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Below is a family biography included in The History of McLean County, Illinois published by Wm. LeBaron, Jr. Co. in 1879.  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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W. E. CUNNINGHAM, farmer; P. O. Saybrook; is a son of Robert Cunningham, one of the pioneers of this county, and was born in Clarke Co., Ind., May 11, 1828; when he was about a year old, his parents came to Illinois and settled in the year 1829, in Cheney’s Grove, in this township, on Sec. 27; his father died here Sept. 28, 1858, and mother, April 6, 1859. The subject of this sketch remained with his parents up to his marriage with Miss Irene Cunningham Nov. 6, 1849 ; she was a daughter of Joseph Cunningham, of Clarke Co., Ind.; shortly after his marriage, he entered the land, improved it, and has remained there ever since. His wife was born Feb. 20, 1824; they had eight children, four living — Joseph C., born Sept. 17, 1850; George T., born Oct. 26, 1851; Parker D., July 15, 1853, and Mary E., born Sept. 18, 1859; and four died — Albert M., born July 19, 1855, died Nov. 12. 1865; David, born Jan. 4, 1858, and died Jan. 11, 1858; Carrie L., born Feb. 18, 1862, died Sept. 30, 1863; and Naomi B., born Dec, 17, 1864, died Aug. 26, 1866.

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This family biography is one of 1257 biographies included in The History of McLean County, Illinois published by Wm. LeBaron, Jr. Co. in 1879.  View the complete description here: The History of McLean County, Illinois

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