James Cunningham

Male (~ 1700) - 1762


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  • Name James Cunningham 
    Born (~ 1700)  (Virginia) Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Died 0Oct 1762  Lunenburg County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Will 2 Oct 1762  Lunenburg County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Probate 0Nov 1762  Lunenburg County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Person ID I11007  The Hennessee Family
    Last Modified 13 Oct 2017 

    Family Jane Black Scott,   b. (Virginia) Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married (Virginia) Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Residence (Family) Brunswick County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. John Cunningham,   b. 10 Feb 1748, Lunenburg County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Dec 1842, Viloa, Warren County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 94 years)
     2. William Cunningham,   b. (Amelia County, Virginia) Find all individuals with events at this location
     3. James Cunningham, Jr.,   b. (Amelia County, Virginia) Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. (Brunswick County, Virginia) Find all individuals with events at this location
    Last Modified 8 Dec 2018 
    Family ID F3927  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - (~ 1700) - (Virginia) Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 0Oct 1762 - Lunenburg County, Virginia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsWill - 2 Oct 1762 - Lunenburg County, Virginia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsProbate - 0Nov 1762 - Lunenburg County, Virginia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - - (Virginia) Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence (Family) - - Brunswick County, Virginia Link to Google Earth
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  • Notes 
    • "Following herewith is an abstract of the will of James Cunningham, father and ancestor of John Cunningham, Revolutionary soldier, of Warren Co. The will dated 10/2/1762 in Lunenburg Co.,VA.

      Will of James Cunningham, Wife - Jane. Gives to:

      1. John Cunningham, 312 acres on Robertson's River, part of tract I bought of Capt. Joseph Williams.
      2. William Cunningham.
      3. James Cunningham, the plantation where I now live - one negro man named Sharper and a girl Minta.

      Executrix: wife, Jane. Wits: Thomas Pettus, Daniel Hay and Nathan Hay.

      Proved November 1762. (Will Book 2, p. 6)."
      _____

      10 Jul 2009

      Abstracted from A. M. Cunningham's biography, "John Cunningham II", 2009, pp. 40-41:

      #10-- James Cunningham of Robinson Fork of the Meherrin River

      (Note: Courtesy of Diana Dobbins. Below is an excerpt from a 1992 history book by Neil L. Cunningham, Nashville TN. Annotations by A.M. Cunningham, 2009)

      Sometime during the mid 1700's, another James Cunningham obtained a large tract of land near where Robinson Creek runs into the Meherrin River. This property today is in Brunswick County, about four miles southeast of Lawrenceville, VA.

      This James, whose wife was Jane Scott, acquired 354 acres in 1749 and 421 acres in 1762, and at his death in 1762, had an estate of 774 acres. There are no records available to connect this James Cunningham with either the Cub Creek Cunninghams or the Prince Edward County Cunninghams. In fact, the plantation that James owned on Robinson Creek was about 50 miles from Cub Creek or Spring Creek. However, as you will see later, a strange set of circumstances occur which raises questions about the relationship of Robinson Creek James and John 4 of Spring Creek.

      James and Jane Scott Cunningham had three sons living at his death, John, William and James, Jr., all minors, and he left all three large tracts of land, which were placed under guardians. James, Jr. died before the estate was settled and the land was divided between William and John. John married Mary Hill Pettypool in 1771 and they had two sons, James and William.

      In 1772, John sold the land he had inherited from his father to his brother William. Mary Hill Pettypool died in 1774 and there are no further records of their two small children, William and James. John became a soldier in the Revolutionary War in 1776 and served until 1781.

      In 1782, he married Keziah Chandler, and they had 10 children. In his pension application for Revolutionary War service, which was granted, John stated he was born on Feb. 10, 1748 in Lunenburg County, Va., and lived there for 31 years (until 1779), then lived five years in Charlotte County, Va. (until 1784), and then moved to Wilkes County, N. C. where he lived 35 or 36 years (until 1819/20), then moved to Warren County, Tenn.

      John died in Warren County on Dec. 18, 1842 near Viola at about the age of 94. He and his wife, who died in 1839, are buried in the family cemetery at Viola. John's brother William stayed in Virginia and died there.

      If Revolutionary War John's memory was correct in his pension application and `QDSQA1 he did not move to Warren County, Tenn. until 1819/20, then several of his children already had settled in Warren County by that time. One son, John Cunningham, came into Warren County about 1809/10 and settled near Rock Island. He obtained 100 acres in a grant which included the land where the Rock Island Dam now stands. At that time, it was called the "great falls of Caney Fork River." This John married Sally Jane Swindle, formerly of Hyde County, N. C. He served two years (Note: Actually six months-Nov 13, 1814 to May 13, 1815-AMC) in the War of 1812 and participated in the Battle of New Orleans under General Andrew Jackson. James and Mary Cunningham were descendants of this Cunningham family. Mary Cunningham was one of the founders of the Magness Memorial Library in McMinnville and served as librarian for 46 years. The military service of this branch of this Cunningham family continued because James and Mary's son won the Congressional Medal of Honor for outstanding bravery in combat in World War I. (Note: No Medal of Honor record found to support this statement-AMC)

      Now to the mystery. James Cunningham of Robertson Fork on the Meherrin River lived 50 miles from John IV Cunningham of Prince Edward County in the mid 1700s. James children and grandchildren lived in Virginia for awhile, then moved to North Carolina and finally settled in Rock Island, Tenn. (Note: Viola not Rock Island, TN-AMC)

      John IV's children and grandchildren lived in Prince Edward and Pittsylvania Counties in Virginia; Hawkins and Claiborne Counties in Tennessee, then about 1809/10, settled in Irving College in Warren County, Tennessee. The two families arrived in Warren County about the same time from two completely different routes and settled only about 10 miles apart. Coincidence, or were they related. We probably will never know. (Note:

      There are actually three John Cunningham families in Warren County ca. 1810 located at:

      {1} Rock Island
      {2} Viola and
      {3} Irving College.

      All originated in the state of Virginia before migrating to Tennessee. Full 67 markers yDNA testing is recommended for male descendents of all three John Cunningham families. It appears they have the same surname but perhaps different genetic heritage.-AMC)

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  • Sources 
    1. [S3150] "Harrison,Cunningham & Woodlee Family Genealogies",by Thomas Barnes,, p. 37.

    2. [S3153] "Harrison,Cunningham & Woodlee Family Genealogies",by Thomas Barnes,, p. 38 (Reliability: 3).

    3. [S4856] Abstracted from A. M. Cunningham's biography, "John Cunningham II", 2009, pp. 40-41, July 10, 2009 by David A. Hennessee.

    4. [S3150] "Harrison,Cunningham & Woodlee Family Genealogies",by Thomas Barnes,, p. 38.