Sunday, September 28, 2008

John Cumming Blacksmith & Farmer





The genealogy of John Cummings , born in 1883 in Martintown
Ontario, Canada to Anthoney Moses Genereau and Margaret Jane LaVallee. During his early childhood he lived in Martintown, a real frontier village, most of the male inhabitants worked in the woods in the winter months, and found work in the brick yard or worked small farms. When he was 7 years old his father left the family, Margaret his mother was left with 10 children. Their older ones were given to other families or had small jobs to help out, the rest stayed with her including John. They remained in Martintown until the winter of 1889-1890 when word was received that there father was in Malone, New York. It must have been hard to put aside the hurt and ill feelings and gather the family in the dead of winter and travel by horse and sled across the frozen river to New York. Once united the family name was changed, no longer Genereau, now they would be called Cummings, this was accepted by everyone and there next stop was Spring Cove, New York.

By now John was 13, old enough to begin to help out, his father was the Blacksmith and Sawyer [sharpened saws and axes] for the crew at camp #5, what a great opportunity for John

like his other brothers he would become a blacksmith helper. He worked at this trade for several years, the work at Spring Cove was closing down and John along with some of his brothers went back to farming in the Waverly area. By 1906 he had met Cristy Taillon who was born 8 Nov 1891 in Williamston, Ontario, Canada. They were married in 1909 at Cornwall, Ontario. They lived there only a short time when they walked across the bridge from Canada to the United states and went to St Regis Falls, Franklin Co. N.Y. John went back to work as blacksmith but had a bad accident, while striking a bar of hot iron a chip broke of and struck him in the eye, instantly blinding him and damaging the eye so bad he had to have it removed and replaced with a false one. The family began to grow. the first child Wessley was born about 1910 there would be 6 more children, two of which died as infants. With a growing family and the loss of the eye he went back to farming, Wessley was 15 years old, trying to help in the barn, was bit by a horse, he soon had a infection in just a few days it became so bad he
died June 1925.

The other surviving children, Lorreta, Kenneth,Shirley, and Sheldon were all married and blessed John with 11 grandchildren.

With all the adversity John had in his life, people who knew him,
claims he was a good natured, fun loving guy- like to tease the kids
with the false eye, claiming "Christy" did it, always kidding with
everyone. He became very close to his father, rather strange in a
way, during those important years from age 7 to 13 when he needed
a male model John's dad was not there.

Would like to have known John, he was a good example of the "heavier some loads are, the easier it is to carry if you have a good sense of humor"

John died 17 Apr 1954 and his wife Christy 6 March 1970.

If you are a member of this Cummings family, would love to hear from you, trying to find as much information and photos as possible--hope to have some sort of book or pamphlet out about the family very soon.


3 comments:

Distressing Delilah said...

Hi pop!

Rosebud Collection said...

Another good read..I tell you, when you read their lives and all the hardships..you feel ashamed..How can we complain? With the problems this world is facing, we better start learning to toughen up.

Jim C said...

Hi Bob;
Another good read. It is interesting to see the picture of my grandfather as a young man. He looks so much like my younger brother who was named after him.
The info about John's sense of humor seems right on as others tell me he was always joking about something.