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 Post Posted: Wed Jul 12, 2017 3:05 am 
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Hi everyone,

My name is Brittany, I live in north Texas, and while I do not have a personal blood connection to Newfoundland, my husband does. I've been doing genealogy research on my family and my husband's family, and just discovered that the tales his family has been telling for years about a great grandfather coming to Massachusetts directly from Scotland were off by an ocean--he appears to have come instead from Trinity Bay.

I'm looking for more information into the Cummings family, particularly any relations of a Peter John Cummings, born on (or about) 9 February 1877 in Trinity Bay who, according to the Naturalization paperwork I found, Peter stated that he last lived in Whale's Head before coming to the Boston, Massachusetts area. According to an obituary I found in a Cambridge paper from 1960, he had a brother named Eli. Ancestry and Rootsweb have pointed me toward the names "John Cummings" and "Catherine Squires," but I'm trying to verify those individuals now.

According to a Cambridge newspaper clipping (which jives with family history, birth records, etc.), he married a Bessie Adelia Wilson in Cambridge, Mass. in 1902, so he had already left Newfoundland by that time. However, it doesn't appear that he became a naturalized citizen until leaving the US on a brief trip back to Canada (port of entry/exit was St. John, New Brunswick--paperwork says "by rail") in 1921. By this time, he and Bessie had two sons in Mass., James Edward and Carleton Ellsworth Cummings.

What I DO know for a fact through my husband's grandfather (Peter's grandson), who is still living and knew Peter for 20 years before he passed in 1960, Peter eventually built his own boat and worked as a lobster fisherman in Massachusetts.

Anyway, sorry for the novel, but after trying unsuccessfully to trace this family back to Scotland, I'm excited to have some leads!

-Brittany Norman-Cummings

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