William Sidney Cunningham

1794–1872 (Age 77)
Virginia, United States

The Life of William Sidney

When William Sidney Cunningham was born on 9 August 1794, in Virginia, United States, his father, Joseph Cunningham, was 17 and his mother, Elizabeth Burnett, was 16. He married Lucinda Boston Sims on 5 December 1814, in Mercer, Kentucky, United States. They were the parents of at least 6 sons and 3 daughters. He lived in Bourbon, Kentucky, United States in 1850. He died on 9 February 1872, in Mount Sterling, Brown, Illinois, United States, at the age of 77, and was buried in Mount Sterling, Brown, Illinois, United States.

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William Sidney Cunningham
Lucinda Boston Sims
Marriage: 5 December 1814
William Cunningham
Nancy Jane Cunningham
Woodson B Cunningham
Caleb Cunningham
Joseph Cunningham
Susan Ellen Cunningham
John Cunningham
Thomas Royalty Cunningham
Lucinda Caroline Cunningham

Spouse & Children

5 December 1814
Mercer, Kentucky, United States


  • William Cunningham


  • Nancy Jane Cunningham


  • Woodson B Cunningham


  • Caleb Cunningham


  • Joseph Cunningham


+4 More Children

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+8 More Children

World Events (8)

1800 · Movement to Washington D.C.

Age 6

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.
1812 · Monumental Church Built

Age 18

The Monumental Church was built between 1812-1814 on the sight where the Richmond Theatre fire had taken place. It is a monument to those that died in the fire.

Age 24

Illinois is the 21st state.

Name Meaning

1 Scottish: habitational name from a district 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.2 Irish: surname adopted from Scottish by bearers of Gaelic Ó Cuinneagáin ‘descendant of Cuinneagán’, a personal name from a double diminutive of the Old Irish personal name Conn meaning ‘leader’, ‘chief’.

Possible Related Names

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

Sources (3)

  • Jonathan Cunningham, "United States Census, 1850"
  • William P Cunningham, "Kentucky, County Marriages, 1797-1954"
  • William Cunningham, "Kentucky, County Marriages, 1797-1954"

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