Biography of John Milton Cunningham taken from the book“Kansas and Kansans”. Below are excerpts pertaining to the Milton side of the family only:
JOHN MILTON CUNNINGHAM- Mr. Cunningham was born in Louisville, Kentucky, November 10, 1857, and is a son of Robert Morrison and Annie Elizabeth (Milton) Cunningham.
On his mother’s side of the family, Mr. Cunningham is descended from one of the oldest families in America, and one which originated in England. A Richard Milton is mentioned in land grants recorded in the State Land Office of Virginia, for the years 1636 and 1638, given to him at Westover, in Charles County, on the James River, and it is possible and even probable that this early settler was the grandfather of Richard Milton, the great-great-great-grandfather of Mr. Cunningham. This latter Richard Milton and his wife, Eliza, were living in Richmond County, Virginia about the year 1720. On August 10, 1725, a tract of 454 acres in “Stafford County in Buck Hall ranch of Occaquan,” was granted to “Richard Melton of Richmond County.” This part of Stafford County soon afterward became Prince William County, and Richard Milton’s death occurredhere about the year 1733.
Richard Milton, son of Richard and Eliza Milton, was born about 1715. He inherited from his father a tract of land “adjoining Couper’s Cabin Branch” in Prince William County, Virginia, where he lived and reared a family of nine children. His wife, whose name is mentioned in deeds along with his, was Margaret Ross, and it is said that she came from a Scotch family of that name in Pennsylvania. Her grandchildren remembered her as being tall, spare and very neat in appearance. She lived to be about 95 years of age, and when a very old lady was still able to ride on horseback to the home of her son, Elijah, making the distance of forty miles in one day. She was born about 1716 and died in 1811. Shortly after the Revolutionary War, Richard Milton removed to Kentucky with his wife, his son, Moses, and his married daughters, and settled on the Chaplin Fork of Salt River, in Nelson County. There he died about the year 1800.
Elijah Milton, son of Richard and Margaret (Ross) Milton, and great-grandfather of Mr. Cunningham, was born in Prince William County, Virginia, December 23, 1755, and died in Fayette County, Kentucky, November 10, 1833. He was married at Green Hill, Frederick County, Virginia, January 28, 1794, to Catherine Taylor, who was born at Green Hill, June 9, 1776. She died in Fayette County, Kentucky, July 29, 1828. Elijah Milton is said to have served as master of army wagons during the Revolutionary War, being closely associatedwith General Rochambeau during the latter part of the struggle for American independence. When he removed to Kentucky, about 1792, he took up lands on Elk Horn Creek, in Fayette County, about eight miles west of Lexington, and there passes the remainder of his life as a farmer.
John Milton, son of Elijah and Catherine (Taylor) Milton, and maternal grandfather of Mr. Cunningham, was born in Fayette County, Kentucky, March 24, 1802, and died at Baltimore, Maryland, November 18, 1860. He was married in Frederick County, Virginia, September 7, 1826, to Louisa Ann Taylor, his first cousin, who was born in LoudounCounty, Virginia, September 5, 1807, and died at Louisville, Kentucky, April 6, 1869. Mr. Milton was cashier of the Northern Bank of Kentucky, and an elder in the Presbyterian Church.