Joseph Willard Cummings

Brief Life History of Joseph Willard

When Joseph Willard Cummings was born on 8 July 1844, in Maine, United States, his father, Joseph Ballard Cummings, was 30 and his mother, Angeline Oakes, was 21. He married Frances Ellen Bacon on 9 November 1872, in Adams, Wisconsin, United States. They were the parents of at least 3 sons and 4 daughters. He lived in Rutland, Dane, Wisconsin, United States in 1850. He died on 16 October 1907, in Springville, Adams, Wisconsin, United States, at the age of 63, and was buried in White Creek, Adams, Wisconsin, United States.

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Joseph Willard Cummings
Frances Ellen Bacon
Marriage: 9 November 1872
Nettie May Cummings
Lillian Augusta Cummings
George Albert Cummings
Mary Gertrude Cummings
Bessie Floy Cummings
Willis Valentine Cummings

Sources (21)

  • Jos F Cummings, "Wisconsin State Census, 1905"
  • Joseph W Cummings, "Wisconsin, County Marriages, 1836-1911"
  • Joseph Willard Cummings, "Find A Grave Index"

World Events (8)


U.S. acquires vast tracts of Mexican territory in wake of Mexican War including California and New Mexico.

1851 · First State to Attempt Prohibition

"In 1851, Maine outlawed the sale of alcohol, allowing exceptions only for ""medicinal, mechanical, and manufacturing purposes"". This made Maine the first state to experiment with prohibition. Neal Dow, mayor of Portland, believed that alcohol was linked to slavery and was also convinced by the Christian temperance movement. Dow ran into problems later for his anti-immigration rhetoric against the Irish, and also for breaking his own prohibition laws; although not a designated ""purchaser"", Dow personally purchased alcohol to distribute to local doctors, violating a technicality. As the citizens turned against him, Dow eventually ordered soldiers to fire on protesters. This marked a sharp decline in Dow's political career, and the Maine Law was repealed by 1856. Aspects of the law would remain in tact, however, and ultimately paved the way for the 18th Amendment, which prohibited alcohol on the national level."


Abraham Lincoln issues Emancipation Proclamation, declaring slaves in Confederate states to be free.

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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