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Richard Cummins Biography

from Marion County, Kentucky – Biographies

Richard Cummins was born in County Carlow, Ireland, May 8, 1830, and is a son of Arthur and Ellen (Whallen) Cummins, to whom four sons and seven daughters were born and reared.  Richard Cummins came to the United States in 1848, and located in Rahway, New Jersey; five years later he moved to Louisville and thence to Bullitt County, Kentucky, where he ran a distillery for two years; then moved to Decatur, Illinois, where he again ran a distillery.  In 1859 he returned to Kentucky and located at Raywick, where for five years he ran a distillery, after which he ran a saw-mill four years.  In 1868 he located in the western part of Marion County on 300 acres of fine land, which he has improved with good substantial buildings, built and ran a distillery  near New Hope and called it Coon Hollow Distillery, which he afterward sold and built a distillery near his residence and named it Coon Hollow Distillery, from which the station takes its name.  In 1881 he sold to the Nelson County Distilling company, after which he purchased and ran a distillery at Loretto, in the name of R. Cummins & Co.  Mr. Cummins also turns his attention to shorthorn cattle and fine saddle stock.  He was married October 1, 1861, to Emily J., a daughter of John and Mary (Simpson) Brady, who are natives of Maryland and were brought to Washington County, Kentucky, when children.  The issue from this marriage of our subject was ten children:  M. A., born September 5, 1862; Mary A., August 22, 1864; Mary E., July 30, 1865; John A., March 5, 1869; James P., February 2, 1871; Catherine W., May 3, 1872; Richard D., August 29, 1874; Elizabeth J., November 27, 1877; John R., May 27, 1880; and Anna M., May 27, 1880.  Mr. Cummins’ parents came to the United States in 1855 and located in New Jersey and later in Louisville, Kentucky, where they remained during the rest of their days.  In politics he is a Democrat and his first presidential vote was for Buchanan in 1856, and he and wife are devoted members of the Catholic Church.

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