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John Robert Edwards Sumner

Also Known As: "R E Sumner"
Birthdate: (83)
Birthplace: Essex, England, United Kingdom
Death: October 15, 1933 (83)
San Diego, San Diego County, California, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of John Henry Robertson Sumner and Antonetta M Sumner
Husband of Abbie Sumner
Father of Mary Beatrice Blankenship and John Robert Carew Sumner
Brother of Edith M Powell and Alice F Sumner
Half brother of Helen Jane Henrietta Sumner; Elizabeth Sumner; Margaret Lilias Sumner and Charles H Sumner

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About John Robert Edwards Sumner

John Robert Edwards Sumner was born in Southchurch, Essex (where his father was rector), on 14 November 1850[1] to the Revd John Henry Robertson Sumner (1821–1910) and his wife, Antonetta Maria Edwards (1825–1852). He was baptised at St Mary's Church, Addington, Surrey, on 17 January 1851.[2] His father, the Revd John Henry Robertson Sumner, was the son of the Most Revd John Bird Sumner (Archbishop of Canterbury from 1848 to his death in 1862)[3] and Marianne Robertson, the daughter of Captain George Robertson of the Royal Navy (1742 - 1791) and Ann Lewis (1748 - 1802), daughter of Francis Lewis (1713 - 1803), signer of the Declaration of Independence, and Elizabeth Anessley (1715 - 1779). The Revd John Henry Sumner became rector of Bishopsbourne near Canterbury in Kent[4] and then of Ellesborough near Tring, Hertfordshire.[1] John Robert Edwards Sumner was a great-great grandson of Francis Lewis, a New York signer of the Declaration of Independence. Sumner's mother died on 3 November 1852[5] and his father remarried, to Elizabeth Ann Gibson.[6] John Robert Edward Sumner left England in 1882 and landed in New York. He met his wife to be Abbie Page Carew in Boston. Mass. They were married in Cambridge, Mass in 1890. They settled in Routt, Colorado that same year at the ranch he operated. Their family grew to three and then four when Mary Beatrice was born in 1891 soon followed by her brother John Robert " Jack " Carew. Their family was joined quickly by J R E's sister Edith Marie Powell and her husband Anold Powell were they promptly had their only child Edith Antonetta Powell. Both families stayed in Routt until all the children had graduated from College of Colorado at Pikes Peak Between 1915 and 1917 both families moved to San Diego, Ca. Settling in La Jolla. Jack joined the Army and affer his enlistment also rejoined the family in La Jolla..

John Robert Edwards Sumner (14 November 1850 – 15 October 1933) was an amateur footballer who played for Oxford University in the 1873 FA Cup Final. He was later a rancher in the United States.


John Robert Edwards Sumner was educated at Harrow School, matriculating in October 1869, after which he went up to Trinity College, Oxford,[7] from where he obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree in 1875.[1]

Football career

Having previously played football for Harrow School, Sumner represented Oxford University, where he was described as "most effective", winning praise for his "fine runs", "vigour" and willingness to work hard for the team.[1] In 1872, the university entered the FA Cup at the first round stage, defeating Crystal Palace 3–2 on 26 October 1872, with Sumner scoring one of the university's three goals.[8] The university won their next three matches to reach the semi-final, where they were drawn against the leading Scottish club, Queen's Park. Queen's, however, were unable to raise the funds to travel to London and withdrew from the competition, giving Oxford a bye into the final.[9]

In the final, played at Lillie Bridge on 29 March 1873, the university met the defending champions, Wanderers who, under the original rules of the competition, were exempt from the earlier rounds.[10] Sumner played as one of eight forwards for the university, who dominated much of the match, but conceded a goal after 27 minutes, when the Wanderers captain Arthur Kinnaird outpaced the university's backs and kicked the ball between the goalposts.[11] In a desperate attempt to secure an equalising goal, Oxford took the unusual step of dispensing with the use of a goalkeeper and moved Andrew Leach upfield to play as a forward.[10] This plan back-fired at around the 80-minute mark, however, when Charles Wollaston broke through and scored a second goal for the Wanderers, who thereby retained the trophy.[12][13]

After leaving university, Sumner played as an amateur for High Wycombe and represented Buckinghamshire.[1]


^ a b c d e f g Warsop 2004, p. 128. ^ "John Robert Edward Sumner in the England, Select Births and Christenings, 1538-1975". Retrieved 14 January 2015. (subscription required (help)). ^ Appleton 1863, p. 760. ^ "John Robert Ed Sumner in the 1861 England Census". Retrieved 14 January 2015. (subscription required (help)). ^ "Antonetta Maria Sumner in the England & Wales, National Probate Calendar (Index of Wills and Administrations), 1858–1966". Retrieved 14 January 2015. (subscription required (help)). ^ "John Henry Robertson Sumner". Retrieved 14 January 2015. ^ a b Reginald Courtenay, Welch. "The Harrow School register, 1800-1911" (PDF). p. 380. Retrieved 14 January 2015. ^ Collett 2003, p. 479. ^ "F.A. Cup 1872–73". The Football Club History Database. Retrieved 11 January 2015. ^ a b Warsop 2004, p. 41. ^ Warsop 2004, p. 31. ^ Gibbons 2001, pp. 38–39. ^ "1873 FA Cup Final: Wanderers vs Oxford University". Retrieved 13 January 2015. ^ "John R.E. Sumner in the 1881 England Census". Retrieved 14 January 2015. (subscription required (help)). ^ "About Us...". Dunchurch Park. Retrieved 14 January 2015. ^ "John Robert Edwards Sumner". Retrieved 14 January 2015. ^ Middlesex County Deeds, Cambridge, Massachusetts, v 3984, p. 195. "Edith L. Wolfard of Cambridge, Mass., buyer, purchases 29 Everett Street for consideration paid, from John Robert Edwards Sumner and Abby Page Sumner both of Colorado Springs, Colorado, on July 16, 1915." ^ "England & Wales, National Probate Calendar (Index of Wills and Administrations), 1858-1966 forJohn Robert Edwards Sumner". Retrieved 14 January 2015. (subscription required (help)). Bibliography Appletons' Annual Cyclopaedia and Register of Important Events of the Year: 1862. New York: D. Appleton & Company. 1863. Collett, Mike (2003). The Complete Record of the FA Cup. Sports Books. ISBN 1-899807-19-5. Gibbons, Philip (2001). Association Football in Victorian England – A History of the Game from 1863 to 1900. Upfront Publishing. ISBN 1-84426-035-6. Warsop, Keith (2004). The Early F.A. Cup Finals and the Southern Amateurs. Soccer Data. ISBN 1-899468-78-1.

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John Robert Edwards Sumner's Timeline

Essex, England, United Kingdom
June 9, 1891
Age 41
Florissant, Teller County, Colorado, United States
November 22, 1892
Age 42
Routt, Colorado, United States
October 15, 1933
Age 83
San Diego, San Diego County, California, United States