Yes, they were most definitely related. I do not know for certain how (although I, myself, thought brother and sister, but who knows? They might be first cousins). You can tell, for later on, when Mrs Astor was to host a dinner for the Captain of the Carpathia, Arthur Henry Rostron, both Mrs Marian Thayer and Mrs Florence Cumings arrived, as they were both the most prominent of women on board of the Titanic. I know they are definitely related, but as to where, I could not say. I hope this helps you.
John B. Thayer and Florence Thayer Cumings (later Swain) were not brother and sister, nor were they related.
I knew Thayer Cumings, Florence's son, for several years and asked him this question one time. He replied that there was absolutely no connection between his mother and the Thayers of Philadelphia. If there was a connection, it was extremely distant.
Thayer Cumings was also surprised when I told him that his mother was a guest of Mrs. Astor shortly after the disaster. Along with Mrs. Thayer, Mrs. Cumings attended a luncheon at the Astor mansion in honor of Captain Rostron. Thayer Cumings never knew about this. He believed that since his mother dreaded the very mention of the disaster, she never spoke of it to her family.
I was just wondering if Mrs John B. Cumings, born Florence Thayer, was the sister of Mr John B. Thayer. She was born in Mass. and he in PA., but they have the same name and seemed to be travelling together. Mrs Thayer and Mrs Cumings were both in Boat No 4, and after the sinking they both attended a dinner hosted by Mrs Astor.
It seems rather a coincidence if there was no relationship.
I've read elsewere that somebody thought that Jack Thayer and Florence Cummings were brother and sister this is incorrect,I think I'm right in saying that there was no relation between Florence Cummings and the John Borland Thayers but somebody else may be able to answer this question better than me
Your name (and Michael Findlay's) was listed as a contributor to this passenger, is the reason I am directing this post to you.
Your contribution was to passengers Mr. John Bradley Cumings and Mrs. Florence Cumings of New York City.
My co-worker mentioned during our brief chat about Titanic, that his grandmother (and her husband) was a passenger aboard the Titanic.
His grandmother's name was Mrs. Mary Cummings and the husband's name was Mr. John Bradley Cummings. They were first class passengers from New York City. Mary survived.
The spellings are different, as you can see, and the wife's name is different as well. I confirmed with my co-worker the spelling and the name of his grandmother, and he assured me that the information he gave me was correct.
He also gave me the name of a book where their names were listed in the back as passengers. The name of that book is, "Titanic and Other Great Sea Disasters." I looked on Tennaro's site, abebooks.com and adall.com and the book did not surface. My co-worker said the book came out right after the sinking, so I can only assume the book is out of print and hard to find. I also looked through the 2nd and 3rd class passenger list on this site and did not find the Cummings listed.
My question to you is, could the Cummings be unfound passengers with the same last name as the other Cuming couple, only having a different last name spelling?
P.S. Does anyone on or off the Board have this book or has anyone seen it in a library somewhere? My co-worker and I are anxious to know.
Teri, "The Sinking of the Titanic and Other Great Sea Disasters" was one of the books that came out in 1912 and is written by Marshall Logan. I checked Fiona's site on this and found that the full text can be downloaded at the project Gutenberg site at http://promo.net/pg/
The passengers real names were Florence and John Bradley Cumings--no mistake in names or spelling of the surname. One question you might ask your co-worker (which he should definitely know if he is a grandson of the Titanic Cumings family)--is who his grandmother married as her second husband. The correct answer is Chester Odiorne Swain.
In the back of my mind I'm thinking there might have been a "Titanic imposter" in California that used the surname Cummings as well--but I haven't tried to keep up with the details of all the imposters (though I was recently astonished to discover that one person generally accepted as a survivor can't possibly be one--more later on this one after I've had time to investigate further).
A huge thank-you for the Project Gutenberg link - I've never seen this before and it's a wealth of literary information - including the Titanic book that you and Teri (and Fiona) have cited.
To get an ENTIRE book on the Titanic is a rare treat indeed (it's worked out as 194 pages in Word) - I had to find it under "Marshall, Logan" as opposed to "Logan, Marshall" - but it's well worth the time looking it up.
For anyone looking for a faithful reprint of "The Sinking of the Titanic and Other Great Sea Disasters" (cloth cover and all), it's $24.00 at www.visionforum.com (search on keyword "titanic"). Makes for a great display book, because it looks like an original, except that it's in pristine condition.
I will be sure to ask my co-worker who his grandmother married as her second husband.
Something interesting to note: On www.titanicinquiry.org they have the spelling listed as Cummings, not Cumings. This link though, when you click on it, takes you straight to your article here on ET. I guess titanicinquiry.org has a typo.
My co-worker informed me today that the information he gave me originated from his mother. He said she will be flying in for the holidays so he'll get with her on the name and the spelling at that time. I didn't ask the date she is to arrive, but I'll find that out tomorrow and I'll be sure to post my findings.
Michael, Kate and Parks,
Thank you very much for posting different locations to find this book, I do appreciate it.