Agnes Cunningham

Brief Life History of Agnes

Agnes Cunningham was born on 9 December 1778, in Randolph, Virginia, United States. She married John Jordan in 1796, in Pendleton, Virginia, United States. They were the parents of at least 3 sons and 8 daughters. She lived in Pendleton, Virginia, United States in 1810. She died on 29 September 1854, in Smithville, Clay, Missouri, United States, at the age of 75, and was buried in Smithville, Clay, Missouri, United States.

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Family Time Line

John Jordan
Agnes Cunningham
Marriage: 1796
Mary Jordan
Susan Jordan
Elizabeth Jordan
Anna Jordan
George Washington Jordan
Phebe Jordon
Cynthia Jordan
James Cunningham Jordan
Margaret Jordan
Rev. John Slater Jordan
Agness Cunningham Jordan

Sources (3)

  • Legacy NFS Source: Agnes S Cunningham - Individual or family possessions: birth-name: * Cunningham
  • Agness Cunningham Jordan, "Find A Grave Index"
  • Mary Harter, "James Cunningham of Western Virginia," The Virginia Genealogist, Vol 29

World Events (8)

1780 · Richmond Becomes the Capital

On April 18, 1780 Richmond became the capital of Virginia. It was the temporary capital from 1780-1788.

1781 · The First Constitution

Serving the newly created United States of America as the first constitution, the Articles of Confederation were an agreement among the 13 original states preserving the independence and sovereignty of the states. But with a limited central government, the Constitutional Convention came together to replace the Articles of Confederation with a more established Constitution and central government on where the states can be represented and voice their concerns and comments to build up the nation.

1800 · Movement to Washington D.C.

While the growth of the new nation was exponential, the United States didn’t have permanent location to house the Government. The First capital was temporary in New York City but by the second term of George Washington the Capital moved to Philadelphia for the following 10 years. Ultimately during the Presidency of John Adams, the Capital found a permanent home in the District of Columbia.

Name Meaning

Scottish: habitational name from the province of Cunningham in Ayrshire, first recorded in 1153 in the form Cunegan, a Celtic name of uncertain origin. The spellings in -ham, first recorded in 1180, and in -ynghame, first recorded in 1227, represent a gradual assimilation to the English placename element -ingham.

Irish: surname adopted from Gaelic Ó Cuinneagáin ‘descendant of Cuinneagán’, a personal name from a double diminutive of the Old Irish personal name Conn meaning ‘leader, chief’. This name is also adopted for Ó Connacháin, a variant of Ó Connagáin ‘descendant of Connagán’, from a diminutive of the personal name Conn.

History: A family of this name (see 1 above) can be traced back to Wernebald de Cunynghame, who was granted the manor of Cunningham by Hugh de Morville in the early 12th century.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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The widow Agnes Cunningham Jordan with all her children except Mary and Susan moved to Berrien Co., Michigan in 1833 where she preempted land. By 1939 all of these families were living in Platte Co. …

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