Ancestor Report (Continued)
Ancestor Report (Continued)
Eighth Generation
248. Thomas CUMMINGS55, 5G Grandfather, son of 496. Thomas CUMMINGS & 497. Sarah FASSET. Born on 29 May 1734. Died on 16 Nov 1818.

According to Mooar’s Descendants of Isaac Cummings159, “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 MSSWR160 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 LAWRENCE55, 5G Grandmother on 20 Feb 1755.
They had the following children:
Tryphena55, 5G Aunt (1756-)
Thomas, GGGG Grandfather (1757-)
Lucy55, 5G Aunt (1760-)
Sarah55, 5G Aunt (1762-)
Betty55, 5G Aunt (1764-)
Phebe55 (Died as Infant), 5G Aunt (1766-1766)
Molly55, 5G Aunt (1767-)
Phebe55, 5G Aunt (1770-)
249. Lucy LAWRENCE55, 5G Grandmother, daughter of 498. Eleazer LAWRENCE & 499. Lucy TUTTLE. Born 29 Feb 1731/2. Died ? 29 Oct 1815.
252. Joseph WRIGHT161, 5G Grandfather, son of 504. Jacob WRIGHT & 505. Abigail ADAMS. 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.162
He married Dorothy HEALD58,163, 5G Grandmother on 23 May 1757 Westford, Massachusetts.
They had the following children:
Joseph161, 5G Uncle (1758-1777)
Dorothy161, 5G Aunt (1761-1827)
Reuben, GGGG Grandfather (1763-1835)
Asa161, 5G Uncle (1767-)
Abel161, 5G Uncle (1770-)
Phebe161, 5G Aunt (1773-)
253. Dorothy HEALD58,163, 5G Grandmother, daughter of 506. Thomas HEALD & 507. Sarah BUTTERFIELD. Born 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 READ164, 5G Grandfather, son of 508. Samuel READ & 509. Abigail CUMMINGS. Born 6 Feb 1732/3.55

This is probably the Thomas Read recorded in MSSWR165 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:
Stephen164, 5G Uncle (1754-)
Abigail164, 5G Aunt (1757-)
Susanna164, 5G Aunt (1759-)
Jemima164, 5G Aunt (1761-)
Sarah, GGGG Grandmother (1766-1839)
Thomas164, 5G Uncle (1768-)
Lucy164, 5G Aunt (1771-)
Anna164, 5G Aunt (1773-)
255. Susanna DUTTON, 5G Grandmother, daughter of 510. Thomas DUTTON & 511. Hanna BURGE. Born 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):
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