The Letter Writers
The letter writers:
Maria Jane "Jennie" Cunningham was born August 29, 1856 in Cherokee County, AL. She died March 22, 1937 and is biried in Forest Hill Cemetery near Gaylesville, Cherokee County, AL. She was a school teacher. She first married John F. Young on July 10, 1872. They had two children, a son Willie born 1875 and a daughter Belle, born 1878. Jenny next married Joseph N. Browder on October 3, 1881 in Cherokee County, AL. Joe and Jenny had one daughter, Eula May Browder born October 28, 1882 and died September 12, 1900. Some of the census and death records have her as Jane M.
Elizabeth Jane "Lizzie" Cunningham was born May 18, 1832 in Blount County, TN. She moved, along with her parents, siblings, and several aunts, uncles and other family and friends with Abolitionist leanings, to Iowa Territory in 1842. She was a school teacher and never married. She died on February 28, 1901 in Iowa.
David Whitfield Cunningham was born in April, 1842 and died in July 1900. He is buried at McNair Cemetery, Jefferson County, MS. He served with the 33rd Mississippi Infantry during the Civil War. On december 19, 1867, he married Lydia Elizabeth Herring Gordon, the widow of Dr. Thomas D. Gordon. He had 3 daughters and 2 sons with Lydia. She died on February 6, 1890. David married a second time to Emma A. Gates Moore, widow of George Moore. David and Emma had 3 children, 2 boys and a girl. David was well known in the county as a man with a strong sense of values and a sense of humor.
Cornelia Adelaide “Neelie” Cunningham was born September 5, 1854 in Cherokee County, AL. She married A. B. Walker on January 1, 1878 and was in Chattooga County, GA in 1879. A. B. was a brickmason and plasterer. We are actively searching for information on them.
John Erskin Cunningham was June 17, 1838. He was a saddler and tanner by trade, like his father, Ebenezer. On June 3 1858, he married Polly Ann McCullough, daughter of Carter Madison McCullough and Mary Ann Elam in Cherokee County, AL. He died on March 22, 1908 and is buried in Forest Hill Cemetery near Gaylesville, AL. John served in the 19th Alabama Regiment during the Civil War.
Amanda Ann Cunningham was born December 12, 1833. She married a young widower with two small children, James Hardy Conant on April 3, 1953 in Cherokee County, AL. James first wife Manerva Clayton was the sister of Amanda's stepmother, Martha Clayton. Along with raising James and Manerva's four year old son, John, and two year old daughter, Permelia Elizabeth, she and James had several children of their own. Amanda and James later moved to Enola in Lincoln County, TN after their daughter Molly and her husband, Erby Smith Brown moved to Cowan in Lincoln County, TN. Amanda died on January 11, 1916 In Enola, Lincoln County, TN and is buried in Enola Cemetery next to James Hardy Conant who died on October 10, 1899.
George E. Canant was born November 25, 1965 in Cherokee County, AL.
He moved out to Colorado during the Cripple Creek Gold Rush and opened a general store.
He married Delphina “Della” L. Murray. He died in 1931 in Denver, Colorado.
Marie Canant was born June 1896. She is the daughter of George E. Canant and Delphina “Della” L. Murray. She corresponded regularly with the folks back home in Tennessee until her death.
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