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John Jack Cumming (Oct. 14, 1853 Aberdeenshire, Scotland-Aug. 24, 1891 West Sullivan, ME) was the second of three children born to Thomas Cumming (July 17, 1824 Foveran, Scotland-Feb 15, 1910 Mars Hill, ME) and his first wife Maria Jack (Sept. 7 1828 Scotland-Oct. 15, 1855 Scotland).
John, a farmer, was almost 20 years old in May, 1873 when he arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick as a steerage passenger on the ship “Castalia,” accompanied by his father and his sister Maggie, almost eighteen, and about 600 other passengers. It seems that John and Maggie stayed in Upper Kintore, New Brunswick through that first winter [p. 38] while their father returned to Scotland to prepare to bring the rest of his family (second wife Mary Jack and nine children under age seventeen) over to New Kincardineshire via the “Sidonian” in May, 1874.
Tragedy struck the family soon after as reported in the Daily News on July 2, 1874. A house fire destroyed most everything.
John farmed his lot which was across the road from his father’s lot, #40. John’s father built him a house shortly after John married in 1875. John stayed in the Colony for ten years. When he left the Colony for West Sullivan, Maine about 1883, John sold his lot to his half-brother William Spence Cumming who later remembered: “He wanted me to buy his house and land for $200.00 but I had nothing. He then said, “I’ll give it to you for a good horse.” Imagine, a good new house and 40 acres of cleared land for a fraction of its worth. Next Spring I borrowed $200.00 from Ben Kilburn and put in a crop. My brothers helped take off the crop and I gave them half. When I finished I had eight cents.”
John married Letitia Arabella Burnet Annand on Dec. 31, 1875 in New Kincardine, New Brunswick. The had five children: John Annand Cumming (Dec. 9, 1876 Upper Kintore, NB-Aug. 30, 1957 Barre, VT), dairy farmer; Harry Taylor Cumming (Sept. 25, 1878 Upper Kintore, NB-Apr. 12 1905 North Easton, MA), stone cutter; Helen Elizabeth Cumming (Sept. 1880 Upper Kintore, NB-1962); Margaret Scott Cumming (b. Mar. 4, 1882); and Baby (d. Mar. 4, 1883).
John (age 37) and Letitia (age 60) Cumming and their children Harry, (age 26), Helen (age 81)and Baby are buried in Blaisdell Cemetery, North Sullivan, ME. Their son John Annand Cumming (age 80) is buried in Wilson Cemetery, Barre, Washington County, VT.