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George Cunningham


George Cunningham was a son of Griffith Cunningham and Nancy Sloan, who had eight children: Ann, Elizabeth, Melvina, Samuel, Mariah, Griffith, George and Joseph.

He came to Texas in 1849 to the new county of Ellis. He was deputy surveyor for four counties: Ellis, Johnson, Navarro and Hill, and later served as district surveyor in the Robinson land district. In 1859, he married Tennessee Sims, a daughter of John D. Sims and had nine children: Elizabeth Elliott (m. Y. C. Edmondson); Nancy George (m. W. M. Tatum of Corsicana, Tex.); Griffith Benton, John Dabney, Mary Frances (m. T. L. NcCartley; Janis Womack, Edward Forrest, Claudius and Barzilla. During the War, he served in Company C, 19th Texas Cavalry.

George H. Cunningham

Born Jan. 28, 1828 in Middle Tennessee, son of Griffith and Nancy Sloan Cunningham and grandson of Irish immigrant James Cunningham of New Jersey.Came to Ellis County 1849, where was surveyor for Ellis, Johnson, Navarro and Hill Counties, and later Surveyor for Robertson District, which included ten counties. On Sept. 16, 1859, married Tennessee Sims, daughter of John D. Sims. They had nine children. Enl. Pvt., later Lt., Co. C., 19th Tex. Cav., CSA; was a large land owner and in 1868 he and P. C. Sims donated land for Bethel Cemetery.


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