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ULM Family of Berkeley, WVA
Posted by: DENNIS GLASSCOCK (ID *****3981) Date: April 24, 2008 at 09:52:27
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Our family name ULM is a German word meaning "Elm" as in the elm tree.
Although German, the name is an adaptation of
the name WOLLAM. The WOLLAM name is French and the family is believed
to originally been Hugenots (French protestants
who were forced to leave their homes in ?France and take refuge in
areas of Europe that were controlled by protestant
rulers. Even today, there are ULMs living in the Alsace-Lorraine area
of France. This area has always been heavily
influenced by German custom and language because of its proximity to
that country. In fact there are several places
that use the name ULM. Historically this area was occupied by the
Franks, ethnically recognized as French, but whose
origins were German.

The first migration of Hugenots to switzerland (John CALVIN set up a
community there to which many Hugenots fled) and
later waves left for Belgium, the Netherlands, England, and the Pflaz
(Palitinate), a fertile farming region in a
German "state" under protestant rule. According to some family
histories, the WOLLAMs first went to Switzerland and
then on to the Pfalz, near the city of Karlsruhe, the WOLLAMs
established a farm. They eventually changed their name
to ULLOM - reportedly after a small river that bordered their land.

There were several "waves" of immigration to William PENN's colony
during Colonial times. The first occurred in 1683
(the Quakers) came and the second sometime around 1709. The second
wave was primarily Anabaptists who were commonly
called "the Palatines". Our ULLOM immigrant is believed to be Matthias
ULLOM, who was born about 1684 in Karlsruhe,
Germany. It is said that Matthias and a brother named Adam came to
Philadelphia via Rotterdam and New York in 1700.
They lived in what is now Lancaster County, Pennsylvania and were
associated with the Mennonite community. Adam ULLOM
settled in Tulphaocken township (Berks & Lebanon Co., PA) sometime
around 1735-1755 and raised a large family. He and
his family appear in church records and many of his family are buried
in a cemetery there.

It is possible that Matthias and Adam could have emigrated as
indentured servants. This was a common practice of the
time and a very practical method since you could work off the amount of
the indenture from the holder in a matter of
years, often while learning a trade. Unfortunately there are no records
that actually tell us about their early years
in Pennsylvania. Many of the emigrants to Penn's colony were
Mennonites, Quakers, Moravians, and Amish. These sects
came seeking religious freedom and land. Many had been Hugenots in
Europe, which further supports the theory of the
ULLOMs heritage as French Protestants. Whatever their beginnings here,
both brothers eventually farmed their own
land. This would have been virtually impossible in Europe.

Matthias married and had at least one son (Jacob) but not much else is
known about him. The Matthias "ULAMS", "ULENS",
and "ULEN" appear in land records of Lancaster Co. during 1747, 1750
and 1761. And a Matthias "UHLEM" repeatedly
appears in land records for York Co., Pennsylvania around the same
time. Whether or not this is the same person is
not yet known. Neither do we know his wife's name, the date of his
death or the place of burial.

The first recorded evidence found for Jacob ULLOM was his birth in 1715
in Pennsylvania. His marriage was recorded in
1744 to Maria Magdalena Boshar in Johnstown, Cambria County,
Pennsylvania. Beginning in December of 1745 the first
four of their eleven children were christened at the Trinity
Evangelical Lutheran Church of New Holland, Earl Township,
Pennsylvania with Boshar relatives acting as sponsors. Jacob ULM's
name appears in "Sower's Newspaper (an early
Pennsylvania paper) on September 17, 1750 as residing in Earl Township,
Lancaster County. They apparently moved to
Berkly Co., Virginia colony in the late 1750's as many of the younger
children were born there. Jacob died in 1778 and
his will was proven that year in Martinsburg, Virginia. His wife and
their 11 children are named in the will.

While browsing through some old records in the Berkeley County, West
Virginia, Court House at Martinsburg, the author
noticed a name that sounded familiar. The name was spelled "WOOLAM" and
the record was the will of one Jacob WOOLAM,
who made the paper in April 13, 1778. He named his wife Magdelina and
the names of his children. (Will Book 1 pp.

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pp. 150, Will Book One, Berkely County, VA

In the name of God amen I Jacob WOOLAM of Berkely Co. In the colony of
Virginia, however being weak in body but of
sound memory before God on this thirteenth day of April in the year of
our Lord one Thousand Seven hundred and
seventy-eight, make and publish this my last will and testament in
manner following that is to say First:

I give all my Estate wherein I shall now live unto my dear wife
Magadele some of my children being along with her but
if my children wants to go do for themselves then shall all goods be
sold and my dear wife shall get her living out of
it, as long as she is a widow but if she marries another husband she is
to have the one third of all my estate and the
remainder shall be equally divided among my eleven children except my
son Daniel shall have a colt and my son John one
colt and my youngest son Jacob shal have my gun but never the legal (?)
To permit my three sons to have their equal
shares of the two thirds of my Estate as well as the rest of my eleven

Namely: Balzer WOOLAM, Matthias WOOLAM, Peter WOOLAM, Windle WOOLAM,
Daniel WOOLAM, John WOOLAM, Shem WOOLAM and Jacob
WOOLAM and Julianna wife of Jacob SHILLINGOOD, Magdelene wife of John
MORSEY and Hannah WOOLAM, and also I make an
order Michael PITZER and George LOWMAN to be executives in this my last
will and testament.

In witness I the said Jacob WOOLAM have to this my last will and
testament set my hand and seal this day on year
Jacob WOOLAM (X) mark

Signed, sealed and delivered by the said Jacob WOOLAM as and for his
last will and testament in the presence of us who
were present at the signing and sealing thereof.

(At this time the Virginia and Pennsylvania colonies had somewhat
different borders than what came after the War of
Independence. Later, when Virginia seceded from the Union in 1861, the
western counties of Virginia objected and
petitioned Congress to be re-admitted into the union. In 1873 these
colonies became the state of West Virginia.
Records of our family have been found in all three states.)

Virginia Marriage Index, 1740-1850


In 1838 William COLLISON married Mary ULM, born in Ohio in 1821, but
reared in Indiana. Her father John ULM, was born
in Virginia. The ULM family name is said to have originated as follows:
Early in the 17th century there was living in
the city of ULM, Germany a poor youth whose real name was unknown, and
who, when placed on a sailing vessel shipping
from one German port was called ULM by the Captain and sailors. On
settling in Virginia he adopted the name, and on
the south side of the Potomac River started making a home for his
family, which consisted of six sons and a daughter.
Six of the sons became Revolutionary soldiers, the seventh being
unfitted by a physical ailment. The sister married
Sgt. Champ, who was selected by General Washington to undertake the
perilous feat of capturing Benedict Arnold, and
was unsuccessful only because Arnold was removed on the night of his
scheduled capture.

John Ulm was a son of Mathias ULM, the seventh son of the above
ancestor, and was a soldier in the war of 1812, while
William a nephew was a soldier in the civil war, in which struggle two
of his sons lost their lives.

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In Ohio John ULM married his wife Mary SMITH and moved to Pike River
district in Indiana. He helped erect the first
Hotel in Indianapolis, a double log cabin and from there moved to Mt
Carmel, Wabash, Illinois.

Mary ULM and William COLLISON had James M., John., Hiram., Elizabeth.,
Thomas., Alexander., William H., and Marshall.

Two of the sons of Jacob WOOLAM and his wife Magdelina, were living on
the Tenmile in the 1790 Census, when the name
is spelled WOOLHAM. Other records spell the name WHOOLAM, WOOLLOM,
etc., but eventually it became ULLOM by the
spelling adopted in the family of Peter ULLOM. On September 19, 1793,
Peter ULLOM (spelled then WOOLOM), bought 98
acres of land from Captain James HOOK's purchase of "Hook's Delight."
(Washington County Deed Book 1-I. pp. 765.)
Here he resided until his death. His Will was made January 29, 1816,
and probated August 24, 1824. He gave his home
farm to his widow, Margaret, after which it was to go to his six named
sons. The indications are that Margaret died
soon after her husband and on May 18, 1829, these sons sold out to
Isaac ULLOM. (Greene County Will Book 1. pp. 257.)

Jacob OLLUM was mentioned in his Father's will dated 13 Apr 1778,
Berkeley County, Virginia. He was a salt merchant
(Possibly spelled name OLLUM). He married first Mary OLLUM. Sarah Ann
HAWKENBERRY was the 2nd wife of Jacob ULLOM

Jacob OLLUM (circa 1762 to 1840) is called "Youngest son" in the 1778
will of his father. Hardesty's 1882 atlas of
Monroe County, Ohio says a settlement was made on Buckhill bottom in
1794, soon followed by Jacob and others. An
article under Ohio Township of the county says Jacob became a settler
around 1800 and engaged in the business of
packing salt over the Allegheny Mountains on pack horses from
Williamsport on the Potomac River, a distance of about
200 miles. (and this would have been back to the Berkeley County,
Virginia area of his father). His Monroe County land
was in R2, T3, S20. The 1820 Census shows him there in Ohio Township
and his age was "over 45". Next door was his son
William OLLUM, age 26 to 45, and neighbors John CLUTTER, John
RHINEHART, John SMITH, Jobe and Benjamin PEARSEALL, and
Barbary HARTER, the early records of Jacob's.

He is probably the Jacob whose early deeds show a wife, Mary, Monroe
County courthouse records show us the 13 children
... not listed in order of age; 1. William ULLOM ... William Jackson
OLLUM, 1823 to 1881, who married Mary - and then
Hannah K. MYERS. 2. Mathew ULLOM. 3. Mariah ULLOM. 4. Minerva ULLOM.
5. Joseph ULLOM, born 1800/1810 and deceased
by 1843. His wife was Margaret (Peggy) HENTHORN, daughter of Adam and
Nancy, and children: Ann Adam H., 1830 to 1909,
who married Harriet ATKINSON Nancy Mary John 6. Isaac W.
ULLOM. 7. Jeremiah ULLOM. 8. Benjamin ULLOM. 9.
John ULLOM ... 1795 to 1875 ... married Susannah HARTER. 1806 to 1890,
a daughter of Matthias HARTER. They are buried
in Possum Creek cemetery below Clarington, Monroe County. They were in
the 1850 and 1860 census of Salem township, in
1880 she is in the Salem Township home of her son Mathias. Their
children include: Peter, who died 1863 in the Civil
war; Jacob, 1828 to 1915, married Harriet _____. Amelia, who married
John TALBOT; Elijah (Elisha) ... born 1842; Peter
... born 1844; Margaret ... 1846 to 1852; Mathias (Matthew), 1849 to
1922, who married Martha FOGGIN. 10. Peter
ULLOM. 11. Margaret ULLOM, married ... RUSSELL per the estate
settlement. 12. Eleanor ULLOM ... married Aquilla
MARLOW as his second wife. 13. Jacob ULLOM, Jr. He was dead by 1833.
The later estate settlement of his father
identifies the two children of Jacob Jr.: Sarah; Mary.

1820 Census of Harlan Co., KY (Old Book p. 60) Page 13

WOOLLUM, Jacob 1 Male 18-25, 1 Male 26-45, 1 Female Under 10, 1 Female

WOOLLUM, James 1 Male Under 10, 2 Males 18-25, 2 Females Under 10, 1
Female 10-16, 1 Female


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Signed by George BRITTAIN, Assistant Marshal of KY, who certified that
the schedule is true and correct.

Witness Samuel HOWARD Junior and Edward POPES or NOPES.


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