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KOSCIUSKO HERALD --- MAY 31, 1907 -- LETTER TO EDITOR : -- ( written by James F. McCool, Judge of McCool, MS) ---- OVER THREE HUNDRED DESCENDANTS --- Mr. W.W. Cummins Leaves a Posterity Numbering Three Hundred and Three ---- EDITOR HERALD: The only excuse I have for appearing in print is because of the extraordinary statement contained in the following announcement, which, however unusual, is true: ----- On Tuesday, the 14th day of May, 1907, Willis W. Cummins died in the eastern part of Attala County at the age of eighty-six years, survived by the very large posterity of three hundred and three, consisting of thirteen children, one hundred and forty three grandchildren, and one hundred and forty seven great grandchildren. It may be seriously doubted whether this remarkable record has ever been surpassed in the state of Mississippi. In fact, I make the assertion that there is no authentic information showing the number of posterity of any one exceeding this number. He was a native of North Carolina; he lived several years in the vicinity where the city of Birmingham is now located, moving to Attala County, Mississippi about fifty years ago, in which he has continuously resided since. He made a gallant Confederate solider in the brigade of General Ferguson during the entire war, and for many years was an exemplary member of the Missionary Baptist Church, and always a model, upright citizen. It may be said truthfully that he nobly and faithfully performed his duty, and has left a good example behind him. James F. McCool ------------------------------------------------------------------- Willis W. Cummins was born May 26, 1821. He was the son of William and Emily Cummins of North Carolina. Wm and his family are listed on the 1830 census for Jefferson County, Alabama. Willis married Lucinda Turner on Nov. 15, 1843. In 1853, Willis, Lucinda and children moved to Attala Co. Mississippi along with Willis' parents. Willis enlisted in the Confederate Army for a term of 6 months - MS 1st "minute Men". He re-enlisted in 1863 with 17 year old son, I.Marion, in the Mississippi 11th (Perrin's) Calvery, Company C (General Ferguson). Willis' oldest son, Wm M. enlisted in 4/1862 - 30th MS Inf. Co. D "Dixie Heroes" of Attala Co. He was in the Battle Murfeesboro, and was caputered at Lookout, Mtn., Tn in Nov. 1863. At the age of 19, he died 1/1/1864 of pneumonia and is buried in a POW Camp in Rock Island, ILL. Willis, Lucinda, and many other family members are buried at the Doty Springs Baptist Church Cemetery in Attala Co. Willis' sister, Mary Ann and Husband, Isaac Ellard and brother, William M. are buried at Guess Cem. in Attala Co. Willis' son, Andrew Daniel, is my husband's great grandfather and his daughter, Minnie Lee is his grandmother.(buried at Bradley/Longview, Oktibbeha Co. Miss.) Sisters Minnie and Annie married brothers - John Jackson and Wm. Noah Lindsey of Vaiden, MS - sons of Wm Thomas and Sarah Frances "Fannie" Buford Lindsey. I am searching for long, lost cousins to share information with.
Cummins, Willis W. of Attala County, Mississippi 1821-1907
Updated November 10, 2013


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