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Rachel Ann Cummings (Canarda)

Also Known As: "Mam"
Birthdate: (82)
Birthplace: Maury County, Tennessee, United States
Death: March 29, 1895 (82)
Heber City, Wasatch County, Utah Territory, United States
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Isaac Canada and Sarah (Sally) Canada
Wife of John Cummings
Mother of Mary Jane Jones; William Morrell Cummings; Isaac Cummings; Nancy Elizabeth McDonald; Harmon Cummings and 2 others

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About Rachel Ann Cummings

Uriah Curtis Company (1852) Mormon Pioneer Overland Travel, 1847–1868 Uriah Curtis Company (1852) Age 39

Departure: 28 June 1852 Arrival: 29 September, 1 October 1852

Company Information: About 365 individuals and 51 wagons were in the company when it began its journey from the outfitting post at Kanesville, Iowa (present day Council Bluffs).

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Birth: Mar. 20, 1813 Maury County Tennessee, USA

Death: Mar. 29, 1895 Heber City Wasatch County Utah, USA

Additional resource information

Mrs. Cummings Quietly Passes away on Friday and is Buried Sunday

Friday morning "Mam" Cummings as she was familiarly called by people generally, quietly passed from this life into the unknown world at the home of her daughter, "Aunt Sally" Jones. It is always hard to part with our friends and relatives but in this case there are no regrets; she has lived to the ripe age of four score and two. Her life has been well spent and her good works and the trials and hardships through which she passed would make a volume of interesting reading.

The funeral services were held in the Stake House Sunday afternoon and a large congregation assembled to pay their last respects to the departed. Bishop Hicken, Pres. Hatch, Patriarchs Hicken and Duke and Elder Horricks took leading parts in the ceremonies. A large cortege followed the remains to the silent city where they were consigned to their last resting place.

Rachel Canada Cummings was born January 20, 1813 in Middle Tennessee. She was married to John Cummings in 1831 and was baptized by "Billy" Young in 1842. The following spring, with her husband and family, she moved to Nauvoo and has ever since been identified with the church. In 1852 they left for Utah in Captain Uriah Curtis' company.

The company was divided at Laramie and they came in under Captain Wm. Maxwell. They lived at Provo until 1860, when the moved to Heber where they have lived ever since.

She was the mother of ten children, seven whom are still living; seventy-nine grand children and ninety great-grandchildren. Her husband was ninety-two years old last December and has the distinction of being the oldest person in Wasatch County.

She was always of a cheerful disposition and died as she had lived, a faithful Latter-day Saint. All of her children are of the same faith.

Wasatch Wave, Heber City, Utah, April 2, 1895, Page 3

John and Rachel Ann Canarda Cummings

John Cummings was the youngest of nine children born to Harmon and Mary James Cummings on December 2, 1802 in Pendleton, South Carolina. Rachel Ann Canada (Canarda) was the fifth of nine children born to Isaac and Sarah (Sally) Pritchett Canada March 20, 1813 in Maury, Tennessee.

John moved to Gibson County in west Tennessee in 1830 where he became acquainted with and later married Rachel Ann Canada on March 16, 1834.

John and Rachel Ann Canada Cummings were also known as "Pap" and "Mam" Cummings.

They lived in this locality until they had five children. In the spring of 1841 the Elders of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints came and preached the Gospel to them. Both embraced what they thought to be the truth and were baptized and joined the local branch of Mormons.

In the spring of 1843 they moved to Nauvoo, Illinois and lived there until the Legion was called out. John states in his journal, "I being one of that number took my gun for the protection of the prophet Joseph and remained with the Legion until discharged. I then went back to Camp Creek and there remained until the burning commenced. Although we escaped ourselves from the burning, we saw the fires and smoke of the burning houses of our brethren around us, from day to day for weeks or months, wagons were sent out from Nauvoo to bring the scattering families in for protection".

In the spring of 1846 they left Nauvoo without knowing where they would locate. That fall they stopped at Council Bluffs where they remained for two years. They left there and went to Gallen's Grove, where they lived three years.

On June 1, 1852 they started their journey to Salt Lake Valley in the John Maxwell Company. Their son, John James, then five years old, remembers gathering buffalo chips and making a fire by working the bellows. At one time a truck tied on with a rope gave way and let John fall off. The wagon wheels passed over his legs. He moved his head in time to let the wagon go on without killing him.

They reached Provo on October 12, 1852. Their journey had taken them four months and 12 days. The family lived in Provo until 1858. Sons William and Isaac came to Wasatch County with people by the name of Parker. The Cummings boys returned to Provo for the winter. In the spring they came back to their land. Pap and his son, John, brought their sheep. They took other people's sheep to herd until the flock numbered 1,800 head. When fall came, young John had to take the sheep back to Provo alone. When he came to the river he met a man who asked him how he was going to get the sheep across. John tied a rope to the leader and let the man take a rope. John made the sheep follow.

Family links:

  • John Cummings (1802 - 1895)
  • Mary Jane Cummings Jones (1834 - 1906)*
  • William Morrell Cummings (1835 - 1922)*
  • Isaac Cummings (1837 - 1906)*
  • Sarah Ann Cummings Jones (1839 - 1909)*
  • Melinda Ann Cummings Baum (1841 - 1910)*
  • Nancy Elizabeth Cummings McDonald (1843 - 1881)*
  • John James Cummings (1846 - 1929)*
  • Harmon Cummings (1850 - 1920)*

Burial: Heber City Cemetery Heber City Wasatch County Utah, USA Plot: A_70_6

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Rachel Ann Cummings's Timeline

March 20, 1813
Maury County, Tennessee, United States
October 28, 1834
Age 21
Gibson, Gibson County, Tennessee, United States
July 30, 1835
Age 22
Gibson County, Tennessee, United States
May 31, 1837
Age 24
Gibson County, Tennessee, United States
April 6, 1841
Age 28
Gibson, Gibson, Tennessee, USA
September 7, 1843
Age 30
Nauvoo, Hancock County, Illinois, United States
March 25, 1846
Age 33
Montrose, Lee County, Iowa, United States
July 27, 1850
Age 37
Harrison, Iowa, USA
March 29, 1895
Age 82
Heber City, Wasatch County, Utah Territory, United States