Michelle Russell

AncientFaces Member since May 05, 2015

Researching: Stein, Baugh, Gum, Crosthwait, Deppe, Ubil

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Judy Garland & family: This photo was taken about 1936, left to right back row is Judy (who had recently been signed to MGM and lost her father in a matter of months), her father's eldest brother, Bob Gumm, her mother, Ethel Gumm, her oldest sister, Susie Gumm, (front row) middle sister, Jimmie Gumm, Aunt Belle (Bob's wife, born Smith), Susie's husband, Lee Kahn, and Judy's cousin, Richard (son of Bob & Belle). The family was close and often came to visit. When Bob's theater was in trouble, against MGM's rules, Judy went and sang there to bring in business. Photo from Bob Gumm's family archives and included in my book, From Tennessee to Oz, Part 2 - The Amazing Saga of Judy Garland's Family History by Michelle Russell. This was an eight year adventure!
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Bettie Baugh White was born Lucy Elizabeth Baugh in Rutherford County, TN July 23, 1836. She was the oldest sister of Judy Garland's paternal grandmother, Clemmie, for whom no photos have been found. Bettie married Robert Miller White shortly before the Civil War and suffered greatly during the occupation by Union troups,including the loss of a baby. You can see the hardship on her face. Photo courtesy of the White Family, taken from part 1 of my book, From Tennessee to Oz - The Amazing Saga of Judy Garland's Family History by Michelle Russell. (2009)
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John Alexander Gumm, Jr (born Gum) was born in Jefferson, TN in 1857. He was the younger brother of Judy Garland's paternal grandfather (her father's father's brother) for whom we have no photos. He married Lucy Trigg in 1877, shortly before Judy's grandparents were married, and eventually moved to Atlanta, GA where he was a successful businessman. He had three children. This photo is taken from my book, From Tennessee to Oz, The Amazing Saga of Judy Garland's Family History, Parts 1 & 2 by Michelle Russell (pub 2012).
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