The Ulm Family in Georgia

I received an email from a researcher asking if I had information about a particular family.  It is at times like this that I realize how little I know about some of my ancestors, especially on this line.  Years ago I had some success in finding some solid information that tied several generations together but I didn’t pursue the search for further information.

My grandmother and her sister and brother were orphaned at an early age.  Grandisson (Grants) Philmon and his wife, Mattie Ulm Philmon, both died within a short time of each other.   My mother was told they died from “galloping consumption” and the Butler Herald confirmed consumption was the cause of death.  Being an orphan was not easy and being the guardian was not easy.  Julius and Lizzie had a family but took in the two girls to raise as their own.  My grandmother often felt later that she was “loaned” out to whomever needed help with babies.   My grandmother also told the story about doing needlework and evidently did some stitching incorrectly.  The stitching was pulled out and she had to do it over again. She was about 4 years old.

Grants was born in 1850 in Anson Co., North Carolina but grew up in Taylor Co., Ga.  Mattie was born in 1850 in Lincoln Co., Ga. but her parents moved the family to Macon Co., Ga.  Grants and Mattie married in Taylor Co. on 4 April 1875 by Martin Brooks, JP (Marriage Book Z, page 198).  They both died in March 1883 and are buried in the family cemetery, Philmon Branch.

The children of Grants and Mattie were sent to live with two families.  The girls, Minnie and Ida, lived with Julius and Lizzie Philmon and their son, Jim, lived with Ham Ulm.  Estate papers  show Grants’ estate appraised as 1 buggy & harness, 1 horse, 1 set plow, 1 bridle & saddle, 2 plows and chamber mug, 1 sewing machine, 3 bedsteads, 1 feather bed, 1 watch (Oct. 15, 1883).  Est. filed Apr 12, 1883. John W. Philmon was the next friend of the orphans of G.L. Philmon. p. 490.  John W. Philmon was the brother of Grants as was Julius.   Ham was Mattie’s brother.

No other information was known about the Ulm family until an entry on a mortality schedule came to light.  The entry pointed me in the direction of Lincoln Co.  The 1850 census listed Alfred Emanuel Ulm and his wife Elizabeth with children, Joseph O’Farrell Ulm (b. 1845) and daughter Martha (Mattie) A. Ulm (b. 1850). Other children who have been named are James Ansley, Henry Jacob, Charles Hamilton, James Augustus, Lavinia, Robert Thomas, Alfred E. Jr., and Walter.  Alfred and Elizabeth Ammons were married 8 June 1841 in Lincoln Co. Sometime between in 1850 and 1860 they moved to Macon Co. Ga. (Book H, page 2). Alfred died in 1876 and Elizabeth died 12 May 1892.  Both are buried in Sandefur Cemetery in Houston Co., Ga. (Obituary Notice:  Cemeteries & Obituaries of Houston Co. by Addie P. Howell)

Henry Ulm was born c1793 and he married Elenda whose last name is still unknown.   They appear in Lincoln Co in 1840 and 1850 but were in Macon Co in 1860.  Henry died after 1860. There is a deed dated 16 November 1836 in Lincoln Co. where Francis Ulm purchased a parcel from Covington Searles whereon Francis and Henry resided.

Since beginning research on the Ulm family, I have corresponded with a number of people both by snail mail, online in forums, and email.  It is my understanding that the Ulm family at one time had annual reunions but I have never been able to confirm this.   Some variations in spelling Ulm are Ullum, Ulam, Olum, and Woolum.  References for the family name were found not only in Georgia but in Pennsylvania and Berkeley Co., West Virginia.



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