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Below is a family biography included in The History of Wayne County, Tennessee published by Goodspeed Publishing Company in 1886.  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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Armstead H. Cunningham, the leading merchant at Forty Eight, Tenn. was born in this State in 1850, and is the son of John R. and Grace (Kimmens) Cunningham, of Tennessee birth. The father was a farmer by occupation, a member of the Free-Will Baptist Church, a Democrat in politics, and lived in Hickman County until his death, which occurred about 1874. Our subject’s juvenile days were spent on a farm. He lived with his father until twenty-one years of age, when he began life for himself, teaching and clerking. In 1874 he purchased Samuel H. Williams’ stock of goods at Centreville, Tenn., and did business in that place three years, one year being devoted to the hotel and livery business. He lost considerable property by fire, but, altogether, his career in that place was a success financially. For the next two years he was connected with the commission house of Mellen, Brown & Co., of Cincinnati, Ohio, and in 1876 was married to Laura E. Clagett, daughter of Horatio and Elizabeth (Montgomery) Clagett. Mrs. Cunningham was born in Tennessee, in 1855, and immediately after her marriage she and Mr. Cunningham took an extended tour East, visiting New York, Pittsburgh, the Centennial Exposition and Niagara Falls. After their return Mr. Cunningham engaged in the mercantile business in Forty Eight, where he has since been successfully engaged. He is also postmaster of the town, and he and wife are members of the Christian Church. They have four children: John H., Southern S., Walker M. and James R. A remarkable feature of the family is that from the fourth generation there has never been a female child born into the family. They are of English descent.

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This family biography is one of 76 biographies included in The History of Wayne County, Tennessee published in 1886.  The History of Lawrence County was included within The History of Lawrence, Wayne, Perry, Hickman & Lewis Counties of Tennessee. View the complete description here: History of Lawrence, Wayne, Perry, Hickman and Lewis Counties of Tennessee

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