John Jack Cumming and His Family: Scotch Colonists

Ages for John Jack Cumming

Ages for John Jack Cumming

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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.

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Kincardine Burns Hall 1908, 1909, 1911

Fort Fairfield Review, Sept. 16, 1908

A very successful concert was given at Kincardine Burns hall on Wednesday evening. A “piper” from St. John was present, who delighted the people very much. There was about 250 people present After paying all expenses a generous donation will be given Victoria Hospital, Fredericton.


Fort Fairfield Review, Nov. 10, 1909

The new Burns hall at lower Kincardine was burned on Tuesday night. The Kintore people were at the hall rehearsing for a concert in the evening and no one appears really to know how it caught. Rev. G. Pringle’s organ was also burned. The hall was nearly completed and is a great loss to the Scotch Colony, as well as to the river-side people.

Fort Fairfield Review
, Oct. 18, 1911

A basket social and dance was held in the new Burns hall, Kincardine, on Thursday last. About $80.00 was realized. Two short plays were given before the sale of the baskets.

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Building New Colony Church 1908 to 1910

Fort Fairfield Review, April 15, 1908

The Presbyterians of Kintore are preparing to build a church this summer.

Fort Fairfield Review,
Nov. 10, 1909

A basket social and concert was held at Bon Accord Thursday evening for the benefit of Lower Kintore church. Sixty dollars was realized.

Fort Fairfield Review, Mar. 30, 1910

Quite a number from here attended the entertainment at Kincardine on last Friday in aid of the Lower Kintore church. About $140.00 were raised.

Glad to know so many young men are interested in the new church at Kintore. That they are willing to pay any price for baskets, in aide of the church, some bringing $7.50 and $5.00. This is as it should be. Don’t be afraid to spend your money where it is going to do good.

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Home From the Woods 1907

Fort Fairfield  Review, Feb. 6, 1907

Quite a number of the Kincardine boys are home from the woods, Jack and George Clark and Willie McConnell.

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1925 Sunday School Picnic

Fort Fairfield Review, Aug. 25, 1925
Several from Upper Kintore attended the Presbyterian Sunday School picnic at Bon Accord Friday, spending a very enjoyable time.

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1912 Benefit Held at Kincardine

Fort Fairfield Review, April 17, 1912

A play, also basket social, and dance was held at Kincardine on Wednesday evening for the benefit of the new Burns hall. Something over $80.00 was realized.

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1910 Kincardine Basket Social and Dance

Fort Fairfield Review, Oct. 26, 1910

A basket social and dance was held in the Exhibition hall, Lower Kincardine, in aid of the new Burns hall. $45.00 was realized.

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1909 Upper Kintore Christmas

Fort Fairfield Review, Jan. 6, 1909

Upper Kintore, N. B.: A Christmas concert and tree was held in the hall Christmas eve. There were many outsiders in attendance and all report a pleasant time spent.

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1907 Kintore Burns Club; “Topsy Turvy” in Kincardine

Fort Fairfield Review, Feb. 6, 1907

The Kintore Burns Club appropriately observed the birthday anniversary of the poet in whose honor the club is organized on Friday evening, by a meeting at which were heard much song and poetry closely connected with the life and struggles of the poet. A few minutes past eight o’clock the president gave a short address of welcome. He simply expressed his pleasure at seeing so many gathered with them to help celebrate the anniversary of the birth of Scotland’s best loved son. Much credit is due those who took part in the program, which consisted of song, recitations and reading. At midnight all joined in singing “Auld Lang Syne,” Mrs. William Christie, Jr., accompanying. Then all sat down to a sumptuous supper. Dancing was next enjoyed until 3:00 o’clock, when they all left for home having spent a most enjoyable evening.

Fort Fairfield Review, May 8, 1907

The play “Topsy Turvy” was given in the new Burns hall, Kincardine, on the evening of April 16. Owing to the terrible state of the roads and weather very few attended from the riverside. The sale of baskets amounted to something over $52.00, one young man paying [$7.50?]  for a basket. Great credit is due Alexander Matheson, John Ellis, Alexander Mackie, Jr. and William Duthie for the way the entertainment was carried out.

1906 Kincardine Agricultural Society Exhibition

Fort Fairfield Review, Oct. 3, 1906

The Kincardine Agricultural Society will hold its annual exhibition October 12 at the Upper Kintore hall. Previously this exhibition has been held at the agricultural hall in Kincardine, but at the last annual meeting of the society it was unanimously voted to hold it alternately at Kincardine and Upper Kintore.

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