Elizabeth was first married to Abraham Sims.
In 1850 Elizabeth Sims is listed next to William & Sarah Jones with a 4-year-old daughter Sarah. By 1860 she is listed with 2nd husband, John Shrum - he obviously was a widower with several children when they married and Sarah J. Sims lives with them. Elizabeth is buried Liberty Cemetery.
1860 Dade Co MO Census, Polk Twp, p.70, Dwelling 472. John Shrum age 38, b. MO. He has property worth $11,000 and $575 of personal estate. Elizabeth age 34, b. KY. Children all born in MO. Some of them are surely John Shrum's by an earlier marriage, certainly those born before 1850. Ephriam who was age 9 in 1860, has a death certificate that states his parents as John Shrum and Caroline Thomason. There is no major gap in the birth years of the children and without a marriage record it is impossible to tell for sure which of the children are Elizabeth's. Ann age 17, Jacob 16, Caroline 12, Ephraim, 9, Elkanah, 6, Rosa A. 5, Catherine 3, Joseph 1. Sarah J. Sims [stepdaughter, daughter of Elizabeth] is 15.
1870 Dade Co MO, Polk Twp, p.96a & b; Dwelling 252 Jacob Schrum, age 27, and Mary age 29.
7 Oct 1875: Ephraim Shrum married Virginia Jones, daughter of Wm J. Jones.
1880 Dade Co MO, Polk Twp, p.201c. Lizabeth Shrum is 54 and widowed. Joseph age 18 lives with her. [There was a Joseph already a year old in 1860 - perhaps they got his age wrong.]
John Shrum 1822 - 1865 State Milita, Private, Co. F, 3rd Regt, MO Cavalry, CSA
John Shrum had a son Jacob, age 16 in 1860. There is a marker in Liberty Cemetery for Jacob Shrum: State Militia, Co. F, 3rd MO Cavalry, CSA [Same unit as his father's]
Elkanah Shrum 27 Mar 1854 - 28 Feb 1933
Elizabeth JONES and Abraham C. SIMS had the following children:
The death certificate of Ephraim Shrum indicated his parents were John Shrum and Caroline Thomason. So at least the four eldest children found in the 1860 census were Caroline's.
Elizabeth JONES and John SHRUM had the following children: