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Below is a family biography included in The History of Newton County, Missouri published by Goodspeed Publishing Company in 1888.  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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Hiram J. Cummins (deceased) was born in Rockingham County, Va., in the Shenandoah Valley, February 22, 1830, and was a descendant of the Old Dominion stock. While yet a young man he moved to Ohio, where he met and married Miss Catherine Kagy, of Seneca County, Ohio. From there they moved to Marion County, Ill., in 1858, and remained there during the late war. In 1867 he sold his farm in Marion County, Ill., moved to Newton County, Mo., and here followed the occupation of a farmer for some time. He died at Hot Springs, May 18, 1886, and was buried with the full honors of the Masonic order in Bethel County Cemetery. His wife had died previous to this, March 20, 1885, and they had lived a happy married life of about thirty years, and had the pleasure of seeing their children nearly all grown up. Of the family John B. is clerk in Neosho County Savings Bank; Annie; Maria, wife of Frederick Chandler, a substantial farmer of Hickory Creek; Leah, wife of F. Lucas, of McDonald County, teacher and farmer; Isaac, Frank, Otis, DeWitt, Rudolph and Bessie. Mr. Cummins was the owner of 280 acres of land, was a member of the school board for many years, and was altogether an active man in public matters. He served Newton County as its collector for four years. Mrs. Cummins was an active member in the Baptist Church.

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This family biography is one of 220 biographies included in The History of Newton County, Missouri published in 1888.  For the complete description, click here: Newton County, Missouri History, Genealogy, and Maps

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