Seeking information: Who are the parents of John Cunningham II (13 Sept 1792-12 October 1858)?
Objective Find the names of John Cunningham’s parents by locating "first person accounts" and original source documents (wills, land transfers, Family Bible, court records) and genetic yDNA testing results.
Key dates: Born 13 Sept 1792 VA; married Sarah Jane Swindle 6 May 1813 in White County, TN ; Captain in War of 1812; died 12 October 1858; buried Cunningham Cemetery at Rock Island, Warren County, TN
Unknown John Cunningham’s birthplace (probably VA) siblings and parents’ names are presently unknown. A reliable source, Goodspeed’s Tennessee History, DID NOT include John’s father name yet stated John’s father was of Scotch-Irish descent, in the Revolutionary War and migrated from VA to Warren Co, TN in 1810.
What we do know (1) John’s story begins as a young man in 1810 at Rock Island in Warren County, TN. He acquired land in both Warren and White counties TN.Captain John Cunningham was in the War of 1812 in 1st Regiment West Tennessee Militia (13 Nov 1814-13 May 1815).
(2) John & Sarah Jane(Swindle) Cunningham had 4 of 6 children to live to adulthood. All were born in the early 1800's--William, Sarah Elizabeth, George Washington, John III.
(3) John Cunningham was known in his community as a Christian, Husband, Father, Pioneer, Patriot, Farmer, Tanner, Carpenter, Blacksmith, Distiller, Democrat and Grandfather.John’s abilities and attributes are in part due to his parents.
(4) The overwhelming perponderance of evidence indicates that John Cunningham of Rock Island, Warren County, TN IS NOT related to John Cunningham of Viola, Warren County, TN or John Cunningham of Irving College, Warren County, TN.
(5) There are a number of newspaper accounts, Ancestry.com Family Trees, Applications for Sons of American Revolution and other ancestry databases which are basically incorrect but probably based on good faith regarding John Cunningham of Rock Island parentage.
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