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William Roscoe CUMPSTON 1893-1967

Greene County PA

William R. Cumpston M/3C HQ. CO. 51ST INF. 6TH DIV. WORLD WAR US 1917-1918



World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918 card  dated June 5th 1917 William Roscoe Cumpston

County: Greene State: Pennsylvania Birthplace: Pennsylvania;United States of America

Birth Date: 29 Jul 1893

Race: Caucasian (White) FHL Roll Number: 1892939  See image below



I was pleased to hear on

2012-04-24 from Lt Col G. W. Cumpston USMC (RET)


William Roscoe Cumpston



I am ths son of W.R. Cumpston, born in 1895 in Greene County Pa.


Served as a musician in the US Army in WW I died in 1966. He had 10 siblings.  He had a Teaching Certificate from Waynesburg Normal School which later became Waynesburg College.


I became a career Officer in USMC and retired in 1984. I hold a BS degree from Chaminade U in Honolulu Hi and MA in Educ from Pepperdine U with 2 sons William Russell Cumpston born 1961 and Andrew M Cumpston born 1963. For your interest, a Cumpston from Ohio won a Medal of Honor while serving for the North in the Civil War.


My son William aka "Rusty" graduated from UNC Chapel Hill and son Andrew graduated from NC State.

Warm regards. George W Cumpston


Country, state /county and place where your CUMPSTON relatives lived:

Greene County Pennsylvania

cumpston wm roscoe Greene co


U.S. World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942 Name: William Roscoe Cumpston

Birth Date: 29 Jul  1893 Birth Place: Greene, Pennsylvania Residence: Greene, Pennsylvania.  See image below




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1900 United States Federal Census

Rosco Cumpson Age: 6

Birth Date: Jul 1893

Birthplace: Pennsylvania

Home in 1900: Gilmore, Greene, Pennsylvania [Greene]

Race: White Gender: Male

Relation to Head of House: Son

Marital Status: Single


Father's Name: William CUMPSON Birthplace: Pennsylvania


Mother's Name: Elizabeth CUMPSON  Birthplace: Pennsylvania


Household Members: Name Age


William CUMPSON 39

Elizabeth CUMPSON 36

Goldie Cumpson 13

Barney Cumpson 11

Earl Cumpson 9

Rosco Cumpson 6

Clarence Cumpson 4

Ova E Cumpson 2

Nancy Cumpson 1/12






1920 United States Federal Census


Name: Goldie M Cumpston

Age: 33 Birth Year: abt 1887

Birthplace: Pennsylvania Home in 1920: Gilmore, Greene, Pennsylvania Race: White Gender: Female

Relation to Head of House: Head Marital Status: Single

Father's Birthplace: Pennsylvania

Mother's Birthplace: Pennsylvania

Home owned: Own Able to read: Yes Able to Write: Yes


Household Members: Name Age

Goldie M  CUMPSTON 33

Barney M Cumpston 31

Earl J Cumpston 29

Annie M Cumpston 18

Roscoe W Cumpston 26

Ray C Cumpston 24

Ora E Cumpston 21

Nannie A Cumpston 19

Harry M Cumpston 17

Edward C Cumpston 15














1910 United States Federal Census


W L Cumpston Age in 1910: 50 Birth Year: 1860

Birthplace: Pennsylvania

Home in 1910: Gilmore, Greene, Pennsylvania

Race: White Gender: Male

Relation to Head of House:  Head

Marital Status: Married

Spouse's Name:

E E Cumpston


Father's Birthplace: Pennsylvania

Mother's Birthplace: Pennsylvania


Household Members: Name Age

W L Cumpston 50

E E Cumpston 46

Albert Cumpston 25

Goldie M Cumpston 23

B M Cumpston 21

E J Cumpston 18

R R Cumpston 16

C R Cumpston 14

Ora E Cumpston 12

Nancy B Cumpston 10

Harry M Cumpston 7

Char E Cumpston 5






























Social Security Death Index


William Cumpston SSN: 162-14-0418


Last Residence: 15057  Mc Donald, Washington, Pennsylvania, United States of America


Born: 29 Jul 1893

Died: Mar 1967

State (Year) SSN issued:

Pennsylvania (Before 1951)


This index contains the name of those whose birth records are found in Birth Registers 3 through 12 at the Greene County courthouse in Waynesburg, Pennsylvania.  These registers contain delayed birth records for individuals born before 1915 whose births were not recorded at the time.

Although the county did not begin recording births until 1893, there are many records here for individuals born before that time, some as early as the 1870's, and quite possibly a few earlier.  Each record contains a good deal of information, including date and place of birth, parents' names, mother's maiden name, number of children of the mother, etc.  This index contains only the name and the book and page number on which each record is found; however, that information can be used to find the record at the courthouse or to request a copy of it.


Surname               Given Name                                   Bk  Page


Cumpston                 Albert                                     07  121

Cumpston                 Barney M.                                05  166

Cumpston                 Charles Edward                        03  654

Cumpston                 Denny Wright                              06  60  

Cumpston                 Goldie May                               09  240 [1886-1961]

Cumpston                 Jennie                                          10  8  

Cumpston                 Sadie                                            08  563

Cumpston                 William Henry                              04  370

Cumpston                William Roscoe                           03  445


Copyright, 2001, James Fordyce [email protected]  This file may be freely distributed and copied provided this copyright notice is included.  It may not be used, in part or in whole, in any publication, electronic or printed, which is offered for sale or for which a fee is charged without the permission of the editor.


1930 United States Federal Census  Name: William R Cumpston Gender: Male Birth Year: abt 1894 Birthplace: Pennsylvania Race: White  Home in 1930: Gilmore, Greene, Pennsylvania Marital Status: Single Relation to Head of House: Head

Father's Birthplace: Pennsylvania Mother's Birthplace: Pennsylvania


Household Members: Name Age

William R Cumpston 36 teacher

Goldie M Cumpston 43 none

Ora E Cumpston 32 none

C Edward Cumpston 25 state route carrier US mail


Source Citation: Year: 1930; Census Place: Gilmore, Greene, Pennsylvania; Roll: 2044; Page: 2B; Enumeration District: 11; Image: 6.0; FHL microfilm: 2341778.

George wrote again to tell me the following:


His father then moved in 1955 to McDonald Pa where he became the Music Director at Oakdale Boys Industrial School. It was a school for troubled and delinquent young boys. He formed a Marching Bugle Corps there that became quite good and marched in parades throughout the area. I was a sophomore in the Music Dept at Indiana State Teachers College, Indiana Pa.


I then entered the Navy Flight Training Program at Pensacola Fl in July 1956.


Upon completion of flight training I became a 2nd Lt in the USMC and retired in 1984 as a LtCol. Among many events during my service, I was a designated Presidential Helicopter Aircraft Commander "Marine One" during 1967 to 1970. Flying LBJ and Nixon. The Executive Flight Detachment

(Marine Helicopter Squadron One) was commanded by Col Don Foss, then by LtCol Ed Sample, and then by Col Dick Kuci, who later became a Maj General. I was a just newly promoted Major at the time and had just returned from Vietnam where I was awarded 13 Air medals , 2 of which were single mission Air Medals and was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for a different mission. All told, I flew over 250 combat missions flying the CH-46 Sea Knight Helicopter. When I retired in 1984, I had over 6000 flying hours in Helocopters and all were accident free.


Thanks George for sharing this - what a record!  Now all we need are some photos.

Thelma CLAZEY wrote on the Genforum board the following:


'I have located the following: Alexander Compston married to Mary or Mariah Clovis. I have also located pictures of both of them and two of their daughters thanks to a Taylor descendant. Alexander had the following children: Eliza (Louise) Ellen who married Abraham Taylor; Rebecca; Mary; Montgomery; William Lewis and Ruth. Alexander had a brother Nathaniel, Isaac and sister Ruth that I have found to date.


William Lewis Cumpston married Elizabeth Etta Lemmon, daughter of Nancy and Salathiel Lemmon, Jollytown, PA.


William and Etta had the following: Albert, William Roscoe, Barney Milton; Goldie May; Ora Edith; Nancy Burnfield; Earl Jefferson Franklin; Charles Edward and Clarence Ray.


Ora Edith and Goldie May never married - became school teachers. Albert married and moved to Frederick Maryland. William R. married twice; Barney unknown; Nancy married Charles Clutter; Earl J. married Anna Marie Rose; the other two unknown.