I am related to John W. Hellums, who married a woman named Dora C. Shaw (I think that is her last name) on May 1st, 1879 in Water Valley, Mississippi (or somewhere around there). They had at least 3 child-ren, Mabel, Corrine, and Clarence Hellums, my grandfather. They moved to the San Anton-io, Texas area where we still live today. Clarence had 2 sons, Calvin and Glenn Sr.
I have not been able to find any mention of John W. Hellums on any of the existing websites I have found. I hope I have been of some help to your search. If you have any information on my particular limb of the family tree, I would be very interested. Please contact me with whatever you might know at the e-mail address listed. Thank you.