William Harrison Cunningham

4 April 1828–before 1880 (Age 51)
Peoria, Harrison, Virginia, United States

The Life Summary of William Harrison

When William Harrison Cunningham was born on 4 April 1828, in Peoria, Harrison, Virginia, United States, his father, Adam Cunningham, was 40 and his mother, Amelia Lyons, was 39. He married Mary Ann Layton on 30 June 1850, in Harrison, West Virginia, United States. He lived in Auburn Township, Clark, Illinois, United States in 1860. He died before 1880, in Carthage, Hancock, Illinois, United States, at the age of 50.

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Family Time Line

William Harrison Cunningham
Marie Ann Jolidon
Marriage: 13 November 1851
Adeline E Cunningham
Lina Cunningham
Charles Cunningham
William Herbert Cunningham Sr
Ida M Cunningham
Nettie Cunningham
about 1867–

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    13 November 1851Hancock, Illinois, United States
  • Children


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    World Events (8)

    1830 · The Second Great Awakening
    Age 2
    Being a second spiritual and religious awakening, like the First Great Awakening, many Churches began to spring up from other denominations. Many people began to rapidly join the Baptist and Methodist congregations. Many converts to these religions believed that the Awakening was the precursor of a new millennial age.
    Age 5
    Historical Boundaries: 1833: Hancock, Illinois, United States
    1844 · Lumpkin's Jail
    Age 16
    In 1844 when Robert Lumpkin bought land in Virginia, this would be the spot of the Infamous Slave Jail (or Lumpkin’s Jail). The slaves would be brought here during the slave trade until they were sold. Lumpkin had purchased the land for his own slave business.

    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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    Story Highlight


    Andrew Cunningham was born October 21, 1816 in Harrison County, Virginia (now West Virginia). His ancestors were Virginians from the Colonial period, and his mother;s progenitors were of Dutch …

    Sources (5)

    • William Cunningham, "United States Census, 1860"
    • Wm Cunningham, "Illinois, County Marriages, 1810-1940"
    • Legacy NFS Source: William Cunningham -

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