Saturday, October 29, 2011

John Spencer Cummings (1860-1944)

John Spencer CUMMINGS (1860-1944) was the son of Wyatt and Margaret (HENSON) CUMMINGS, and the older brother of Eileen's paternal grandfather, St. Patrick Merlin CUMMINGS (1863-1929).  The information I had for him was rather sketchy, and contact by a fellow researcher questioning the relationships of the Pace and Cummings families has given me reason to search for more information.

I found a link to John's tombstone at the FindAGrave website.  This also gives a transcription of his obituary from the Democrat-Argus of Caruthersville, Missouri of Friday, December 1, 1944.  Transcription states his birthdate was February 15, 1869 at Savannah, Tennessee.  This may be a typo, as other records place his birth as closer to 1862, such as the 1870 census of Colbert County, Alabama.  His death certificate is online through the Missouri Secretary of State website:


At first I wasn't sure who the informant, Robert TREECE was, but now thanks to the FindAGrave transcription of the obituary, I know that he was a son-in-law.

John married Dollie BRUMLEY on September 22, 1904 in Hardin County, Tennessee.  She was his second wife.  According to the obituary, they had four sons and three daughters.  I found record of their marriage at FamilySearch.


His obituary states that he married his first wife, Martha Adaline PACE, in April 1877.  I found a record on Ancestry.com that may be this marriage record.  This would be taking place in Prentiss County, Mississippi.


John had a total of 15 children by his two wives, according to his obituary.

I still have a lot of research to flesh out these families, but now I have leads for more of Eileen's distant cousins throughout Alabama and Tennessee.

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