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Henry Cumpston in Texas from Ireland

Mike Cumpston at [email protected] wrote to me on 6th September 2009 about his family.  

 

Subject:  Cumpston -Ireland

 

'We seem able to trace our branch to a  James Cumpston of Belfast Ireland born about 1800.  My great grand father, Henry Cumpston was born in 1830 came to the United States, Married Ellen Mclockland (sic)- also from Ireland.  In or about 1970, he settled in Navarro County Texas.

 

These Cumpstons began as Catholics with no apparent knowlege of English ancestry.  I was told that Henry converted to Methodism becasue their was no Catholic presence in the region.  I later found out this was not true as a priest arrived to administer extreme unction. Years before, Henry had apparently been tossed out of the Catholic Church and Ellen met the priest at the door and most colorfully told him to get off the property.

 

Henry and Ellen's issue include, James Henry, Fredrick Bernard, William Frank (Cumpstons) and others who tended to inter-marry with the the Scottish Campbells and Furras of the area.'

 

 

 

Cumpson/McLockland

Father Henry Cumpson Birth  1830  Ireland  

Mother Ellen McLockland Birth  1850  Ireland  

 

Children

James Henry Cumpston Birth  23 Feb 1875  Blooming Grove, Navarro Co., Texas  

 

Daniel George Cumpston Birth  8 May 1877  Blooming Grove, Navarro Co., Texas  

 

Frederick B Cumpston see below 

Birth  25 Feb 1879  Blooming Grove, Navarro Co., Texas  

Died  7 Sep 1962  Blooming Grove, Navarro Co., Texas  

Buried  9 Sep 1962  Rose Hill Cemetery, Blooming Grove, Navarro Co., Texas  

 

Mary Honerdell Cumpston

Birth  30 Dec 1880  Blooming Grove, Navarro Co., Texas  

Died  17 Apr 1969  Navarro Co., Texas   Buried    Rose Hill Cemetery, Blooming Grove, Navarro Co., Texas   Spouse  Charles Finis Lewis

 

William Frank Cumpston 

Birth  24 Dec 1888  Blooming Grove, Navarro Co., Texas  

 Died  28 Sep 1963  Navarro Co., Texas   Buried    Rose Hill Cemetery, Blooming Grove, Navarro Co., Texas   Spouse  Addie Pearl Griffin  Spouse  Carrie Nell Balentine  

Mike says that William Frank Cumpston is still a legend in Blooming Grove Texas-mainly for shooting people.

See below:

FREDERICK B CUMPSTON AND FAMILY

 

Birth  25 Feb 1879  Blooming Grove, Navarro Co., Texas  

Died  7 Sep 1962  Blooming Grove, Navarro Co., Texas

Buried  9 Sep 1962  Rose Hill Cemetery, Blooming Grove, Navarro Co., Texas  

Cumpston, Frederick B. & Flora May Campbell - Headstone

 

Wife  Flora May Campbell, b. 14 Jul 1882, Blooming Grove, Navarro Co., Texas  

 

Children  

 1. Curtis Henry Cumpston, b. 14 Jun 1904, Blooming Grove, Navarro Co., Texas  

2. Nellie Mae Cumpston, b. 14 Aug 1907, Blooming Grove, Navarro Co., Texas .  She married [briefly] Williams, and had 2 sons Fred and James Williams.

3. Kermit B. Cumpston, b. 12 Oct 1909, Blooming Grove, Navarro Co., Texas

4. M. Cumpston

5. Mike Cumpston, b. 11 Nov 1911, Blooming Grove, Navarro Co., Texas  

 

http://www.txnorthern.com/genealogy/showmedia.php?mediaID=590&medialinkID=1416

 

See gravestones for Frederick and Kermit

COMING SHORTLY -

PHOTOS AND STORIES FROM MIKE ABOUT HIS PARENTS AND GRANDPARENTS

Palestine Daily Herald

Newspaper report from the  

Palestine daily herald. (Palestine, Tex.) 1902-1949

March 31, 1910,

 

Image provided by: University of North Texas, Denton.

 

http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn86090383/1910-03-31/ed-1/seq-5/

 

PATENTS ISSUED TO TEXANS

Frederick B Cumpston Dallas, apparatus for removing sand or other fine particles from cotton or other materials.

Mike tells me that' it appears that Henry Cumpston (who might have been orphraned and raised by an English doctor) came to Gradyville/ Later Blooming Grove Texas  in 1871 after a fire destroyed Chicago Ill.  His wife Ellen Mclackland, already had some relatives in the area.'

 

 

'FB Cumpston is my grandfather.  He was partnered in a couple of cotton gins with The Campbells and Furras.  I think the great depression wiped them out as he was retired on old age assistance by the time I came along.  Flora died during World War Two.'

 

Mike adds:

Curtis Cumpston - son of Federick B and Flora produced me a couple of cousins, Mary Nell (Price) and Michael. One other who'se name I forget.

 

Mary Nell is about 85 and Michael is 68 or so and I believe, goes by "Mickey".  

 

I've heard rumors that Henry (1830) was a "Powder Monkey." This is what they usually call navy men who trundle powder from the magazine to the shipboard canon but also might refer to a private citizen who was employed blowing stuff up.  I never heard any reference to Henry as a Civil War veteran- just that he blew down buildings in Chicago creating fire-breaks during the fire of 1871.