Bible of: John Cummins 1802
By Donald W. Stevenson
A leather bound volume size 16" X 10" X 3.5" On the front cover embossed in the leather is:
This Bible has been in the possession of Elliott Kells since the death of his mother, Mary (Stevenson) Kells. She in turn must have inherited it from her mother Emeline (Ackland) Stevenson the daughter of Mary Ann (Cummings) Ackland. Emeline was also this writer’s grandmother.
It is in rather poor condition with most of the faceplate missing except for a small top left portion. We were unable to establish a date of printing but it was printed in the era in which "s" was printed as "f" unless it was the final letter of the word.
Based on entries on the engraved illustrations we learn:
"Engraved for the Rev T. BANKES's CHRISTIANs FAMILY BIBLE Published as the act directs by C. Cooke, No 17 Pater-noster Row, London
Rev Thomas Bankes of St Mary, Oxon; was the vicar of Dixton in Monmouthshire and the morning and afternoon preacher at Hamstead.
The missing faceplate was found with the following information written just inside the front cover.
John Cummins born November 6th 1771
Ann Cummins born April 5th 1773
Thomas Cummins born January 19th 1776
William Cummins born October 1st, 1783
and departed this life January 2nd, 1784
Mrs Janet Cummins mother of the above departed this life 14th June 1797 aged 56 years. Mr John Cummins father of the above departed this life the 30th October 1816 in the 74 year of his age.
Johns sister Ann Cummins the above or Ann R of _____ _____ _____ _____ departed this life on Monday the 27th March 1843
John Cummins departed this life the 12th June in the 73 year of his age 1844
On the reverse side of the engraved plate in II Chronicles X11
[Written in a large hand with charcoal pencil]
Mary T Cummings born Novemeber 14, 1874 Corn
Catherine J Cummings Dec 20, 1876 North River
Maggie V Cummings Jan 28 1877 North River
Bessie M Cummings Nov 3 1879 North River
Charles J Cummings Feb 5 1881 North River
Jacob P Cummings June 5, 1883 North River
Katie B Cummings July 18 1885 North River
Robert G Cummings Oct 12, 1887 North River
Mattie H Cummings Sept 5, 1890 North River
Harry T Cummings Dec 25 1895 North River
On the reverse side of the engraved plate before the Gospel of Saint Matthew
[Appears to be written all in the same handwriting in ink]
Marriages in 1831
John Cummings and
born November 10th 1831
were married by _license??_
the 27th day of January 1831 both
born September 15, 1833
ages together 43 years
George Cummings was born
July 15th, 1836
John Cummings was
born November 5th 1838
Francis Cummings was
born November 17, 1839
was born May 4, 1764
Robert G Cummings was
born October 8th 1841
Born June 4, 1801
Mary Ann Cummings
born June ____, 1843
Born January 3, 1813
born August 15, 1847
born October 28, 1849
July ___, 185__
Elizabeth E Cummings
born June 10, 1858
born October 8, 1841
born Dec 12, 1854
Married Nov 26, 1874
John Cummings died February 7, 1884
Catherine Heartz died May 6, 1898
Mary Ann Cummings married
Enoch Ackland May 1872.
Mary Ann Cummings died Hampshire Prince Edward Island April 1919.
Enoch Ackland born Devonshire England Aug 2, 1837, died Hampshire, P.E.Island Aug 26, 1926.