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The Mixed-Race 'Cummins / Cummings' Family

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    The Cummins/Cummings Family Picture Courtesy of Robert Hill Williams Susan Cummins-Harper with daughter Florence Harper John Cummins Picture Courtesy of Robert
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      The Cummins/Cummings Family

       

      Picture Courtesy of Robert Hill Williams

      Susan Cummins-Harper with

      daughter Florence Harper John Cummins

       

      Picture Courtesy of Robert Hill Williams

      Cummins Family:  Standing - Marinda Ann, Ida,

      Joseph, Jr., (Sadie)

      Seated (L - R) - Sophia, Joseph, Sr.

      Esther M. Lett-Cummins & Elida

      Date Unknown

       

      According to the census records, the original
      surname for this family was spelled "Cummins." 

      As families move to locations, sometimes
      a name is spelled in different ways. 

      The surname for this family had more than one spelling. 

      Some Cummins went by "Cummings" and others by "Comings." 

      John Cummings, Sr. was born in Virginia on August 16, 1799. 

      His father, Joseph, came from Wales, his mother was born in Maryland. 
      Her name is not known. 

      John, Sr. married Susan Lett and settled in
      Athens, Ohio, where their children were born. 

      John, Sr. and his sons and daughters traveled
      by oxen-wagon to the central part of Michigan. 

      John, Sr.'s children were: 
      Millie, John, William, Joanna, Susan and Joseph. 

      Millie was born in 1825 and married Daniel Pointer. 

       

      John was the second child of John
      Cummings, Sr. was born in 1831 in Ohio. 


      He married Susan Lett. 

      It is believed they lived in the Barryton area
      later moving to Bushnell Township, Montcalm
      County where he died on August 22, 1913.

       

      William was born in 1833 and married Harriet
      Flowers on June 20, 1850, in Athens County, Ohio. 

      They traveled with their family to Michigan, where
      they bought 80 acres of land near Millbrook, Michigan. 

      They worked hard to clear their land and
      also worked in the lumbering business. 

      Will had horses for farming, but his pride
      and joy was his buggy horse, "Joe Slick".

      Will raised Jay Cook along with their own 17 children.

      During the Diphtheria Epidemic
      seven children were taken from them: 
      Mary 17, Elizabeth 12, John 10, William 7, George
      4, and 2 year old twin sons, Oscar and Orson. 

      Thomas Squires a slave owner's son, stayed
      with the family until the epidemic was over. 

      The surviving children of William
      and Harriet (Flowers) Cummins were: 

      Minnie, Maude, Susan, Elydia, Diantha,
      Nancy, Rebecca, Clarence, Wesley and Delbert.


      SOURCE: http://www.oldsettlersreunion.com/john_cummins.htm


      Photographs: Courtesy of LaMoine (Green) Smith, Deonna (Todd) Green,
      Robert Hill Williams,
      Roger Cummings, Betty (Cummings) Shelby & Ken Todd
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