The CUMMINGS Family of Copford, Essex, England, Easthorpe, Essex, England, Mistley, Essex, England, Ipswich, Essex, MA, Topsfield, Essex, MA, Dunstable, Middlesex, MA, Westford, Middlesex, MA, New Hampton, Belknap, NH, Bridgewater, Grafton, NH, Cumberland, Cumberland, ME, Westbrook, Cumberland, ME, Portland, Cumberland, ME and Brownsville, Cameron, TX
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JOHN CUMMINGS (c. 1565 - 1633/4) of Easthorpe and Copford m.
ISAAC CUMMINGS (c. 1601 - 1677) of Mistley, Watertown, Ipswich and Topsfield m. Anne Unknown
Family Association: Isaac Cummings Family Association
JOHN CUMMINGS (c. 1565 - 1633/4) of Easthorpe and Copford
John was born about 1565. [Ref] He could have been the John Cowman, baptized 23 Jul 1561 at Bocking, Essex. Bocking is about eleven miles from Copford. [Ref] John Cummings died between 8 Nov 1633 and 24 Apr 1634. He is supposed to have married Amy Green. The Copford, co. Essex parish register says, "Matrimony was solemnised the [Blank] Daie of [Blank] Between [Blank] Commins and Amy Greene Daughter of John Grene of much-birch." The entry is undated but appears between 1 Sep 1590 and 26 Feb 1593/1594. [Ref] Amy may be the wife of John Cummings who died in Copford, co. Essex on 3 Nov 1612. John may have married a second time. A second wife would have died before 8 Nov 1633, when John signed his will.
Much Birch [Great Birch] is part of Birch, a parish near Colchester in county Essex.
A John Cummings was a land owner in Copford in 1606. [Ref]
John Commyn, yeoman of Ipswich, county Suffolk, wrote his will on 8 Nov 9 Charles (1633). It was proved on 24 Apr 1634. He left his son John his tenement and land known as Wallcrofte in Little Tey, his field known as Lanefield in Marks Tey and his tenement and orchard in Lexden. He left his son Isaac his tenement and garden on Magdalen Street in the parish of St. Mary Magdalen in Colchester on the condition that Isaac pay John £27. If Isaac did not to do this, then his son John was to have the property and was to pay Isaac £58. He also forgave Isaac a £44 debt. He left his son Abraham his messuage called Hatchmans and three crofts called Skynners in Much Tey. He left his daughter Ursula and his brother Robert Commyn each ten shillings and left 20 shillings for the poor of the parish. He left Robert, the son of the late Thomas George of Copford, who married Mr Mott's wife's sister [it is not obvious from the will whether Robert or Thomas married the sister; Cummings [Ref] says that it is the father] £15. He also left him his copyhold tenement in Brickellsie. [Ref]
Little Tey, Marks Tey and Much Tey [Great Tey] are villages near the town of Colchester in county Essex. Lexden is a former village and now a suburb of Colchester. Brickellsie may be Brightlingsea, a town in county Essex near Colchester. Ipswich is 18 miles from Colchester.
The identity of the Robert George who received such a relatively large bequest is unknown. [Ref]
Children of John Cummings and Amy Green:
Possible daughter of John Cummings and a second wife:
The Copford parish register says that on 1 Nov 1610, John Cummings buried three children. These could include Mary and the second John, who were not mentioned in John's will, and a third child whose baptism was not recorded. It is possible that the children baptised in Copford belong to a different family.
Isaac Cummings was born about 1601. [Ref: he deposed that he was 65 at the Mar 1666 court in Ipswich and that he was 72 at the Mar 1673 court in Ipswich] He was baptised on 5 Apr 1601 in Easthorpe. [Ref] He died between 8 and 22 May 1677 in Topsfield. [Ref] He married Anne Unknown [Ref] about 1628. [Ref]
Isaac and his brother Abraham had livestock penned together in Mistley in 1630. [Ref]
In his will of 9 Nov 1633, Isaac's father forgave him a £44 pound debt and left him property, conditional on his paying his brother John £27. Cummings [Ref] speculates that Isaac may have used the £44 pounds to buy property in Mistley and that he may not have had £27 pounds to pay his brother. If Isaac did not pay his brother, then John was to keep the property and pay Isaac £58. Isaac would have received this money by Apr 1635, shortly after his daugher Anne was baptised in Mistley. He was in Watertown in July 1635; hence this suggests a short interval in which he would have left England. John Plummer suggests that he left in Jun 1635 in the Great Hope of Ipswich, arriving in Massachusetts in August. Cummings suggests that, as he was a church member in Massachusetts, the persecution of the puritans in England may have been a consideration in Isaac's decision to go to New England. [Ref]
This photo is of the pond where Witch finder General Matthew Hopkins used to dunk witches. The 19th century Mistley church is in the background.
Isaac received a grant of 35 acres in Watertown on 18 Jul 1636. [Ref] He acquired land in Ipswich before 22 Jul 1638. [Ref] In 1638 he had a planting lot in "Reedy Marsh" and a house lot in town. [Ref, p. 1] He sold 7 acres "lying near highway to Jeffries Neck" to Andrew Hodges on 26 (6) 1639. [Ref, p. 1] He acquired land in Topsfield on 1 Apr 1652. [Ref]
Isaac is on a 18 May 1642 list of freemen. [Ref] He was a commoner of Ipswich on "the last day of the last month, 1641". [Ref] He was a commoner of Topsfield on 14 (10) 1661. [Ref] Samuel and Martha Symonds sold Isaac 150 acres "joining partly on David Clark's land" for £30. [Ref, p. 1]
Isaac was on the grand jury at the 25 (7) 1649, 30 Mar 1652, 25 (7) 1655, 28 (7) 1658, 26 Sep 1665 and 29 Sep 1668 courts at Ipswich. [Ref] He was on the trial jury at the 28 (7) 1658 and 27 (7) 1666 courts at Ipswich. [Ref] He was sworn constable of Topsfield at the 27 Mar 1666 court at Ipswich; his son Isaac was deputy constable. [Ref] He was moderator of the Topsfield town meeting in 1676. [Ref]
William Moore sued Isaac for "withholding a convenant" at the 24 (7) 1650 court at Ipswich. [Ref] John Fuller successfully sued Isaac for trespass and taking away a heifer at the 28 Mar 1654 court in Ipswich. [Ref] John Fuller's "main contribution to society was to sue and be sued". His suing Isaac Cummings started an eight-year conflict. [Ref] The records of the 25 (9) 1656 court at Salem say, "Issac Cummings prosecuted Zenerable Phillips for breaking his house. Phillips did not appear." [Ref]
A transcript of his Isaac's will is provided by Mooar. [Ref, p. 1-2] It is signed with Isaac's mark on 8 (3) 1677 and was witnessed by John Poore, Sr., Thomas Dorman and Isaac Foster. Isaac left his son Isaac 10 acres on the south side of the the great river. His son John Jewett was left £10 in cattle and household goods; his son John Pease was left £30 in cattle and household goods. He left his grandson Isaac, son of Isaac a one-year-old heifer, one little sow, the Indian corn that he planted, his second largest chest and £10 when he was 17. He named his son John his executor and left him his house and lands -- about 40 acres. If any of his children, through discontent, were to cause trouble for the executor their legacy was to revert to the executor. Inventory on his estate, taken on 22 May 1677 and attested to by John Cummings on 14 Jun 1677, amounted to £116 1 s. 6d., with debts of £19 16s. 5d. [Ref, p. 3]
Children of Isaac Cummings and Anne Unknown:
CORP. JOHN CUMMINGS (bp. 1630 - 1700) of Topsfield and Dunstable
Parents: Isaac Cummings [Ref, p. 3] and Anne Unknown
John was born about 1629/1630. [Ref says that he was 50 in 1679] [Ref: he deposed that he was 40 in 1673 and in 1674 and 47 in 1678, but this is not possible. ] He was baptised on 9 May 1630 in Mistley. He died on 1 Dec 1700 in Dunstable. [Ref] He married Sarah Howlett. [Ref]
John Cummings of Topsfield took the oath of fidelity at the 6 May 1658 court in Ipswich. [Ref]
In 1661, John was taxed 10s. in Rowley Village (Boxford). [Ref]
He was appointed corporal at the Mar 1666 court at Ipswich. [Ref]
He was on the trial jury at the 26 Mar 1672, 28 Sep 1675 and 27 Mar 1677 courts in Ipswich. [Ref] He was on the grand jury at athe 25 Sep 1677 court in Ipswich. John Cummings is in the Topsfield section of the 7 May 1673 list of freemen. [Ref]
John successfully sued Peter Jenkins for debt at the Sep 1672 court in Ipswich. [Ref]
On 30 Nov 1682, John was one of the first 14 proprietors of the Dunstable. [Ref] He was a selectman in 1682 and for many years town clerk. [Ref]
Thomas Tyng deeded land to John, Isaac, John, Jr. and Thomas Cummings on 29 Jan 1683. [Ref]
John was a member of the church in Topsfield on 11 Jun 1684. He was dismissed to the church in Dunstable on 7 Dec. [Ref][Ref "without recommendation"] On 16 Dec 1685, he was one of seven men who entered into a covenant to form a church in Dunstable. [Ref]
There was another John Cummings alive at the same as this John: John Cummings of Salem, a mariner.
Children of John Cummings and Sarah Howlett:
DEA. ISAAC CUMMINGS (bp. 1633 - 1721) of Topsfield
Parents: Isaac Cummings [Ref, p. 3] and Anne Unknown
Isaac Cummings was born about 1633. He deposed that he was 63 on 22 Feb 1696. [Ref] He was baptised on 17 Mar 1632/3 in Mistley. [Ref] He died in Jun 1721 in Topsfield. [Ref] He married Mary Andrews on 27 Nov 1659 [Ref, p. 23][Ref, p. 6] in Topsfield. [Ref]
Robert Andrews of Boxford refers to "my Daughter Mary the wife of Isack Comins" in his will of 16 May 1668. [Ref]
Isaac Cummings, Jr., who had appraised cattle for Allen Perley, deposed in Perley's suit against Henry Batcheller at the 14 Oct 1662 court in Hampton. [Ref]
Isaac Cummings was a commoner of Topsfield on 14 (10) 1661. [Ref] He is in the Topsfield section of the 7 May 1670 list of freemen. [Ref] He is on a list of commoners of Ipswich in 1672. [Ref, p. 7] He was deputy constable of Topsfield in 1666, when his father was constable. [Ref] He was on the grand jury at the 26 Sep 1676 court at Ipswich. [Ref]
Mr. Gilbert, the pastor in Topsfield had difficulties with his flock, who sometimes
made accusations against him in court. In 1666 he was charged with sedition
and in 1670 with intemperance. In this latter case he had come to church drunk
and, forgetting the normal order of things, continued on and on until Isaac
rose and begged him to stop. [Ref, p. 62]
On 9 Jul 1674, Isaac and Mary sold to Tobijah Perkins, "44 acres, which was all of Cummings' land, south of Howlett brook and bounded west by Lt. Francis Peabody, south by Daniel Borman and east by land William Howlett's house is built on ... ". [Ref, p. 7] Mr. Perkins sold 20 acres next to Farmer Nichol's land to Isaac. [Ref, p. 7]
Isaac was a member of the church in Topsfield on 11 Jun 1684. [Ref] He was a deacon in 1686. [Ref, p. 7]
In 1686, Isaac bought 67 acres in Rowley Village (Boxford) from Joseph and Elizabeth Chaplin. Isaac deeded this land to his son Isaac in 1708. [Ref, p. 7]
Isaac Cummings testified at the 30 Jun 1692 trial of Elizabeth How for witchcraft. Elizabeth was executed on 19 July of that year. Cotton Mather wrote [Ref]
There was Likewise a cluster of Depositions, that one Isaac Cummings refusing to lend his Mare unto the Husband of this How, the mare was within a Day or two taken in a strange condition. The Beast seemed much Abused; being Bruised, as if she had been Running over the Rocks, and marked where the Bridle went, as if burnt with a Red hot Bridle. Moreover, one using a Pipe of Tobacco for the Cure of the Beast, a blew Flame issued out of her, took hold of her Hair, and not only Spread and Burnt on her, but it also flew upwards toward the Roof of the Barn, and had like to have set the Barn on Fire. And the Mare dy'd very suddenly.
Isaac deeded his homestead, bounded by lands of Potter on the north, Foster on the east and Peabody and Perkins on the east to his son John on Mar 1714/5. [Ref, p. 7]
In his will, signed 27 Apr 1712 and proved 19 Jan 1721/2, Isaac mentions his sons John and Thomas, his daughters Abigail Perly and Rebecca Howlett, and his son Isaac's daughter Lydia. [Ref, p. 8]
Children of Isaac Cummings and Mary Andrews:
JOHN CUMMINGS (c. 1657 - aft. 1706) of Dunstable
Parents: Corp. John Cummings and Sarah Howlett
John Cummings was born about 1657. He married Elizabeth Kinsley on 13 Sep 1680 [Ref] or 1681 [Ref] in Dunstable. [Ref]
"'It is usually stated that it was his garrison [in Dunstable] that was assaulted, July 3, 1706, by a party of two hundred Mohawk Indians ... At sunset a Mr. Cummings and his wife went out to milk their cows and left the gate open. The Indians who had advanced undiscovered, started up, shot Mrs. Cummings dead upon the spot ('Goody Cummings died July 3, 1706, at night') and wounded her husband who had his arm broken, but was so fortunates as to reach the woods ... '" [Ref, quote from I. N.H. Hist. Coll, 133]
Children of John Cummings and Elizabeth Kinsley:
Isaac Cummings was born on 15 Sep 1664 [Ref, p. 8] in Topsfield. [Ref] He died on 7 Aug 1746 [Ref, p. 15] in Ipswich. [Ref] He married first Alice Howlett of Boxford on 25 Dec 1688 [Ref, p. 14] in Topsfield. [Ref] He married second Frances Sherwin of Boxford on 23 Nov 1696 [Ref, p. 14] in Topsfield. [Ref, recorded at Ipswich] Frances was the daughter of John and Frances (Lomase) Sherwin, born on 27 Jan 1681 in Ipswich. [Ref] Frances survived her husband and is probably the Frances said to have died on 13 Mar 1770 in Newbury. [Ref, p. 14-5]
Isaac was a farmer in Ipswich. [Ref, p. 15]
When his father testified against Elizabeth How in her witchcraft trial, Isaac corroborated his testimony. [Ref, p. 7]
RELATIONSHIPS BETWEEN THE CUMMINGS AND HOWLETTS
Spouses shown with boxes the same colour
Alice Howlett Cummings and her sister Mary, the wife of Thomas Hazen, received 100 acres of land in the thick woods in Ipswich from their grandfather Thomas Howlett. The land was deeded to them by William Howlett, executor, on 4 Apr 1687. Thomas and Mary sold their half to Isaac and Alice on 10 Oct 1693 for £80. [Ref, p. 15]
Isaac sold his 67 acres of land in Rowley Village (Boxford) to John Chadwick on 3 Oct 1717 for £103. [Ref, p. 15] Isaac bought 13-1/2 acres of land on the edge of the "thick woods" from John Goodhue for £78 in 1721. [Ref, p. 15] Isaac and his son Isaac divided the 138 acres they owned that were bounded by land belonging to the Saltonstalls, Samuel Hart, Cummings, Sr., Joseph Cummings and Dea. John Howlett and by the Ipswich River on 28 Jun 1726. [Ref, p. 15]
Isaac and Frances were dismissed from the Topsfield church to the Ipswich church in 1721. [Ref, p. 15]
Isaac signed his will on 9 Jun 1736 and it was proved on 18 Aug 1746. He left bequests to his widow, to his son Isaac, his daughters Lydia Smith, Jemima Foster and Jerusha and to the children of his deceased daughter Alice Bixby. Inventory on his estate amounted to £602 2s. 4d. [Ref, p. 15]
Children of Isaac Cummings and Alice Howlett:
Children of Isaac Cummings and Frances Sherwin:
DEA. JOHN CUMMINGS (1682 - 1759) of Chelmsford and Westford
Parents: John Cummings and Elizabeth Kinsley
Dea. John Cummings was born on 7 Jul 1682 [Ref] in Dunstable. [Ref] He died on 27 Apr 1759 in Westford. [Ref] He married Elizabeth Adams on 3 Oct 1705 in Charlestown. [Ref, recorded at Chelmsford][Ref]
John was an early settler of Westford. [Ref] On 19 Jan 1721/2, Samuel Spalding deeded to John Cummings of Chelmsford, land on Stoney Brook. [Ref]
On 2 May 1727, John was moderator of the town meeting in the west precinct of Chelmsford to choose a minister. [Ref] In Dec 1727, John was elected deacon of the second church in Chelmsford. [Ref]
On 2 Mar 1729/30, John was moderator of the first recorded town meeting in Westford. [Ref] He was a selectman and he was town clerk in 1736. [Ref]
Children of John Cummings and Elizabeth Adams:
ISAAC CUMMINGS (bp. 1692 - 1761) of Topsfield and Ipswich
Parents: Isaac Cummings and Alice Howlett [Ref, p. 10][Ref, p. 16][Ref]
Isaac Cummings was baptised on 24 Apr 1692 in Topsfield. [Ref, p. 16][Ref, p. 26][Ref] He is probably the Isaac who died on 12 Oct 1761 [Ref, p. 35][Ref, p. 26] in Topsfield. [Ref] Isaac Cummings of Ipswich married Abigail Boardman on 8 Mar 1716/7 [Ref, p. 35][Ref, p. 26][Ref, p. 10] in Topsfield. [Ref]
On 8 Jun 1724, Isaac bought all title to the estate bequeathed by his mother's grandfather Thomas Howlett from his sister Lydia and her husband Stephen Smith and his sister Alice and her husband Thomas Bixby. [Ref, p. 35] Isaac's father left him the land on the edge of the "thick woods" that he bought from John Goodhue. [Ref, p. 15] In 1744 Isaac sold the western half of his homestead in Ipswich to his son Joseph. In 1752 he sold the remaining half to his son Peletiah. [Ref, p. 26] On Feb 19 and 20, 1752, Isaac and Abigail deeded their homestead and lands to their sons Joseph and Peletiah. [Ref, p. 35]
Children of Isaac Cummings and Abigail Boardman:
BRIDGET CUMMINGS (1722 - 1778) of Westford
Parents: Dea. John Cummings 4 [Ref] and Elizabeth Adams
Bridget Cummings was born on 15 Nov 1722 in Chelmsford. [Ref][Ref] She died on 19 Oct 1778 in Westford and is buried in the Fairview cemetery. [Ref] Click here to see a photo of her gravestone. She married Lieut. Moses Parker 2 on 6 Jun 1744. [Ref][Ref gives only the year]
ELISHA CUMMINGS (bp. 1719 - 1790) of Topsfield and New Hampton
Parents: Isaac Cummings and Abigail Boardman [Ref, p. 26][Ref, p. 35][Ref]
Elisha Cummings was baptised on 2 Aug 1719 [Ref, p. 26] in Topsfield. [Ref, p. 35][Ref] He died in 1790. He married first Mary Andrews of Boxford on 22 Nov 1744 [Ref][Ref][Ref, p. 82] in Topsfield. [Ref] He married second the widow Jemima Marston. [Ref][Ref, p. 82] Jemima was apparently the widow of Caleb Marston [Ref, p. 82], who died on 17 May 1770. [Ref]
Ensign Elisha Cummings of Topsfield served in Capt. Israel Davis's Co., Col. Bagley's Regiment, in the Fort William Henry and Crown Point Expeditions of 1756 in the French and Indian War. [Ref] He served in the Revolutionary War under Capt. James Shepherd and Colonels Badger and Walker, New Hampshire. (New Hampshire Revolutionary Rolls, Volume I, pages 317, 320, 365)
In Dec 1742, Elisha bought the homestead, lying partially in Topsfield and partially in Ipswich, that his mother and her sister had inherited from their father. [Ref][Ref, p. 10] In 1767, Elisha sold the property to his brother Peletiah. [Ref, p. 10]
In 1784 Elisha and his sons, Elisha, Isaac and Nathaniel petitioned for Benning Moulton to be Justice of the Peace in New Hampton. [Ref]
Children of Elisha Cummings and Mary Andrews:
Children of Elisha Cummings and Jemima Unknown:
NATHANIEL CUMMINGS (1761 - 1818) of Bridgewater and New Hampton
Parents: Elisha Cummings and Mary Andrews [Ref, p. 26]
Nathaniel Cummings was born on 16 Jan 1761 in Topsfield. [Ref, p. 171][Ref, p. 189] He died on 30 Oct 1818 in New Hampton. [Ref][Ref, p. 189, says he was killed by an infuriated bull in Autumn 1818] His daughter Mary said that when she was about 13 she saw her father "hooked to death, being tossed on the horns of a mad animal." [Ref, p. 171] He married Mary Crawford in May of 1788, 1789 or 1790. [Ref, p. 189, says 21 May 1788/9][Ref, p. 171, notes that there is disagreement over the date.]
In 1784 Nathaniel, his father and his brothers, Elisha and Isaac petitioned for Benning Moulton to be Justice of the Peace in New Hampton. [Ref; 4;870]
In 1800 Nathaniel lived in New Hampton in a household with one man and one woman 26 through 44, one woman 16 through 25, one boy ten through 15, and three boys and one girl under ten. [Ref] In 1810 Nathaniel lived in New Hampton in a household with one man and one woman over 45, one woman 26 through 44, two boys 16 through 25, three boys ten through 15 and one boy and three girls under ten. [Ref]
His death notice in the New Hampshire Patriot says: [Ref]
In New Hampton on Friday the 30th October Mr. Nathaniel Cummings, aged 59, by a wound he received from his own Bull, which tore him in such a shocking manner that he survived about twenty-five hours and expired: he has left a disconsolate widow and ten children to mourn the loss of a kind husband and one of the best parents, a good neighbor, a good citizen, and a good christian.
Children of Nathaniel Cummings and Mary Crawford:
REV. CYRUS CUMMINGS (1791 - 1859) of Bridgewater, Cumberland, Westbrook and Portland
Parents: Nathaniel Cummings and Mary
Crawford [Ref, p. 171][Ref,
Rev. Cyrus Cummings was born on 23 Apr 1791 in Bridgewater. [Ref,
son of Nathaniel][Ref, p. 405][Ref][Ref,
p. 171, says New Hampton, New Hampshire] He died on 9 Sep 1859 [Ref,
p. 320][Ref] of typhoid fever [Ref]
in Portland. [Ref, of "typhus
fever"] He is buried in the Western Cemetery in Portland. [Ref]
He married Elizabeth Curtis on 23 May 1816.
[Ref, p. 320][Ref,
The Rev. Cyrus Cummings was a mason; he was present as grand chaplain at the Annual Communication of the M. W. Grand Lodge of Maine on 5 May 1847, 2 May 1850 and 4 May 1854 in Portland. [Ref]
In 1830 Cyrus lived in Cumberland in a household headed by a man aged 30 - 39 with one boy and two girls 0 - 4 (William Harrison, Elizabeth and Julia), two boys and one girl 5 - 9 (Franklin, Nathaniel and Mary Jane), two boys 10 - 14 (Cyrus and Joseph), a man and a woman 20 - 29 and a woman 40 - 49 (Elizabeth). [Ref] In 1840 Cyrus lived in Westbrook, Cumberland co. in a household headed by a man aged 40 - 49 with one boy 0 - 5 (Andrew), two boys and a girl 15 - 19 (Franklin, Nathaniel and Mary Jane), two men 20 - 29 (Cyrus and Joseph) and one woman 50 - 59 (Elizabeth). [Ref] In 1850 56-year-old Cyrus, a surveyor who was born in New Hampshire, lived in Portland with Phebe Deland, age 66; Elizabeth, a 60-year-old born in New Hampshire; Elizabeth E., 17 years old and born in Maine; Andrew J, 14 years old and born in New Hampshire. Cyrus had real estate worth $4000. [Ref] At the time of his death, Cyrus was a land surveyor. [Ref]
Cyrus Cummings' account of his own life
Children of Cyrus Cummings and Elizabeth Curtis:
The three children who died within days of each other in the summer of 1832 must have been victims of the 1832 cholera epidemic.
FRANKLIN CUMMINGS (1823 - 1874) of Brownsville, Cameron, Texas
Franklin Cummings was born on 18 Sep 1823 [Ref, p. 320] [Ref, p. 534][Ref] in West Cumberland, Maine. [Ref][Ref says Portland] He died on 12 Aug 1874 [Ref] in Brownsville. [Ref, p. 440][Ref] He is buried in the Old City Cemetery in Brownsville. [Ref] He married Ann Mildred Jones [Ref, p. 440] on 1 Apr 1850 [Ref, no day] in Montgomery county, Maryland. [Ref][Ref, p. 534, says 2 Apr]
"Aug. 12, 1874. Judge Franklin Cummings, a prominent citizen and lawyer of this place, died this morning at two o'clock, of consumption. He was formerly a resident of your city." [Ref]
Franklin received an LL.B. from Wesleyen University. [Ref] He was a partner of Stephen Powers, who established the first law office in Brownsville. [Ref] He was appointed postmaster in 1851 in Brownsville and held the office for seven years. [Ref] He helped finance the building of the First Episcopal Church in Brownsville in 1851. [Ref] He served as commissioner of Cameron county. [Ref] He was an officer in the Texas state troops at Fort Brown during the Civil War. [Ref] He was a member of the Committee of Public Safety after the Cortina raid. [Ref] He was one of the men who received a charter to build the Rio Grand Railroad between Brownsville and Point Isabel (now Port Isabel). [Ref]
In 1850 Franklin and Ann M. were said to be 26 years old and living in Rio Grande, Cameron, Starr, and Webb, Texas. Franklin was a lawyer and had real estate valued at $2,000. It is said that he was born in Maine and she was born in Maryland. [Ref]
In 1860, F. and A. M. Cummings were said to be 36 and 32 years old, respectively, and living in Brownsville. Their children were J. F. (9), E. A. (5), W. E. (2) and C. E. (3 months). F. Cummings was an attorney with real estate worth $10,000 and a personal estate of $6,500. With them lived 19-year-old Mary Taylor, born in Virginia, and an Irish servant. [Ref]
In 1870, Franklin and Ann were said to be 45 and 43 years old, respectively, and living in Brownsville. Their children were Joseph (19), Lizzie (16), Willie (12), Charles (10), Mary (8) and John (5). All of the children were born in Texas, except for John, who was born in Maryland. Franklin was a lawyer with real estate worth $10,000 and a personal estate of $2,000. [Ref]
Franklin Cummings was a judge and early mayor of Bownsville. [Ref]
photo of Joseph Franklin Cummings
Children of Franklin Cummings and Ann Mildred Jones:
MARY MARGARET CUMMINGS (1862 - 1915)
Mary Margaret "Mamie" Cummings was born on 16 Aug 1862 [Ref, p. 440][Ref, p. 11, does not give the day] in Matamoros, Taulipas, Mexico. [Ref, Brownsville][Ref, Brownsville][Ref] She was baptised in the Church of the Advent in Brownsville on 5 Aug 1863. [Ref] She died on 16 May 1915 in San Fransico [Ref gives only the year][Ref][Ref, p. 11, gives only the year] of menengitis. [Ref] She is buried in the San Francisco National Cemetery (Section O Row 82 Site 8). She married Maj. Gen. William Luther Sibert on 19 Sep 1887 in the Presbyterian Church in Brownsville. [Ref][Ref][Ref, p. 11, does not give the day][Ref, 18 Sep?]
Mary was 5'2" with a fair complexion, blue eyes and brown hair. [Ref]
Mary's baptism record lists her birth as Matamoros, Mexico. "That was pretty common then as there were more and better doctors across the river."
|photo from Carol Farrant|
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