Josiah CUSHING, Jr. was my first cousin thrice removed on my father’s side. His parents were Josiah CUSHING, Sr. (1828-?) and Elizabeth LITTLE (1829-?). Josiah was born 15 June 1861 in Franklin, Carroll County, Maryland. He was one of six children born to his parents.
In 1880, the census shows Josiah being a laborer and living with his parents in New Windsor, Carroll County.
Josiah married Susannah Temple McQUAY on 2 Aug 1883. Josiah was 22 when they married. The couple moved to Baltimore where Josiah worked as a truck driver.
You’re probably wondering what kind of truck was he driving in the 1880s? Basically it was a long, horse-drawn wagon. They were used to haul goods.
When Josiah was 26, he and Susannah were living in the first block of S. Conkling Street in Baltimore.
Here’s a link to the first block of S. Conkling Street today. S. Conkling Street
Could be the same houses as when Josiah and Susannah lived there.
On 7 Oct 1887, Josiah was driving his truck near Sparrows Point, Maryland. Josiah had come up on a truck that was stopped at a railroad crossing. The stop signal had already been given according to the newspaper account.
Josiah went around the stopped truck and onto the crossing. His truck was hit by a Pennsylvania railroad train. Josiah was killed.
He was buried back in Carroll County at Ebenezer United Methodist Church Cemetery in Winfield. His widow, Susannah, remarried after a few years and went on have a family with her second husband.