War hero found beneath a simple grave.

12 09 2010

I found myself with a bit of extra time on my hands yesterday so I reviewed pictures of cemetery graves from last Spring.  I came a cross a series of photographs from a cemetery in

Major General Robert Cumming

Libertytown, Md which is located in Frederick County, MD.  The cemetery named Fairmount is located on Route 26, a main thoroughfare through town.  It is a well kept cemetery and small in size.  I like to randomly photograph stones; one that “speak” to me.  I came across the grave of Robert Cumming, no relation and nothing ornamental or grandiose on his stone.  However at the bottom of the stone is a circular placard with the initial S.A.R.  The Sons of  the American Revolution; a fraternal order formed in 1889 for the descendants of patriots I assumed that he had served in the Revolutionary War based off of his date of death.  I decided to do a little research.

I referenced “History of Western Maryland: being a history of Frederick …, Volume 1”  By John Thomas Scharf, Helen Long and found the following excerpt on page 1047: “1825 – Maj. Gen. Robert Cumming Commander of the Second Division of Maryland Militia.  In his 72nd year of  his age.”

I next performed a patriot search on the Sons of the American Revolution website located at www.sar.org.  Bingo – a match.  The record states that Robert Cumming held the rank of a Captain.  The exact location of his burial and list the name of his wife as “Mary Allen Coats”.  His birth date is listed as 1754 and death of 1825.

Being a member of the DAR, I then checked the online databases from the Daughters of the American Revolution website at www.dar.org it also confirmed the information listing on the SAR site, but also stated that his service description was at the Upper Battle of the Militia in Baltimore, Md.  Another clue was also listed – he had a son named John.

Ancestry lists a non-sourced family tree for the ancestors of Robert Cumming.  His father is listed as William born 1725 in Inverness Scotland and his mother is listed as Sarah Coppage born 1736 on the Eastern Shore of Maryland.  No sources are listed.

I then found an article that was written about General Cummings in the  The Boston news-letter: and city record, Volume 1 By Abel Bowen, Jerome Van Crowninshield Smith pg. 364. It is titled, “Another Revolutionary Hero gone!”

Who new that this simple grave housed such a hero.  God bless you Major General Robert Cumming.  Thank you for your service and rest in peace.