Friday, January 6, 2012

Mary Elizabeth Cummins Adams, 1843-1881

Mary Elizabeth Cummins Adams
Original Tintype
Mary Elizabeth Cummins Adams
Reproduction from tintype

We were chatting with a relative and said hey, do you know anything about this tintype and he promptly says yes, I have a copy of it.  This is Mary Elizabeth Cummins, daughter of Amanda Carson and Stephen Cummins of Kentucky.  She married Cyrannus W. Adams in 1860 in Rockcastle County Kentucky.  She was born July 1843 and died August 6, 1881.  She is my husbands great great grandmother.

Mary Elizabeth
Cummins as
a young girl.

Cyrannus W. Adams
Her husband.
Her obituary appeared in the Interior Journal August 12, 1881.  "The inhabitants of our little village were greatly startled and then filled with the most profound sorrow last Saturday evening by the announcement that Mrs. C.W. Adams, wife of one of our most prominent merchants had been found dead in her bed.  She had been in ill health for a long time, but was feeling better than usual when she retired the night before.  She was a victim of heart disease.  Mrs. Adams was a most estimable lady, greatly esteemed by all that knew her.  She leaves two children, Gaines and Maggie, who, together with the bereaved husband and father, have the sympathy of the community in their affliction."

Stephen G. Cummins
Amanda Carson, Stephen's first wife
and mother of his children.

These are her parents, Amanda Carson and Stephen G. Cummins.  His death notice appeared in the Interior Journal, Nov. 5, 1880.  "Died at his residence, in this county, October 28th, 1880, Stephen G. Cummins, aged nearly 65 years.  Mr. Cummins was one of the very best citizens this county has ever had.  He was born here and his entire life was passed in this county.  More than 35 years ago he became a member of the Presbyterian Church, and he remained a devoted Christian until his death.  His notable traits were uprightness in business affairs, pure morals and a generous disposition.  Two children, Mr. W.C. Cummins and Mrs. C.W. Adams, and his widow (Jane Bodle, his second wife) survive him.  He was a father in Israel, and his loss will be deeply felt.  The entire community sympathize with the bereaved relatives."

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