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An American Family History

Abigail Estey Cummings

Diseases have transformed history and the lives of our ancestors.
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Guardianship is when a court gives an adult custody of a child and/or the responsibility of managing the child's property. Before women could own property, guardians were appointed for their minor children if their husband died.

Abigail Estey Cummings was born on January 8, 1692/93 in Topsfield, Essex County, Massachusetts. Her parents were Isaac Estey, Jr. and Abigail Kimball.

She married Joseph Cummings on May 22, 1712 in Ipswich, Massachusetts. Joseph was born on January 26, 1689/90. He was the son of John and Susannah (Towne) Cummings. Susannah was the daughter of Joseph Towne and granddaughter of William Towne. Abigail's sister Hannah Estey married Joseph's brother, Isaac Cummings.

Their children included:
Joseph Cummings (1713),
Jacob Cummings (1717, married Mary Marble),
Abigail Cummings (December 16, 1721, married Ebenezer Sibley),
Daniel Cummings (December 4, 1724), and
Moses Cummings (October 9, 1726).

They shared the "Hobbs-Bell" house with his brother John according to the provisions of his father's will.

Joseph died on December 24, 1729 and she died on January 10, 1729/30 of smallpox. 

Their children were placed under guardianship. Thomas Potter of Ipswich was appointed guardian of  Joseph, Jacob Peabody of Ipswich was appointed guardian of Jacob, Joseph Cummings of Ipswich of Moses, Aaron Estey of Topsfield of Daniel, and John and Mary (Estey) Perkins were guardians of Abigail.  (The Cummings Memorial, p. 36)

Cummings Will

Old Style Calendar
Before 1752 the year began on Lady Day, March 25th,. Dates between January 1st and March 24th were at the end of the year. Old Style (O.S.) and New Style (N.S.) are used to indicate whether the year has been adjusted. Often both dates are used.
Children of Isaac Estey
and Abigail Kimball
  • Mary Estey Perkins
  • Abigail Estey Cummings
  • Sarah Estey Cummings
  • Isaac Estey
  • Aaron Estey
  • Jacob Estey
  • Hannah Estey Cummings
  • Richard Estey
  • Rebecca Estey Tucker Puffer
  • Moses Estey
  • Three daughters of William Towne and Joanna Blessing were wrongly accused of practicing witchcraft in Salem. Rebecca Towne Nurse, Mary Towne Estey, and Sarah Towne Bridges Cloyes were persecuted in 1692. The children of people in the line below are all descendants of Mary Estey.

    William Towne,
    Mary Towne Estey,
    Isaac Estey,
    Aaron Estey
    ,
    Mary Estey Dwinnell
    ,
    Israel Dwinnell,
    Isaac Davis Dwinnell, Sr.,
    Isaac Davis Dwinnell, Jr.
    ,
    Victoria Zellena Dwinnell
    ,
    Robert Wilson Miller, Sr
    .,
    Robert Wilson Miller, Jr.

    In 1721, Boston had a terrible smallpox epidemic. Citizens fled the city and spread the disease to the other colonies. Inoculation was introduced during this epidemic by Zabdiel Boylston and Cotton Mather.

    Smallpox is caused by of two viruses: Variola major and Variola minor. Symptoms include a rash and blisters. The mortality rate for V. major is 30–35% and for V. minor is about 1%. Long-term complications include scars, blindness, and limb deformities.

     

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