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Submitted by Linda Fluharty

     Robert W. Cunningham, the son of James Allison Cunningham (b. 22 May 1816) & Christina Jones (b. 21 May 1819), was born in Harrison County, (West) Virginia about 1844. James was the son of Robert (b 9 Dec 1791) and Sarah Jane (Robey) Cunningham.

     William D. Cunningham enlisted in Company "G" on the same date as Robert W. He is listed as a deserter and nothing more has been found about him. He is not found in the James A. Cunningham family in the 1850 census.

1850 Census, District 21, Harrison County (W) Virginia
James A. Cunningham, 30, Farmer, b VA
Christeen, 20, b VA
Caroline, 10, b VA
Jefferson, 8, b VA
Robert, 6, b VA
Sarena, 5, b VA
Floyd, 3, b VA
Gideon, 2, b VA
Jerome, 8 months, b VA

1860 Census, District 21, Harrison County (W) Virginia
James A Cunningham, 44, b VA
Christine Cunningham, 43, b VA
Carolene Cunningham, 20, b VA
Jefferson M Cunningham, 18, b VA
Robert W Cunningham, 17, b VA
Serena A Cunningham, 15, b VA
Lloyd L Cunningham, 13, b VA
Gideon D Cunningham, 11, b VA
Edgar F Cunningham, 10, b VA
Jemima E Cunningham, 8, b VA
Sarah J Cunningham, 8, b VA
Florinda Cunningham, 6, b VA
Arthur Cunningham, 2, b VA

     The first wife of Robert was Emily Richardson, whom he married 14 Feb 1867 in Harrison County. On 29 Sep 1878, he married Docia in Ferris, Hancock, Illinois.

1870 Census, Wythe, Hancock County, Illinois #203/195
Robert Cunningham, 28, Farmer, b VA
Emily Cunningham, 24, Keeping House, b VA
Ida F. Cunningham, 2, b IL
Rosa B., 4 months, b IL

1880 Census, Rock Creek, Hancock County, Illinois #152/152
Robt. W. Cunningham, 38, WV VA VA
Docia C. Cummingham, 27, IL VA KY
Ida Francis Cunningham, 12, Daughter, IL WV IL
Rosa Bell Cunningham, 10, Daughter, IL WV IL
Charles Cunningham, 8 months, Son, IL WV IL

     Robert W. Cunningham applied for and received a government pension, certificate #618873. On 27 Aug 1895, Docia C. Cunningham applied for and received a Widow's pension, certificate #445464.