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Below is a family biography included in The History of Polk 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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James H. W. Cunnyngham, hardware merchant at Morrisville, Mo., is the son of Thomas W. and Disa (Wilson) Cunnyngham, and was born September 13, 1843, in McMinn County, Tenn. He was reared on the farm, receiving a common school education, and in 1862 he enlisted in Company F, Twenty-sixth Enrolled Missouri Militia, United States service, and upon the organization was appointed sergeant-major of his regiment. He served in all about two years, and after peace was declared he engaged in farming. November 15, 1863, he married Miss Ruyle, a native of Polk County, Mo., born July 3, 1844, and the daughter of Gideon Ruyle. To this union were born four children: Thomas B. (deceased); Albert G., died at the age of twenty years; Disa L., who is the only one now living; and Sallie M., also deceased. Both Mr. and Mrs. Cunnyngham are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South, and, in his political views, he is a Democrat. Having farmed until 1883, he and S. B. Elzey built the Morrisville Mill, which he helped run a year. In 1885 he and the Lemmon Bros, opened a hardware store, which they continued until 1887, when Mr. Cunnyngham purchased their interest, and has run it ever since. He has been quite successful as a business man, having made the most of his property by his own efforts. Besides his mercantile interest, he is also engaged in agricultural pursuits, and has 209 acres of land.

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