This message concerns James E Cunniff my grandfather. I now have a copy of the birth certificate for James Cunniff and he was born James Fitzpatrick Cunniffe born on 12 Sept. 1871, son of Patrick Cunniffe and Thirza Widderson. Edward must be James's confirmation name. I also have a copy of the marriage certificate of Patrick Cunniffe and Thirza Widderson dated Dec 23rd 1863 in the parish church of Hollis Croft England. Patrick's brother, Bernard was a witness to the wedding.
I find Thirza's family name spelled Widdeson and Widderson on different documents.
I now have fairly complete listings for all the Cunniffe family members who remained in England and Wales (many pages) thanks to a second cousin, Audrey Warner, who lives in England.