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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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JESSE CUNNINGHAM (deceased) was born July 29, 1809, in Baldwin township, and died, after a useful and well-spent life, Jan. 25, 1887. His father, George Cunningham, was born east of the mountains, and after coming west lived a short time in Beaver county, Pa., but as early as 1804 came to this county, where he bought 218 acres of land. He married Jane Moore (who died in 1844), and they were the parents of twelve children: Daniel, Jane, Eliza, William, Margaret, Jesse, Ruth, George, David, Sarah, John and Maria. Of these, Jesse farmed the home place, and early in life evinced those traits of manhood and Christian character which made him so universally esteemed wherever he was known, his sense of honor and justice being one of his leading characteristics. Oct. 29, 1837, he married Rachel, daughter of David and Margaret (Thompson) Cowan, and seven children blessed this union, viz.: Mrs. Mary J. Bryant, Mrs. Rachel L. Rhodes, George H., Robert P., Mrs. Caroline Hays, Mrs. Salina L. Doyle and Melissa M. (wife of Dr. C. Stilley). In religious matters the Cunningham family have always identified themselves with the Presbyterian Church.

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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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