Cummings, John Jr.

From Helderberg Hilltowns of Albany County, NY


John Cummings Jr. was the son of John Cummings (B. 1833, D. 1905) and Ellen Shay (B. 1831, D. 1919). He was the second son in a family of five children, two of which died as young adults. John's parents were both born in Ireland. His siblings were:

Marriage & Children

John married Mary C. Ecker who was the daughter of Allen Ecker and Elizabeth Haverly Settle. [5] John and Mary had the following children:

  • Edward J. Cummings who was a Reverend in Rutland, Vt[5]
  • a daughter who was the wife of Millard A. Whipple of Altamont[5]
  • Dora Cummings of Albany[5]


After his childhood in Berne, John spent most of his adulthood as a resident of Voorheesville and only moved to the city of Albany in about 1927. [5]

Additional Media

Cummings Brothers. — James and John Cummings were born in the town of Berne, June 25, 1857, and May 20, 1859, respectively. They are sons of John Cummings, who was born in the city of Clonmell, Ireland, in 1829. He was one of four children of Patrick Cummings. John, the father, was a miller m his native place. He came to America and direct to the town of Berne, where he engaged in farming which he continued until recent years, when he retired to the village of Reidsville and leased his farm. In 1864 he enlisted in Co. B, 81st Regiment N. V. Vols., and served until the close of the war, participating in the battle of the Wilderness, where he received a wound and lost part of his hand. He was under General Butler in five active en- gagements. His wife was Ellen Shea, a native of the city of Clonmell, Ireland, and daughter of Thomas Shea; to them were born five children: James, born June 25, 1857; John, born May 30, 1859; George, born June 1, 1861, and died at the age of nineteen; Ellen, born in October, 1862; and Thomas, born in December, 1866, and died at the age of sixteen. James and John were reared to farm life and attended the common schools and remained at home until they were twenty-four years of age, when they embarked in business for themselves, their first enterprise being farming and quarrying, which they followed for seven years. They dissolved partnership, James remaining at the quarry and John repaired to Albany and engaged in the stone business from 1891 to 1895. They then moved to Voorheesville and established themselves in the feed, grain and produce business, and in connection with this they carried on an extensive stone business. James married Ella Van Deusen of Berne, and daughter of Robert A. Van Deusen. Their children are Carrie and George. John married Mary C. Ecker of the town of Knox, and daughter of Allen Ecker, by whom three children were born: Thomas, who died when ten years of age; Edward and Mary. John is a member of the Knights of Pythias and of Chancellors Lodge of Albany. The brothers are both stockholders in the Clarksville Telephone line. John is a stockholder in the Altamont Driving Park and Fair Association ; the brothers are also stockholders in the Voorheesville Canning and Preserving Co.

Landmarks of Albany County, New York


John's wife, Mary, died on October 29, 1932 at 549 Washington Ave, Albany, NY and was buried at Mt. Pleasant Cemetery in New Salem.[1] John died on February 11, 1945 at Altamont, NY and is buried in the Mont Pleasant Cemetery, New Salem, Albany Co., NY


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Landmarks of Albany County, NY, Edited by Amasa J. Parker, Albany, NY
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  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 1.5 Oct 1932 Obituaries of Mary C. (Ecker) Cummings from the scrapbook of the Hon. and Mrs. Franklin M. Shultes,