New England Genealogy Notes

Research notes on ancestors and relatives from early New England, including Boston Irish and Massachusetts Bay Puritan families.

Eighth Generation (Continued)

248 Thomas CUMMINGS15, 5G Grandfather.  Born on 29 May 1734. Died on 16 Nov 1818.

According to Mooar's Descendants of Isaac Cummings15, "89. THOMAS CUMMINGS (Thomas5, John4, John3, John2, Isaac1) married, Feb. 20, 1755, Lucy Lawrence, daughter of Eleazer, jr., and Lucy (Tuttle) Lawrence, of Littleton, Mass., born Feb. 29, 1731-2. He died Nov. 16, 1818 (aged 86? born 1734?)[.] A Mrs. Thomas Cummings died Oct. 29, [p. 103] 1815. He (or was it his son?) was a fifer in Capt. Z. Wright's company from Westford, Mass., in 1776."

This Thomas Cummings was a 1st Lieut. from Mass. in the Revolution, fide DAR info on the Cummings Family Association website. But there may be confusion between this Thomas Cummings and his son Thomas with regard to service in the Revolution; careful work is needed to establish their correct identitied and roles. If this Thomas is indeed the one who was a 1st Lieutenant from Westford, the entry in MSSWR17 that seems to pertain to him reads as follows: "CUMMINGS, THOMAS, Westford. 1st Lieutenant, Capt. Timothy Underwood's co., Col. William Prescott's regt. of Minute-men, which marched on the alarm of April 19, 1775; service, 5 days; also, 2d Lieutenant, Capt. Wiman's co., Col. Prescott's regt.; list of officers recommended to be commissioned by Committee of Safety at Cambridge June 23, 1775; ordered in Provincial Congress June 25, 1775, that commissions be delivered; also, Lieutenant, Capt. Asa Laurance's co. of volunteers, Col. Jonathan Reed's regt.; entered service Sept. 27, 1777; discharged Nov. 9, 1777; service, 1 mo. 14 days; company raised in Littleton and Westford and marched to reinforce army under Gen. Gates."


Resent-Date: Thu, 4 May 2000 16:11:24 -0700 (PDT)

Subject: Westford, MA at the Battle of Bunker Hill
Source: History of the Town of Westford in the County of Middlesex,
Massachusetts 1659 - 1883. by Rev. Edwin R. Hodgman, A. M.
Lowell, Mass: Morning Mail Company, Printers - 1883

(p. 112)
The company of Capt Abijah Wyman, of Ashby, was in Col. William
Prescott's regiment in that battle. The return, made Oct 3, 1775,
includes the following men from Westford:

Thomas Comings, Second Lieutenant; Daniel Dudley, Corporal; Philip
Robbins, Corporal.

Thomas Robbins Caesar Bason
Oliver Barrett David Cowdry
Ebenezer Corey Simeon Kemp
David Fish Thaddeus Read
Abner Kent Daniel Whitney
Jeremiah Robbins

In all 14 men. The return states that "Cesor Bason died June 17."

Mr. Francis Tinker in his sketch of Ashby, in Drake's History of
Middlesex County, Vol. I, p. 223, says that Lieutenant Comings and ten
men in Captain Wyman's company, were from Westford, but he does not
give names.


He married Lucy LAWRENCE15, 5G Grandmother, on 20 Feb 1755.

They had the following children:
i. Tryphena15 (1756-)
124 ii. Thomas (1757-)
iii. Lucy15 (1760-)
iv. Sarah15 (1762-)
v. Betty15 (1764-)
vi. Phebe15 (Died as Infant) (1766-1766)
vii. Molly15 (1767-)
viii. Phebe15 (1770-)

249 Lucy LAWRENCE15, 5G Grandmother.  Born on 29 Feb 1731/2. Died ? 29 Oct 1815.

252 Joseph WRIGHT26, 5G Grandfather.  Born on 25 Sep 1736 in Westford, Massachusetts. Died in Westford, Massachusetts, on 16 Apr 1813. Buried in Westford, Massachusetts (Hillside Cemetery).

The account of Joseph Wright's children here follows Westford Days.26

He married Dorothy HEALD27,49, 5G Grandmother, on 23 May 1757 in Westford, Massachusetts.

They had the following children:
i. Joseph26 (1758-1777)
ii. Dorothy26 (1761-1827)
126 iii. Reuben (1763-1835)
iv. Asa26 (1767-)
v. Abel26 (1770-)
vi. Phebe26 (1773-)

253 Dorothy HEALD27,49, 5G Grandmother.  Born on 25 Feb 1732/3 in Groton, Massachusetts. Died in Westford, Massachusetts, on 23 May 1773. Buried in Westford, Massachusetts (Hillside Cemetery).

Date: Tue, 2 Mar 1999 12:56:20 EST
Subject: Heald/Hale

According to the Heald/Hale Manuscript written by Clarence Almon Torrey in
1940 and which is available at the New England Historic Genealogical Society
in Boston, Massachusetts:

Dorothy (5) Heald born 25 February 1732/3 at Groton, Middlesex, Massachusetts,
died 23 May 1773, married 23 May 1757 at Westford, Massachusetts, Joseph
Wright, born 25 September 1736, son of Jacob and Abigail (unkn) Wright.

Dorothy (5) was daughter of Thomas (4) and Sarah (Butterfield) Heald

254 Lieut. Thomas READ50, 5G Grandfather.  Born on 6 Feb 1732/3.15

This is probably the Thomas Read recorded in MSSWR17 as follows, but more research is required to confirm this: "READ, THOMAS. Account dated Westford, June 19, 1781, rendered by the Selectmen, of bounties paid men raised to serve in the Continental Army for the term of 3 years, agreeable to resolve of Dec. 2, 1780; said Read reported as a member of Class No. 3 which engaged Asa Patch."

He married Susanna DUTTON, 5G Grandmother, on 13 Dec 1753 in Westford, Massachusetts.

They had the following children:
i. Stephen50 (1754-)
ii. Abigail50 (1757-)
iii. Susanna50 (1759-)
iv. Jemima50 (1761-)
127 v. Sarah (1766-1839)
vi. Thomas50 (1768-)
vii. Lucy50 (1771-)
viii. Anna50 (1773-)

255 Susanna DUTTON, 5G Grandmother.  Born on 10 Mar 1732/3 in Billerica, Massachusetts. Died in Westford, Massachusetts, on 8 Apr 1781.

Data and ancestry taken from:

Gravestone is probably Farber #2720 (full stone with all data not shown):,-Susannah?trs=31&mi=22&qvq=q%3Aread%3Blc%3AFBC%7E100%7E1

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