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Below is a family biography included in History of Page County, Iowa published by Iowa Historical Company in 1880.  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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CUNNING, WM., farmer and brickmason, P. O. Clarinda; born January 25, 1818, in Columbiana county, Ohio. When six years of age his parents moved to Trumbull county, Ohio, where he grew to manhood. Was educated in the common schools of that state. At the age of fourteen he went to learn bricklaying with a Mr. Ledrick Bingham, of Cleveland, with whom he served an apprenticeship of seven years. In 1836 he moved to Crawford county, Ohio, where he followed his trade until 1854, when he came to Iowa, locating in East River township, Page county, where he has followed his trade most of the time since during the summer season. The first two winters he was here he taught school at Hawleyville. He came through from Ohio overland with teams, and was 42 days on the road. When he had got as far as Corning, in Adams county, he met with quite a severe loss, having with him one thousand dollars in gold, which he had packed away in a large trunk, or box. The money was stolen from the trunk during his absence from the wagon by a young man named Alexander Souder, whom he had brought through with him, free of charge. Missing his money, he at once suspected Souder, and planned to catch him. In this he was successful, and recovered all but about sixteen dollars, which could not be found. The young man was taken to Glenwood and placed in jail, but was released on a writ of habeas corpus, and was never brought to trial. Mr. C. went before the grand jury to prepare an indictment against him, but as he had got his money, and the jury were pretty full of whisky, they moved to let him go and pay no attention to it. This was his first experience in legal business in Iowa. He owns a fine farm of 440 acres, which he has made by hard, honest toil and strict attention to business; and now, in his advanced age, he has the satisfaction of knowing that he has a competency for himself and family in his declining years, which he has made by his own hands. In 1856 he was elected school treasurer and justice of the peace of East River township, and has held these offices ever since, with the exception of one term, while on a visit to Ohio, but was the next year returned, and still holds them. Was married June 5, 1841, to Miss Ruth Chandler, a native of Marion county, Ohio. Has a family of nine children: Jos. W. S., Andrew O., Franklin, Sarah A., wife of Joseph Davidson; Mary M., wife of H. V. Hebbert; Alonzo, Hiram and Philenna, all living, and one, Henry Clay, gave his life for his country’s sake, being killed at the battle of Port Gibson, May 1, 1863. He was a member of company K, 23d Iowa infantry.

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This family biography is one of 558 biographies included in The History of Page County, Iowa published in 1880.  For the complete description, click here: Page County, Iowa History and Genealogy

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