Nuzum Family

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Massacre of the Vaudois of Merindol

Many in the Nuzum family were Huguenots— French Calvinists who emigrated to Ulster, Ireland in the late 1600’s. It seems that with the new zeal that came with Calvinism, a lot of people could have done a better job at “Loving thy Neighbor.” Apparently, both sides were harsh critics of their neighbors– some found a new zeal in their faith, and others followed more traditional doctrine and practice of worship. One example of a bad outcome is the Massacre of the Vaudois of Merindo in 1545. Can’t we all just get along?

French Wars of Religion
Unfortunately, this massacre is just one example of the lack of Respect and Tolerance that should have been produced by any decent system of values. For over thirty-six years (from 1562–1598), the French had civil war in the French Wars of Religion. In the end, about 200,000 French Huguenots emigrated from France to other nations, especially in the New World.

St. Bartholomew’s Day Massacre

In what became known as the St. Bartholomew’s Day Massacre of 24 August – 3 October 1572, Catholics killed thousands of Huguenots in Paris. Similar massacres took place in other towns in the weeks following. The main provincial towns and cities experiencing the Massacre were Aix, Bordeaux, Bourges, Lyon, Meaux, Orleans, Rouen, Toulouse, and Troyes.[23] Nearly 3,000 Protestants were slaughtered in Toulouse alone.[24] The exact number of fatalities throughout the country is not known. On the 23–24 August, between about 2,000[25] and 3,000[26][27][28] Protestants were killed in Paris and between 3,000[29] and 7,000 more[30] in the French provinces. By 17 September, almost 25,000 Protestants had been massacred in Paris alone.[31][32] Outside of Paris, the killings continued until the 3 October.[31] An amnesty granted in 1573 pardoned the perpetrators. (from the Huguenot wiki)

The Huguenots in Ireland
The first emigration of Huguenots to Ireland was in 1660. In Ireland, they taught the Scotch-Irish how to make linen out of flax, which became an important industry in North Ireland. By the 1700’s, about 10,000 Huguenots had emigrated from France. Many organized their mills and other enterprises into corporations.

Nuzums from Ireland to the New World
Richard Nuzum emigrated from Ireland to Delaware County, Pennsylvania in 1752, and in 1802, he received a grant for 1,000 acres in the current area of Colfax, Marion County, West Virginia. The family soon extended to Harrison County and throughout West Virginia, where they are more prevalent. Nuzums are also found throughout the U.S., Australia, and the world.

Dublin, Ireland

Here is a Nuzum Bros. building, at 201 Pearse Street, Dublin, Ireland. It was built in the 1830’s. Thomas Nuzum is listed as a coal agent on the Dublin Street Directory in 1862. He appears in many advertisements in the Irish Times digital archives as the coal agent for the Earl of Lonsdales Whitehaven Colliery (based in Durham/Cumberland). Thomas Nuzum was originally at 1 Luke St and later at 201 Great Brunswick St. He had a second location at 74 Marlborough Street. Advertisements for Nuzum Brothers appear about 1886 for selling coal. They’re on the 1913 phone list. Later, this street was re-named Pearse Street, and new buildings used a new addressing sequence– for example, right across the street is 27 Pearse Street.

Nuzum farm, Shinn’s Run, Harrison County, 1873.

The Nuzum Family History, a genealogical study going back more than eight generations, begins with the French Huguenots. In the late 1600’s, they immigrated to Ulster, Ireland, and by 1752, the first Nuzum family came to Delaware Co., Pennsylvania, and about 50 years later, to other parts of America, especially Marion County in western Virginia. Other early families in the area include the Pricketts, Morgans, Springers, Steeles and Paxtons.


More info:

  • Marion County, WV History
  • Nuzum family at
  • Nuzum– Many of the Huguenots that came to Ireland from France did not have sirnames. A Scotch-Irish folkway that existed at that time, and still exists today, is to refer to a family in the plural like “Steele’s ones,” or “Prickett’s ones.” This gets abbreviated to “Steele’s-uns,” “Prickett’s-uns” and “you-uns.” I have a theory that the name Newsome, or Nuzum, came from “New-ones,” creating the sirname.

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16 Responses to Nuzum Family

  1. Justin Nuzum says:

    I’d love to get a book on the Nuzum family history. Anyone know anything about this?

  2. cathleen nuzum robinson says:

    Enjoyed reading this. Do you know if a Nuzum reunion is still being held.?

  3. cathleen nuzum robinson says:

    Also, is Steele a common name in the Nuzum family? My grandfather was Ralph Steele Nuzum.

  4. Pingback: Thomas Nuzum 1706-1791 | jaysteeleblog

  5. Clive Nuzum says:

    My brothers Ken ,Trevor and I have a lovely photo of us standing outside Nuzum Brothers shop on pearse st .
    Clive Thomas Nuzum

  6. William says:

    Very interested in finding out more about the Nuzums that were in Iowa.

  7. Kay Shipley says:

    My great Grandmother Sarah Jane Nuzum “Sadie” was daughter of Jesse Frost Nuzum and Elizabeth Fonner. Grandma Sadie married William MIller and they lived all their lives in the Crescent, Iowa area. My Nuzum families lived in Wick, Warren County, Iowa before they relocated in Harrison County, Iowa. There are still many Nuzum Families in Harrison and Pottawattamie Counties, Iowa. Kay Doty Shipley

    • Heather Seberger says:

      I would love to get in touch with you about the Nuzum/Miller tree. Sarah Jane is my boyfriend’s 2x great grandmother on his mother’s side. I have been working on his genealogy as a gift to his parents as I am working on both sides.

  8. Rachael Gladhart (Nuzum) says:

    My family branch of Nuzums live in extreme northeast kansas and have for a few generations. My father has a copy of the Nuzum book from 35 years ago. I would love to see a new printing. My sisters and I would love to go to a reunion.

  9. ROBIN COMPTON says:

    I have a Nuzum book, although they list my Mother incorrectly as my dad’s first wife rather than his second wife

  10. Jeff Sandy says:

    I definitely found ‘actionable insight’ – what a great term – as it turns out Thomas and Elisabeth Nuzum are my 6th great-grandparents, and I am a bit of an Irish history nut. I used to live in the North and think your theory on the origins of the Nuzum name is spot on, and did not know that 17th century Frenchmen did not have last names. I have a couple questions if you have the time: do we have any record of Thomas’ farm in Ireland? Elsewhere I found Elisabeth’s last name as Peterman but without any proof? I know that they were not Quakers, but when they married into Quaker families, did they not become Quakers (I also come from the Shinns who were Quakers who landed in the same part of West Virginia as Richard Nuzum)? Finally, OK it’s more than a couple, my great-great grandfather was Lewis Napoleon Nuzum (1839-1887)! On top of that, I live in Corsica, any idea how that could have happened? Thanks again for all that you have done and anything else you might be able to do. My email is

    All the best,
    Jeff Sandy

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