The above photo was provided to me by Rosanne Mueller, a descendant of Josephine Wilcox Watkins Gum. The photo shows Josephine and her 2nd husband, James Harvey Gum, her daughter, Lilly May Watkins (married name Yowell) and James's two daughters, Daisy Gum (married name Smedley) and Flora Gum (married name Taylor) and Clarence A. Lambert, who Rosanne believes to be the nephew of James Harvey Gum.

Josephine was the daughter of James Wilcox and Margaret "Dollie" Hall. She was born in Missouri in 1857, and moved to Illinois at the age of ten. She died in 1925 and is buried in Oakland Cemetery in Petersburg, Menard County, IL, as is her first husband, Thomas Watkins and their two children, Lily May and Cassius. James Harvey Gum is buried in Rosehill Cemetery in Petersburg.

Josephine and Thomas operated the Thomas Restaurant/Hotel in Petersburg. Josephine also operated the American Hotel (which was the old Smoot Hotel) and the Lincoln Hotel in Petersburg. Thanks to Matthew Ferricks and Carolyn Stewart for sharing their research on Josephine.

Submitted by Carole Martin

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