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Below is a family biography included in The History of Jasper County, Missouri published by Mills & Company in 1883.  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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IRVING J. CUNNINGHAM. Prominent among the early settlers and successful farmers of Lincoln township is the subject of this sketch. He was born in Lorain county, Ohio, Jan, 30, 1843. He was reared on a farm, and educated in Medina county, and is the son of James and Rebecca Cunningham, natives of Ohio. His father was a minister and died in 1857, leaving a wife and three children, named Orrin, W. J., and the subject of this sketch, who worked on the farm until 1869, when his mother sold out and moved to Jasper county, Mo., and settled on their present farm in 1870. Our subject was married to Mary H. Bawbell Dec. 30, 1861, in Medina county, Ohio; she was born in Rochester, N. Y., April 14, 1842, and is the daughter of Thomas and Sarah Bawbell, who were born in England. Her father was justice of the peace for many years, also a notary public. Mr. Cunningham has 150 acres of land, all under cultivation, and well watered with seven living springs. He raises on an average forty bushels of corn and about twenty of wheat to the acre, and handles from fifty to seventy-five head of cattle and about the same number of hogs each year. Mr. Cunningham joined the order of Odd Fellows. Himself and wife are members of the Church of United Brethren. He is one of the old and substantial settlers that Jasper county may well feel proud of.

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This family biography is one of more than 1,000 biographies included in The History of Jasper County, Missouri published in 1883.  For the complete description, click here: Jasper County, Missouri History, Genealogy, and Maps

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