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.


Thursday, September 11, 2008

Albert Cummings Drowned in Little Green Pond

Genealogy and family history of
Albert Cummings, the 11 th child of 14 born to Anthony Moses Genereau [alias James Cummings] and Margaret Jane LaVallee. Albert was born 30 Dec 1898, in a logging camp at Spring Cove, New York, not far from present Tupper Lake. His father Jim was the blacksmith and his mother ran the cook house for the crew of about 50 men. The family had just moved to Spring Cove from Canada, His brother Martin was the first child born in this country 1996.
There was not much chance for education, they did attend school but being on the move, no one was concerned when school was missed. At a very early age Albert left home following the urging of the press to "go west young man" he went to the western states and ended up in
Kildare, Louisiana.
In 1919 he came home from Kildare La. to visit his parents and brother Martin. While on this visit he met Cora Stella Mae Antoinette Jarvis, and they were married 3 may 1920 at Piercefield, St Lawrence Co.,New York.
There first child was Margaret Agnes 1921, Albert James 1922, then Chester Clifford 1925,
Ivan Ronald 1929 and Vern Raymond 1931. a son John but I do not know when he was born or if he lived.
In 1930 Albert and Cora made there home in Waverly,Franklin Co. New York. I am not sure but the census and newspaper articles indicate they might have lived in his fathers home as he [James] is living with Albert's family in census age 82. Two years later Jim died, at which time he was living with son Charles. There are a number of newspaper articles about family members visiting Jim at both of these homes.
Albert was a born woodsman, his start in life was the logging work at Spring Cove, he loved to hunt and fish. On 26 Jan 1950 Albert, Martin and Charles went rabbit hunting near St. Regis, they split up and agreed to met and return home-when night fell the two brothers came home but no Albert each thought he was with the other, instead he spent the night with only the rabbit that he shot earlier for food. Two years later just before Xmas he was with a party of four that shot a 475 pound black bear one of the largest ever taken.

His luck ran out June 1969, a beautiful morning Albert and Norman Buniell his brother in law were up early and ready for a full day fishing Little Green Pond. The morning was still very cool so both men had there heavy wool cloths and jackets on, setting in a boat all day, that early in the season could be very cold. The craft was a 12 foot aluminum row boat, loaded with cooler, tackle boxes, fish poles, etc. They rowed out to just the right spot and Albert stood up to lower the anchor and adjust his cloths when suddenly the craft tipped and everyone was in the cold water. Albert was 72 years old, so was Norm, In those few seconds no one knows for sure what happened. Norm had all he could do with the heavy cloths and boots, he was able to grasp the boat but Albert made no effort. the death certificate says he drowned, there was no autopsy, they also said he could not swim, this is not true. Little Green Pond was extremely cold, even in the late summer it remains cold, Some of the family and I agree, in the excitement of plunging into the cold water, he probably had a heat attach and involuntarily drew in water instead of air, the heavy cloths making it impossible to fight back, he went under without a struggle.
The Saranac Lake Rescue Squad, responded to the scene, he was removed to the Saranac Inn Fish hatchery. pronounced dead on arrival.

After leaving the logging trade he worked for International Paper Co. in Mooers. his wife Cora lived until 24 Aug 1999 when she died in New Port Richy, Fla.

I do not have a photo of Albert, if any members of the family that read this, would love to find photos of Albert, Leonard, Dennis, or any of the family, have accumulated so much about this very unusual family, I hope to compile a book that the history will not be lost forever