The Death Of George Brown Cumming, November 12, 1878

I’m back with more transcription from the Sarah Alexander Cunningham Collection of Family Papers, MS194, at Georgia Historical Society in Savannah. These two bits of newspaper clippings were in Sarah’s mother’s scrapbook.

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 12, 1878

CUMMING.  – Died, in Savannah, Ga., on Mon-

day, November 11, 1878, GEORGE BROWN CUM-

MING, in his eighty-third year.

The friends and acquaintance of the family

are invited to attend his funeral, from the

family residence, at 12 o’clock .  THIS DAY,

the 12th instant.

And under the funeral notice:

Death of George B. Cumming, Esq.

   Our well known and venerable fellow citi-

zen, George B. Cumming, Esq., who had been

in failing health for some time past, died at

three o’clock yesterday morning at his resi-

dence, corner of South Broad and Drayton

streets.  Mr. Cumming was born in Savan-

nah and had lived here his entire life.  He

was for many years at the head of a large

and prosperous commission house, and at

one time owner of a packet line running

from this city to New York, and by good

management and attention to business,

amassed a handsome competency, enabling

him to retire from active business life about

the commencement of the late war.  He

was elected a member of the Hibernian So-

ciety on the 14th of February, 1818, his

father having been the first President when

the society was organized in 1812.

On the 17th of March, 1821, he was elected

Vice President, and on the 18th of Maerch,

1833, was elected President, which position

he held until the 24th of March,

1856, thirty-three years, when he

positively declined re-election, and the

late Hon. John J. Kelly was elected

to the position.  He was also an honorary

member of the Irish Jasper Greens.  The

deceased was in his eighty-third year, and

until the last year or so was in excellent

health and retained the possession of his

faculties to the last.  He leaves a wife and a

daughter, Mrs. W. Grayson Mann, and a

large circle of friends and acquaintances to

mourn his loss.  His funeral will take place

at twelve o’clock to-day from the family

residence, corner South Broad and Drayton

streets, and will be attended by the Hiber-

nian Society and the Jasper Greens.

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