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Biography for W.T. CUNNINGHAM, Danville, from 1879 H.W. Beckwith book

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Biography for W.T. CUNNINGHAM, Danville, from 1879 H.W. Beckwith book

Crystle Brockman (View posts)
Posted: 1120153749000
Classification: Query
Surnames: Cunningham, Burnett, Alexander, Davis, Lemon
"W.T. Cunningham, Danville, deputy circuit clerk. This gentleman was born in Danville, Vermillion county, Illinois, on the 8th of February, 1834, and is the son of Hezekiah Cunningham, who was born in Virginia on the 3rd of March, 1803. He was the son of David and Nllie (Burnett) Cunningham. Both parents were of Irish descent. His father was a farmer. In 1819 Mr. Cunningham came west with his mother and the Murphy family, by wagon, taking them seven weeks in making the trip. They arrived and located on the North Arm, in Edgar county, Illinois, in the fall of 1819, there being but ten families in that part of the country. In 1825 Mr. Cunningham came to Vermillion county and married Mary Alexander, daughter of John B. Alexander, by whom they have five children, two of whom are living,---- the wife of Judge O.L. Davis and of W.T. Cunningham, the subject of this sketch. In 1828 Mr. Hezekiah Cunningham moved to Danville, where he has resided ever since. While a resident here he has been engaged in the mercantile business some ten years. He was a soldier in the Blackhawk war of 1832-3. His wife was born in 1791, and died on the 5th of September, 1867. She was buried in the old Danville cemetery. Mr. Cunningham helped to bury the first corpse in the Danville cemetery, which was in 1828. W.T. Cunningham, our subject, was raised and educated in Danville. He was clerk in a drug store for five years, and for a number of years a clerk in other departments here in Danville and Washington City. He was appointed collector of the seventh district by President A. Lincoln. During his term of office he collected over $3,700,000. He is now deputy circuit clerk, which office he has filled for some eight years. Mr. Cunningham married, in 1859, Miss Lucy A. Lemon, daughter of John Lemon, on of the early settlers of Vermillion county. She died in 1876. By this union they had five children, fout of whom are living, two boys and two girls."

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