Thomas Cumming

Brief Life History of Thomas

When Thomas Cumming was born on 3 April 1832, in Pictou, Pictou, Nova Scotia, Canada, his father, John Cumming, was 28 and his mother, Jane Fraser, was 26. He married Christena Fraser on 12 May 1853, in New Glasgow, Pictou, Nova Scotia, Canada. They were the parents of at least 6 sons and 4 daughters. He lived in Albion Mines, Pictou, Nova Scotia, Canada in 1871 and McLellans Mountain, Pictou, Nova Scotia, Canada in 1881. He died on 20 May 1903, in Pictou, Nova Scotia, British Colonial America, at the age of 71, and was buried in Riverton, Pictou, Nova Scotia, Canada.

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Family Time Line

Thomas Cumming
1832–1903
Christena Fraser
1829–1917
Marriage: 12 May 1853
Janet Cumming
1854–1941
John William Cumming
1856–1908
Alice Lee Cumming
1858–1943
Hector Fraser Cumming
1860–1877
Alexander Cumming
1863–
Lewis Johnstone Cumming
1865–1956
Janie Cumming
1868–1948
George T Cumming
1871–1871
Thomas F. Cumming
1873–1926
Hectorina F. Cumming
1877–1958

Sources (51)

  • Thomas Cumings, "Canada Census, 1881"
  • Thomas Cummings, "Canada Marriages, 1661-1949"
  • Thomas Cumming, "Find A Grave Index"

World Events (3)

1848 · Self-Governing

In 1848, Nova Scotia became the first self-governing colony in the British Empire.

1869

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1871

British Columbia joins the confederation.

Name Meaning

Scottish (of Norman origin): most probably a habitational name from Bosc-Benard-Commin in Eure, France. This place lies on the edge of the Forêt de Rouvray, near Rouen, in the heart of the district from which came numerous Domesday barons, and so is much more likely to be the source of the name than Comines in Nord. The name is also possibly derived from the personal name Cumin, which is found in Norfolk, Lincolnshire, and Yorkshire in the 12th and 13th centuries and may be of Breton origin, according to Reaney. Compare Old Breton Cunmin, which also appears as Cumin, and is from con- ‘hound’ with an uncertain second element, perhaps the min ‘edge’ which is found in other personal names.

Irish: Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Cuimín (or Ó Cuimín) ‘son (or ‘descendant’) of Cuimín’, a personal name formed from a diminutive of cam ‘crooked’. There was a 7th-century abbot of Iona named Cumin. In Scotland, this Irish surname became confused with the Norman name.

History: A notable bearer of the Norman surname is Wilhelmus Comyn, Bishop of Durham, who came north to Scotland with King David I in 1124 and was appointed Chancellor of Scotland. He established his nephew Richard in Tynedale and Roxburghshire, and Richard also rose to be Chancellor of Scotland. The Comyn or Cumming family gained the earldoms of Buchan and Menteith and rose to be the most powerful noble family in Scotland in the century before the rise of King Robert Bruce.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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