Chemung County NY
History of Tompkins, Schuyler, Chemung, Tioga 1879
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was born in Tiverton, Bristol Co., R. I., Feb. 13, 1791, and was the fourth child and third son of Job McCumber, of Scotch descent, who emigrated to this country about the year 1750, in company with his brother Benjamin. Our subject was reared in Westport, Mass., and at the age of sixteen years started out from New Bedford on a whaling voyage; but after being out seven weeks, the vessel was ordered to report at New Bedford, as the war of 1812 was then declared. For two years after this event Mr. McCumber followed coasting winters, and cod-fishing summers. He then began an apprenticeship at shoemaking, which business he has followed, in connection with other avocations, for a long period of years.
In 1813 he removed to Danby, Rutland Co., Vt., and in 1815 married Mary Woodhouse, of Middletown, Rutland Co. By this union was born to them one daughter, viz., Elizabeth, who married Nelson Slawson, of Chemung, Chemung Co., N. Y., and died March 22, 1846, leaving two sons, viz., Jeremiah and William G., the latter now engaged as reporter on the Orange County Press. Mr. McCumber used his means freely for the education of these grandsons, bearing the responsibilities, so far as possible, of the deceased mother and daughter. 

 In the year 1817 he removed to the town of Chemung, Tioga Co., N. Y., where he has remained ever since, made a purchase of land, cleared a large tract, and continued improving as long as able to work. Engaged for a time in the lumber trade, and aided in the erection of lumber-mills near his present residence. Has served the town as assessor, commissioner, and justice of the peace. At McCumber’s Corners (the place deriving its name from our subject) was damaged greatly by fire in 1875, losing a fine house and contents. Is now residing with Calvin Woodhouse, where, with his wife, he expects to spend the remainder of his days. His first wife died Feb. 1, 1868, aged eighty years, three months and thirteen days. Married for his second wife his brother’s widow, Mrs. Nancy McCumber, Sept. 7, 1868. Mr. McCumber is a well-preserved man of eighty-seven years, and highly respected by all who know him. Incidents of the early settlement of this town, as narrated by him, will be found elsewhere in this work.

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