Mary Elizabeth Ayers

26 March 1853–12 May 1925 (Age 72)
Ritchie, West Virginia, United States

The Life of Mary Elizabeth

When Mary Elizabeth Ayers was born on 26 March 1853, in Ritchie, West Virginia, United States, her father, Eli M. Ayers, was 42 and her mother, Nancy Jane Campbell, was 39. She married Joseph Peter Cunningham on 24 November 1872, in Ritchie, West Virginia, United States. They were the parents of at least 8 sons and 5 daughters. She lived in Murphy, Ritchie, West Virginia, United States in 1910 and Grant District, Ritchie, West Virginia, United States in 1920. She died on 12 May 1925, in Bridgeport, Harrison, West Virginia, United States, at the age of 72, and was buried in Bridgeport, Harrison, West Virginia, United States.

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Family Time Line

Joseph Peter Cunningham
1852–1929
Mary Elizabeth Ayers
1853–1925
Marriage: 24 November 1872
Lucinda Virginia Cunningham
1874–1953
Malena Florence Cunningham
1876–1959
Rosey Elin Cunningham
1876–1937
William Preston Cunningham
1880–1955
George Albert Cunningham
1882–1958
Louisa May Cunningham
1885–1978
Thomas F. Cunningham
1886–1964
Mary Alice Cunningham
1888–1927
Joseph Retes Cunningham
1890–1967
Peter Cunningham
1890–
Daniel Lawrence Cunningham
1893–1966
Buenas Diseas Cunningham
1895–1895
Andrew Ernest Cunningham
1896–1979

Spouse and Children

MARRIAGE
24 November 1872
Ritchie, West Virginia, United States
children

(13)

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Parents and Siblings

    Eli M. Ayers

    Male1811–1861Male

    Nancy Jane Campbell

    Female1814–1891Female

siblings

(9)

    William C. Ayers

    Male1838–1896Male

    John McGee Ayers

    Male1841–1917Male

    Daniel C. Ayers

    Male1843–1896Male

    Eli Ayres

    Male1849–Male

    Male1852–1917Male

+4 More Children

World Events (8)

1863

Age 10

Abraham Lincoln issues Emancipation Proclamation, declaring slaves in Confederate states to be free.
1863

Age 10

"West Virginia was given statehood status with the ""agreement"" the citizens would phase out slavery. On January 1, 1863, President Abraham Lincoln approved the Statehood Bill for West Virginia. West Virginia was proclaimed a state on April 20, 1863, with the bill becoming effective 60 days later, June 20, 1863. When West Virginia first entered statehood in 1863, there were only 46 counties. That same year, four other counties voted themselves into West Virginia. Today, there are 55 counties in the Mountain State. The oldest county in the state is Hamsphire County formed in 1754 as part of Virginia. The youngest county is Mingo formed in 1895. The smallest county is Hancock located in the northern panhandle of the state with Randolph being the largest. When the Legislature convened for its first session, there were only 47 members of the House of Delegates and 18 members of the State Senate. Through the years, the number has increased to 100 members of the House of Delegates and 34 members of the State Senate."
1872 · The First National Park

Age 19

Yellowstone National Park was given the title of the first national park by the U.S. Congress and signed into law by President Ulysses S. Grant. It is also believed to be the first national park in the world.

Name Meaning

English: derivative of Ayer . The -s most probably represents a trace of the Latin nominative singular in heres ‘heir’, but it may also signify the son or servant of someone known as ‘the heir’, i.e. someone who was heir to some great estate.

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

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Sources (3)

  • Elizabeth Cunningham in household of John R Cunningham, "United States Census, 1910"
  • Mary E Cunningham in household of William N Mcnemar, "United States Census, 1920"
  • Mary E Cunningham in household of Joseph S Cunningham, "United States Census, 1880"

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