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Notes for David CUMMINGS

How was son David a cousin to Joseph Purdy Reynolds, per Alamo info?

Biographical and Portrait Cyclopedia of Fayette County by Gresham and Wiley, 1889, p 584

"Major David Cummings, who became a citizen of Connellsville about 1820, and lived there for several years, where four of his children now reside, was born in Cecil county, Maryland, April 23, 1777, and was a son of James Cummings, by birth a Scotchman of distinguished family, who coming to America became an officer in the War of the Revolution.

David Cummings was a gentleman of classical education, and in early life taught select schools. He was an officer in the army during the War of 1812, and was wounded and taken prisoner at the Battle of Beaver Dam in Canada; with other captive American officers carried to England, where he was held for six months until exchanged, suffering great hardship. After the war he became a mail contractor under the government, and as such first found his way into western Pennsylvania, and eventually settled in Connellsville where he soon became a man of note. He represented Fayette county in the legislature at the sessions of 1823 and 1824, and was the first man in the legislative body who made an effort to establish a general system of education by common schools. That system being a matter of contest, he was at the next election defeated.

Some years thereafter leaving Connellsville, he removed to Mifflin county where he was first engaged in the building of the Pennsylvania canal, from Huntingdon to Lewistown, he afterwards becoming superintendent of the canal, as also collector of the port of Harriburg. He died at Lewistown, February 5, 1848, and his remains were brought to Connellsville and interred in the family burying ground beside those of his wife, who had died some years before him.

Major Cummings was married June 30, 1801, to Elizabeth Cathers of Cecil county, Maryland, by whom he had six sons and six daughters, of whom five daughters and two sons are living: Hannah M Cummings who married the late Thomas R McKee; Margaret Eliza Cummings, widow of Thomas McLaughlin; Sophia Cummings, widow of Josiah Simmons, who died about 1863; Mary Ann Cummings, who first married Dr Bresee of New York, now dead, and as her second husband Andrew Patterson of Juniata county; Ellen Cummings, wife of Robert T Galloway of Fayette county; and Jonathan W Cummings, one a government surveyor, now of Uvalde county, Texas; and John A Cummings who resides in Connellsville with his oldest sister, Mrs McKee. Of the sons deceased was the late Dr James C Cummings, who died in Connellsville, July 28, 1872. He was born in Maryland in 1802, and moved with his parents to Fayette county about 1820, and was educated at Jefferson College, and studied medicine under Dr Robert D Moore, then a distinguished physician of Connellsville, where he himself became afterwards equally distinguished in his profession. He was a coroner of Fayette county for several terms, and a member of the legislature during the sessions of 1843 and 1844. He was never married."

David Cummings & Elizabeth Cathers MD&PA

David Cummings married Elizabeth Cathers in 1801 in Rising Sun, Cecil county, Maryland .
They are said to have had 12 children (6 boys and 6 girls). Most of the children were born in Maryland & they seem to have gone to Pennsylvania between 1821 & 23. The family burial plot is said to be in Connellsville Pennsylvania.

This was a rather well-to-do family. They travelled by the most efficient ways of their time. David was an officer in the war of 1812 attaining the rank of Major in that war. Later in
life, he represented Fayette county Penn in the State Legislature for 2 terms.

In no specific order-- these are the children of whom we have SOME
Ellen Cummings who married Robert Galloway. They lived in Uniontown. Pennsylvania.
Hannah Cummings who married Thomas McKee. They lived in Pennsylvania.
Mary Ann Cummings who married Dr Bresee of New York. After he died she married
Andrew Patterson.
Margaret Eliza Cummings married Thomas MCLaughlin, I believe that this couple also resided in Pennsylvania.
Sophia M Cummings -born in 1821 in Rising Sun Md, married Josiah Simmons. Most of their married life was spent in Louisiana. Later I find her in 3 different areas of Texas.
James Cummings born 1802 in Maryland. He was a medical doctor in Pennsylvania and
like his father served the state legislature. He is said to have never married.
Jonathan W Cummings (called JW) was a surveyor in Uvalde Texas.
David Porter Cummings -born in 1815 and died in 1836 as a defender of the Alamo in San Antonio Texas. He was not married.
John Andrew Cummings -born in 1823 in Pennsylvania was the youngest man in the ill fated Santa Fe Expedition (at age 17) and was taken prisoner and force marched to Mexico. He survived this and was still living in Pennsylvania in the 1870's

We are missing 2 of the sons--- We have ONE missing daughter.

Thanks Bertha R Weigler/

PA pension records say:

County: Mifflin Co.
Name: David Cummings
Rank: Captain
Annual Allowance: 180 00
Sums Received: 408 60
Description of service: 14th regiment U. S. infantry
When placed on the pension roll: February 24, 1817
Commencement of pension: May 29, 1815
Laws under which inscribed, increased or reduced OR Remarks.: Military establishment.

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