Alva Cummings

20 May 1832–1 June 1917 (Age 85)
Chesterville, Lincoln, Massachusetts, United States

The Life Summary of Alva

When Alva Cummings was born on 20 May 1832, in Chesterville, Lincoln, Massachusetts, United States, his father, James Cummings Jr., was 52 and his mother, Susannah Willard, was 40. He married Jessie Bissett Gordon on 16 August 1865, in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States. They were the parents of at least 7 daughters. He lived in West Jordan, Salt Lake, Utah, United States in 1880 and Providence, Cache, Utah, United States in 1910. In 1900, at the age of 68, his occupation is listed as carpenter in Logan, Cache, Utah, United States. He died on 1 June 1917, in Logan, Cache, Utah, United States, at the age of 85, and was buried in Providence, Cache, Utah, United States.

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Alva Cummings
Jessie Bissett Gordon
Marriage: 16 August 1865
Lura Luzella Cummings
Jessie Lorette Cummings
Mary Susanna Cummings
Aura Annette Cummings
Katherine May Cummings
Mina Maud Cummings
Edna Ray Cummings

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    16 August 1865Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States
  • Children


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    World Events (8)

    1836 · Remember the Alamo
    Age 4
    Being a monumental event in the Texas Revolution, The Battle of the Alamo was a thirteen-day battle at the Alamo Mission near San Antonio. In the early morning of the final battle, the Mexican Army advanced on the Alamo. Quickly being overrun, the Texian Soldiers quickly withdrew inside the building. The battle has often been overshadowed by events from the Mexican–American War, But the Alamo gradually became known as a national battle site and later named an official Texas State Shrine.
    1839 · Nauvoo is Settled
    Age 7
    After the Saints had been chased out of Missouri they moved to a swampy area located next to the Mississippi River. Here they settled and named the place Nauvoo which translates into the city beautiful.
    1859 · Logan is Founded
    Age 27
    "\""During the end of April, David Reese and his company settled the land north of the Logan River. That area was the second permanent settlement in Cache Valley and the future location of Logan. The city's boundary was drawn by Logan's first bishop, Jesse W. Fox, a government engineer. The name \""\""Logan\""\"" comes from a trapper that used to frequent the area before the pioneers came to the valley.\"""

    Name Meaning

    Scottish and English (of Norman origin): variant of Cumming , with genitival or post-medieval excrescent -s.

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

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    Sources (44)

    • Alva Cunning, "United States Census, 1870"
    • Alva Cummings, "Utah, County Marriages, 1871-1941"
    • Alva Cummings, "Utah Death Certificates, 1904-1956"

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