An American Family History

John Cummings

  also spelled Comings  
A militia is a military unit composed of citizens who are called up in time of need.

John Cummings was born about 1630. He was the son of Isaac Cummings.

He married Sarah Howlett. Sarah was the daughter of Thomas Howlett and Alice French.

John Cummings (1657),
Thomas Cummings (1658, married Priscilla Warner),
Nathaniel Cummings (1659, married Abigail Parkhurst),
Sarah Cummings (1661, married Samuel French),
Abraham Cummings (1707, married Sarah Wright),
Isaac Cummings,
Ebenezer Cummings,
William Cummings (1671, died as an infant),
Eleazer Cummings (1671)
Benjamin Cummings (1673), and
Samuel Cummings (1677).

In 1666, John was made a corporal in the Topsfield militia.

Isaac and Ebenezer died on November 2, 1688.

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In 1688, during the Glorious Revolution, the Protestant king and queen,William and Mary, took the English throne from Catholic King James II. The bloodless revolution profoundly impacted the American colonies.




from Colonial Families of the United States of America edited by George Norbury Mackenzie

John Cummings, of Boxford, Massachusetts; b. 1630; d. 1st December, 1700; m. Sarah Howlett, d. 7th December, 1700, dau. of Ensign Thomas and Alice (French) Howlett. 

i. John, b. 1657
ii. Thomas, b. 6th October, 1658, at Boxford; d. 23d October, 1722; m. 19th December, 1688, Priscilla Warner. 
iii. Nathaniel, b. 10th September, 1659, m. 14th April, 1697, Abigail Parkhurst.
iv. Sarah, b. 27th January, 1661; m. 28th December, 1682, Lieutenant Samuel French, b. 1645.
v. Abraham, d. circa 1706-1707; m. 28th February, 1687, Sarah Wright. 
vi. Isaac, killed by Indians, 2d November, 1688.
vii. Ebenezer, killed by Indians, 2d November, 1688.
viii. William (twin), b. 1671, d. 3d March, 1672.
ix. Eleazer (twin) b. 1671.
x. Benjamin, b. 1673.
xi. Samuel, b. 1677.

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