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Below is a family biography included in The History of Adams County, Illinois published by Murray, Williamson & Phelps in 1879.  These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details of a family tree. Family biographies often include far more information than can be found in a census record or obituary.  Details will vary with each biography but will often include the date and place of birth, parent names including mothers' maiden name, name of wife including maiden name, her parents' names, name of children (including spouses if married), former places of residence, occupation details, military service, church and social organization affiliations, and more.  There are often ancestry details included that cannot be found in any other type of genealogical record.

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CUMMINS, BENJAMIN, farmer; Sec. 36; P. O. Camp Point; was born in Clark county, Ky., Feb. 14, 1828. He sprang from southern parentage, George W. Cummins, his sire, having been born in Virginia, and brought up in Kentucky from the age of one year. His mother, whose maiden name was Elizabeth Ferris, was born in the latter state. They removed to Hendricks county, Ind., where Benjamin remained until 1859. In October, same year, he removed to Camp Point township, Adams county. When the call was made for volunteers for the war with Mexico, he enlisted in the 1st Indiana regiment, in 1846; served not quite a year when he was discharged for disability, from the hospital at Point Isabel. After regaining health, he re-enlisted, but the war ended before he reached the field. He was married Dec. 30, 1852 to Catherine C. Parrish, of Kentucky. They have six children: Barnett P., Ida, Maggie, Laura, Ira B., and Thomas Bailey. From 1848 to 1859, Mr. Cummins worked at mechanical engineering, in Indiana. He is an Odd Fellow; was the organizer of the Encampment in Camp Point. He owns 167 acres of land, worth $40 per acre.

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This family biography is one of 1444 biographies included in The History of Adams County, Illinois published by Murray, Williamson & Phelps in 1879.  View the complete description here: The History of Adams County, Illinois

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