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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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J. P. CUNNINGHAM, M. D. Prominent among the professional gentlemen of this city is the subject of this sketch. Dr. Cunningham was born in Pittsburgh, Pa., May 1, 1817. His father, Robert Cunningham, was a native of New York; his mother, Elizabeth (Parson) Cunningham, of Massachusetts. They came to Pittsburgh when it was but a very small place. When subject was about ten years of age his father died and shortly after moved with the family to Wheeling, W. Va. There young C. grew to manhood, receiving a liberal education in the city schools. Commenced the study of medicine in 1842 with the noted Dr. Bates, of Wheeling, and two years later engaged in the practice of his profession in that city. In 1852 he moved to Illinois, located in Iroquois county, practiced there for ten years, then moved to northwest Missouri and engaged in practice at Rockport. In March, 1866, he came to this county, locating at Carthage, being the first physician at that place. Came to Joplin in 1877 and has since made this his home. Dr. Cunningham was married in Wheeling, West Va., May 16, 1838, to Miss Elizabeth, daughter of Clement McCune, of Washington county, Penn. Mrs. Cunningham was born in Washington county, in January, 1817, and died Aug. 22, 1882, in this city. From this union there were five children: Geo. P., Harriet P., wife of G. H. Walser; L. P., and Ada P. now the wife of M. A. Gill of this city. The Dr. is one of the pioneer settlers of Jasper county and has watched its wonderful development. He is a man of energy and enterprise, standing at the head of his profession and has contributed largely for the support of public institutions, educational and otherwise.

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