Saturday, 11 October 2014

DNA confirms that Patrick John Cummins is the daddy, now to find William John Cummins b. 1870, Warrnambool, Vic

This post relates to the father (my grandfather) of Peggy Lucas (my mother).

We truly didn't need to do this DNA test because instinctively we knew after seeing a photo of Patrick John Cummins the very first time that he was indeed Peggy's father. The resemblance to one of my nephews was incredible. However, I am a stickler for getting things right and with all the DNA we have on record I wasn't coming up with any matches to the surname "Cummins". It started to make me wonder if he could possibly 'not' be my grandfather. Enter another DNA test, this one was my 1st cousin and Mum's sister's daughter. Test results are in today and she is indeed a full blood niece.

So, give it up for Paddy, DNA can't deny parentage, we don't truly know the reasoning behind why Paddy and Cecilia adopted Mum out, a lot of it has been hearsay, some from adoption records and affidavits, but none of that is important, as we now have the truth of her heritage.

Could you have imagined if she wasn't? I would have had to re-write the family tree and the website! Thanks Universe, I really did not want to do that!

So, now we need Patrick's spirit to come out of hiding and push us along the right path and knock down the proverbial brick wall.

We have Patrick John Cummins born 24 June 1908 at Cowra, father William John Cummins, labourer, aged 37, born Warrnambool, Victoria. His birth certificate states that his parents William John Cummins and Ada May Matthews were married 21st June 1907 at Dubbo, but this is not true as exhaustive searches have not found a marriage. Note that Ada used "Matthews" as her maiden name which was her step-father's name (she was born Ada Mary Hamilton). There is a confirmed marriage of Ada to Alfred Oborn in 1898 which leads me to believe that she was attempting to hide that she was still legally married to Alfred. Essentially all the Cummins children are illegitimate.  Could they have stretched William's place of birth too?

There is a William John Cummins born at Avoca, Victoria in 1870 with the parents William Cummin(g)s and Mary Ann Clappard (aka Leppard and Lappard), I haven't had reason to get this birth certificate yet as I am looking for further confirmation and Avoca is 207 km's north of Warrnambool.
  • 1906 - Son William John Cummins born, location unknown, birth appears to not be registered, confirmation from other sources.
  • 1908 - Son Patrick John Cummins born 1908, Cowra, NSW
  • 24th December 1909 in "The Burrowra News" there is mention of a William John Cummins of Cowra being granted a Hawker's Licence. [HAWKERS' LICENCES. (1909, December 24). The Burrowa News (NSW : 1874 - 1951), p. 2. Retrieved October 11, 2014, from]
  • 1910 - Daughter Dorothy May Cummins born Cootamundra, NSW
  • 1912 - Son Thomas Joseph Cummins born, Fairy Meadow, NSW (Wollongong)
  • 1915 - Son Michael Richard Cummins born, Campbelltown, NSW
  • 22nd September 1917; "The Cumberland Argus and Fruitgrowers Advocate", as follows
William John Cummins pleaded guilty at Liverpool Court to stealing a quantity of military goods, including blankets, 15 suits of dungarees, 22 bars soap, a quantity of tea, coffee, etc. Constable Stack- pool said that he went to accused 's camp on the vicinity of Warwick Farm racecourse in company with Sergeant Gibson and a member of the military provost staff. Accused was lying in the camp under the influence of liquor and there was a quantity of military sundries lying about. Arrested accused and brought him to the lockup; where Cummins stated that he was a dealer and that he had been a cook at Liverpool Camp, and had Been discharged on three occasions. He said he was entitled to a lot of the military clothes he had, and that some of the stuff in his possession came from the German concentration camp. He also said that when the Warwick Farm encampment was broken up, he was given a lot of things, and some were given to his wife to wash. Police sergeant Gibson stated that as a result of a fire which had occurred at Cummins' camp, a lot of goods there had been identified as military property. The Bench inflicted a fine; of £5, in default two months' hard labor in Parramatta Gaol.[STOLEN MILITARY STORES. (1917, September 22). The Cumberland Argus and Fruitgrowers Advocate (Parramatta, NSW : 1888 - 1950), p. 5. Retrieved October 11, 2014, from]
  • 1914-1918 William John Cummins enlisted in AIF but was rejected or discharged during training, at the time of enlisting he was age 50, born - Warnambool Victoria. (I haven't seen the benefit in ordering this file (yet), maybe down the track.
  •  1919 - Son of Ada born Sydney Alfred Burton registered as Cummins

From the above timeline William appears to disappear between 1915 and 1919.  I can't find any reference in the NSW Police Gazettes to followup on the above conviction.

If any of this rings a bell in your genealogy please make contact, all input welcome.


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