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Isaac Cummings (1632 - 1721)

Deacon Isaac Cummings
Born in Mistley, Essex, Englandmap
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Husband of — married 27 Nov 1659 in Topsfield, Essex, Massachusettsmap
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Died at about age 89 in Topsfield, Essex, Massachusetts Bay Colonymap
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Isaac Cummings was a witchcraft accuser in witch trials



On November 27th 1659 Isaack Comings and Mary Andrews were married in Topsfield. Essex, Massachusetts.[1]

The couple's first three children are listed as dead on their day of birth.[2][3][4]

"Isaac Cummings lived in Ipswich. He was on the list of commoners, 1672. “Sergeant in Narragansett War.” He held various offices in the town, moderator, surveyor, constable, selectman. He was chosen deacon of the church, 1686. The story of his experience with the minister, Rev. Thomas Gilbert, shows that he was influential before he was deacon. For the minister one day came into the pulpit, badly beside himself from drink. His speech was confused and he forgot the order of exercises. First he prayed and he sang, then he prayed again and sang. Finally, Isaac Cummings arose and requested him to stop. The deacon was not above all the influences prevailing in his time. For at the period of the witchcraft excitement he testified in court against Elisabeth How, that a mare of his was strangely affected under Elisabeth’s bad influence. His testimony was corroborated by that of Isaac, his son, and of Mary, his wife. Elisabeth How was condemned, and executed in July 1692."[5]

"He received, in 1663, by deed from his father a farm of 100 acres lying on both sides of Winthrop's brook, being a part of the original purchase of Samuel Simonds. He built his house near the site of the "Hobbs-Bell" house."[6]


Son b. 1660, d. same day
Son b. 1661 d. same day
Son b. 1662 d. same day
Isaac b. 1664
*John b. June 7, 1666
Thomas b. 1670
Mary b. 1671-72
Rebecca b. 1674
Stebbings b. 1680 killed by Indians 1706
He lived in Ipswich (1) owned land in Boxford, MA
Occupation: Selectman, treasurer, constable, tithingman
1673 - Freeman
1675 - Impressed for the Naragansett war (Sargeant)
1678 - Oath of Allegiance
1686 - Chosen deacon of church.
Testified in witchcraft trial of Elisabeth How, executed Jul 1692
1721 - Will Probated


Date: 1633
Place: Topsfield, Massachusetts (Essex)


Type: Military
Place: King Phillip's War


  1. "Massachusetts, Town Clerk, Vital and Town Records, 1626-2001," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 13 July 2016), Isaack Comings and Mary Andrews, 27 Nov 1659; citing Marriage, Topsfield, Essex, Massachusetts, United States, , town clerk offices, Massachusetts; FHL microfilm 761,323.
  2. "Massachusetts Deaths and Burials, 1795-1910," database, FamilySearch ( : 10 December 2014), Isaack Comings in entry for Comings, 28 Aug 1660; citing Topsfield, Essex, Massachusetts, reference 49; FHL microfilm 877,468.
  3. "Massachusetts Deaths and Burials, 1795-1910," database, FamilySearch ( : 10 December 2014), Issaack Comings in entry for Comings, 02 Nov 1661; citing Topsfield, Essex, Massachusetts, reference 50; FHL microfilm 877,468.
  4. "Massachusetts Deaths and Burials, 1795-1910," database, FamilySearch ( : 10 December 2014), Isaack Comings in entry for Comings, 06 Dec 1662; citing Topsfield, Essex, Massachusetts, reference Bk C p 4; FHL microfilm 761,323.
  5. Mooar, George. Cummings memorial, a genealogical history of the descendants of isaac cummings. New York: Y. r. Cummings, 1127 Park Row Building, 1903 page 7
  6. Cummins, Albert Oren. Cummings genealogy ; Isaac Cummings, 1601-1677 of Ipswich in 1638 and some of his descendants. Montpelier VT: Argus and Patriot Printing House, 1904 page 3

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  • LDS Pedigree Resource File

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Youngest son Stebbings Cummings (1679/80-1706 killed by Indians
posted by Patricia (Long) Kent
I just located online another version of the Albert Oren Cummins genealogy that I find easier to read. (Others' mileage will likely vary.) For anyone who wants to take a look, it can be found here:

Page xxvii of this document shows this person being born in 1633.

posted by Carolyn Comings
edited by Carolyn Comings