Name: Anthony Moses [James Cummings] GENEREUX
Given Name: Anthony Moses [James Cummings]
Birth: 13 Sep 1855 in Thurlow,Hastings,Ontario
Christening: 16 Sep 1855 St Michael the Archangel,Bellville,Ontarion,Canada
Death: 31 Jan 1932 in Town of Waverly,St Regis Falls,Franklin Co.,New York
Burial: 2 Feb 1932 Forest Cemetery,St.Regis Falls,Franklin Co.,New York
Reference Number: 21
! 1855 16 Sep baptized at St Michaels the Archangel, Catholic Church in Bellville,Ontario . the parents
Change Date: 7 Jan 2009 at 13:11:35
are named Stanislas Geniro & Claire Dupuis--witness were Anthony Robert & Agatha
! 1875 13 Jan St Michael the Archangel Church,Bellville,Ontario,Canada-marriage of Moses
Genereux,Labor,age 19 son of Dennis Genereux and Claris Dupree to Margaret Lavall ee
age 16 daughter of Michael Lavallee and Maria Travin [Harin]; wit. are Thomas Sul livan
and Elizabeth Genereau
! 1878 16 Jun St Michael the Archangel Cath. Church,Bellville, Ont. Moses 8 months, of Mo ses
Genereaux and Mary LaVallee Sp. Dennis and Maolion Genereux
! 1878 1 oct St Michael the Archangel Cath Church,Bellvill,Ont. Moses remains interned Age
! 1879 13 jul St Michael the Archangel, Cath. Church, Bellville, Ont. Margarett Genereau b n 14
Mar 1879 dau Moses Sp. Spcypriau and Madam Mercien
Census: 1861 Hastings, Hungerford P 82, Margerate Jane as infant with Michael Lavallee and Ma ry Harin. along with two Murry children
! Gazetter:Bellville,Ontario Co. Moses listed as Labor,2nd Conn. part lot 4 Bellville
Note childrens births 1874 thru 1881 children born in Bellville,then John born in Cornwall 18 83,from 1885 to 1887 births in Medow Bay, then in 1890 James is born in Martintown --then the re is a 6 year gap until Martin is born in Spring Cove, New York, were the rest of the childr en were also born
! Family bible and personal records R Lord
Moses Genereau alias Jim Cummings was the greatest mystery in our family
Our family always believed his name was Jim Cummings--when my interest in family history bega n to develope I began to question the family and his daughter ,my grandmother told me just e nough truth to make it possible to unravil it. She insisted that her mothers name was Margar et Jane Lavalle,daughter of Michael Lavalle and Margaret Jane Stevenson;they lived at Lake L avalley.
I researched the cumming family for 10 years,the only one I could find owned the brick yard i n Martin Town,Ontario,Canada. A couple of years before her death my grandmother went to Mar tin town to visit someone,she fell ill and had to call her son Vernon to come and get her,thi s was about 1964.
She died 2 jul 1965, in the summer of 1969 I owned a camp site at Pine Lake,N.Y. someone camp ed there in August and left a note to me stating"If you are looking for Maggie's parents yo u should check the name Genereau" this was unsigned and left with the caretaker. This sparke d my interest I wrote the Ontario Provincial Police,Lancaster,Ontario.--one of my grandfather s stories was about "Maggie's" father killing a man in a bar room fight--a portion of the Pol ice reply follows:-dated. 27 DEC 1969 "a elderly gentleman named alex king age 95 recalls a n incident on or about the year you spoke of the man you refer to was tared and featherd an d run out of town. suggest you come to see him, l.a. millar cpl. ontario provincial police"
Two days later I was in Martintown,the police took me to meet Alix King [Alexander Genereau a ged 95 in 1969]
During my visit Alex showed me were the towns people deposited Moses and Ann Macarthy, his gi rl friend, in a creek next to Alex's hoime [same house Moses and family lived]. He said Ol d Jim stood up and in loud voice declared "it was the best dam ride he ever had".Alex told m e how they sat up most of the night picking the tar and feathers of Moses and Ann, "she was p retty young and attractive dressed in tar"next morning Moses and Ann left the area going to B attle Creek,Mich.
It wasn't until 1896 that Alex went to work for the Cooper Lumber co,camp #5 in Spring Cove,N .Y. and ran into Moses Genereau. Known then by the name of Jim Cummings, Alex claimed he move d into Jim's cabin and lived with the family he was able to name all the children, and was ve ry interested in describing Jim's wife. He told me Jim was one of the best Sawyers in the tr ade, he could sharpen a ax that would last all day..he then related a story-that was the sam e story my grandfather used to tell : Jim's axes were so sharp while working a mans head wa s cut off they quickly sat it back on, it being cold the man worked all day, but when he cam e in the bunk house and got warm his head fell of and he died. Must have been a lumberjack ta il.
the death certificate of Jim Cummings 31 Jan 1932 shows his birth place as Battle Creek Mich . and a father named John Mother unknown -all of this is incorrect I have the original birt h and baptisim records from St Michael the Archangel church, in Bellville, Ontario.
His wife's death certificate is partially correct in that her father was Michael Lavallee,bu t her mother was Maria Herin or Travin. not Mary Stewert or Margaret Stephens see birth recor ds and census records.
Now as I look back on this meeting with Alex King,I am wondering why he used this name I am s ure he was the first born son of Moses and Margaret Jane Lavallee. According to my grandmothe r Alex [Cummings]Genereau was born 1874-75 Alex King was 95 in 1969 making him born 1874.. H e lived in Martintown,Ontario and that is the last place my grandmother visited she may hav e tried to get him to help conceal the family history.Alex was rather short and burley fo r a 95 yr oldman. His knowledge of the family was unbelevible-he knew all the children's name s and birth dates, most of the spouses and children. As I ponder it, he new a lot for jus t a friend of the family, still living in same house that Moses had lived in, he told me of w orking in the woods with Moses in the winter and in the brick yard [owned by Jim Cummings]
There was 20 years difference in thier ages. At the time Moses was tared and feathered and ru n out of town Alex would have been 16, he told me in 1896 he lived with the Cummings family w hen he went to work at Camp #5 in Spring Cove,N.Y
The information that Alex gave me in 1969 was difficult to believe but over the past 30 or s o years all of it has proven to be correct my only regret is that I was not as Knowlegeable t hen, that I might have inquierd further about the family.
! 1871 Census Thurlow, East Hastings, Ontario,Canada dist 61 no 2 page 2
Genereu Dennis m 68 RC CE French
Clara f 67 RC CE
Joseph m 28 RC CW
John m 20 RC
Moses m 15 RC [alias Jim Cu mmings]
Misuly ?? f 14 RC
! 1910 census Waverly,Franklin Co. N. Y. [Cook Road]
Cummings James m 59 farm CanFr CanFr CanFr imm 1897
Margaret w 58 m35 17 a1 2 " " " " 1897
James s 19 rosse r " " " " 1897
Martin s 1 4 " " "
Albert s 1 2 " " "
George s 10 N Y " "
Asther d 8 N Y " "
Leonard s 5 N Y " "
! 1920 census Franklin Co. ,Tupper Lake,Franklin,New York [Spring Cove]
Cummings James head 57 NY Can Can Labor Lumber Co
Margaret 65 NY Can Can
Albert 21 NY NY NY
Leonard 15 NY NY NY
Ester 13 NY NY NY
! 1930 Census Waverly,Franklin Co.,New York 155- 156
Cummings Albert 31 head m 21 NY Mich canada frenc h Laboror
Cora 29 m 20 Ny Ca n NY
Margaret P. 9 NY N Y NY Albert J . 7 NY NY NY
Chester C. 4 NY N Y NY
Ivan R. 2 7/12 NY N Y NY
James 82 father m 24 Mich north ire ca n eng ****
Family story: Moses hearing the horse making a fuss in the barn, grabed the whip and with a s tring of
prophanity went to the barn to teach the horse a lesson-a few minutes passe d and he
returned very pale and meek, said he saw the devil-from that point on he nev er displayed any
tempor or used any profanity.
! 1932 6 feb obit NortherN>Y>Newspaper-Adirondack News
James Cummings Sr. passed away at the home of his son Charles Cummings o n River St.
St Regis Falls 3 dau Mrs B.G. Olyer,Mrs William Murry,Mrs Vernon Hall,Sy racuse Sons,
Charles, John, Jainen, St Regis Falls, George, Martin of Faust. Albert o f Piercefield, Dennis
Whitesboro, Joseph of Hamilton, Leonard of Jamacia L.I.
Cemetery marker white marble slab sitting at a slight angle on uprights almost like a benc h seat
with the name Cummings on top rear and the names Jane LaValley and Jame s below
toward the top front. large and quite impressive. different than the su rrounding markers.
2008 letter from Jim Cummings re Moses death from John Cummings recolection of day his fathe r
Moses died. "They layed Moses on the kitchen table in the house where he was liv ing and as
he layed struggling with a high feaver he was hollering "get them off me" Whe n asked what it
was he wanted off the reply was "demons are crawling all over me,my legs and sto mic" hope
this was result of fever and guilt and not reality. He must have thought a lot a bout his life, as a
young man he was a rough and tough "Frenchy" logger, never looked for fight bu t never walked
away from one, guess that was survival in the frontier settings in Hastings, Onta rio Prov in the
Father: Dennis Stanislas GENEREUX b: 29 Jul 1809 in Ste Elisabeth de Joliette,Quebec c: 29 Jul 1809 in Ste Elisabeth de Berthier,Quebec
Mother: Marie Claire DUPUIS b: 10 Nov 1811 in Louisville,Maskinonge,Quebec,Canada
Margaret Jane LAVALLEY b: 20 Jun 1859 in Bellville,Hastings Co, Ontario, Canada
13 Jan 1875
in St Michael the Arcangel church,Belleville,hastings county ontario
- Charles A. [Genereau] CUMMINGS b: 16 Jan 1875 in Bellville,Hastings Co, Ontario, Canada
- Alex Genereau KING b: ABT 1876 in Bellville,Hastings Co.Ontario,Canada
- Moses GENEREU b: 16 Oct 1877 in Thurlow,Hastings,Ontario c: 16 Jun 1878 in St Michael the Archangel, Bellville, Ontario, Canada
- Margaret Jane Genereau CUMMINGS b: 17 Mar 1879 in Belle Vallee,Timiskaming District, Ontario, Canada c: 13 Jul 1879 in St Michael the Arcangel church, Belleville, Hastings County, Ontario
- Dennies Daniel [Genereau] CUMMINGS b: 17 Mar 1881 in Bellville,Hastings Co, Ontario, Canada
- John Genereau CUMMINGS b: 1 Jun 1883 in Cornwall,Hastings,Ontario ,Canada
- Louise Genereau CUMMINGS b: 10 Jun 1885 in Medow Bay,Hastings Co.,Ontario,Canada
- Joseph Duncan Genereau CUMMINGS b: 6 Jan 1887 in Medow Bay,Hastings Co.,Ontario,Canada
- James CUMMINGS Genereau b: 10 Jun 1890 in Martintown,Hastings,Ontario,Canada
- Martin CUMMINGS b: Sep 1896 in Spring Cove,Tupper Lake,New York
- Albert CUMMINGS b: 30 Dec 1898 in Spring Cove ,near Tupper Lake,N.Y.
- George William CUMMINGS b: 7 Dec 1899 in Spring Cove,Tupper Lake,New York
- Esther CUMMINGS b: 9 Jun 1902 in Spring Cove,Tupper Lake,New York
- Leonard CUMMINGS b: 10 Feb 1905 in Spring Cove N.Y. ,St Regis Falls, N.Y.