Gincy ______ Cromeans / Cummings (c1814-aft1880) was Eileen's paternal 2-great grandmother. What follows is an exploratory analysis of the biographical data I have discovered about her.
1. Vital Records
1.1. Birth Certificate
Gincy was born circa 1814 in South Carolina1 or circa 1816 in South Carolina2, according to census records.
1.1.1. Birth Notice in Newspaper
Without an exact data and a surname, finding any mention of Gincy's birth in an newspaper will be impossible at this time.
1.1.2. Bible Record
I am not aware of any surviving Bible record of the Cummings family. Will continue to reach out to extended family in hopes that one is discovered.
1.1.3. Baptismal Record
I am not aware of any baptismal record for Gincy, and without and a surname, finding one will be impossible at this time.
1.1.4. Adoption Record
There is no indication that Gincy is adopted.
1.2. Marriage License
Gincy and Spencer Cromeans/Cummings were married before 1832, probably in the Walker County, Alabama area. To date I have been unsuccessful in discovering a record of their marriage. Their first child, Patrick was born in September 1832 in Walker County, Alabama.
1.2.1 Marriage Notice in Newspaper
Without an exact date to search, finding a mention of Gincy and Spencer's nuptials will be impossible for now.
1.2.2. Anniversary Notice
As with a wedding notice, without an exact date to search, finding any mention of anniversary celebrations will be difficult.
1.2.3. Divorce Decree
There is no indication that Gincy and Spencer were ever divorced, but a thorough search of court records in Winston County, Alabama will need to be completed.
1.3. Death Certificate
Gincy's exact date of death remains unknown at this time. She was living as of June 17, 1880, when the census of Wayne County, Tennessee was completed.
1.3.1. Obituary in Newspaper
As with other newspaper items, without an exact date of death, it will be nearly impossible to find an obituary record for Gincy.
1.3.2. Funeral Home Records
Funeral home records in Wayne County, Tennessee will need to be searched to see if a record could be turned up for Gincy. Will add this to my list of "to-do" items.
1.3.3. Tombstone Photograph
Gincy's final resting place has not been discovered, though it is assumed that it is in Wayne County, Tennessee. Will continue to search for it and add it to my "to-do" list.
2. Census Records
2.1. Federal Census Records
2.1.1. 1880 Federal Census
On June 17, 1880, Gincy was enumerated as the head of household in District 9, Wayne County, Tennessee1, as Gincy Cummings, white, age 66, housekeeper. She was born in South Carolina as were both of her parents.
2.1.2. 1870 Federal Census
As of yet, I have not been able to locate Gincy in the 1870 census. I believe she should be in Alabama or Wayne County, Tennessee. Son Patrick was in Winston County, Alabama and son Wyatt was in Colbert County, Alabama in the 1870 census.
2.1.3. 1860 Federal Census
As of yet, I have not been able to locate Gincy in the 1860 census. I believe that she should be found in Winston County, Alabama.
2.1.4. 1850 Federal Census
On October 25, 1850, Gincy was enumerated in the Spencer Cromeans household in Northern District 38, Hancock County, Alabama2, as Gincy Cromeans, age 34, female, born in South Carolina.
2.2. State Census Records
Gincy was located in the 1866 state census of Alabama, living in Winston County, Alabama3.
2.3. Agricultural Census Records
I have not yet examined these types of census records to see what light they might shed on the Cummings families.
3. Military Records
3.1. Draft Registration
Not applicable, as Gincy was female.
3.2. Pension Records
I am not aware of any military service by her husband or father that would have made Gincy eligible to receive these types of benefits.
3.3. Service Records
Not applicable, as Gincy was female.
4. Land Records
4.1. Deed Records
Deed records need to be thoroughly researched in Winston County, Alabama and Wayne County, Tennessee to see what records might mention Gincy. Will add this to my list of "to-do" items for my next research trip.
4.2. Plat map / county map
Plat maps in Winston County, Alabama and Wayne County, Tennessee will need to be researched to see what might be relevant to my search for Gincy.
5. Supplemental Records
Supplemental records available for research on Gincy include city/county directories, court records and will and probate records. Will add these to my list of "to-do" items for my next research trip.
1. Gincy Cummings household, 1880 U.S. census, population schedule, District 9, Wayne County, Tennessee, ED 169, SD 4, page 14B, dwelling 87, family 87; National Archives micropublication T9, roll 1284, page 87.
2. Spencer Cromeans household, 1850 U.S. census, population schedule, Northern District 38, Hancock County, Alabama, dwelling 5, family 5; National Archives micropublication M432, roll 6, page 357.
3. "Alabama, State Census, 1866," index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/V6PL-4JM : accessed 30 Mar 2014), Jency Commins, Winston, Alabama; citing Department of Archives and History, Montgomery; FHL microfilm 1492023.
This post was developed as part of the series relating to Building My 2011 Research Template, an attempt to systematically document and source the details of my ancestors' lives. Comments regarding this template and the conclusions drawn in this article are welcomed.