Maria Best Dawson

8 September 1904–4 September 1992 (Age 87)
Lenoir, North Carolina, United States

The Life of Maria Best

When Maria Best Dawson was born on 8 September 1904, in Lenoir, North Carolina, United States, her father, Joshua Taylor Dawson, was 48 and her mother, Edith Joyner, was 28. She married James Christopher Cunningham on 29 March 1927, in Lenoir, North Carolina, United States. They were the parents of at least 3 sons and 3 daughters. She lived in Snow Hill, Greene, North Carolina, United States in 1920 and Morrisville, Wake, North Carolina, United States in 1992. She died on 4 September 1992, in Cary, Wake, North Carolina, United States, at the age of 87, and was buried in Deep Run, Lenoir, North Carolina, United States.

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Family Time Line

James Christopher Cunningham
Maria Best Dawson
Marriage: 29 March 1927
James Christopher Cunningham Jr.
Mary Edith Cunningham
William Southland Cunningham
Zodie Dawson Cunningham
Nancy Ann Cunningham
Richard Cunningham

Spouse and Children

29 March 1927
Lenoir, North Carolina, United States


+1 More Child

Parents and Siblings

    Joshua Taylor Dawson


    Edith Joyner




+2 More Children

World Events (8)

1906 · Saving Food Labels

Age 2

The first of many consumer protection laws which ban foreign and interstate traffic in mislabeled food and drugs. It requires that ingredients be placed on the label.
1918 · Fort Bragg Established

Age 14

Named after Confederate General Braxton Bragg, Fort Bragg in Fayetteville, North Carolina was established on September 4, 1918. It was used as one of three training camps used during WWI.

Age 23

Charles Lindbergh makes the first solo nonstop transatlantic flight in his plane The Spirit of St. Louis.

Name Meaning

English: patronymic from Daw 1.

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

Possible Related Names

Sources (3)

  • Maria B Dawson in household of John T Dawson, "United States Census, 1910"
  • Mariah Dawson in household of Paraham Taylor, "United States Census, 1920"
  • Maria B Cunningham in household of James C Cunningham, "United States Census, 1940"

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