James S. Cummins


James S. Cummins

Baltimore City, Maryland, USA
Death 3 Mar 1895 (aged 53–54)
Baltimore City, Maryland, USA
Burial Baltimore, Baltimore City, Maryland, USA
Plot Section X, Plots 170 & 171
Memorial ID 51493866 View Source


Mr. James S. Cummins, the photographer, died yesterday at his home, 822 North Fulton avenue. His death was caused by pneumonia, from which he had been sick for six days. He was a native of Baltimore and was fifty-one years of age. Mr. Cummins was formerly a member of the firm of Kuhns [sic?] and Cummins, but about fifteen years ago established a business in his own name, which he conducted at the time of his death. He was a member of the Fifth Regiment Veterans Corps, the Maryland Bicycle Club, and the Harmonic Singing Society. A widow, one daughter, and one son, who is a student at the Pennsylvania Military College in Chester, Pa., survive him.

Baltimore SUN, 4 March 1895


The remains of Mr. James S. Cummins, who died on Sunday, were laid to rest yesterday with military honors. The funeral took place from his home, 822 North Fulton avenue, where services were conducted by Rev. James A. Latane of the Church of the Redeemer, assisted by Rev. C. P. Hall, of the Second Universalist Church. Two companies of the Fifth Regiment Veterans Corps, of which Mr. Cummins was a member, marched to the grave. The interment was made in Loudon Park Cemetery, where a volley was fired over the grave by a squad from Company H, of the Fifth Regiment, of which Mr. Cummins had formerly been a member. The pall-bearers were Capt. John W. Torsch and William Kammerer, of the Veterans Corps, J. M. Jones and Thompson Jones, of the Odd-Fellows, and Louis P. Dietrich and Charles Newton.

Baltimore SUN, 6 March 1895

NOTE: The son of Baltimore brick mason Robert Cummins, James S. Cummins married Grace Oakford Kindall or Kendall (b. abt. 1850, Ohio). They had two children, Grace P. Cummins (b. abt. 1873, Md.) and William Neville Cummins (1874-1941). Grace Pauline Cummins married Charles Wilson Ray in September 1896. William graduated from Pennsylvania Military College in 1895. In 1899 he married Bertha W. Simon, the daughter of US Navy surgeon William Ireton Simon and Rebecca Eyre Wilson Simon. William Cummins went to work for the Red Jacket Coal Company in Red Jacket, West Virginia and later in Ohio. He and Bertha had two children, William Jr. (1903-1969) and Rebecca (Cummins) Scott (1905-1972), who married Horace S. Scott, son of Chester, Pa. physician Dr. S. Horace Scott.

The Cummins Studio occupied various locations, including 5 North Charles Street. In addition to taking portraits, Cummins sold a wide range of photographic supplies. During the 1890s he was active in reviving an amateur photography club in Baltimore. The studio appears to have continued to operate for a time after his death. A William N. Cummins advertised to sell the studio in 1898.

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