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Below is a family biography included in The History of Gibson County, Tennessee published by Goodspeed Publishing Company in 1887.  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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Lee Cunningham is a native of the county in which he now resides, born May 13, 1844, son of Fleming and Jane (Lemons) Cunningham who were born in the “Old Dominion.” Lee Cunningham attended the common schools of Gibson County, and has followed farming from early boyhood. He located on his present farm of 136 acres of valuable land in 1885. Part of the same is under good cultivation, and the products are corn, wheat and cotton. He began life for himself with a very small capital, but by unswerving integrity and honesty has now a comfortable home. He gives considerable attention to fine stock breeding, and has for a number of years. In 1869 Malinda R. Stephens became his wife and the mother of his four children: Emma J., Lonna L., Jerry F. and Fain B. Mrs. Cunningham’s parents, Aaron B. and Emeline (Lee) Stephens, are residents of Gibson County. Mr. Cunningham has been a member of the Missionary Baptist Church since 1879. He is a Democrat and of Irish lineage.

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This family biography is one of 242 biographies included in The History of Gibson County, Tennessee published in 1887.  The History of Gibson County was included within The History of Gibson, Obion, Dyer, Weakley & Lake Counties of Tennessee. For the complete description, click here: History of Gibson, Obion, Dyer, Weakley, and Lake Counties of Tennessee

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