Person:Robert Cunningham (31)

Robert Cunningham, of South Branch, Hardy County, VA
b.abt. 1740
d.bef. 14 April 1802 Hardy County, Virginia
m. bef. 1738
  1. William Cunningham, "Irish Billy"abt 1738 - abt 1790
  2. Robert Cunningham, of South Branch, Hardy County, VAabt 1740 - bef 1802
  3. James CunninghamAbt 1745 - bef 1810
  4. Mary Cunningham1758 - 1819
  • HRobert Cunningham, of South Branch, Hardy County, VAabt 1740 - bef 1802
  • WPrudence ParsonsBef 1749 - aft 1802
m. Abt. 1766
  1. Nancy Cunningham1767 - 1831
  2. Robert Andrew Cunningham, Jr.1769 -
  3. Jemima "Miney" Cunningham1770 - 1835
  4. Elizabeth Cunningham1771 -
  5. Capt. Isaac Cunningham1778 - 1842
  6. Mary Cunningham1780 - 1796
  7. Frances "Frankey" Cunningham1782 - 1838
Facts and Events
Name Robert Cunningham, of South Branch, Hardy County, VA
Gender Male
Birth? abt. 1740 [assumed age 21 when he bought land in 1761]
Marriage Abt. 1766 to Prudence Parsons
Death? bef. 14 April 1802 Hardy County, Virginia

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


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Early Land Acquisition in Augusta County, VA

Acquisition of Land from Chalkley's:

  • Page 547.--18th August, 1761. James Trimble and Sarah to Robert Cunningham, on South Branch in Hampshire County, £22.10, 300 acres in the Crab Apple Bottom, on a branch of South Branch of Potowmack.

Records in Augusta County, VA

From Chalkley's Augusta County Records:

  • Page 459.--16th March, 1771. Settlement of Henry Coffman's estate By bonds of, viz: James Sears and Michael Thorn, David Cradock, Christopher Yeasill and Philip Crites, Mary Tasher and Michael Thorn, Henry Coffman and Michael Stump, Elizabeth Tasher and Michael Thorn, Peter Shook and James Sears, Joseph Wilson, George Yeokim and Michael Thorn, John Rorebough and Martin Jobb, John Higgens and Ignetius Coombs, Danl. McNeil and John Westfall, Michael Moore and Geo. Yeokim, John Spelman and John Roreback, Job Wellton and Thos. Parsons, Thos. Parsons and Robert Cunningham. Jacob Bogard and Michael Harness, Martin Jobb and Adam Rydebogh. Elizabeth Tosher and Michael Thorn. By cash received at vendue as follows, viz: Richard Byrn, Jacob Break, John Our, Philip Crites, Lanie Hire, Leonard Knave, Charles Smith, Lewis Shriver, Jacob Rabuck, Richard Byrn, Michae1 Drum (Dunn?), James Willkie. Conrad Moore, Christale Tasher, Abigail Coffman, John Gradner. Debts due by Jacob Reiger. Debts due to. viz: Peter Haws, Cathrine Stump, Malldlin Break, Chas. Lynch. Cash paid as follows, viz: To Richard Brynns, James Willy, Madlin Coofman.
  • Goff vs. Fisher--O. S. 9; N. S. 3--Isaac Booth deposes March, 1803, in West Augusta, that John and Saliel Goff were the first to improve the land of Thomas Parsons on Cheat River, now generally known as Sim's Bottom & formerly called Cearl's bottom. James Goff, son of John Goff. John improved the land in 1773 & John & Saliel improved it in 1774. Robert Cunningham had a patent from Randolph. Robert formerly lived on the South Branch below the Gap & joined lands with his brother, William Cunningham, and married Prudence Parsons, sister to Thomas Parsons. William Parsons was son to Thomas. Witnesses speak of "South Branch" in Hardy County, just below the Gap, generally called the Gap of Sim's Creek. Robert Cunningham deposes Hardy Co. 4th October, 1800. He, 1770, lived in Horseshoe Bottom on Cheat River, where he made improvement on Big Yough, then called the Right Hand Fork, about one mile from Parson's cabin at the head of the Glades. He sold the land to Goff upwards of 20 years ago.

Records in Hampshire County, Virginia

From "Early Records, Hampshire County, Virginia", by Clara McCormick Sage, Laura Sage Jones, pg. 17:

  • 1773: Abraham Clarke of Hampshire County to Robert Cunningham and Henry Clark of Hampshire County. Bill of sale. Paid 50 Pounds, 3 shillings, 1 penny; 2 cows, calves, 16 shoats, carpenter tools, household furniture; etc; rec. March 19 1773. Wit: Mary Coberly, James Stall Coberly.
  • 1779: Fairfax, Lord Thomas to Robert Cunningham of Hampshire County. Northern Neck of Virginia, Lease. 254 acres on South Branch; rec. May 11 1779. Wit: Peter Hog, G. Jence, Robert Stephen, James Parsons, Abraham Hite, Garret Vanmeter, John Wilson.
  • 1784: John Denham of Hampshire County to Robert Cunningham of Hampshire County. 60 acres on South Branch; rec. May 11 1784. Wit: Abraham Clarke, Selathiel Goff, James Tuckwell.

Records in Hardy County, Virginia

  • Hardy County Virginia Deed Book L page 147 - Ths Indenture made the 11th day of November in the year of our Lord One Thousand Seven hundred and Eighty five Between Garret Vanmeter, Abel Barnstall, Moses Hutton, Jonathan Hiath, Daniel McNeil, Joseph Novill, and Andrew Wodron ____ surviving trustees of the town of Moorefield in the county of Hampshire and State of Virginia of the one part and Robert Cunningham of the said county of Frederick and state aforesaid of the other part......

Will Transcript

Will of Robert Cunningham - Proved 16 April 1802 - Hardy County Virginia - Book 1, page 224
In the name of God amen I Robert Cunningham of Hardy County & State of Virginia being weak in body but in my rite mind and memory and calling to mind the mortality of the Body & that it is appointed for all men once to die do make & ordain this my last will & testament and first I recommend to soul to God that gve it and secondly my Body to the grave to be buried in a Christain like manner at the descretion of my Ex'r as ____such worldly Estate as it has pleased God to bless me with I give and dispose of in the following manner and first I order and to my wife Prudence the use of one third part of my old place and two negros named George and Hannah during her life also one third part of my moveable estate.
Item I give and bequeath to my son Robert the land he lives on in Kentucky also five negroes named Harry Nan Henry Jane and Peg with I give to him & his heirs forever :Item I give and bequeath to my Daughter Frankey my Petersburg place and also a tract known by the Minister (?) Place also two negroes named Peter and Win also two lots in Petersburg which I give to her and her heirs forever Item I give and bequeath to my daughter Mindy my Mill Place also two negroes named Charles and Mage which I give to her and her heirs forever.
Item I give and bequeath to my daughter Elizabeth my Upper Place on Patterson Creek also four negroes named Jude, Dixie, Joe, and Jacob which I give to her and her heirs forever
Item I give and bequeath to my daughter Nancy the old _____ place also the Skiliock (?) Place in Randolph County in Tigers Valley also my Doly Place which I give to her and her heirs forever.
Item I give and bequeath to Nancys oldest daughter born before (?) marriage the Mill having giving the Hanibelton Track containing four hundred and forty five acres the same more or less which I give to her & her heirs forever
Item I give and bequeath to my son Isaac my home place also four negros named Jos Kate Dol and Mary which I give to him and his heirs forever Item the residue of my estate is to be equally divided among all my children and I do hereby constitute and appoint my son Isaac and Abraham Shobe to be executors of this my last will and testament ______ annulling all other wills confirming this as my only _____
(Signed) R Cunningham
Witnesses: Job Welton, Moses Welton, Moses Yomans, John Hershey, Samuel White, John Mace and Job Fisher.
And this is to certify that Samuel Scott is to pay or refund to Abraham Shobe the sun of five hundred and fifty pounds and five pense Virginia Currency when he the said Scott gets possession of the within mentioned upper place on patterson creek and likewise the lower place on patterson creek I will and bequeath to my son Isaac Item the four hundred acres on Green River in Kentucky to my son Robert Signed in the presence of us this 23rd day of Feby 1802 Sam'l White, Jon Mace, Job Fisher
At a court held for Hardy County 14th day of April 1802 this last will and testament of Robert Cunningham deceased together with the Codcil there under written was this day offered to proof by Isaac Cunningham and Apraham Shobe the executors therein named and was proved by the oaths of Sam'l White, John Mace and Job Fisher three of the witnesses thereto and is order to be recorded and _____ of the said executors certificate is granted them for obtaining ____

Information on Robert Cunningham

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Re: Robert Cunningham/Prudence Parsons

reenie1146  (View posts)  Posted: 10 Jul 2007 9:27PM  

Classification: Query Surnames: Lord John Cunningham, born about 1710 in Dublin, Ireland, married ??, died 1758 on the south Branch of the Potomac River, Augusta Co., VA/WV. Children: William, Robert, born in Dublin, Ireland, married Prudence Parsons, Augusta Co., VA/WV, died in Hardy Co. VA/WV after 1806. I am searching for a Mary Grimes who married a William Cunningham in Pendleton Co. about 1828. Any information on her would be greatly appreciated.

"Apparently lived in Coldrain, Lancaster County, Pennslvania in 1751" per William Rice

from Katherine Parsons Ray, 1703 - 36th St., Parkersburg, WV 26104: "Part of Robert and Prudence Parsons Cunningham's children went to Clark County Kentucky. Robert was also taken prisoner at the Battle of Point Pleasant. His will was proved 14 Apr 1802 in Hardy County Virginian Will Book 1 page 224. Some of the children remained in Hardy and Grant County Virginia (WV). He was the uncle to Isaac Hinkles' wife Mary. In 1770 Robert owned land on Cheat River. In 1771 he inherited from Thomas Parsons land on Mill Creek. Robert died at age 62. (his birth date and place from Katherine)