Davis Uriah I | Born 1707

CUMMINGS, Isaac Deacon

Male Bef 1633 - 1721  (> 88 years)

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  • Name CUMMINGS, Isaac 
    Suffix Deacon 
    Born Bef 17/17 Mar 1632/1633  Mistley, Essex, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Died Jun 1721 
    Person ID I8092  Uriah Davis I - Genealogy
    Last Modified 21 Jun 2018 

    Father CUMMINGS, Isaac Deacon,   b. 17 May 1597, Mitsley, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt 22 May 1677, Topsfield, Essex County, Massachutetts Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 80 years) 
    Mother ANNE,   b. Probably England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 1677, Probably Topsfield, Essex County, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F1014  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family ANDREWS, Mary,   b. 1638, Topsfield, Essex, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 1712  (Age < 73 years) 
    Married 27 Nov 1659  [1
     1. CUMMINGS, John,   b. 7 Jun 1666, Topsfield, Essex County, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt Jun 1722, Topsfield, Essex County, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 56 years)
    Last Modified 24 Jun 2018 
    Family ID F2004  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 

    • From the book "Cummings Genealogy, Isaac Cummings 1601-1677 of Ipswich1638 and Some of his De scendants", compiled and published by Albert OrenCummins, Montpelier, Vermont, 1904:

      "Deacon Isaac Cummings (junior), born in 1633, married Nov 27, 1659 toMary Andrews, daughte r of Robert & Grace Andrews. She was born in 1638.He received, in 1663, by deed from his fat her a farm of 100 acres lyingon both sides of Winthrop's brook being a part of the original p urchaseof Samuel Simonds. He built his house near the site of the "Hobbs-Bell"house. (See n otes for Isaac, senior) He was elected deacon of thechurch June 13, 1686, and was an influen tial man in the town. (The townhe is talking about is Topsfield, Massachusetts, as this is a continuation of the text started about his father). His name frequentlyappears in the record s. He made a deposition in 1696, in which he statesthat his age was 63 years, thus establish ing the date of birth. He isstyled "Sergent" in the list of those who took the oath of alleg iance in1678. He also served as selectman, treasurer, constable and tithing man.He was mad e a freeman in 1673, and in 1675 was impressed for theNarragansett expedition. In his will d ated in 1712, and probated Jun 19,1721, and he hives to son Isaac, Jr., 30 pounds and land i n Boxford. Tohis son John, land on the South side of the river, 'where he now dwells,'and al so 'my homestead house and land * * * in Consideration of what hehath Done Towards mine & m y Wives Support while my wife Lived, & uponConsideration YE he maintains mee honorably Durin g my Natural Life.'Thomas, the other son 'for whom I have Done Considerably already inhelpin g him purchase land,' received 'My English Dictionary He died in1721, his wife having died b efore 1712."

      From "The Cummings Memorial, A Genealogical History of the Descendants ofIsaac Cummings, An E arly Settler of Topsfield, Massachusetts", compiledby Rev. George Mooar, New York, 1903:

      In 1692, he testified to being 60 years; in 1696, 63 years.

      Deacon Isaac Cummings married Nov 27, 1659, Mary Andrews, eldest daughterof Robert and Grac e Andrews, of Rowley Village (Boxford). Her father issaid to have come from Boxford in Engla nd, arriving in 1656. She wasborn about "1638". Her parents had ten children, one of whom , Joseph,was ancestor of Gov. John A. Andrew. One sister married Capt. JohnPeabody and anoth er Samuel Symonds, both men of note in early NewEngland. George Peabody of London, the phila nthropist, was a descendantof Capt. John. Mrs. Mary Cummings was living in 1692, but had die dbefore 1712.

      Isaac Cummings lived in Ipswich. He was on the list of commoners, 1672."Sergeant in Narragan sett War". He held various offices in the town,moderator, surveyor, constable, selectman. H e was chosen deacon of thechurch, 1686. The story of his experience with the minister, Rev . ThomasGilbert, shows that he was influential before he was deacon. For theminister one da y came into the pulpit, badly beside himself from drink.His speech was confused and he forgo t the order of exercises. First heprayed and he sang, then he prayed again and sang. Finall y, IsaacCummings arose and requested him to stop. The deacon was not above theinfluences pre vailing in his time. For at the period of the witchcraftexcitement he testified in court aga inst Elisabeth How, that a mare ofhis was strangely affected under Elisabeth's bad influence . Histestimony was corroborated by that of Isaac, his son, and of Mary, hiswife. Elisabet h How was condemned, and executed in July 1692.

      Isaac and Mary sold to Tobijah Perkins, July 9, 1674, "44 acres, whichwas all of Cummings' l and, south of Howlet's brook and bounded west byLt. Francis Peabody, south by Daniel Borman , east by land WilliamHowlet's house is built on, with privilege to cart through Cummings' fa rmfrom this land to Winthrop's Hill." Mr. Perkins also sold 20 acres toIsaac Cummings, "furd eredt division next to farmer Nequallis (Nichols)land." In 1686 he bought of Joseph Chapli n and wife Elizabeth, 67 acresin Rowley Village. This he deeded to his son Isaac in 1708. H ishomestead bounded by the lands of Potter on the north and Foster on theeast, of Peabody o n the south and of Perkins also on the east, was deededto his son Joh, Mar 1714/15.

      The following is an abstract of the will made Apr. 27, 1712, proved Jan19, 1721/22:

      I Give son Isaac 30 pounds which I formerly paid him; also all thatparcel of land in Boxfor d I bo't of Jos. Chaplin, of Rowley, abt sevenacres, of which I have already given him a deed .

      Son John to have the land where he now dwells on the south side of theriver, being 50 acres ; also ten acres on south side of teh river; alsoall my houses, buildings, &c., in consider ation of what he has done formine and my wife's support while my wife lived and in considerat ion thathe maintain me honorably during my natural life and be a charges of myfuneral. He ha ve residue of estate and approve him executor.

      To son Thomas, for whom I have done considerable already, helping himpurchase land to value 6 0 pounds I have paid for him which I do will tohim, his heirs &c. as also my English dictiona ry which is his portion.

      To daughter Abigail Perly I give her 60 pounds which I have paid,excepting a feather bed an d bedstead and under bed and sett of curtainsto be paid to her by my executor, also three bed -blankets.

      My daughter Rebecca Howlet to have 60 pounds which I have paid her.

      To my granddaughter Lydia Cumengs, child of my son Isaac, 30 pounds inhousehold goods alread y paid her.

  • Sources 
    1. [S13] NEHGR, Vol CXLV, July 1991: Isaac Cummings of Essex Co, MA by JohnPlummer.