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Joseph Cummings (1784-1860), of Ware, Massachusetts, was an active community leader who held a wide variety of local and state positions: deacon, postmaster, justice of the peace, bank director, school teacher, and town representative to the state Senate and House.
The Cummings family papers include miscellaneous legal and financial documents and correspondence to and from patriarch Joseph Cummings and other members of his family. Principal correspondents are: a) Joseph Cummings; b) his son, William B., a manufacturer in Brooklyn, New York; c) his son, Elbridge, in Beloit, Wisconsin; d) his son-in-law, James Yale, M.D., in Ware; e) his son-in-law, Nicholas Harris, a school teacher in Hartford in the 1840s and 1850s and a published author of textbooks. Arranged and inventoried.
Trinity College, Hartford, Conn.
Trinity College, "Cummings Family Collection" (1999). Watkinson Manuscripts Finding Aids. 7.