Person:Hugh Cunningham (3)

Hugh Cunningham
d.bef. 13 May 1772 Botetourt County, Virginia
  1. James CunninghamEst 1705-1710 - 1763
  2. Unknown Cunningham1710-1720 -
  3. Hugh CunninghamABT 1710 - bef 1772
  4. John CunninghamBEF 1715 - BEF 1774
  • HHugh CunninghamABT 1710 - bef 1772
m. abt. 1738
  1. Rosanna CunninghamABT 1740 - AFT 1792
  2. Jonathan Cunninghambef 1743 - bef 1770
  • HHugh CunninghamABT 1710 - bef 1772
  • WSarah McKeeABT 1721 - aft 1772
m. bef. 1772
Facts and Events
Name Hugh Cunningham
Gender Male
Birth? ABT 1710 of Rockbridge County, Virginia
Marriage abt. 1738 to
Marriage bef. 1772 Virginiato Sarah McKee
Death? bef. 13 May 1772 Botetourt County, Virginia[Will Recorded]

Hugh Cunningham was one of the Early Settlers of Augusta County, Virginia


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Advisory on Hugh Cunningham

Some sources have identified Hugh Cunningham as a son of James and Margaret (Unknown) Cunningham, but others have placed Hugh as a brother of James. Hugh is named in the will of James Cunningham, but there does not appear to be any stated relationship between the two. James and Hugh acquired land very close to each other in and near the Borden Tract in Augusta County, James appears to have been living in the area as early as 1742, and Hugh received his patent from Benjamin Borden just a few years later in 1748. Based upon a lack of records proving a father-and-son relationship, or proving a substantial difference in age, they are assumed to be probable brothers until information comes to light to prove otherwise.

Early Land Acquisition in Augusta County, VA


Hugh Cunningham's land (Borden Tract, 281 acres, 1748) as shown on the map meticulously drawn by J.R. Hildebrand, cartographer. This map is copyrighted©, used by permission of John Hildebrand, son of J.R. Hildebrand, April, 2009. Note land of James and John McKee nearby, probable relatives of Hugh Cunningham's wife, Sarah McKee.

Acquisition of Land from Chalkley's:

  • Page 122.—12th November, 1748. Benj. Borden to Hugh Cunningham. Teas Creek; corner John Carr. Teste: Josias Linn, Roger Keys, Robert Erwin.
  • Page 328.—19th May, 1760. Low Todd, of Bedford, to Hugh Cunningham, £78, 251 acres on Whistle Run in Forks of James; corner Mathew Young. Teste: Alexander Miller and Alexander Tallford, Jno. Huston. —~ Delivered: Hugh Cunningham, May, 1773.

Disposition of Land from Chalkley's:

  • Hugh Cunningham conveyed to Law Todd, May 19, 1760, 251 acres lying "on Whissle Creek, Forks of James River;" and on May 8, 1764, he conveyed to Jonathan Cunningham 281 acres, described as lying "on Carr's Creek, Augusta county."
  • Page 223.—20th March, 1770. Hugh Cunningham and Sarah ( ) of Forks of James River in Botetourt County to John McKee, of Kerr's Creek, £300, tract whereon Jonathan Cunningham, deceased, son of Hugh, formerly dwelt, 281 acres on Kerr's Creek, formerly called Teaze's Creek, partly in Botetourt and part in Augusta. Teste: Hugh Weir, Nathan Peoples, William McKee. Delivered: John McKee, April, 1773. (probably the tract devised to Hugh by his son Jonathan.)

The Kerr's Creek Massacres

Hugh Cunningham's son, Jonathan Cunningham and his wife were both killed in the 2nd Kerr's Creek Massacre, on the tract on the Borden Grant that Hugh Cunningham acquired in 1748. An article detailing the Kerr's Creek Massacres is located here:

The Kerr's Creek Massacres 1759-1763

Jonathan Cunningham (son of Hugh) and Jonathan's wife Mary were both alive in May 1769 when Jonathan wrote his will (Augusta Co. VA WB 4:277). They were not killed at the 2nd Kerr's Creek Massacre.

Will of Hugh Cunningham

Page 17. (abt. 1772) Hugh Cunningham. To his wife Sarah, personal property and 30 pounds to be paid out of his real estate when sold, said personal property at the death of his wife to pass to his daughter Jesibel [may be Isabel]. To his step-son James Davis, his black mare and saddle and bridle. The whole of his estate to be divided equally between his eleven children [Note: will actually states: "between my children and grandchildren, 11 in number". Executors named as wife Sarah, John Young son-in-law and James Davis, "nabour"]. Witnesses: James McMath, Michael Johnson, Robert Hamilton. [Botetourt County Will Book A].
April 30, 1772
Wife: Sarah
Daughter: Isabel
Step-son: James Davies
Exec: John Young (son-in-law), Sarah Young, James Davies
Witnesses: James McMath, Michail Johnson, Robert Hamilton
Recorded May 13, 1772
Teste: John May, CBC
[Source: Botetourt County, Virginia Will Book "A", compiled by Ann Chilton, Mountain Press, pg. 1]
Page 18. Appraisment of the estate of Hugh Cunningham. [Botetourt County Will Book A].

Records in Orange County, VA

  • Pages 393-87. 7-8 July 1743. Benja. Borden of Orange County to John Car of same. Lease and release; for £7 current money. 280 acres, part of 92,100 acres as by patent 6 Nov. 1739... on both sides of Teas Creek in Augusta County... Bourden's patten line... crossing the creek... (signed) Benja. Borden. Wit: Frances (his E mark) McCown, Humphry Baker, Hugh Cunningham. 28 July 1743. Acknowledged by Benja. Borden, Gent. [Orange County Virginia Deed Book 7, Dorman, pg. 62].

Records in Augusta County, VA

Records from Chalkley's:

  • Vol. 2 - Muster List of 1742: No. 12 - Capt. John McDowell's List: John McDowell, Captain; James McDowell, Ephraim McDowell, David Breeden, Alex. McClewer, John McClewer, Halbert McClewer, Sam McRoberts, Thomas Taylor, John McKnab, And. McKnab, Thos. Whiteside, Malco Whiteside, John Aleson, David Bires, Alex. McClure, Moses McClure, John Gray, Patt McKnabb, Wm. Hall, John Miless, Wm. Miles. James Hardiman, Charles Quail, Wm. Wood, Hen. Kirkham, Gilbert Gamble, James Gamble, Rob. Young, Math. Young, _____ Long, _____ Long, James More, Hugh Cunigham, James Cunigham, John Cares, Frances McCowan, Hum. Beaker, John Peter Salley, Mitch. Miller, Loromor Mason, John Matthews, John Cosier, Irwin Patterson, Edward Patterson, Joseph Finney, Michael Finney, Sam Wood, Rich. Wood, Joseph Lapsley.
  • Page 120.—12th February, 1748. Benj. Borden to Robert Huston. Timber Ridge. Teste: Elijah McClenachan, Josiah Linn. Hugh Cunningham.
  • Page 55.—18th August, 1748. Benj. Borden to James Gilmer. (Teste): Hugh Cunningham, Jno. Carr.
  • Page 799.—28th August, 1750. Benj. Borden to Samuel Norwood, 243 acres, Teas Creek; corner Hugh Cunningham; James Gillmor's corner.
  • Page 382.—16th January, 1760 (33d year of Reign). James Cunningham's will, of Colony and Dominion of Virginia—To wife Margaret; to son Moses, infant; to Hugh Cunningham, 1 shilling; to daughter Elizabeth, 1 shilling; to James Cunningham, son to son Jacob; to John Cunningham, son to son Isaac; to daughter Mary; to daughters, each and every of them, 1 shilling. Executors, wife and son Moses. Teste: Malcom Allen, Robt. Bowen, Lilly Bowen. Proved, 19th March, 1765, by Malcom Allen and Lilly Bowen. Margaret is dead. Moses qualifies, with Hugh Cunningham, Geo. Dougherty.
  • Page 328.—19th May, 1760. Low Todd, of Bedford, to Hugh Cunningham, £78, 251 acres on Whistle Run in Forks of James; corner Mathew Young. Teste: Alexander Miller and Alexander Tallford, Jno. Huston. —~ Delivered: Hugh Cunningham, May, 1773.
  • Page 116.—9th December, 1761. Francis McCown's estate appraised, by Jacob Anderson, Archd. Buchanan. Hugh Cunningham.
  • Page 216.—25th November, 1762. Joseph McCord's will, farmer: To wife, Mary; to children, as well unborn, as born; to brother John, executor's wife, Mary and brother Jno. McCord, who are to make Mathew Molar title for the land testator sold him near Moorman's RivcT, in Albeinarle; guardian of children, Hugh Cunningham. Teste: Robt. Hamilton, Jno. McKee, James Logan. Proved, 15th February, 17G3, by McKee and Logan. Executors qualified with Jno. McKee and Jno. Ramsey. (Mary's mark ).
  • Page 520.—3d March, 1764. James Gilmore and Martha to Andrew Misscampbell, £111, 328 acres on Carr's Creek of James River in Borden's grant, and conveyed to James by Borden ; corner Hugh Cunningham; corner John Kerr.
  • Page 590.—9th May, 1764. Hugh Cunningham to Jonathan Cunningham. £5, the plantation the said Hugh now lives on, '?? acres. 1 rood, 10 perch, on Carr's Creek; corner John Carr, Jno. McKee, Robert Hamilton, Robert Erwin.
  • The will of Jonathan Cunningham, "of Carr's Creek," was admitted to record March 20, 1770. He gave his wife, Mary, ,£60, etc., and left his plantation to his "dutiful father," Hugh Cunningham. His wife, as appears from the will, was a daughter of John McKee and sister of Col. William McKee. The people of Kerr's Creek were assembled at the house of Jonathan Cunningham at the time of the second massacre, in 1764, and some of the Cunninghams were then captured and carried off by the Indians. (Source: Annals of Augusta County, Virginia)

Information on Hugh Cunningham

Hugh CUNNINGHAM [8239] ABT 1710 - 13 May 1772 BIRTH: ABT 1710, of Rockbridge, Virginia DEATH: 13 May 1772 Family 1 : Sarah M'KEE MARRIAGE: ABT 1738, Virginia




[8239] Book of McKee, pg 105 quotes History of Rockbridge County, by Ore F. Morton, Page 348:

"Jonathan Cunningham in his will Augusta County May 24, 1769, names his father, Hugh Cunningham, and his brother-in-law, William McKee, executors. William McKee refuses to execute."