I'm trying to find information on either Robert or George Cuny of Jefferson Co, Indiana. W.H. Griffin appears on the 1850 Census in Republican Township, Jefferson Co., Indiana. At that time, he was listed as residing with the Robert Cuny family. He was then 10 years old. Also living with the Cunys are two other youngsters of different families. In the far margin, W.H. Griffin is listed as a pauper.
My interest in W.H. is in the fact that I believe him to be a younger brother of Eliza R. Griffin (b. 22 Apr 1837). Eliza is my ancestor.
Interestingly, Eliza was listed as living next door to W.H. While W.H. resided with Robert Cuny (age 60) and his wife, 14-year old Eliza was living with (possibly his brother) George Cuny (age 55) and his wife.
What may have happened to their parents is a mystery. I suspect some localized tragedy. They had resided in Parke Co., IN, and were then relocated with a family (the Cunys) some distance away. The presence of the other children with Robert Cuny may also present evidence. I know of at least one cholera case in Parke County during the time in question. Possibly an epidemic?
Exactly what happened is speculation -- my real interest is in confirming whether W.H. and Eliza are siblings. And then, finding out who their parents are.
If you have any information that may help -- or know who these Cuny folks are -- I'd appreciate your assistance.