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 Bertha <I>Heck</I> Collum

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Bertha Heck Collum

  • Birth 20 Sep 1875 Wolcott, Wayne County, New York, USA
  • Death 14 May 1931 Rochester, Monroe County, New York, USA
  • Burial Rochester, Monroe County, New York, USA
  • Plot Single Grave #6, Row 235 in the BB Single Graves section - confirmed as unmarked grave
  • Memorial ID 79246990

Bertha Heck, my great-grandmother. The first time I saw her name was on my grandfather's death certificate. It was a huge surprise to discover my grandfather was not 100% Irish as we'd always thought. His mother was of English and German ancestry. It's been a real adventure putting together the pieces of this side of my family.

Bertha was born the youngest daughter of Augustus Heck, who was born in Germany and immigrated to the US as a young boy, and Eliza Plumb Heck, who was of English ancestry and is a member of the Plumb family. I've been able to trace her roots all the way back to the Revolutionary War. Augustus was a Civil War veteran and it was a thrill to discover my family has a link to both the Civil War and Revolutionary War via my great-grandmother.

She married James C Gallagher at about the age of 16 and within a year the children started coming. All together she gave birth to 14 children, including 2 sets of twin. Of these 14 children only 7 lived to adulthood. Very sad, I can't even imagine how hard that must have been.

James C Gallagher died in 1922 and within a few months Bertha married James Collum. 1920 Census records show that she was living with him then as his wife though and James C Gallagher's death record lists his marital status as divorced. That was a total surprise too!

She outlived her second husband too, I still have not found a record of his death, but in 1930 she is living as a widow with a boarder in residence. She died in 1931. There is still so much I'd like to learn about her, Bertha Heck seemed like such an ordinary name when I began my research of my great-grandmother but she's ended up being full of surprises.



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  • Created by: SL
  • Added: 24 Oct 2011
  • Find A Grave Memorial 79246990
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Bertha Heck Collum (20 Sep 1875–14 May 1931), Find A Grave Memorial no. 79246990, citing Mount Hope Cemetery, Rochester, Monroe County, New York, USA ; Maintained by SL (contributor 47639283) .