According to my grandfather John Anner Cunningham's death certificate, his parents were Lewis B. Cunningham (born in Tennessee-don’t know which county, presumably between 1830-1840) and Martha Younger Cunningham (born in Missouri presumably between 1830-1849). Lewis' middle initial probably was for: "Ben" or "Benjamin." Their children were: George W. Cunningham, John Anner Cunningham, and Alice or Fannie
Cunningham. John's death certificate was signed by his oldest son, Otis Kendall Cunningham (1900-1950).
I’mlooking for a connection to the family of my grandfather, John Anner Cunningham, born in December between 1857 and 1859 in Newport, Jackson County, AR, and died in Sand Springs, Tulsa County, OK in October 1934, when I was seven months old. My dad told me that Grandfather John often bragged of his Irish roots.
John married Nancy Mariah Grigsby Hutcherson in November 1884 in Lawrence County, AR, and they later divorced (one daughter Norah Latha or Latha Norah Cunningham) and he married Rosa Matthews Hays (my grandmother-to-be) in September 1898 in Ardmore, Chickasaw Nation, Indian Territory (now Carter County, OK).
Grandmother Rosa was born in Augusta, Hancock County, Illinois, in February 1868 and died in Tulsa (near Sand Springs), Tulsa County, OK, in March 1943. Her first husband, Charles J. Hays, a cattleman whom she married in Chautauqua County, KS, in November 1885, died in January 1895 at Light's Ranch near Chickasha, Grady County, OK, when their son Thomas was seven.
Rosa had a sister Harriett "Hattie" Matthews, born in Illinois in 1866, and four older brothers: Daniel; James Preston; Joab; and William. All but Daniel lived in Osage, Lincoln, Payne, and other nearby counties in OK. Hattie married Marion Park Fowler in Erie, Neosho County, KS, in 1883.
Rosa was married to John Cunningham until he died in 1934 and their children were: Otis Kendall Cunningham, born in Ardmore, Chickasaw Nation, Indian Territory, in 1898 and died in Richmond, California in 1950; Charles Hubert Cunningham, born in Joplin, Jasper County, MO, in 1903 and died in Sand Springs, Tulsa County, OK, in 1965; Rubye Maye Cunningham, born in 1905 in Cleveland, Indian Territory (now Pawnee County, OK); and my father, Marion Wilshire Cunningham, born in or near Hominy, Osage County, OK, in 1908. Dad later changed his name to William Marion Cunningham.
Do you see a connection between your family and mine?
Thanks for your time,