Alexandria Morrison Cummins
to a 1914 publication, "James H. Cummins, a native of Missouri, of
Scotch-Irish descent, came to the Lone Star State in 1861, and almost
immediately thereafter volunteered for service in the Confederate army.
became a member of General Price's army, operating in Missouri, and
close of the Civil War was made quartermaster of his regiment. Upon his
to peaceful pursuits he adopted the vocation of agriculturist, and
be engaged in tilling the soil in Grayson County during the remainder
life. He died July 23, 1890, with the respect and esteem of all who
wife was Helen A. (Morrison) Cummins, daughter of Dr.
thought to have built the first residence in the city limits of
Denison. Helen survived
James and in 1914 still made her home in Denison. "She is a remarkable
woman in many ways, and is very alert and active in mind for one of
seventy-three years. There were four sons and six daughters in the
James H. and Helen Cummins, and the greater number of these still
Johnson and Ernest
William Winkler, A History of Texas and
Texans (Chicago: American Historical Society, 1914), 3:1421).
Cummins has been handed down a record of his family dating as far back
Revolutionary War. His grandfather, Richard Waller Cummins, was born in
State of Tennessee about 1786, and after arriving at the age of
maturity took a
very active part in politics, having moved to Jackson county, Missouri,
early day, and was looked upon as one of the great leaders of the
party. He served as Indian agent for twenty years, and was a particular
of Thomas H. Benton. His marriage to a brilliant young lady, Miss Mary
Kavanaugh, of Missouri, is recorded as occurring about 1812, and in
birth of their son John took place. He, like his father, after
on his own hook, became also interested in politics, and was elected
judge of Cass county, Missouri, by a large majority, on the Democratic
and was on the bench when the contract was made, before the war, by
Tebo & Neosho Railroad Company was to have $100,000 for
building a railroad
through the center of the county, and Harrisonville being one of the
which was never built, but led to the great massacre which occurred at
City, Missouri. In 1840 he married Miss Henrietta W. Hunter, a native
Kentucky; the family continued to reside in Morgan Co., Missouri
until after the death of Henrietta's father in May 1882. The result of
this union was several children, of which only
living. Their names are James Hunter, Duke W., Richard, Mary and Julia.
home afterward was in Paris, Texas, where he was elected mayor, and
terms, on the Democratic ticket.
The Sunday Gazetteer
Sunday, January 6, 1895
Hunter, the subject of this sketch, was born March 23d, 1842, in
Missouri. His early education was obtained in private schools near his
birthplace. Being only nineteen years of age when the war broke out, he
the Eclectic Institute, and joined the Confederate, or State Guards, as
were then called, enlisting in Hurst's regiment, afterward transferring
Rosseau's, Price's army, of Missouri. On account of ill health he was
retire from active service, and was appointed enrolling officer of
by General E. Kirby Smith, which position he held until the war ended.
he married Miss Helen A. Morrison, of Grayson county, Texas, daughter
Alexander Morrison, who was one of the early settlers of the State, and
living in Denison, an honored member of his profession and a man of
James H. has
held several positions of trust in his
native State, also in the State of Texas. He has served as alderman of
city, also constable of Denison when it was first started, and when it
man of nerve to cope with the mixed population. He has also been
justice of the
peace of Grayson county, Texas. At the present writing there are seven
as the result of his marriage—Maude, Alexander, Walter Scott, Humboldt,
Pearl and Newell. Mr. Cummins has resided in Pottsboro, Grayson county,
five or six years, turning his attention to farming and raising stock.
practices law, having obtained a license recently. His official course
marked with many thrilling scenes and incidents, which have proven him
to be a
man of sterling qualities, full of integrity, and faithful in the
of the duties assigned him. Mr. Cummins is also a charter member of the
of Pythias of Denison, Myrtle Lodge, and politically a Thomas Jefferson
of the deepest dye.
Biographical Souvenir of the
Texas. Containing Biographical Sketches of the Representative Public,
Early Settled Families (Chicago: F. A. Battey &
Company, 1889), pp
223-224. On line at
http://www.txfannin.org/booksonline.php?book=Souv&type_PG=Main]According to The Sunday Gazetteer
(Denison, Texas) of July 27, 1890 Judge James Cummins, prominent farmer
and attorney of Pottsboro, lost his life. While sitting in front
of Carey & Parrish's drug store, Judge Cummins and Constable
Porter became involved in a dispute over some fees due Cummins' son for
serving as a witness in a suit. They went to the office of
Justice D.W. Odell about 11 o'clock a.m. to examine the docket; while
there a quarrel broke out between the two men and both men exchanged
fist blows. The fight continued outside Justice Odell's office
Although Justice Odell attempted to separate the men, Judge
Cummins succeeded in wounded Porter in the breast and right leg
with Porter's own knife. Constable Porter stabbed Judge
Cummins twice in the chest near the heart, causing almost instanteous
death. Constable Porter surrendered immediately and was place in
jail at Sherman.
Judge Porter was about 45 years of age at the time
of his death. His remains were taken to Denison and buried on
Constable Porter, 61 years of age, was
considered a quiet man and one who would avoid any difficulty. On
Thursday a preliminary hearing was held and Porter was released on a
$500 bond. The opinion of the citizens was one of self defense.
In September 1890 the Grand Jury refused to find a billl against
Porter for the death of Judge Cummins.
Thursday at Denison for
Sherman TX Democrat,
— A resident of Denison since 1872, Mrs. Helen Alexandria Morrison
succumbed to a lingering illness at 8:50 p.m. Tuesday at her home, 1004
Sears. She had been ill since 1929.
Cummins, wife of a pioneer Grayson attorney, is survived by five
H. Cummins, Denison attorney; W. S. Cummins of Wichita Falls; Mrs. W.
of Sherman; Mrs. H. V. Robertson of Amarillo; Miss Ethel Cummins and
Newell Cummins of Denison.
will be conducted at 3:30 p.m. Thursday from the home by the Rev. Harry
Virden, rector of St. Luke's Episcopal church. Interment will be in
cemetery under the direction of Short-Murray.
Cummins celebrated her ninety-fifth birthday May 6 at her home,
her children and friends. She was born in 1841 at Napoli, N.Y., the
Dr. Alexander Morrison, native of Scotland, and Harriett Newell de
Morrison. She came to Texas with her parents as a child, after a short
Canada. The family settled first in Collin county, then at Preston
Dr. Morrison practiced medicine.
married in 1866 to James Hunter Cummins, a Confederate soldier from
Mr. Cummins, a lawyer and grocer, died in 1890.
Cummins was the grandmother of J. D. Buster, Sherman city recorder.
Helen Alexandria Cummins
Sherman TX Democrat,
— Funeral services for Mrs. Helen Alexandria Cummins were held from the
3:30 p.m. Thursday with the Rev. Harry Lee Virden, rector of St. Luke's
Episcopal church, officiating.
"Residence of Mrs. Helen A. Dummins, 1031
West Bond Street."
Source : Robinson, Frank M., comp. Industrial Denison. [N.p.] :
Means-Moore Co., [ca. 1909]. Page 56.
were Dick Boyd, Clifford Esler, Kirk
Fairbanks, Charlie Harris, A. P. Wood, and A. P. Lynn. Interment was at
* * * *
Maude Cummins (Mrs. Willis S. Buster) (August 15, 1867—December 13,
Buried in Oak Hill Cemetery, Sherman, TX
Alexander Cummins (November 27, 1868—January 27, 1906). Buried in
Cemetery, Denison, TX
Scott Cummins (1870—1957). Buried in Fort Worth, TX
Hunter Cummins (May 6, 1841—October 3, 1961). Buried in Fairview
DeVeaux Cummins (January 19, 1875—March 17, 1962). Buried in Fairview
Gladys Cummins (Mrs. H. V. Robertson) (1876—1967). Buried in
Newell Cummins (February 2, 1883—April 4, 1990). Buried in Fairview
James D. Buster (s/o W.S. Buster & Maude Cummins)
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