I don't believe he was born in England. There are census records that list his birthplace as Connecticut. I haven't been able to trace his parentage though based on 1812 pension records I believe he lived in Caledonia NY when he was young, and the only Cummings listed in the 1810 Caledonia census was a Joseph Cummings. I expect that was my Lyman's father. Also, Lyman named two of his sons Joseph (one died young) and people often named their children after their parents/in-law parents.