Jane Cunningham

Brief Life History of Jane

When Jane Cunningham was born on 6 December 1804, in Laurens, South Carolina, United States, her father, William Word Sr., was 33 and her mother, Janette Fairbairn, was 31. She married William W. Mahone in 1824. They were the parents of at least 3 sons and 4 daughters. She died on 21 April 1866, in Limestone, Alabama, United States, at the age of 61.

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Family Time Line

William W. Mahone
Jane Cunningham
Marriage: 1824
Mary Katherine Mahone
Twin Mahone
Laura Word Mahone
Jane F. Mahone
Thomas Word Mahone

Sources (2)

  • Jane Ward in household of Alexander Ward, "United States Census, 1850"
  • Jane Word Mahone, "Find A Grave Index"

World Events (7)


Atlantic slave trade abolished.


Historical Boundaries: 1818: Limestone, Alabama Territory, United States 1819: Limestone, Alabama, United States

1821 · Financial Relief for Public Land

A United States law to provide financial relief for the purchasers of Public Lands. It permitted the earlier buyers, that couldn't pay completely for the land, to return the land back to the government. This granted them a credit towards the debt they had on land. Congress, also, extended credit to buyer for eight more years. Still while being in economic panic and the shortage of currency made by citizens, the government hoped that with the time extension, the economy would improve.

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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