BIOGRAPHIES of HENDERSON COUNTY

A.B. CUNNINGHAM

A. B. Cunningham, an enterprising farmer of the Seventh District, was born December, 1829, in Henderson County, a son of Ransom and Sarah (Rice) Cunningham. The father was born in Virginia in 1797. When an infant his parents moved to Granville County, N.C., where he remained until after the time of his marriage. He came to Henderson County in 1825, and settled in the Eighteenth District, and lived there until 1844, when he went to the Tenth District, making that his home for about five years. The last year of his life was spent in the Seventh District. At one time he owned 400 acres of fine land; he was one of the oldest settlers and best known men in the section. His death occurred in 1875. His wife was born in North Carolina in 1804; was the mother of eight children, of whom A. B. is the fourth and only surviving one. Mrs. Cunningham departed this life in 1862. The subject of this sketch received a fair education in the schools of his native county, and made his home with his parents until about the age of twenty-five. In 1855 he was united in marriage to a daughter of B. J. Young, Miss Mary Elizabeth, who was born in Henderson County in 1838. To this union four children were born: John, Josella, Martha (wife of John Gardner) and Walter. After his marriage, Mr. Cunningham settled In the Seventh District, where he now resides; he has been unusually successful in all his undertakings, owning about 1,000 acres of fine land; has been operating a grist-mill for a considerable length of time, and for six years a cotton-gin, making about 125 bales per season. In politics he is very conservative, voting strictly for principle, not for party. His first vote was given Gen. Scott (1852). He is a Mason of good standing; belongs to Juno Lodge, No. 43. He and his estimable wife are both members of the Methodist Episcopal Church South.

Goodspeeds History of Tennessee
A.B. Cunningham 4 December 1829 - 23 August 1905 - Caffey Cemetery
Mary ELizabeth (Young) Cunningham 11 October 1838 - 9 May 1916 - Caffey Cemetery     Obituary

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