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Milton Joseph Cunningham (b. 10 Mar 1842, d. 19 Oct 1916)
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Milton Joseph Cunningham (son of John Hamilton Cunningham and Ann Buie)238 was born 10 Mar 1842 in DeSoto Parish, LA239, and died 19 Oct 1916 in New Orleans, LA240.He married (1) Thalia Allen Tharp on 17 May 1866 in Residence of bride's brother, William Allen Tharp241.He married (2) Anne Peyton on 1874 in New Orleans, LA, daughter of William Washington Peyton, Jr. and Georgine Tree.He married (3) Cecile Hertzog on 1880 in Natchitoches, LA.He married (4) Emma Mai Blouin on 07 Aug 1895 in New Orleans, LA242.He married (5) (Nanny) Mary Pitcher on Aft. 1895 in (Not a wife but an important caretaker).
Notes for Milton Joseph Cunningham:
MILTON JOSEPH CUNNINGHAM (1842-1916)
by Mimi Methvin McManus, May 29, 2003
Milton Joseph Cunningham - known as Joe - was one of twelve children which John Hamilton ("J.H.") Cunningham had with three different wives.
Joe was born on March 10, 1842, in what is now DeSoto Parish, Louisiana, the fourth of six children from J.H.'s first marriage to Ann Buie.He was the first child to be born in Louisiana.His older siblings, Ophelia, John Cicero, and Green Columbus ("Tump") had been born in Copiah County, Mississippi.Two other children of this marriage were born later: Virgil Gilbert and Albert Baxter.
Joe's father, J. H. Cunningham, was of Scottish ancestry, born in South Carolina, and was somewhat of a Renaissance man.He was a doctor, lawyer, merchant, planter, and at the end of his life a newspaperman and a "Reverend."
At some point the family moved to Claiborne Parish, settling in Homer, a town which was laid out around a Courthouse Square in 1850, and was named for the Greek poet.During this period, J. H. was practicing medicine and appeared in the news as "Dr. Cunningham."Joe and his siblings attended the public school in Homer, where the school children had a chant about the five Cunningham boys:"Albert and Gilbert and Joe, Tump Cunningham and Cicero."
Just before Joe's 8th birthday, his mother, Ann Buie, died of asthma.Three years later, in 1853, Joe's father, J. H., married his second wife, Martha Elvia Shields, and they had five more children in the next 11 years: Ella Eugenia, Lucy Pauline (she died before 1870), Mary Cornelia, Minnie Ann (she later changed her name to "Mollie"), and John Edward (he died before 1870).
When he was sixteen years old , Joe Cunningham began teaching school in Cloutierville, La.Two years later, his family moved to Natchitoches, and Joe began studying law there.The Civil War intervened and in 1861 Joe volunteered and served in the Second Louisiana Infantry until 1865.
After the war, Joe resumed his law studies in Natchitoches.He marriedThalia Tharp in 1866 when he was 24 and she was 23.In the next five years, they had three sons:Joe, Jr., John Hamilton, and William Tharp ("Bill").
About the time of Joe's marriage to Thalia, Joe's father was also getting married, to his third wife, Ella M. Thomas.Joe's stepmother Martha, and his half-siblings Lucy and John Edward, had apparently died in an epidemic.
Joe was admitted to the bar in Natchitoches in January 1868, at age 25.That same month, his half-brother James Hamilton Cunningham was born.Later that year, Joe served as district attorney of the 17th Judicial District.He began taking an active part in politics and was a prominent Democrat in the days of reconstruction, serving as Chair of his party in Natchitoches Parish.
Of this period, a newspaper article says:"It was about this time that he was appointed district attorney for the Seventeenth judicial district of Louisiana, in which capacity he served ten months.During the reconstruction days, the white people of Natchitoches, La., chose him as the chief of police of that town, and he worked so effectively in restoring white supremacy in politics that he finally was arrested, with fifty-one other men of that community, and tried by federal officials."
In 1872, Joe's wife Thalia died at age 29, the beginning of a long and painful pattern in the Cunningham household.Their sons were 5, 3 and 1.Thalia was buried in the American Cemetery in Natchitoches.
Two years later, Joe met and married Annie Peyton of New Orleans, the daughter of William Washington Peyton and Georgine Tree.Annie was a second cousin of George Washington several generations removed, and a first cousin of George Mason.At the time of their marriage, Joe was 32 and his boys were 7, 5 and 3.Annie was 22.
Joe and Annie lived in New Orleans, where Joe had a law practice and could engage in politics.They had two children, Ida Gean and Charles Milton, my great-grandfather.When these children were 2 and 10 months respectively, tragedy struck again when Annie died of tetanus at age 26.She is buried in the Peyton family tomb in Lafayette Cemetery No. 1 across from Commander's Palace in New Orleans.
The same year that Annie Peyton died, 1878, two other notable events occurred, one a tragedy and the other a triumph:Joe's second son, John Hamilton drowned at age 9, and Joe was elected to the Louisiana House of Representatives.
It was probably at this point in the family saga that an ex-slave named Mary Pitcher, known as "Mammy," entered the scene.After the deaths of Annie and John Hamilton, Joe was left to care for four children ranging in age from 1 to 11 years.It is certain that by 1880, Mammy was living with the family, as she appears in the census as a servant, age 35.
Another member of the household in 1880 was Joe's new wife, Cecile Hertzog.Cecile had grown up up on Hertzog Plantation, today known as Melrose Plantation, and was a descendant of the old families of Prudhomme, Lambre, and Hertzog.When they married, Cecile was 20 and Joe was 38 and the father of four children from his two previous marriages:Joe, Jr. (13), Bill (9), Milton (5) and Ida Gean (2).
Cecile and Joe had four daughters in quick succession.When the fourth daughter was only a few months old, Cecile died at age 26.The cause of death was either yellow fever or spinal meningitis.Cecile is buried in American Cemetery in Natchitoches.
The year was 1886.Joe would not marry again for nine years.Mammy once again took full charge of the children, now eight in number and ranging in age from four months to 19 years.Five of the children were under age 10.Mammy would not permit the children to say "half-sister" or "half-brother," only "brother" or "sister."She would bring big platters of food to the dinner table to be passed around.Sometimes the little girls would not get anything to eat until the big children and adults had had second helpings.This was because they had no mother to notice this, and Mammy would be back in the kitchen.
While things at home were chaotic, Joe's political career was moving forward.In 1879 he was elected state senator in DeSoto Parish, and was a member of the Constitutional Convention.In 1884, at age 42, he was elected Attorney General of Louisiana.From this time until the end of his life, his primary residence was in New Orleans, although he continued to hold "plantation interests" in Natchitoches parish, and was involved in stock raising.
At the end of his term in 1888, he continued practicing law in New Orleans under the name "Cunningham & [Richard] Lyons" at 10 Carondelet St.
In 1892, Joe was again elected Attorney General, and this time he held the office for 8 years.One of the more notorious cases he briefed during this period was the case of Plessy v. Ferguson, in which the U. S. Supreme Court upheld Louisiana laws which provided for "separate but equal" accommodations for blacks and whites.Unfortunately, this policy of segregation prevailed in the south for over fifty years.
In 1895, Joe Cunningham married his fourth and last wife, Emma Blouin.Emma was 19 and was working as Joe's secretary.Joe was 53 and had four daughters still at home ranging in age from 9 to 14.Emma was from a prominent New Orleans family.Her sister, Clara, was married to Jules Brulatour, a millionaire from New Orleans who made his fortune in film stock and studios.It is believed that Clara influenced Emma's preference for Paris-made lingerie.Emma and Joe had two sons, Preston and Hamilton, in 1897 and 1899 respectively.
It has been said that Joe Cunningham was planning to run for governor at some point, perhaps in 1900 when his last term as Attorney General expired.According to the story, he contracted yellow fever and returned to Natchitoches to recover, but his health prevented him from running.
Between 1900 and 1904, Joe Cunningham served as Public Administrator for Orleans Parish and practiced law in New Orleans.We know from an old letter that in 1904 Joe was living on St. Charles Avenue and his son Bill was attending Tulane Law School.
Mammy continued to work in the Cunningham home.The 1910 census shows her as a servant, age 65, in the private home of M. J. Cunningham at 2726 Coliseum Street.Mammy died in 1913 at age 68.She was buried in the Cunningham family plot in American Cemetery in Natchitoches.Her tombstone reads, "Mary Pitcher, 1847-1913.Remembered by the Cunninghams as 'Our Mammy, who was the most faithful human being that ever lived.'"
Joe Cunningham continued to practice law in New Orleans until a few months before his death in 1916 from hardening of the arteries.He was 74 years old.
The following is an obituary which appeared in The Natchitoches Times in October, 1916.It was written by Milton Cunningham, my great-grandfather, about his father, Joe Cunningham.Milton was at the time editor of the Natchitoches Times.
VALIANT SON OF NATCHITOCHES GONE TO LAST REWARD
Honored and Beloved Citizen Compelled to Surrender
after Hard Fought Battle with Death
"At his home in the City of New Orleans, La., at 4:35 A.M., Thursday, October 19, 1916 Hon. Milton Joseph Cunningham, after an illness that lasted about six months.Services were held at his New Orleans residence on Thursday and the remains were brought to his old home on "the hill" in Natchitoches where regular funeral services were conducted on Friday.The burial took place in the family plot in the American Cemetery.
"The deceased was a true son of Natchitoches having lived here most of his life.He loved life as few men love it, and made a brave, noble fight, assisted by the loving hands and hearts of his entire family and a thoroughly competent corps of physicians and nurses.But to no avail, the last fight of a noble career had to be surrendered.
"As brave and as strong as a lion, as steady and true as the stars, as tender and loving as a woman; he was indeed a man in every sense of that word."Honesty, integrity and devotion to duty" seemed to have been the motto engraved on his tender heart as by Nature itself; subterfuge, fraud and falsehood were to him unknown; honor, uprightness and justice were born within his noble heart and remained therein throughout his life.
"In the death of this good man, Louisiana truly loses a noble son.He accomplished much for the individual, the public and the moral good.His private life was indeed a marvel.Four times did he marry, and three times did he lose a good and noble wife -- and throughout life there was never a suggestion of domestic infelicity.Four sets of children did he leave - and to his great credit be it said that he left us all brothers and sisters in truth and in love.This is unusual, and but attests the true heart and the noble example set by him.So loving, true and tender was he – that he drew us all together through himself.
"Death is ever bitter and often seems as though it would break down the limit of human endurance, but "Papa's" death seemed to be softened by a beauty and sweetness seldom felt.Brave and strong and noble unto the end, with a mind as bright and as active as it ever was, he met his death with full knowledge and without shrinking; he loved life as few do, and made a magnificent fight to remain with us, but when the end came and he saw that further fighting would do no good, he submitted peacefully, quietly, gracefully.Surrounded by a kind, attentive, and loving little wife, by representatives of three of his four sets of children, and attended by the best medical and nursing skill he met his God and met death as he had lived life: with wide open eyes and facing the enemy.
"The editor of this paper may live for many years to come, and it may be his lot to accomplish much in what remains of life -- but the noblest asset that we can carry to our ultimate reward will be to have been the son of such a man as M. J. Cunningham. "
The following excerpt was published in 1914, two years before Milton J. Cunningham's death, and therefore contains more complete information than the 1890 biography which follows.It is from Louisiana:Comprising Sketches of Parishes, Towns, Events, Institutions, and Persons, Arranged in Cyclopedic Form (volume 3), pp. 112-113.Edited by Alcée Fortier, Lit.D.Published in 1914, by Century Historical Association (see http://ftp.rootsweb.com/pub/usgenweb/la/caddo/biographies/cuninghm.txt).Items in brackets supplied:
"Cunningham, Milton J., lawyer and distinguished citizen, was born in De Soto parish, then part of Caddo, La., March 10, 1842.His father, John Hamilton Cunningham [b. 1810], was a native of South Carolina, from which state he went to Mississippi and later to Louisiana, and settling in Caddo parish, lived there several years, and later to Homer, Claiborne parish, for many years and where the subject of this sketch was educated, and then moved to Natchitoches in 1860, where he died at an advanced age [in 1886].He was a lawyer, merchant and planter.The mother of Milton J. Cunningham bore the maiden name of [Ann] Buie [b. 1812, d. 1850] and was a native of Mississippi, where they were married. Milton J. Cunningham was reared in Claiborne parish and at the age of 16 he began teaching school.When the Civil war came on he volunteered in the Confederate army, and after gallantly serving the cause of the Confederacy, and at the close of the war, Mr. Cunningham again resumed the study of law in Natchitoches, where he began his brilliant career as a lawyer.By close application to his profession he rose rapidly in public esteem.He took an active part in politics from an early period in life, was a prominent figure as a Democrat in the days of reconstruction, and was made chairman of his party in Natchitoches parish.He was elected district attorney, and in this office served with exceptional ability.He was a member of the Louisiana State Constitutional convention of 1879, prior to which time he served as a member of the legislature, and served with distinction as state senator.In 1884 he was elected attorney general of Louisiana.He filled this position 1 term, and after an interim of 1 term was again elected to that office in 1892, and again in 1896.For 12 years Mr. Cunningham acted as attorney-general of the state and won an enviable reputation as being one of the ablest lawyers who had ever served the state in that capacity.From 1884 to the present time, excepting from 1888 to 1892, he has resided in the city of New Orleans.He has long held plantation interests in Natchitoches parish, and also has been interested in stock raising.Mr. Cunningham has been married 4 times.His first wife was Miss Thalia Tharp, who died, leaving 3 children, namely:Milton J., who died 1909;John H., who was drowned at the age of 9 years, and William Tharp Cunningham, now judge of the 11th judicial district.For a second wife, Mr. Cunningham married Miss Annie Peyton, who bore him 2 children:Ida G., andCharles Milton.Cecile Hertzog became Mr. Cunningham's third wife, and she bore him the following children:Sidney, Cecile,Ivy,Charlotte, andLaura.His present wife bore the maiden name of Emma Blouin, and by her he is the father of 2 children,Preston H. andG. Hamilton.Generous of heart, and unassuming, he was enabled to gain the confidence of his fellowmen, and by reason of ability as a lawyer and public speaker he acquired not only rank among the ablest of lawyers, but as a well and favorably known man of public affairs.As a legislator he became the author of many splendid laws now on the statute books of Louisiana.His greatest achievement, professionally, was in the office of attorney-general. He has espoused the movements that have tended to the public good, and has long been numbered among the distinguished citizens of Louisiana."
M. J. Cunningham was involved in the infamous case, Plessy v. Ferguson, in which a man who was 7/8ths white and 1/8 black was criminally fined for riding in the white car on a train from New Orleans to Covington.The La. Supreme Court denied Plessy's constitutional claim, and the U. S. Supreme Court affirmed it, finding that "separate but equal" accommodations did not violate the constitution, and that how white and black were defined should be left to each state.The case decision states, "Mr. Alexander Porter Morse for defendant in error [the state judge who imposed the criminal fine]. Mr. M. J. Cunningham, Attorney General of the State of Louisiana, and Mr. Lional Adams were on his brief. "
The following obituary was published in the Times-Picayune and the Daily States of New Orleans.
SOLDIER OF JUSTICE LOSES LAST FIGHT
Valiant Warrior for Public Rights Dies in This City
Milton J. Cunningham Had Held Many Offices; Showed Mettle That Wins
One of the most notable careers of the past half century in the state closed Thursday morning at 4:35 o'clock, when Milton J. Cunningham, Civil war veteran, lawyer, former attorney general, former state senator, leader of the reconstruction days and in the anti-lottery fight, legal and moral power, and constructive force always sacrificing personal interests for public good, died at his residence, 2726 Coliseum Street.Hardening of the arteries, which had kept him confined to his home about five months, caused his death.
Mr. Cunningham was born March 10, 1842, in what is now DeSoto Parish.He received his early education in the public schools of Homer, La, and from 1858 to 1860 he taught school in Cloutierville, La.In 1860 he studied law.
The Civil war broke into his law studies, and he served throughout that struggle with the Second Louisiana infantry.At the conclusion of peace, he settled in Natchitoches, and was admitted to the bar in January 1868, and practiced law there.It was about this time that he was appointed district attorney for the Seventeenth judicial district of Louisiana, in which capacity he served ten months.During the reconstruction days the white people of Natchitoches, La., chose him as the chief of police of that town, and he worked so effectively in restoring white supremacy in politics that he finally was arrested, with fifty-one other men of that community, and tried by federal officials.
In 1878 Mr. Cunningham was elected to the General Assembly, and the following year was elected state senator.In 1879, also, he was elected a member of the constitutional convention, and performed valuable work in it.
Mr. Cunningham was elected attorney general for the first four year term in 1884.He did not serve in this capacity from 1888 to 1892, but in the last named year he was elected for a second term as attorney general, and again in 1896 he was elected and served until 1900.From 1900 he practiced law in New Orleans, serving as attorney for the public administrator of Orleans parish during Governor Heard's administration, from 1900 to 1904.Recently, Governor Pleasant appointed him public administrator of Orleans Parish.
It was during his incumbency as attorney general that he rendered his best service to the state.In his last term, 1896 to 1900, he waged a strong and successful fight against the lotteries and the debenture companies.In connection with the state debt troubles of those days he assumed a leading role and accomplished more, perhaps, than any other man toward the final proper settlement of the issue.It is recalled that at one time when the State was being sued on a contract for work supposed to have been done on Red River, he defended the state against nine of the most prominent lawyers in this city, proved that the contract was illegal and never had been carried out, and won the case, saving the state a quarter of a million dollars.
There is one interesting feature of this case which throws light on his character and his tenacity of principles.Prior to the institution of this suit he had made a consistent stand against the practice of expending the state's money for legal aid rendered the attorney general, saying openly he considered it somewhat in the form of graft, and unnecessary.When this case came up, and the state saw that nine prominent lawyers were pitted against him, he was advised to obtain legal aid, for which the state would pay.But he did not hesitate one instant in replying that his principles always had been against such practices, and notifying the state's officials that, if they were afraid he could not handle the case successfully alone, he would resign.
This stand was not prompted by bigotry, but by a stern adherence to principle.The officials said he was right and permitted him to fight its battle against those heavy odds.In speaking of the result, it is sufficient to say he won the case and saved the state a large sum of money.
Mr. Cunningham is survived by his wife, who was Miss Emma Blouin of this city (New Orleans); by four sons, Charles Milton Cunningham, editor of the Natchitoches Times, and William T. Cunningham, both of Natchitoches, and Preston and Hamilton, two minor sons who live here; by five daughters, Mrs. W. S. Hero [Laura] of New Orleans, Mrs. Huber Hoge [Sidney] of New Rochelle, N.Y., Mrs. Howard Sprowl [Ivy] of Chicago, Mrs. G. C. Snyder [Ida] of New York City, and Miss Charlotte Cunningham [later married George Chester Badger] of this city, and by one brother, Rev. V. G. Cunningham of Davidson, Okla.
Funeral services were conducted at 5 o'clock Thursday afternoon from the residence, 2726 Coliseum street, by Rev. R. H. Harper, of Parker Memorial Church.The body was taken to Natchitoches, La., at 9:45 p.m., on the Texas and Pacific railroad, and burial services will be conducted there at 4 o'clock Friday afternoon, with interment in the American Cemetery.
----Times Picayune, Oct. 20, 1916
EDITOR'S NOTE:– The case above referred to in which deceased refused legal aid was the Citizens Bank case, and not the river contract (Durbridge) case.
From an earlier, 1890 biography:
MILTON J. CUNNINGHAM, Natchitoches Parish, Louisiana
Source:Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Northwest Louisiana
The Southern Publishing Company, Chicago & Nashville, 1890:
"Hon. Milton J. Cunningham, attorney at law.In giving a history of Natchitoches Parish, La., the name of Mr. Cunningham deserves honorable mention, for he has always been industrious and public spirited, and has ever aided enterprises which tend to the interests of his section.Although just in the prime of life, he has made his way to the front ranks among the energetic attorneys of this parish, and owning to the attention he has always paid to each minor detail of his work, and to his able management of all cases which have come under his care, he has won a wide reputation as an able, talented lawyer.
"He was born in what is now DeSoto Parish, La., March 10, 1842, to J. H. and Ann (Buie) Cunningham, who were born in South Carolina and Mississippi in 1810 and 1812 and died in Natchitoches Parish, La., and Homer, La., in 1886 and 1850, respectively.The father was a lawyer and physician, and for a period of twenty-six years he was a member of the Natchitoches bar, being exceptionally able and talented.
"Hon. Milton J. Cunningham is one of twelve children born to his father's first marriage, of which family five are now living.He was educated in the schools of Homer, and in 1858 began teaching the young idea, a calling he continued to follow until 1860, when he entered the law office belonging to his father, where he remained a student of law until 1861.The opening of the Rebellion caused him to cast aside his books to enter the Confederate service, becoming a faithful soldier until the close of the war, in the Second Louisiana Infantry.
"He resumed the study of law after his return home, and attended a course of lectures, being admitted to the bar in January, 1866, after which he began practicing in Natchitoches, and here and in the city of New Orleans he has followed his calling ever since, being one of the leading lawyers of the State.He is a staunch Democrat in politics, and in 1872 was elected district attorney, but was counted out by the Republicans.In 1875 he was appointed district attorney of the Seventeenth Judicial District, and served about ten months, making an efficient official.In 1878 he was elected a member of the Louisiana General Assembly, and the following year a member of the constitutional convention.In 1879 he was elected to the State Senate for a term of four years, and while a member of that body made a faithful and able legislator.In 1884 he was elected attorney general, and served with distinction for four years.
"Since 1888 he has devoted his time and attention to his practice, and besides his office here, also had one in New Orleans.He has occupied the front rank in his profession for almost a quarter of a century, and by his long practice and study his position is so well established that it is conceded by competent judges that he ranks among the highest civilians.His success at the bar has been attained rather by the force of native talent and culture than by tact.Close and attentive to business, abstemious in all his habits, laborious in research, he has never permitted the interests of his clients to suffer, and as he always thoroughly prepares his cases, he is rarely taken by sunrise.Clients rely implicitly on his work, as well they may, and he fully deserves the reputation he has obtained among the attorneys of the South.
"He was married in 1866 to Miss Thalia Tharp, who died in 1872, leaving three children; Milton J., Jr., John H. and William T.In 1874 he was married to Miss Anna Peyton, of New Orleans, who died in 1878, having borne two children; Ida G. and Milton C.Mr. Cunningham's third marriage took place in 1880, his wife being Miss Cecile Hertzog, of Natchitoches, who died in 1886, a family of four children having been born to her union with Mr. Cunningham; Sidney, Ivy, Charlotte and Laura.
More About Milton Joseph Cunningham:
Admitted to the Bar: Jan 1868, Natchitoches, LA.
Appointed: Bet. Jan - Oct 1868, District Attorney, 17th Judicial District Court, Louisiana.
Burial: 20 Oct 1916, American Cemetery, Natchitoches, LA.243
Education 1: Bef. 1858, Public schools/Homer, Claiborne Parish, LA.
Education 2: Bet. 1860 - 1861, Studied law/ Natchitoches, LA.
Elected 1: 1879, Louisiana State Senate (1880-1884), for DeSoto Parish.
Elected 2: 1878, Louisiana General Assembly (House).
Elected 3: 1879, Member, Louisiana Constitutional Convention.
Elected and served 1: Bet. 1884 - 1888, Attorney General, State of Louisiana (4-year term).
Elected and served 2: Bet. 1892 - 1896, Attorney General, State of Louisiana (4-year term).
Elected and served 3: Bet. 1896 - 1900, Attorney General, State of Louisiana (4-year term).
Military service: Bet. 1861 - 1865, Second Louisiana Infantry, Civil War.
Notes (Facts Pg): 1896, Briefed Plessy v. Ferguson.
Occupation 1: Bet. 1858 - 1860, Teacher / Cloutierville, Natchitoches Parish, LA.
Occupation 2: Bet. 1890 - 1891, Cunningham & [Richard] Lyons, 10 Carondelet, New Orleans, LA.
Occupation 3: Bet. 1900 - 1904, Public Administrator, Orleans Parish, New Orleans, LA.
Occupation 4: Bet. 1900 - 1916, Attorney/New Orleans, LA.
More About Milton Joseph Cunningham and Thalia Allen Tharp:
Marriage: 17 May 1866, Residence of bride's brother, William Allen Tharp.244
Officiant: 17 May 1866, Rev. M. Scarborough.
More About Milton Joseph Cunningham and Anne Peyton:
Marriage: 1874, New Orleans, LA.
More About Milton Joseph Cunningham and Cecile Hertzog:
Marriage: 1880, Natchitoches, LA.
More About Milton Joseph Cunningham and Emma Mai Blouin:
Marriage: 07 Aug 1895, New Orleans, LA.245
More About Milton Joseph Cunningham and (Nanny) Mary Pitcher:
Other-Begin: Aft. 1895, (Not a wife but an important caretaker).
Children of Milton Joseph Cunningham and Thalia Allen Tharp are:
- +Milton Joseph Cunningham, Jr., b. 21 Aug 1867, Natchitoches, LA246, d. 1909, Natchitoches, LA.
- John Hamilton Cunningham, b. 1869, d. 1878.
- William Tharp Cunningham, b. 21 Aug 1871, Natchitoches Parish, LA, d. 07 Feb 1952.
Children of Milton Joseph Cunningham and Anne Peyton are:
- Ida Gean Cunningham, b. 1875, d. 27 Oct 1940.
- +Charles Milton Cunningham, b. 02 Apr 1877, New Orleans, LA247, d. 17 May 1936.
Children of Milton Joseph Cunningham and Cecile Hertzog are:
- +Sidney Cecile Cunningham, b. Abt. 1881, d. date unknown.
- Ivy Frances Cunningham, b. Abt. 1882, New Orleans, LA, d. date unknown.
- +Charlotte McIlvaine Cunningham, b. 10 Jun 1884, Natchitoches, LA, d. 30 Jan 1962, Berkeley, CA248.
- +Laura Locoul Cunningham, b. 20 Dec 1885, New Orleans, LA249, d. 1960.
Children of Milton Joseph Cunningham and Emma Mai Blouin are:
- +Howard Preston Cunningham, b. 14 Jul 1897250, d. date unknown.
- +George Hamilton Cunningham, b. 03 Aug 1899, New Orleans, LA251, d. date unknown.