Name: William CUNNINGHAM 1
Birth: 1765 in Bonnie, Ayrshire County, Scotland
Political Office 1820 Member of Circuit Court of Trigg County. Road Commissioner.
Name Fact Gaelic spelling of name: Uilleam MacCuinneagain
Migration 1818 Moved from Virginia to Trigg County, Kentucky
Immigration: 1791 Came to America from Scotland, landing in Virginia
Census: 1810 Virginia, Albemarle County, St Anns, 5 males under 10, 2 males 10-15, 1 male 26-44, 1 female under 10, 1 female 26-44, 6 slaves
Burial: Trigg Furnace Cemetery, Trigg County, Kentucky
Death: 1823 in Trigg County Furnace, Trigg County, Kentucky
Census: 1790 The 1790 census schedules for Virginia no longer exist as they were burned by the British during the War of 1812
Census: 1820 Kentucky, Trigg County, 4 males under 10, 2 males 10-16, 1 male 16-18, 3 males 16-26, 1 male >45, 1 female 16-26, 1female 26-45, 3 male slave 14-26, 1 male slave >45, 3 female slaves 14-26, 1 female slave 26-45
* From The Cunningham Family, by Bertie Gingles *
In 1791 at the age of 15, William slipped aboard a vessel bound for America reaching Chesapeake Bay, Virginia about six months later. In 1794, after serving in the Army, he returned to tailoring, the trade he had learned in Scotland. In 1795 he married Nancy Carr, the daughter of Gideon and Ann Carr of Virginia. While coming from Virginia through the Cumberland Gap, their last child was born. In 1818 after realizing they had little opportunity to expand their family farming operation in Virginia, they moved to Kentucky to settle in the Trigg Furnace section of Trigg County which was still part of Christian County. Here they established a mill and began to cultivate corn and tobacco. William Cunningham took time to serve in public affairs. He was an officer in the first Trigg County election, served on circuit court, and was a road commissioner. He was instrumental in opening the first highway in western Trigg County. William died in 1823 leaving his wife and eleven children. His grave at the Cunningham Cemetery is marked by a twelve foot monument erected by descendants in 1936 honoring his family. It contains the names, birth dates, and spouses of each of the children.
William's eleven children, John, Gideon, William, Malinda, Andrew, Dabney, Mickens, James, Alexander, Robert, and Nancy begat eighty-eight children. Since so many of these children had the same given name, a nickname was used to identify the respective family. John's family lived near the river and so were called 'The Duck Cunninghams'. William's descendants were called 'The Buck Cunninghams'. Dabney's descendants were called 'The Dab Cunninghams'. 'Tank' identified James's descendants. Since Robert's descendants like to swim and fish in the river, they were nicknamed the 'Rats'. These nicknames were still being used in the county as late as the 1950's.
* From the Diary of Ella Cunningham, daughter of Andrew George, son of William. *
Somewhere between the dates of 1790 to 1800, William Cunningham, a very forlorn lad sailed in his Uncle's strange ship from Glasgow, Scotland, to the 'land of the free', America. Having stolen from home under cover of night with but a change of underwear and a few trinkets tied in a large handkerchief, he boarded his uncle's ship with the intentions of paying a visit to his sister, Mrs. Dr. Samuels of Virginia. William Cunningham, aged 18 years, was considered a good subject for a sailor and his Uncle informed him of his instructions to keep him on board, but on arriving in the harbor of New York, my great grandfather stole 'off board, not relishing the idea of becoming a sailor. It was months before he could work his way to Richmond, Virginia, where Dr. Samuels and his sister lived, where about ten years later he married a Miss Nancy Carr, a very proud and aristocratic young lady.
Two girls and seven boys blessed their union, later in life great grandfather came to Trigg county near Cadiz (Kentucky) and bought a big tract of land and Negroes. His children were as follows: Nancy, Melinda, John, Dab, Mick, James, Robert, Andrew, and William Cunningham. My grandfather, William 'Buck' Cunningham) who married Virginia Mitchell, also was parent of nine children, who, as their parents before them, located around and about Canton and Cadiz. Nancy Ann who married CreekMoore and Elisa Jane the youngest was the second wife of Joseph of Josh Daniel near Cadiz a 'case of old man's darling for the first rolls'. The boys, John, Dab, Mick, Dave, Alex, Tom, and George Andrew, my father, eldest of the nine, born Feb. 5, 1833 and who married Miss Margaret Ann Hughes of Dublin, in Clinton (Kentucky), March 23, 1857.
* from The History of Trigg County Book *
Subsequent Session of the Circuit Court.-The third term of the Circuit Court was held in the month of November, 1S20. his honor, Judge Shackelford, presiding. The following grand jurors were impaneled and duly sworn, viz.: George Street, foreman ; Jacob Torian, William Cunningham, Lipscomb Norvell, Ashford D. Gore, Archer Boyd, Luke Thomas, Whitmill Holland, Baxter Alexander, Zenas Alexander, James Sevills, Zadeck Thomas, Stephen Peall, Daniel L. Futrell, Jaconias P. Pool, Timothy Jones, William McWaters and Edmund Wells. Indictments were returned against Ebenezer Boyd for assault and battery, a true bill Andrew Carter, for petit larceny; a presentment against Rezin Davidge for profane cursing, a true bill; indictment against James Jones, for assault and battery; presentment against William Adams for profane swearing, and an indictment against Asher C. Davis for assault and battery. Other bills were found against Elijah Ladd for arson; Ebenezer Boyd, trespass, assault and battery; Robert M. Coleman, George Thrifk, William J. Worthington and Randolph Walker, assault and battery; William Murray for swearing; David Mitchell and Jesse Wormack, for profanity. (From the History of Trigg County, Historical and Biographical, ed. W.H. Perrin, F.A. Battey Pub. Company, Chicago, 1884. Chapter II)
* From the Biography of William Cunningham, by Rev. John Cunningham, son of Andrew Cunningham *
William Cunningham was born in a coast town of Bonnie, Scotland in 1776 (correct date is now known to be 1765). He was the youngest of three children, two boys and one girl. The oldest son died in early childhood, leaving William and his sister at home. His sister married in Scotland and soon afterward they moved to the USA. They settled on the James River in Albemarle County, in Old Virginia, in 1785.
* Service Record for William Cunningham *
1792 - 1794 - Soldier in the US Army during the Pennsylvania Whiskey Rebellion
1792 - 1794 - Mounted Infantry commanded by Capt Thomas Gillespie, same regiment
1784 - 1811 - Prv and Sgt in Capt Samuel McGraughey's company of the Knox County Regiment of Militia
* Census Info *
1810 Virginia, Albemarle County, St. Johns - There are 5 males <10 marked. William, Andrew, Dabney, and James are four of them. The fifth could possible be Meekins if the census was done late and he had already been born. If not, there is an extra male <10 living in the house. For now, I have maked it under Meekins, with a notation.
Father: James CUNNINGHAM b: BEF 1748
Mother: Miss UNKNOWN b: BEF 1751
Nancy Elizabeth CARR b: 1770 in Charlottesville, Albermarle County, Virginia
24 DEC 1795
in Albemarle County, Virginia 2
- John 'Duck' 1F CUNNINGHAM Sr. b: 01 NOV 1796 in Albemarle County, Virginia
- Gideon Carr 2F CUNNINGHAM b: 1798 in Albemarle County, Virginia
- William Thomas ''Buck'' 3F CUNNINGHAM Sr. b: 1800 in Albemarle County, Virginia
- Malinda Elizabeth 4F CUNNINGHAM b: 30 NOV 1802 in Albemarle County, Virginia
- Andrew 5F CUNNINGHAM b: 04 DEC 1804 in Albemarle County, Virginia
- Dabney Carr 'Dab' 6F CUNNINGHAM b: 1806 in Albemarle County, Virginia
- James 'Tank' 'Jim' 7F CUNNINGHAM b: 1808 in Albemarle County, Virginia
- Meekins (Mickens) Carr 8F CUNNINGHAM b: 18 DEC 1810 in Albemarle County, Virginia
- Alexander 9F CUNNINGHAM b: 1812 in Albemarle County, Virginia
- Robert T. ''Rat'' 10F CUNNINGHAM Sr. b: 1815 in Albemarle County, Virginia
- Nancy 11F CUNNINGHAM b: 1818 in Cumberland Mountains
- Author: Marqua Jean Duncan
Title: xCunningham Family History
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Leaves from the Family Tree, William and Nancy (Carr) Cunningham of Trigg County, Kentucky. (Marqua is the granddaughter of John 8C5C8F Spurlin Cunningham, and the daughter of Benjamin & Mary (Cunningham) Petzold.)
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Marriage document either owned or viewed at courthouse, or viewed online Marriage records at Ancestry.com