We celebrated our 2016 Cumbo Family Reunion July 15-17 in Williamsburg, Virginia. The reunion reconnected Cumbo family branches literally separated by hundreds of years. The weekend brought together at least two distinct family branches who trace their ancestry all the way back to Emanuell Cambow – the Cumbees of Brunswick County North Carolina and the Cumbos of Northampton County North Carolina.
The Brunswick Cumbees were represented by Denise Cumbee Long, whose great-great grandfather was Isom (Isham) Cumbo (Cumbee), born a free man of color in 1802. Isom lived in the Green Swamp area of Brunswick County where he had over a hundred acres of farmland and started a family. Isom’s grandfather was Cannon Cumbo of Roberson County, a great-grandson of Emmanuell Cambow.
The Northampton Cumbos were represented by most of the rest of us of the reunion attendees who trace their ancestry back to Britton Cumbo born a free person of color around 1825, who was orphaned as a young boy in 1837, and who died in 1898 as the Cumbo family patriarch and who owned 50 acres of farmland. Britton Cumbo and his wife Mary had 7 children James Henry, Junius Matthias known as “Bug”, Sarah Frances known as “Puss”, Virginia Ellen, Hezekiah Thomas, William Britton known as “Shine” and Mary Ann known as “Mollie”. Reunion attendees represented descendants of 6 of the 7 branches of the family.
Here are our some group family photos from the reunion.
Cumbo Family group photo
Isom Cumbee Branch
James Henry Cumbo Branch
Junius Matthias “Bug” Cumbo Branch
Sarah Frances “Puss” Cumbo Boone Branch
Hezekiah Thomas “Tom” Cumbo Branch
William Britton “Shine” Cumbo Branch
Mary Ann “Mollie” Cumbo Manley Branch