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 CUNNINGHAM

 

   View from cemetery hill

 

 

The “new” cemetery is a resting place for owner’s that came

 sometime after the Indian raids.

The hill over looks some of the Cunningham lands.

 

There is not much left of the old cemetery. I found only small pieces of broken stones, few were readable but none of those had the Cunningham or Daughtery names on them. The area is overgrown with grass and has not been maintained for a long time. It is my opinion that this cemetery has seen the ravages of the years and sadly is not redeemable.

 

Children of JAMES CUNNINGHAM and MARGARET are:

              i.   ELIZABETH7 CUNNINGHAM, b. Abt. 1711.

8.           ii.   HUGH CUNNINGHAM, b. Abt. 1713; d. October 10, 1759, Kerr's Creek, Augusta Co., VA.

9.          iii.   JACOB CUNNINGHAM, b. Abt. 1715; d. October 10, 1759, Kerr's Creek, Augusta Co., VA.

             iv.   JAMES CUNNINGHAM3, b. Abt. 1717; m. MATTIE.

10.        v.   MARY CUNNINGHAM, b. Abt. 1719.

             vi.   MOSES CUNNINGHAM, b. Abt. 1721; d. Abt. 1770.

 

Notes for MOSES CUNNINGHAM:

15 Mar 1768: Augusta Co,  Hemp Certificate

82 Mar 1770: Augusta Co, Andrew Hays vs. Moses Cunningham, Abtes by death of defendant.

 

            vii.   ISAAC CUNNINGHAM, b. Abt. 1723; d. October 10, 1759, Kerr's Creek, Augusta Co., VA.

           viii.   JOHN CUNNINGHAM, b. Abt. 1725.

 

Notes for JOHN CUNNINGHAM:

This is probably the John refered to.

1755: Mary McDonald bound over to keep the peace for putting John Cunningham in fear of his life. Cunningham has tavern license.

 

 

             ix.   ALEXANDER CUNNINGHAM, b. Abt. 1727.

11.        x.   REBECCA CUNNINGHAM, d. Aft. March 20, 1768.

 

 

4.  HUGH B.3 CUNNINGHAM (ALEXANDER2, DAVID1) was born 1708 in Dublin, Ireland, and died Bet. 1782 - 1789 in Fairfax County, VA.  He married NANCY O'NEILL 1728.  She was born in Ireland.

 

Notes for HUGH B. CUNNINGHAM:

"Hugh, his brothers and their families, immigrated to Fairfax County, Virginia, entering this country by the Potomac River in 1752. The county was formed by the Fairfax family. Other settlers in the area were the Culpeppers, the Arlingtons, and the Spotswoods. Family lore notes that these early families

employed the Cunningham men as traders and business emissaries in the pioneer trade. Robert Cunningham was a employee of the Hudson Bay Company.

 

The Cunninghams did not stay long as a family unit in Colonial Virginia. By 1775, at the start of the Revolution, they were scattered throughout the colony, most living on the fringes of civilization, the frontier.

 

The Cunninghams in Virginia were the associates of many of the famous pioneer explorers in the late 1700's. Nearly all the people that moved westward passed through part of Virginia where they (the Cunninghams) were settling. Many of them were a part of this pioneering and exploration."

 

Source: HISTORY AND GENEALOGY OF KENDELLS, CUNNINGHAMS, SNODGRASS by Norman Kendall CHAP XVI [no date for this source].

 

Hugh Cunningham and his family set sail for Fairfax, VA. from Dublin, Ireland in 1752. These Virginia Cunninghams were neighbors and friends of the Spotswood, Culpeper, Arlington, Washington and Fairfax families of England, and were at times engaged by them to aid in colonizing their vast land grants in Virginia. They were also engaged in the fur and tobacco business on a large scale. One record states that it was a Cunningham that selected the location for Romney, VA recommending it to Lord Fairfax who laid the town out in 1762, setting aside 100 half acer lots for the town. In 1790 there were at least 8 Cunningham families in Hapshire County, in and around Romney, and these families owned about 40 buildings and 31 slaves. Adam Sr, lived in Shanandoah in 1790, had 9 in his family and 2 slaves and 3 houses. 

Source: Records of Augusta Co. VA. by Chalkley

 

There is some confusion with the Hugh that was killed at Bryas Station in 1782 and this Hugh who was in Capt. McCutchen's company Augusta Co. in 1783. Both served in the Rev. War but I found that the  information I found is sometimes credited to the wrong Hugh Cunningham.

 

Children of HUGH CUNNINGHAM and NANCY O'NEILL are:

              i.   MARY7 CUNNINGHAM, b. Abt. 1729.

              ii.   ADAM CUNNINGHAM, b. March 18, 1745/46, Dublin, Ireland; d. 1797, Ritchie Co., West Virginia; m. RACHEL MORGAN; b. S. Branch, Potomac River, Virginia.

 

Notes for ADAM CUNNINGHAM:

Lived N. side of South River, Shenandore (sic)

Augusta Co. records 1790 - Shenandoah Co., p.65 9 white souls, 2 dwellings Also - 8 whites, 2 blacks

1786-7 - not listed as taxpayer.

Listed with Ritchie Co.

Not proven as a son of Hugh.

 

             iii.   EPHRAIM CUNNINGHAM, b. 1732.

             iv.   BENJAMIN CUNNINGHAM, b. 1734.

             v.   JOSEPH CUNNINGHAM, b. 1735.

             vi.   WILLIAM CUNNINGHAM, b. 1736; m. Aseneth Moore.

            vii.   RACHEL CUNNINGHAM, b. Abt. 1738.

           viii.   DORCAS CUNNINGHAM, b. Abt. 1740.

             ix.   ELIZABETH CUNNINGHAM, b. Abt. 1742.

 

 

 

5.  ROBERT CUNNINGHAM (ALEXANDER2, DAVID1) was born 1713 and was of  Fairfax, VA, and died 1784 in Washington Co., Pennsylvania.  He married MARTHA HAMILTON.

  

1742 Robert Cunningham Augusta County land grant 492 acres.

 

Corrections for Robt. Cunningham and wife by C. Wayne Cunningham  

 

6.  DAVID CUNNINGHAM (ALEXANDER2, DAVID1) was born 1721 in Ireland, and died December 31, 1774 in Dent's Run, Virginia.  He married 1st. UNKNOWN.  He married 2nd ANN WILSON. 

 

Notes for DAVID CUNNINGHAM:

 

1749 Augusta County land grant 226 acres

 

 WILL BOOK No. VI.     Page 1.--19th November, 1774. David Cunningham's will--To wife, Ann, executrix; to son, David, executor; to son, Patrick, 1 shilling; to son, William, 1 shilling; to daughter, Ann, 1 shilling; to daughter, Mary, 1shilling; to John, David, James, Alexander, Jane, Sarah, all estate. Teste:James Ewing, Capt. James Ewing. Proved, 17th March, 1778, by the witnesses. Executor
qualified.

Corrections to this family made by C. Wayne Cunningham - Thank you.

 

Children of DAVID CUNNINGHAM and UNKNOWN are:

              i.  William Cunningham

             ii.  Patrick Cunningham

            iii.  Mary Cunningham

 

Children of DAVID CUNNINGHAM and ANN WILSON are:

             iv.   Ann Cunnigham

              v.   David Cuningham

            vii.   John Cunningham

           viii.   James Cunningham

             ix.   Alexander Cunningham

             x.   Jane Cunningham

            xi.   Sarah Cunningham

 

7.  JOSEPH CUNNINGHAM (ALEXANDER2, DAVID1) was born 1717 in Ireland, and died 1789.  He married ELIZABETH HARRIS 1743 in Scotland or in Mayo County, Ireland in 1743.  She was born in Scotland.

 

Notes for JOSEPH CUNNINGHAM:

Twin

Joseph and Elizabeth had 5 daughters.

Joseph was an English Officer and was sent by the Government to Mayo County, Ireland and located at or near Castlebar. He was in charge of Government business at Clew Bay.

 

Joseph and Elizabeth seem never to have come to America to live, but in 1774, some ship records show that he and his wife came to America to visit their relatives, the Harris’s, in Philadelphia and their son, John Harris, who lived in the Red Stone Country in West Augusta County, VA. They remained in this country for about one year before returning home.

 

Children of JOSEPH CUNNINGHAM and ELIZABETH HARRIS are:

              i.   JOHN CUNNINGHAM, b. 1745, Ireland; d. January 15, 1799, Monongalia Co, West Virginia; m. CATHERINE SHUMAN, June 05, 1769, PA; b. 1749, Pennsylvania.

 

Notes for JOHN CUNNINGHAM:

Military Service Revolutionary War

 

The home of John and Catherine built in 1772 is in livable condition. It has been occupied for 179 years. During the Indian raids of 1777 it was used as a fort because it was so well constructed. John died in this home in 1779 not far from Fairmont, W. Va., near Baxter.

Source: Graves of Revolutionary Patriots, Vol. .1

 

 

The Cunningham Cemetery is located on the Manor farm on Little Paw Paw Creek about one mile above its mouth and on the same farm now owned by David Dunmore Cunningham, a great-grandson and third Cunningham to own the farm.

 

The cemetery was started in 1825 with the body of Sarah Cunningham a seven year old daughter.

 

The monument erected has the original head stone, size about 12"X18"X4", that is imbedded in the face of the monument. The lettering and spelling, as it is on the headstone is:

 

                      m

"Jon Cunningha

Aprile 20, 1821"

 

 (Source for the above information is unknown)

               

              ii.   JAMES CUNNINGHAM.

             iii.   HUGH CUNNINGHAM.

             iv.   PAUL CUNNINGHAM.

 

 

                                                                           

 

 

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