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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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WILLIAM CUNNINGHAM, retired farmer, P. O. Monroeville, was born in Patton township, Jan. 6, 1817, a son of Robert and Susannah (McElroy) Cunningham, of Irish and Scotch descent, respectively, the former of whom, a native of Eastern Pennsylvania, died here in 1822, at the age of sixty-two years; he was an elder in the Presbyterian Church, served in the revolutionary army, and afterward was colonel of militia. William McElroy, father of Mrs. Susannah Cunningham, settled very early on the farm where Mr. Cunningham now resides, and was forced to remain away from it seven years on account of the hostility of the Indians. Mr. Cunningham’s father died before the subject of this sketch was five and one-half years old, and he has since resided on this farm. In July, 1880, he married Caroline R. Bowser, of Armstrong county, and one child was born, now deceased. Mr. and Mrs. Cunningham are connected with the Presbyterian Church. He is a republican, and has served as township treasurer and justice of the peace.

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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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