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Below is a family biography included in The History of Benton County, Missouri published by Goodspeed Publishing Company in 1889.  These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details of a family tree. Family biographies often include far more information than can be found in a census record or obituary.  Details will vary with each biography but will often include the date and place of birth, parent names including mothers' maiden name, name of wife including maiden name, her parents' names, name of children (including spouses if married), former places of residence, occupation details, military service, church and social organization affiliations, and more.  There are often ancestry details included that cannot be found in any other type of genealogical record.

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William H. Cunningham, farmer and stock-raiser of Alexander Township, is a native of Kentucky, born in Monroe County, April 27, 1845, and is the son of E. B. Cunningham, who was born in Tennessee December 14, 1819, but who was reared in Kentucky. He was married in that State to Miss Lucy Harvey, a native of Monroe County, Ky., and after marriage they resided in that State until 1855, when they moved to Missouri and located in Benton County on the farm where our subject now lives. This was improved, and here he reared his family, which consisted of three sons and two daughters, all of whom grew to mature years. The father was justice of the peace for many years in this county, and died February 24, 1876. The mother died thirty days later. William H. Cunningham attained his growth on the farm, and received a fair education in the common schools. He has remained on the homestead, having bought the interest of the other heirs, and has made a business of farming and stock-raising and trading. He was married in Benton County, December 3, 1878, to Miss Lucinda J. Wright, a native of Benton County, and the daughter of William Wright (deceased). Mrs. Cunningham died November 22, 1887, leaving one daughter, Adella, who was born November 10, 1880, and who is a very intelligent child and one very far advanced in her studies, considering her age. W. H. Cunningham has a tract of 160 acres, and the town of Fairfield is laid out on this farm. Mr. Cunningham laid out this town, and since his death W. H. Cunningham has made two additions to the place. He has about seventy-five acres under cultivation, and a large two-story residence; also out-buildings and an orchard of 100 trees, all select fruits, etc.

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This family biography is one of 86 biographies included in The History of Benton County, Missouri published in 1889.  For the complete description, click here: Benton County, Missouri History, Genealogy, and Maps

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