George P. Cumming, expert in mines and mining, was born in Schuylkill County, Pa., March 24, 1856, and came to Illinois with his parents in 1860. His education was obtained, under constant difficulties, in night schools and at his horne. At an early age he began work in the mines, and since reaching the age of maturity has been employed by a number of companies in different capacities in Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, Colorado, Wyoming, Montana, Idaho and Utah.
Mr. Cumming first came to Tazewell County in 1879, which he has made his home, with the exception of various absences to other States and Territories in connection with his business. At the present time he is located in East Peoria, Ill., where, with his brothers, he is interested in a coal mine.
On July 11, 1879, Mr. Cumming was married to Miss Elizabeth Wilson (born May I, 1859), and they have three children: Ethel L., Ruby A. and Garnet E. Cumming. Mr. Cummings ancestors, on both sides of the family, were of Scotch birth. His paternal grandparents were Robert P. and Barbara Proctor Cumming, while his maternal grandparents were George and Elsie Pace. His father, James P. Cumming, was born in Dalkeith, in 1829, while the birth of his mother, Helen Pace Cumming, occurred in Edinburgh. Scotland, July 4, 1828.
Historical Encyclopedia of Illinois and History of Tazewell County - page 992
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