Genealogy of the Woodcock Valley

Huntingdon County, Pennsylvania


Bousum Family

Posted on October 31, 2010 at 6:38 AM

One of the local CCC names I encountered was Fred Bousum.  I met up with Fred Bousum on Friday night at a shotgun match and asked, "Are you related to a Fred Bousum who served with the CCC?"  The answer was "That was my dad."  So, we chatted, and not only did his father serve, but two uncles as well.  He is supposed to be looking for more specific information for me.


However, that was all it took to send me off on a tangent to research the Bousum family.  The younger Fred is married to Patsy Norris.  Patsy is the daughter of my great-uncle, Charles Alexander Norris.  So, you could say my research is "in the family."  I was able to do okay tracking the Bousum family in the census years, but could find very little in the way of obituaries or burials.  In fact, I don't have a clue where they are buried!


Fred's family goes back to Jacob Bousum (born 1826) who resided in Perry County.  He was married to two different Sarah's.  His son, James Calvin (born 1882), came to Huntingdon County and started the line here.  James Calvin belonged to Jacob's second wife Sara, who was much younger than Jacob.


There appears to be another Bousum line in Huntingdon County that also migrated from Perry County.  I am assuming these two lines are connected, but I didn't get that into it!


Anyone out there connected or know anything about the Bousum line?  If you do, drop me a line, or post on the blog and share with everyone.

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Reply Lonnie S. Smith Jr.
11:13 PM on July 20, 2013 
Mrs. Riley - I have some grave pics I took today (Sat.-7-20-13) from the Cedar Grove Cemetery in Petersburg. One Fred Bousum's grandsons is in my grade and is my friend and I kinda got him intrested in this and I am trying to help him. Please let me know if u would like to see the pic.
Reply Lonnie S. Smith Jr.
9:27 PM on July 22, 2013 
Here is the link to the pics of Bousum Graves in the Petersburg cemetery.
Reply Susan (Bousum) Mentzer
11:26 PM on May 23, 2016 
I'm not sure if I didn't already contact you. My Dad was Joseph Denver Bousum. His Dad was Joseph Dunkleburger Bousum. His Dad was the Jacob Bousum that you mentioned in your letter. I'm not sure which Sarah was his Mother. Are you still looking for information? My Mom wrote a lot of information down. I just have to locate that imformation. Please let me know if you are still searching for information.