Cumpston Research

COMING SHORTLY -
PHOTOS AND STORIES FROM MIKE ABOUT HIS PARENTS AND GRANDPARENTS

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.
 

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.

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