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Below is a family biography included in The History of Obion 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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Robert F. Cunningham is a native of Lincoln County, Tenn., born February 27, 1839; one of six living children of a family of nine born to the marriage of Robert Cunningham and Elizabeth Collins. The father was the first white child born on Swan Creek, Lincoln County, Tenn., and always made that county his home. He died about 1874 and his wife in 1867. The father was a cabinet-maker and farmer. Robert F. Cunningham resided with his parents until the breaking out of the war, when he enlisted in the Ninth Tennessee Infantry, with which he remained until severely wounded at the battle of Shiloh. He was taken to the hospital at Memphis, where he remained about two months and then returned home and in 1869 came to Obion County and followed farming and conducted a cotton-gin and saw-mill until 1876. Since that time he has followed farming exclusively. February 5, 1874, he married Cordelia Revelle, of Haywood County. Of five children born to them three are living. In 1869 Mr. Cunningham became the owner of 240 acres of land. He also has three other farms in the county, aggregating about 285 acres, and belongs to the Democratic party.

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This family biography is one of 179 biographies included in The History of Obion County, Tennessee published in 1887 by Goodspeed.  The History of Obion 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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