‘Detective story’ traces name for Little River ferry

Diaries from the 1500’s trace streams, creeks, and rivers through Milam County. Some of these bodies of water were named from people who settled in these areas.

As early as 1836 one of the f irst Republic of Texas acts provided for ferry regulations used to cross these bodies of water.

One such act required that all ferries be charted by the counties courts in which they operated.

By 1850, and to 1854, legislation was passed regulating the use of ferries. One such law was that ferries had to obtain a license from the county where the ferry was situated. The owner of the ferry had to own one side of the river crossing to obtain a license.

Once the ferr y obtained a license it had to be renewed annually.

These deed records had to be recorded in the county where the ferry operated.

Milam County’s courthouse burned in 1876, and that may be a problem in trying to research such information. Cummins Crossing located in the northwest area of Milam County in the Little River area between Lilac, Davilla and Buckholts was one area where a ferry was located.

While research is still incomplete on Cummins Crossing, there was a Clarence King Cummings family that lived in that area.

It is not uncommon when doing historical research to find surnames with some spelling modifications so this family name may have influenced Cummins Crossing.

As mentioned in previous history articles, some may question why this type of information is important?

It all depends on how inquisitive you are to know about your past history.

How much do you know about your family to pass on to the next generation?

Research: Milam County Map: Milam County Historical Commission.

Oral history from Clarence K ing Cummings by A manda Woods.

Texashometownlocatordom/tx/ milam-cummings-crossing cfm.


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