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Below is a family biography included in the History of Allegheny County, Pennsylvania published in 1889 by A. Warner & Co.   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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DAVID H. CUNNINGHAM, farmer, post office Perrysville, was born March 10, 1817, on the old homestead in Huntingdon (now Blair) county, Pa. His father, George Cunningham, a native of Scotland, came to America in 1802, with his wife, Jane Moore, and two children. He took up 218 acres of land, which is still in possession of the family. He was the father of twelve children, all of whom attained maturity, but of the six sons only David H. is now living. Mr. and Mrs. George Cunningham were members of Lebanon Church; politically he was a republican. David H. came to Ross township in 1835, learned the blacksmith’s trade with his brother William, and followed it thirty-four years. Subsequently he turned his attention to agriculture, and now owns a farm of 109 acres. He has been twice married, his first wife being Martha, daughter of Robert and Sarah (Dixon) Hiland, former of whom came here in 1798; latter was a daughter of William and Jane Dixon. Robert Hiland was a justice of the peace, an elder in the Presbyterian Church for many years, and was 104 years old when he died. To Mr. Cunningham’s first marriage five children were born: Alfred, William, Robert, Sarah and Joseph. His present wife is Mary, daughter of William Givan. Mr. Cunningham has been trustee of the Presbyterian Church for twenty years.

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This family biography is one of 2,156 biographies included in the History of Allegheny County, Pennsylvania published in 1889 by A. Warner & Co.

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