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John S. CUMMINGS
Ruth NILES
Cynthia __?__
Husband:  John S. CUMMINGS
Birth:  1820/1 or 1823/4, NY
Death:  28 Oct 1889
Disposition:  buried Cannonsville Cemetery, Delaware Co., NY, then moved to Hale Eddy Cemetery, Sanford, Broome Co., NY
Occupation:  farmer
Father possibly:  James CUMMINGS
Mother possibly:  either Elizabeth ANDERSON or Mary COLE
Marriage-1:
Wife-1:  Ruth NILES
Birth:  1822/3 or 1826/7, NY
Occupation:  homemaker
Father:  Thomas NILES, b. 1798/9, ME
Marriage-2:
Wife-2:  Cynthia __?__
Birth:  1819/20, NY
Occupation:  homemaker
Children:
born in NY, probably in Delaware Co., NY:
1.  Nancy Josephine CUMMINGS, b. 1844-47
2.  James Adelbert CUMMINGS, b. 1848-50

born in Masonville, Delaware Co., NY:
3.  Emma J. CUMMINGS, b. 1851/2
4.  George W. CUMMINGS, b. 18 Sep 1854
5.  Charles W. CUMMINGS, b. 1855/6 
6.  Louisa CUMMINGS, b. 1858/9
7.  Anna CUMMINGS, b. 1863/4


Sources:

1.  Marriage Record:

2.  1850 Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com; Image #15 of 39):  Masonville, Delaware Co., NY, Roll M432_494, p. 95A, 111/116, enumerated 2 Oct 1850, official enumeration date 1 Jun 1850 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):
John Cummings 26 M   Farmer   NY
Ruth     " 23 F       "
Nancy J  "  3 F       "
James A  "  1 M       "

3.  1860 Census Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #18 of 43):  Masonville P.O., Town of Masonville, Delaware Co., NY, Roll M653_744, p. 364, PN 158, 1232/1213, enumerated 4 Sep 1860, official enumeration date 1 Jun 1860 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):
John Cummings 39 M   Farmer  600 273 NY
Ruth      " 37 F     1000   "
Josephine " 14 F         "
Adelbert  " 10 M         "
Emma J    "  8 F         "
George    "  5 M         "
Charles   "  4 M         "
Louisa    "  1 F         "
Thomas Niles 61 M   Farmer     Maine

4.  1870 Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #6 of 93):  Cannonsville P.O., Tompkins [Twp.], Delaware Co., NY, Roll M593_924, p. 467B, PN 6, 47/48, enumerated 17 Jun 1870, official enumeration date 1 Jun 1870 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):
Cummings John 50 M W Farmer 4000 1400 NY
________ Cynthia 50 F W Keeping house     NY
________ Geo 15 M W at home     NY
________ Chas 14 M W at home     NY
________ Louisa 10 F W at sch     NY
________ Anna  6 F W       NY
Cynthia is just barely young enough to be Anna's mother, so we should hold out the possibility that she is not a daughter, but a granddaughter.

5.  1880 Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #10 of 53):  Tompkins, Delaware Co., NY, Roll T9_823, p. 413B, PN 10, SD 4, ED 82, enumerated 9 Jun 1880, official enumeration date 1 Jun 1880 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):
1880:  for an explanation of the column headings, please see
What the Numbers in the Federal Census Mean (missing columns contained no data).
1 2 3 4 5 6 8 9 10 11 13 23 24 25 26
98 100 Cummings John W M 59       / Farmer   NY NY NY
    _______ George W M 25 Son   /   Farmer / NY NY NY
    _______ Josephine W F 22 Dau-in-law   /   Keeping House   NY NY NY
    _______ Elgie? W F  1 G-Dau /         NY NY NY

6.  1890 Census:  the 1890 Census Population Schedules were destroyed.

7.  Cemetery Removals, Cannonsville Reservoir, Delaware Co., NY (compiled by Edward J. Stanton; online at the Delaware County NYGenWeb site):
Occupant Dates Interested Party Relationship Cemetery Moved To Interested Party 2nd
CUMMINGS, John S. -1889 WILCOX, Mrs. Sherman Grandfather Cannonsville Hale Eddy CUMMINGS, Mrs. Flora
Mrs. Sherman WILCOX is Marie (CUMMINGS) WILCOX, daughter of John's son, Charles.  Mrs. Flora CUMMINGS is Flora (HUNTER) CUMMINGS, wife of Walter CUMMINGS, son of John's son, Charles.

8.  Message in the CUMMINGS Family Genealogy Forum (online at GenForum.com).

9.  Messages posted to the CUMMINGS Surname Board (online at Ancestry.com).

10.  WorldConnect / Ancestry World Trees (online at RootsWeb.com/Ancestry.com).

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