Mary Gumm

about 1839–5 April 1903 (Age 64)
Peoria, Peoria, Illinois, United States

The Life of Mary

When Mary Gumm was born about 1839, in Peoria, Peoria, Illinois, United States, her father, Jesse N. Gum, was 36 and her mother, Margaret Louisa MCDONALD, was 37. She married George Washington Shute on 7 November 1856, in Knox, Illinois, United States. They were the parents of at least 3 sons and 8 daughters. She lived in Knox, Knox, Illinois, United States in 1850. She died on 5 April 1903, at the age of 64.

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Family Time Line

George Washington Shute
Mary Gumm
Marriage: 7 November 1856
Martha A. Shute
William Shute
Gurley Shute
Della Shute
Ella May Shutt
Diantha Adelia Shute
Annie Shute
Effie Dora Shute
William Shute
Susan May Shute
Harry Zenus Shute

Spouse and Children

    George Washington Shute



7 November 1856
Knox, Illinois, United States


    Martha A. Shute




    Diantha Adelia Shute


    Annie Shute


+6 More Children

Parents and Siblings



+3 More Children

World Events (8)

1839 · From Swamp to Beautiful Place

Age 0

By 1829 Venus, Illinois had grown sufficiently and in 1832 was one of the contenders for the new county seat. However, the honor was awarded to a nearby city, Carthage. In 1834 the name Venus was changed to Commerce because the settlers felt that the new name better suited their plans. But during late 1839, arriving members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints bought the small town of Commerce and in April 1840 it was renamed Nauvoo by Joseph Smith Jr., who led the Latter-Day Saints to Nauvoo to escape persecution in Missouri. The name Nauvoo is derived from the traditional Hebrew language. It is notable that by 1844 Nauvoo's population had swollen to around 12,000 residents, rivaling the size of Chicago at the time. After the Latter-Day Saints left the population settled down toward 2,000 people.

Age 7

U.S. acquires vast tracts of Mexican territory in wake of Mexican War including California and New Mexico.
1856 · The Largest Map Company in the World

Age 17

William Rand opened a small printing shop in Chicago. Doing most of the work himself for the first two years he decided to hire some help. Rand Hired Andrew McNally, an Irish Immigrant, to work in his shop. After doing business with the Chicago Tribune, Rand and McNally were hired to run the Tribune's entire printing operation. Years later, Rand and McNally established Rand McNally & Co after purchasing the Tribune's printing business. They focused mainly on printing tickets, complete railroad guides and timetables for the booming railroad industry around the city. What made the company successful was the detailed maps of roadways, along with directions to certain places. Rand McNally was the first major map publisher to embrace a system of numbered highways and erected many of the roadside highway signs that have been adopted by state and federal highway authorities. The company is still making and updating the world maps that are looked at every day.

Name Meaning

1 English: from a nickname or byname from Middle English gome, Old English guma ‘man’.2 German: probably a variant of Gumme, from a Frisian personal name or a short form of a Germanic personal name such as Gundemar (gund ‘battle’ + mār, mēri ‘famous’).

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Sources (3)

  • Mary Gum in household of Jesse Gum, "United States Census, 1850"
  • Mary Gumm in entry for Harry Zenus Shute, "California, County Birth and Death Records, 1800-1994"
  • Mary Gumm in entry for Harry Zenns Shute and Mary Margaret Brady, "California, County Marriages, 1850-1952"

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