The History of Otsego County, New York


D. Hamilton Hurd

Published by Everts & Fariss, Philadelphia



M. D. CUMMINGS was born in Garratsville, Otsego County, N.Y., 
July 8, 1807. His father was born Dec. 26, 1780. His mother was 
born Aug. 13 1784. Mr. Elias Cummings was married to Miss Lucinda 
CHURCH, Dec. 4, 1803. They were born in New Hampshire, and 
came to Otsego County quite young. The subject of this sketch was 
reared on a farm with his father until the age of twenty-four. Then 
he engaged himself in the dry goods business, and continued for 
fifteen years. During this time he was married to Miss Harriet, 
daughter of Austin SMITH, Sept. 30, 1835. He was the father of 
two children,-one son and one daughter: Moses Van Ness, born 
Nov. 19, 1844; died May 25, 1845. Theresa, born Aug. 21, 1848; 
died June 20, 1853.
The mother of these children was an example of high moral worth 
and true womanhood to all who knew her, although obliged to leave
her husband in his declining years. She died Aug. 29, 1877. Mr. 
Elias Cummings died March 31, 1858, and his wife died July 13, 1857.
Mr. Cummings is located in the village where he was born. A farmer 
since leaving the dry goods business; was town clerk six years. He is 
still in the full possession of his faculties, and is honored and
respected by all.

Excerpt from History of Otsego Co., NY, page 223


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