1.ARCHIBALD1 CUNNINGHAM was born in Scotland.He married GRACE COWAN in Scotland. Notes for ARCHIBALD CUNNINGHAM: According to history, the 15th. Earl of Glencairn, John Cunningham, died in 1796.Our substantiated Ancestor, Archibald Cunningham, was born just nine (9) years later in 1805.According to history, the Earl of Glencairn supposedly left no heirs.However, it is worth researching the possibility that John Cunningham, Earl of Glencairn, may have been descended from the Cunningham Clan who quite possibly may have inhabited one of the Norman-style "mottes" constructed around 1179. Between the death of the 15th. Earl of Glencairn, John Cunningham, in 1796 and the date of Archibald Cunningham, spans a period of nine years.According to history, the Earl of Glencairn left no surviving heirs, but this remains an unsubstantiated fact, leading to the belief that there is very possibly a direct connection involved here. Further research is recommended to determine if John Cunningham, Earl of Glencairn, may have been the father of the "wealthy tobacco grower, Lord William Cunningham", who built the mansion in Glasgow, Scotland in 1780 (just 16 years prior to the Earl of Glencairn's death), which now exists as the Stirlings Library on the Glasgow Royal Exchange Square.This could also mean that Archibald Cunningham, born in 1805, may have been the son of Lord William Cunningham for two reasons: 1) Archibald is described as an "agriculturist" which directly relates to the occupation of his 'possible' father, Lord William Cunningham, a wealthy tobacco grower. 2) Archibald was the "head" of a company of Carriers (the forerunner of today's Express freight systems), having their main line between Edinburgh and Glasgow.Archibald held this position for 45 years.It is not farfetched to surmise that Lord William Cunningham, who was quite wealthy, held a financial interest in Archibald's express company.Further assumption may show that Archibald's express company operated between Edinburgh and Glasgow, with Glasgow being the location of Lord William Cunningham's mansion built in 1780 which is now named the Stirlings Library on Royal Exchange Square in Glasgow, Scotland. Archibald Cunningham married Grace Cowan, whose descendant last name of "Cowan" translates into "wild daisies".The Cowan family was quite prominent in the west of Scotland.It is substantiated that Archibald's wife, Grace Cowan Cunningham, chose to remain in Scotland the rest of her life. William Clarke Cunningham, Sr. was born to Archibald and Grace on May 24, 1830 in Edinburg Scotland.In 1860, Archibald's eldest son, William moved his own family and his father Archibald to Stratford, Ontario, Canada, approximately 120 miles North of Windsow which was diretly across the Detroit River from Detroit, Michigan.It may also be possible that William may have moved siblings to Canada in 1860, though we have no records of any other children born to Archibald and Grace. Archibald Cunningham stayed in Canada when his Son, William Clarke Cunningham, Sr. moved to Detroit, Michigan to practice Medicine in 1871.Archibald was still living in Canada when his Son, William died in Bay City, Michigan on June 10, 1895.Archibald would then have been 90 years old.The date of Archibald's death has never been established, nor do we know if Archibald died in Canada or the United States. Child of ARCHIBALD CUNNINGHAM and GRACE COWAN is:
WILLIAM2 CUNNINGHAM, b. 1828, Scotland; d. June 10, 1895, Bay City, Michigan.