John Cunningham, Sr.[1]

Male 1782 - 1858  (76 years)


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  • Name John Cunningham 
    Suffix Sr. 
    Birth 13 Sep 1781  [2
    Born 13 Sep 1782  Commonwealth of Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 4, 5
    Gender Male 
    Occupation farmer & merchant 
    Also Known As John "Rock Island" Cunningham 
    Also Known As John Cunningham, II  [2
    Military War of 1812 Veteran 
    Died 12 Oct 1858  Warren County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Buried Cunningham Cemetery, Rock Island, Warren County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3
    Person ID I2923  The Hennessee Family
    Last Modified 2 Feb 2017 

    Father 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) 
    Mother Keziah Chandler,   b. 6 Mar 1758, Lunenburg County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Apr 1839, Viola, Warren County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 81 years) 
    Residence (Family) 1748-1779  Lunenburg County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Married 2 Mar 1782  Charlotte County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  [6, 7
    Residence (Family) 1779-1784  Charlotte County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Residence (Family) 1785-1819  Wilkes County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location  [6, 8
    Residence (Family) 1819-1842  Warren County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Family ID F1302  Group Sheet

    Family Sarah Jane "Sallie" Swindle,   b. 25 Oct 1795, (Hyde County) North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1880, (Warren County) Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age > 86 years) 
    Married 6 May 1813  White County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  [9
    Residence (Family) 0___ 1850  Warren County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Children 
     1. Jesse Cunningham,   b. 9 Sep 1805, Warren County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 Sep 1878, (Hood County) Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 72 years)
     2. William Cunningham,   b. 10 Sep 1816, Warren County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Sep 1854, Warren County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 38 years)
     3. George Washington Cunningham,   b. 16 Jun 1821, Warren County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Dec 1899, Warren County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 78 years)
     4. Sarah Elizabeth Cunningham,   b. 0___ 1824, Rock Island, Warren County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Nov 1862, Campaign, Warren County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 38 years)
     5. John Cunningham, Jr.,   b. 16 Jan 1824, (Warren County) Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 0___ 1862, (Warren County) Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 37 years)
    Last Modified 26 May 2017 
    Family ID F1143  Group Sheet

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 13 Sep 1782 - Commonwealth of Virginia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 6 May 1813 - White County, Tennessee Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence (Family) - 0___ 1850 - Warren County, Tennessee Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 12 Oct 1858 - Warren County, Tennessee Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Cunningham Cemetery, Rock Island, Warren County, Tennessee Link to Google Earth
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  • Documents
    Two Unrelated John Cunninghams in WaRren County, Tennessee
    Two Unrelated John Cunninghams in WaRren County, Tennessee
    Submitted by Mac Cunningham, maccunningham@bellsouth.net, April 11th, 2015

  • Notes 
    • April 10, 2015: ( ) = educated quess...

      There is no absolute proof of John's kiinship to John & Keziah. I wanted to assign John to John because of several CUNNINGHAM DNA kinships being reported by FamilyTreeDNA.org, however:

      Additionally, some people have speculated that John Cunningham (1792-1858, War of 1812) is the son of John Cunningham (1792-1858 Rev. War) and his first wife Mary Hill Pettipool in Virginia after they were married in 1771. There are two major abnormalities with this proposal:

      #1 -John Cunningham was born ca 1792 based on his later Federal census and War of 1812 pension application. Mary Hill Pettipool died ca 1774 in VA. (Side Note: Mary Hill Pettipool never lived and she did not die in Viola, Warren, TN in 1774 as listed on many Ancestry.com family sites.) John's birth about 18 years after her death is simply not possible.

      #2 - The will of John Cunningham (Viola, Rev. War) lists all of his children by name, from both marriages, and John Cunningham (Rock Island, War of 1812) is not listed.

      In summary, the "overwhelming preponderance of evidence" suggests there is no direct family connection between the two John Cunningham progenitors.

      * [10, 11]
    • Veteran of the War of 1812 and was with General Andrew Jackson at the "The Battle of New Orleans"...Laney Roberts

      *For more information on this family, contact, Mac Cunningham at who writes, Saturday, December 03, 2011 4:35:23 PM;

      John Cunningham II (1792-1858) was known during the early 19th Century in White and Warren Counties, TN as a Christian, Husband, Father, Pioneer, Patriot, Farmer, Tanner, Carpenter, Blacksmith, Distiller, Democrat and Grandfather.

      There are a number of newspaper accounts, family trees, etc. which speculate that John Cunningham II (Captain in War of 1812) of Rock Island, Warren, TN is a son of another John Cunningham (Rev. War Soldier) of Viola, Warren, TN. Yet, the two communities, Rock Island and Viola, are at opposite ends of Warren county. Regretfully, the speculations appear incorrect due to the lack of "original source" documents and "first person" accounts.

      The two John Cunninghams, in their individual migration to opposite ends of Warren County, TN, apparently used two different routes, separated by over a decade of time. (John II of Rock Island migrated from VA about 1804-1810 yet John of Viola moved with his second wife and family from NC about 1822). Some people believe that John II of Rock Island is perhaps one of the sons of John of Viola first marriage in Virginia. However, John of Viola's Last Will and Testament lists all his children by name (in Virginia and Tennessee- including one deceased) from both marriages and John Cunningham II of Rock Island is not listed.

      As of October 2009, there are no known original source genealogy documentation (e.g. wills, land transfers, Family Bible, court records, etc.) nor genetic DNA test results which connect John Cunningham of Rock Island (Haplogroup I2b1) with John Cunningham of Viola.

      In summary, the "overwhelming preponderance of evidence" indicates there is no direct family connection between the two John Cunninghams. However, the on-going search for the parents of John Cunningham II of Rock Island, Warren, TN continues with renewed energy and determination.

      There are four historical-based "leads" requiring additional research:

      (1) 1812 Tax List for Warren County
      (2) The Blanche Bently papers as recorded in McMinnville at a Milestone, by Walter Womack, lists a JOHN CUNNINGHAM at Rock Island as an early settler ca 1797 in Rock Island, Warren County, TN.
      (3) Goodspeeds History of Tennessee - Warren County, Highlights a {First name unknown}, CUNNINGHAM from VA who served in the Rev. War, father of John Cunningham II of Rock Island, Warren, TN (Captain in the War of 1812).
      (4) http://www.tngnetweb.org/white/_minutes/1814-211.html page 211 includes an example of early court records in White County, TN listing JOHN CUNNINGHAM and others by name involved in land proceedings.

      * [12]
    • 17 Apr 2005
      Almetia Cunningham
      Almetia Cunningham

      David, it was nice to talk to you last week. As I told you I have had a serious back injury and am just now feeling like sitting very long at the computer.

      After I talked to you I thought of something else that would verify that the father of "John Cunningham of Rock Island" was also named John. However I feel like that I have proved without a doubt that it is not "John Cunningham of Viola".

      As I mentioned to you The 1812 Tax list has John Cunningham and Jon Cunnigan. We know that John Cunningham settled in the Rock Island area very early. He married in White county 1813, so most likely he and his father Jon Cunnigan probably were here together before he married. (This part I am getting from county records.)

      In Goodspeed"s "History of Warren County" The article about John Cunningham was written by his son, George. It doesn't mention the name of John's father, but says he served in the Revolutionary War.

      John and Sarah Jane's youngest son was also named John. He married Martha Qualls Greenfield. Son, John died in 1862 leaving his wife and four small children. After his death Martha married Hamlet Woods. That marriage ended in divorce. She then married Mr. Anderson. Martha died and is buried in Riverside cemetery. Her tombstone reads like this.

      "Martha Q. Greenfield, Wife of John Cunningham III. Oct. 24 1835 Mar.11 1919"

      Warren County death records has "Martha Anderson"

      So this is another proof that there were three Johns in that family. But in no way does it indicate that "Viola John Cunningham" was in that family line. As I told you I have court records listing all of the children of John and Kiziah Cunningham and there is no mention of a son, John. Their son, Langston had a son, John Jr. He was administrator of Langston's estate. Jr. did not mean it was the name of the father. Many times a father would name their son after his father, a brother or even an uncle. If the baby was the second one in that family with that name he would be a Jr. I don't think I ever did convince Mary Barnes of this.

      I hope I have helped you some on this, not confused you more.

      I"m looking forward to seeing you next time you visit McMinnville.

      Almetia

      * [13]

  • Sources 
    1. [S3153] "Harrison,Cunningham & Woodlee Family Genealogies",by Thomas Barnes,, p. 28 (Reliability: 3).

    2. [S5009] http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GSln=cunningham&GSfn=john&GSbyrel=all&GSdyrel=all&GSst=45&GScnty=2513&G.

    3. [S3150] "Harrison,Cunningham & Woodlee Family Genealogies",by Thomas Barnes,, p. 28.

    4. [S6915] "United States Census, 1850," Database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MC6S-QC8 : acc.

    5. [S10336] "Kiziah Chandler Cunningham" profile, abstracted, downloaded and published Thursday, February 2nd, 2017 by David A. Henn.

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

    7. [S38384] WCGA Bulletin,Volume X ,No.1,Spring 2001,"John Cunningham",, pp. 23-35.

    8. [S4850] http://genforum.genealogy.com/tn/messages/39521.html.

    9. [S3154] Almetia Dunn Cunningham, personal records, Route 3, Box 123, Viola Road,.

    10. [S30] David A. Hennessee, HENNESSEE Researcher & Compiler, 626 Biscayne Drive,West Palm Beach,FL 33401, 561.832.6612, info@c.

    11. [S6080] http://thehennesseefamily.com/documents/Two%20Unrelated%20John%20Cunningham%20gentlemen%20in%20Warren%20County%20TN.docx.

    12. [S48999] Mac Cunningham | CUNNINGHAM Researcher | 3 Dec 2011 | maccunningham@bellsouth.net.

    13. [S49000] Almetia Cunningham (1929-2011) | Warren County, Tennessee Genealogist | 17 Apr 2005 | Almetia@Blomand.net.