BENJAMIN  GRUM was born around 1857. By 1878 he had married and was living in Camden on July 14th of that year when his son William was born. Benjamin Grim and his wife Caroline "Carrie" Grum lived at 215 Market Street, where he ran a confectionary. The family had moved to 544 Vine Street by 1900, Benjamin Grum worked then as a letter carrier, a position he would hold until his retirement in the 1920s. Among his co-workers with the Postal Service were Walter P. Ellis and Jesse Johntra. Benjamin and Carrie Grum were still living at 544 Vine Street in April of 1930 when the Census was enumerated. Mrs. Grum remained at the address after her husband passed, and was still living there in the fall of 1933.

Son William Grum married Lena Purdy in the early 1900s. There were two children of this marriage, daughters Lena and Beatrice. By 1920 William Grum had entered the ministry. He pastored at the Kaighn Avenue Methodist Episcopal Church in Camden, and at the First Methodist Episcopal Church in Gloucester City NJ, where he was stationed when the Census was taken in January of 1920. The family home was at 335 Main Street. By 1930 he had been sent to serve at the Woodlynne Methodist Episcopal Church in Woodlynne NJ. The Grum family made their home in April of 1930 at 2220 Woodlynne Avenue, the corner of Woodlynne Avenue and Linden Street, in Woodlynne. Sadly, Reverend Reverend William Grum died suddenly while visiting his mother at the family home at 544 Vine Street in 1931.

Benjamin Grum passed away on May 31, 1933, survived by his wife and a granddaughter.

Camden Courier-Post - June 1, 1933


After an illness of a month Benjamin S. Grum, 76, retired mail carrier and father of the late Reverend William Grum, died yesterday at Cooper Hospital from a complication of diseases.

Mr. Grum was a mail carrier 35 years until he retired eight years ago. He lived at 544 Vine Street for 40 years.

His son fell dead in his home a few years ago while pastor of Woodlynne M. E. Church. He had served in other pastorates in Camden and vicinity.

The father is survived by his wife, Carrie, and one granddaughter, Charlotte.

The funeral will be held at 2 p. m. Saturday at the funeral home of Joseph H. Murray and Son, 408 Cooper Street. Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery.