Submitted by DeeAnna Allum Granston.

BORN - February 02, 1842 in Greene County, Pennsylvania.

PARENTS - James and Evaline (Gregory) Allum.

MILITARY RECORD - #WC837055, National Archives

DESCRIPTION (James): 5' 9" tall, dark complexion, dark hair and hazel eyes.

ANECDOTE: At the battle of Fort Republic, Mack Carroll's horse was shot out from beneath him, and Mack was severely wounded. Allum took Carroll on his horse and carried him off the battlefield. The back of Allum's coat was saturated with Carroll's blood.

OCCUPATION: Farmer; hotel operator of the "Allum House," Waynesburg, Greene County, Pennsylvania.

DOMICILE: Harvey's, Pennsylvania (1865-1876); Waynesburg, Pennsylvania until J.P.'s death in 1917.

MARRIAGE: October 12, 1866 - Rebecca Jane "Jennie" Carroll, born May 26, 1842 in Greene County, Pennsylvania, d/o William & Jane (Thompson) Carroll. Marriage performed in Morris Township, Greene County, Pennsylvania, by Rev. Hugh Craig at home of James Carroll.

(1.) William McKenna Allum, born Abt. 1867 in Greene County, Pennsylvania; died April, 1869.

(2.) Annie Allum, born January 02, 1873 in Greene County, Pennsylvania; died July 24, 1928 in Waynesburg, Greene County, Pennsylvania. She married (1) Francis "Sherman" Grim; born January 31, 1866 in Washington County, Pennsylvania; died March 04, 1907 in Waynesburg, Greene County, Pennsylvania. She married (2) Harry Zollars; born 1890; died 1925.

(3.) Robert Allum, born April 13, 1891 in undocumented location; adopted; died December 1967. He married Grace Baker, who had been born in Ohio.

CHURCH AFFILIATION: First Christian Church, Waynesburg, Greene County, Pennsylvania

DATE OF DEATH (James): May 04, 1917
PLACE OF DEATH: Waynesburg, Greene County, Pennsylvania
AGE AT DEATH: 75 years 3 months 2 days
DATE BURIED: May 6, 1917

DATE OF DEATH (Jennie): March 05, 1927
PLACE OF DEATH: Waynesburg, Greene County, Pennsylvania
AGE AT DEATH: 84 years 9 months 7 days
DATE BURIED: March 8, 1927
BURIED (James and Jennie): at Greene Mount Cemetery, Waynesburg, Greene County, Pennsylvania, Section F, Lot 38W 1/2


(1) OFFICIAL ARMY REGISTER OF THE VOLUNTEER FORCE OF THE UNITED STATES ARMY, The Years 1861, 1862, 1863, 1864, 1865, Part IV, (West Virginia, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Texas, Arkansas, Tennessee, Kentucky), published 1865; page 1104:

James P. Allum is documented as one of ten Second Lieutenants for the 1st Regiment, West Virginia Cavalry, with the notation, "This regiment was organized at Wheeling, Clarksburg and Morgantown, West Virginia from July 10 to November 25, 1861, to serve three years. On the expiration of its term of service the original members (except veterans) were mustered out, and the organization, composed of veterans and recruits, retained in service until July 8, 1865, when it was mustered out in accordance with orders from the War Department."

(2) HISTORY OF GREENE COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA, by Samuel P. Bates, 1888; Bio of J. P. Allum, page 648:

J. P. ALLUM, proprietor of the Allum House, Waynesburg, Penn., was born in Richhill Township, this county, February 2, 1842, and is a son of James and Eveline (sic) [should be "Evaline"] (Gregory) Allum. His father, who was a farmer, was killed by a threshing machine, February 14, 1850. Of a family of ten children, Mr. J. P. Allum was the fifth. He was reared on the farm in Richhill Township, where he attended the common schools. In 1861 he enlisted in Company B, First West Virginia Cavalry, as a private. He was promoted to Second Lieutenant and served during the whole of the war, being enlisted a part of the time under the famous Gen. Custer. Mr. Allum was present at the surrender of Gen. Lee to Gen. Grant, April 9, 1865. In 1877 he came to Waynesburg, where he opened a hotel. He is a man well qualified for the business he has chosen. He was married in 1866 to Miss Jennie R., daughter of William Carroll. Mrs. Allum is a native of Greene County, and of German extraction. They have but one child living--Anna. Mr. and Mrs. Allum are members of the Disciple Church. Mr. Allum, who is a Democrat, served as jury commissioner from 1886 to 1888, and served in the council of Waynesburg one term. He is a member of the I.O.O.F.

(3) FACT & FOLKLORE, by John L. O'Hara, pages 151 and 152; chapter titled "Hotels" describes the Allum House as having been at "the northwest corner of Morgan and Greene Streets."


(1) James Parker Allum is named in the obituary of Captain Hugh P. Boone, as an honorary pallbearer. Boone, a Medal of Honor Recipient, was commander of Company B, 1st W. Va Cavalry, in which James Allum served.

(2) Obituary for J. P. Allum (1842-1917):
     J. P. ALLUM, a well known resident of Waynesburg, died Friday morning, May 4, 1917, at 4 o'clock, at his home on South Morgan street. He had been ill for several months, his condition becoming gradually worse. Death was caused by paralysis. He was aged 75 years and was a veteran of the Civil war. Mr. Allum was born in Richhill township, February 2, 1842, a son of James and Evaline Allum. At the outbreak of the Civil war in 1861, at the age of 19 years, he answered the call for volunteers and enlisted as a member of Company B, First West Virginia cavalry, serving until the close of the conflict. During his term of service he was never in the hospital. The only accident resulted in a slight injury caused by his horse falling. He was second lieutenant of his company at the close of the war. Following Lee's surrender at Appomattox he returned to Richhill township and went into the hotel business. He conducted a hotel at Jacktown and also at Graysville. He came to Waynesburg 40 years ago and opened the Allum House at the corner of Greene and Morgan streets. The hotel was well known and had a large patronage. Mr. Allum was united in marriage with Miss Jennie R. Carroll, October 12, 1866. Last October the couple celebrated their golden wedding anniversary. In politics Mr. Allum was a staunch Democrat and was always greatly interested in the affairs of his party. He served two terms as jury commissioner and one term as poor director. He had also held different borough offices. He was a charter member of the First Christian church of Waynesburg and was always active in the affairs of the church, serving in several offices in the organization. He was a member of the McCullough Post (#367), G.A.R. Besides his wife, one daughter, Anna Allum Grim, at home; one son, Robert Allum, of Akron, O., and one grandson, Allum Grim, student at Bellefonte Academy, survive. Two sisters, Mrs. T. C. Wallace, of North Morris street, and Mrs. Alice Cummins, of Burdette, and one brother, John Allum, of Bellaire, O., also survive. The funeral services, which were largely attended, were held at the late home Sunday afternoon at 2 o'clock. The memorial sermon was delivered by the Rev. J. P. Allison, pastor of the First Christian church of Waynesburg. He was buried with military honors, the salute over the grave being fired by a firing squad composed of members of Company K. The G.A.R. attended in a body. Interment was in Green Mount cemetery.