Our subject came to America in 1847, first locating in New Jersey, where he followed farming two years, after which he removed to Pottsville, Pa., and here worked about the mines for one year. He was then employed on the Pennsylvania Gravity Railroad for about six months after which he was engaged in farming in Wyoming five years. He then removed to Jenkins township, where he has since resided, having been engaged in mining in all thirty-three years, during a great portion of which time he also operated a farm.
Besides his property in Jenkins township, Mr. Cummings has property in Pittston, and a valuable farm in Newton County, Mo. He is a fair example of what enterprise and honest effort will do in this great land.
Mr. Cummings was married January 1, 1854, to Miss Bridget, daughter of Richard and Catherine (Kirwan) McGrail, natives of County Mayo, Ireland, and they have five children, viz.: John, who is somewhere in Colorado; Michael, a merchant in Inkerman; Catherine (Mrs. Martin Gilroy, in Pittston); Mary (Mrs. Frank Boughan, in Pittston); and Thomas, who is engaged with the Acme Oil Company, Pittston. Mr. Cummings and family are members of the Catholic Church. He is a Democrat in his political views, and has held the offices of constable and supervisor in Jenkins township.
History of Luzerne County, Pa. by H. C. Bradsby - published 1893
The funeral of Patrick Cummings occurred yesterday morning from his late home in Inkerman. The funeral cortege was one of the largest witnessed for some time, many people from out of town being in attendance. A beautiful pillow, bearing the inscription “Father” was placed on the casket by the family of the deceased.
The remains were borne to St. John’s Church, where requiem mass was sung by Rev. Father Finnen. At the conclusion he preached an excellent sermon and paid a glowing tribute to the deceased’s good Christian life. Internment was made in Market Street cemetery. The pallbearers were Peter Gorman, Michael Burk, Patrick Wynne, Patrick Corcoran, Peter Heslin and William Gallagher.
Wilkes Barre Record - July 24, 1893