Descendants of Ebenezer
James Harvey Cummings is the son of Ebenezer Cummings and Jane Harris. He was born about 1830 in Three
Rivers, Quebec, Canada. He died about 1864 at about age 34.
About 1850, he married his step-sister, Mary A. Lanfear. She
is the daughter of David Lanfear and Cynthia Bosworth. She was
born about 1833 in New York and died sometime before 1895.
- After James' death in 1864, Mary married James' older brother, (2) George
Washington Cummings in San Joaquin County, California on 12 Jan 1868.
He was born about 1819 in Three Rivers, Quebec, Canada and, apparently, died before 1878.
- Then on 19 Dec 1878, Mary married (3) Benjamin F. Slater in San
Joaquin County, California. He was born 10 Nov 1815 in New York. He had previously married
Emily M. (unknown) sometime before 1870. Benjamin died just 9 days after his marriage to
Mary, on 28 Dec 1878, at age 63 in San Joaquin County, California. He is buried in Liberty
Cemetery, Galt, San Joaquin, California.
Children of James Harvey Cummings and Mary A. Lanfear:
- Harvey Cummings was born about 1855 in California.
- John W. Cummings was born 11 Feb 1858 in California.
- Sarah Cummings was born about 1860 in California.
Children of George Washington Cummings and Mary A. Lanfear:
- George Cummings was born about 1869 in California.
Judith Eisenhauer, a descendant of David Lanfear, quotes from her grandfather's
reminiscences (March 1905):
"Aunt Mary died ... of a broken heart. Her youngest son, George, about the time he
became twenty years of age, robbed a stage and the government mail. He was arrested and
plead guilty and was sent to States Prison for 14 years. He had not been known to commit a
crime before that time. Aunt Mary was a good woman, and this trouble killed her. Aunt Mary
came to California with her first husband, across the plains, about 1849. They lived most
of the time on a farm near Galt, Calif. John is living in the North part of the state,
Sadie at Sacramento, I believe, and Harvey in that section of the state somewhere."
The individuals in this family appear in the following census listings.
- George W.: 1860 Census. Placerville, El
Dorado, California. Page 914.