Company "H", 123rd Regiment, Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry

Submitted by DeeAnna Allum Granston.

According to his military record, JOHN ALLUM was 5 feet 9 3/4 inches tall, fair of complexion with light hair and dark eyes. He served in the Civil War in Company H, 123rd Regiment, PENNSYLVANIA Volunteer Infantry, from August 1862 to May 1863.

John had been born near Graysville in Greene County, Pennsylvania on January 20, 1840, fifth child of ten of James and Evaline (Gregory) Allum. [His younger brother, James Parker Allum, served with distinction in the Civil War in the 1st West Virginia Cavalry and is profiled elsewhere at this web site.]

During his term of war service, John married Nancy P. Wallace in Greene County, Pennsylvania on February 4, 1864. After the Civil War, he and Nancy migrated to Ohio where John owned and operated a grocery store in South Bellaire. He became a well-known resident of the community, retiring from his grocery business about 1917. Nancy had passed away in 1902, and one of John's daughters, Mary "Olive" Allum, remained at home with her father.

For many years John was a member of the Grand Army of the Republic. By the time of his death on April 10, 1927 at age 87 few surviving members of the G.A.R. were in health good enough to attend or participate in services and funerals. Members of the America Legion conducted the G.A.R. ritualistic services from the family home. John is buried in Rose Hill Cemetery in Bellaire, OH.

John and Nancy were parents of five children born between 1865 and 1877: Sons Edward, Justus and Albert and daughters Emma May, Mary "Olive" and Anna "Jane."