fair, however, the reason for her death was the fire, but she could have acquired severe burns which became infected. With medical knowledge so immature in 1887, the latter could quite possibly be true..
Sarah gave birth to four more children for Mr. Collum. Facts and dates do not lie. When John (Jube) Collum was 82 years of age, he fathered his last child. Sarah’s last child was only two years old when John (Jube) Collum died in 1900, at the age of 84.
John Jube Collum 1816-1900 son of Solomon Collum 1776 and Margaret Coffner 1778
18 children: Margaret, David, Susan, Sarah, John, William, James, Joseph, Amanda, Virginia, Elbert, Daniel, Milton, Thomas, Oscar, Meekey, Hanna, and Delphia.

This story was written by my sister Faye Collum Fairley. She combines facts, places, names, and history, to enlighten us about our ancestors.
jecollum43 originally shared this on 21 Feb 2017 to Ancestry.com

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