John Cunningham

#21255, b. 27 November 1769, d. 6 September 1856


Individual's Timeline

Birth1769John Cunningham
Christening27 November 1769John Cunningham1
Death of Father18 August 1780John Cunningham2
Marriage6 March 1793John Cunningham3
Death30 June 1803Elizabeth Cunningham4
Marriage8 November 1808John Cunningham5
Marriage of Son6 September 1818William Cunningham6,7
Marriage of Son15 November 1820John Cunningham8,9
Marriage of Son27 February 1826William Cunningham10
Marriage of Son6 December 1828Robert Cunningham11
Marriage of Son13 October 1831James Cunningham12
Marriage of Daughter3 December 1835Lucy Cunningham13,14,15
Marriage of Son12 December 1839George Cunningham16
Marriage of DaughterJune 1840Harriett Cunningham17
Marriage of Son26 September 1843Alfred Cunningham18,19
Marriage of Daughter5 October 1843Elizabeth Hephzibah Cunningham20
Marriage of Son6 November 1844Henry Cunningham21
Marriage of Daughter18 October 1847Hagar Mahala Cunningham22
Death6 September 1856John Cunningham20

Primary events

Secondary circumstances

  • reasoning: John's marriage was witnessed by an Elizabeth PALMER. There is a John and Mary nee PALMER who had sons John and James in Bedingham of the correct age for our John, and John says he was born in Bedingham in the 1851 census.
  • Occupation: John was in 1816 a farmer and in 1851 a Farmer of 110 acres employing 3 labourers.
  • (Witness) Will_not: He witnessed the will of Robert Reynolds on 19 March 1844 in Great Witchingham, Norfolk, England; Robert was a bachelor farm bailiff, and was the brother of Francis REYNOLDS of Beeston, and left an estate valued at under 600 pounds.
  • Will: John Cunningham left a will in 1856 in England. The Estate was valued at £1,500.26

Census details

Estates Planned & Unplanned

The will left by John reads as follows: Transcription of the will of John CUNNINGHAM –

This is the last will and testament of me John CUNNINGHAM of Woodton in the county of Norfolk farmer. I desire in order to carry out effectively the provisions of this my last will that within 12 calendar months from the Michaelmas next following my decease my executors hereinafter named shall cause all my property personal and real to be disposed of to the best advantage viz. ….....now in my possession or occupation in the parishes of Topcroft and Woodton. Also my stock consisting of ----- belonging to me at the time of my decease. Also my implements of husbandry of all and every kind, Also my household furniture----. I further direct that all monies proceeding from the sale of the above mentioned and other my property shall be paid into the hands of my said executors together with whatever monies shall arise from the Valuations and Covenants of my said occupation to be disposed of in such manner as I the said testator shall direct. And I also further direct that within the 12 months above named for the disposal of my personal property my executors shall cause to be sold by private contract or otherwise as may to them seem best all and several of my real estate in the parish of Topcroft in the said county of Norfolk comprising two ?ightes containing by admeasurement six acres more or less the monies arising from which sale or sales I further desire to be added to the sums arising from the disposal of my personal property before mentioned and to be disposed of as follows within three months of such sales. In Primus I desire the sum of 216 pounds to be paid to my daughter Margaret CUNNINGHAM of Stradishall in the county of Suffolk in consideration of certain monies belonging to her and now held by me, provided se the said Margaret CUNNINGHAM delivers up into the hands of my executors all title deeds and other documents relating to the said property. I further direct all my past debts and funeral expenses to be defrayed within 3 months after the sale above mentioned. I give and bequeath to my wife Elizabeth CUNNINGHAM the sum of three hundred and ten pounds for her sole use and benefit during the term of her natural life which sum of three hundred and ten pounds I further direct shall in the event of her decease be equally divided among my twelve children the lawful issue of the said Elizabeth CUNNINGHAM viz. Lucy HOWLETT the wife of Henry HOWLETT of London or elsewhere; George CUNNINGHAM of Loddon, farmer; Alfred CUNNINGHAM of St James in the county of Suffolk, farmer; Elizabeth Hepabeth EVERETT wife of Robert Last EVERETT of Woodton, miller; Harriett EVERETT wife of Joseph Alfred EVERETT of Topcroft; Henry CUNNINGHAM of Topcroft, farmer; Francis CUNNINGHAM of Woodton, bachelor; Frederic CUNNINGHAM of Woodton, Bachelor; Hagar Mahala ANDREWS wife of William ANDREWS of London or elsewhere, policeman; Caroline CUNNINGHAM of Woodton, spinster; Charles Thomas CUNNINGHAM of Woodton, Bachelor and Jabez Last CUNNINGHAM of Woodton, bachelor and in case any one or more of these twelve children the issue of the said Elizabeth CUNNINGHAM shall die before this my will be proved and leave issue I then direct his or her share to be divided equally among his or her lawful children. I further direct that after payment of all my debts and funeral expenses together with the above legacies and bequests the residue of monies proceeding from the sale of my property of all and every kind together with proceeds of Covenants shell within the said term of three months after such sales be equally divided among my seventeen children viz. William CUNNINGHAM of Woodton, farmer; Margaret CUNNINGHAM of Steadishall, spinster; John CUNNINGHAM of Topcroft, farmer; James CUNNINGHAM of Kimberley, farmer and Robert CUNNINGHAM of Brampton in the county of Suffolk, farmer; children of my deceased wife Elizabeth CUNNINGHAM also (he then listed the previous 12 again) children of my second wife Elizabeth CUNNINGHAM before named. I do hereby appoint James CUNNINGHAM of Kimberley aforesaid and Francis CUNNINGHAM of Woodton aforesaid and Elizabeth CUNNINGHAM of Woodton aforesaid my second and present wife executors and executrix of this my last will and testament. I also direct that all monies owing to me at the time of my decease shall be paid into the hands of these my said executors and executrix above named within twelve months, And all monies owing to me by any one or more of my children shall be paid into my said executors and executrix hands within the period above named, Such monies to be equally divided among my seventeen children before named, now living or their heirs and assigns.
* Signed on 13th April 1853.
* John could not write his name, he used a mark.
* Witnesses were Humes HARDWICK Surgeon; Eleanor Murray HARDWICK; Charles MOORE, servant.
* Proved at Norwich 24th January 1857, and probate was dated 30th January 1857
* Effects were sworn to be under 1,500 pounds.
* John died 6th September 1856
* notes – I have omitted portions that are stock standard phrases used in wills (marked with -----), and have ensured that ALL words that go towards identifying his property and family have been included.27

Research Notes

  • Research note 01: John and Elizabeth (nee Reynolds) may have had these children as well - John Augustine (28/8/1829), James Christmas (25/12/1832), Thomas (31/5/1834), Charles William (23/6/1847) - all extracted IGI records - mother was listed as Eliza..
Background information on Bedingham, Norfolk, England, - A village 4 miles north west of Bungay, 11 miles south of Norwich. Samuel FAIRHEAD is the Parish Clerk. See exhibit - the Kelly's 1865 entry.

Children of John Cunningham and Elizabeth Clippen

Children of John Cunningham and Elizabeth Reynolds

Citations

  1. Free parish registers, online http://www.freereg.org.uk,      Norfolk
    Place     Bedingham
    Church     St Andrew
    RegisterNumber     
    DateOfBirth     
    BaptismDate     27 Nov 1769
    Forename     John
    Sex     M
    FatherForename     John
    MotherForename     Mary
    FatherSurname     CUNNINGHAM
    MotherSurname     
    Abode     
    FatherOccupation     
    Notes     
    FileNumber     5552.
  2. Free parish registers, online http://www.freereg.org.uk,      Norfolk
    Place     Bedingham
    Church     St Andrews
    RegisterNumber     
    BurialDate     21 Aug 1780
    Forename     John
    Relationship     
    Rel1MaleForename     
    Rel1FemaleForename     
    Rel1Surname     
    Surname     CUNNINGHAM
    Age     44
    Abode     
    Notes     
    FileNumber     542.
  3. Free parish registers, online http://www.freereg.org.uk,      Norfolk
    Place     Bedingham
    Church     St Andrews
    RegisterNumber     74
    MarriageDate     06 Mar 1793
    GroomForename     John
    GroomSurname     CUNNINGHAM
    GroomAge     
    GroomParish     Bedingham
    GroomCondition     Bachelor
    GroomOccupation     
    GroomAbode     
    BrideForename     Elizabeth
    BrideSurname     CLIPPEN
    BrideAge     
    BrideParish     Woodton
    BrideCondition     Spinster
    BrideOccupation     
    BrideAbode     
    GroomFatherForename     
    GroomFatherSurname     
    GroomFatherOccupation     
    BrideFatherForename     
    BrideFatherSurname     
    BrideFatherOccupation     
    WitnessOneForename     John
    WitnessOneSurname     TIBBENHAM
    WitnessTwoForename     Elizabeth
    WitnessTwoSurname     PALMER
    Notes     
    FileNumber     543.
  4. Free parish registers, online http://www.freereg.org.uk,      Norfolk
    Place     Woodton
    Church     All Saints At
    RegisterNumber     
    BurialDate     04 Jul 1803
    Forename     Elizabeth
    Relationship     wife
    Rel1MaleForename     John
    Rel1FemaleForename     
    Rel1Surname     CUNNINGHAM
    Surname     CUNNINGHAM
    Age     31
    Abode     
    Notes     died 30 Jun; late Clippen spinster
    FileNumber     9946.
  5. Free parish registers, online http://www.freereg.org.uk, County     Norfolk
    Place     Little Witchingham
    Church     St. Faith At
    RegisterNumber     
    MarriageDate     08 Nov 1808
    GroomForename     John
    GroomSurname     CUNNINGHAM
    GroomAge     
    GroomParish     
    GroomCondition     
    GroomOccupation     
    GroomAbode     
    BrideForename     Elizabeth
    BrideSurname     REYNALDS
    BrideAge     
    BrideParish     
    BrideCondition     
    BrideOccupation     
    BrideAbode     
    GroomFatherForename     
    GroomFatherSurname     
    GroomFatherOccupation     
    BrideFatherForename     
    BrideFatherSurname     
    BrideFatherOccupation     
    WitnessOneForename     James
    WitnessOneSurname     MEEK
    WitnessTwoForename     Benjamin
    WitnessTwoSurname     HOWLETT.
  6. Free parish registers, online http://www.freereg.org.uk,      Norfolk
    Place     Woodton
    Church     All Saints
    RegisterNumber     21
    MarriageDate     06 Sep 1818
    GroomForename     William
    GroomSurname     CUNNINGHAM
    GroomAge     
    GroomParish     Woodton
    GroomCondition     Single
    GroomOccupation     
    GroomAbode     
    BrideForename     Sarah
    BrideSurname     PEASON
    BrideAge     
    BrideParish     Woodton
    BrideCondition     Single
    BrideOccupation     
    BrideAbode     
    GroomFatherForename     
    GroomFatherSurname     
    GroomFatherOccupation     
    BrideFatherForename     
    BrideFatherSurname     
    BrideFatherOccupation     
    WitnessOneForename     Thomas
    WitnessOneSurname     DAINES
    WitnessTwoForename     Jas
    WitnessTwoSurname     BALEY
    Notes     licence; both signed; wit also James Baley Clark; both aged 21 years and upwards
    FileNumber     9972.
  7. Certificate or Original Parish Reg Entry, Extract from original records, Family Search web site image # 7.
  8. Free parish registers, online http://www.freereg.org.uk,      Norfolk
    Place     Woodton
    Church     All Saints
    RegisterNumber     28
    MarriageDate     15 Nov 1820
    GroomForename     John
    GroomSurname     CUNNINGHAM
    GroomAge     
    GroomParish     Woodton
    GroomCondition     Single
    GroomOccupation     
    GroomAbode     
    BrideForename     Mary
    BrideSurname     FAIRHEAD
    BrideAge     
    BrideParish     Woodton
    BrideCondition     Widow
    BrideOccupation     
    BrideAbode     
    GroomFatherForename     
    GroomFatherSurname     
    GroomFatherOccupation     
    BrideFatherForename     
    BrideFatherSurname     
    BrideFatherOccupation     
    WitnessOneForename     Margaret
    WitnessOneSurname     CUNNINGHAM
    WitnessTwoForename     W
    WitnessTwoSurname     Hen*
    Notes     licence; both signed
    FileNumber     9972.
  9. Certificate or Original Parish Reg Entry, Extract from original records, Family Search web site image # 9.
  10. Free parish registers, online http://www.freereg.org.uk,      Norfolk
    Place     Norwich
    Church     St George Colegate
    RegisterNumber     242
    MarriageDate     27 Feb 1826
    GroomForename     William
    GroomSurname     CUNNINGHAM
    GroomAge     
    GroomParish     
    GroomCondition     Widower
    GroomOccupation     
    GroomAbode     
    BrideForename     Mary
    BrideSurname     PIERSON
    BrideAge     
    BrideParish     
    BrideCondition     Spinster
    BrideOccupation     
    BrideAbode     
    GroomFatherForename     
    GroomFatherSurname     
    GroomFatherOccupation     
    BrideFatherForename     
    BrideFatherSurname     
    BrideFatherOccupation     
    WitnessOneForename     Benjamin
    WitnessOneSurname     BELL
    WitnessTwoForename     John
    WitnessTwoSurname     LACCOHEE
    Notes     License
    FileNumber     4759.
  11. International Genealogical Index (IGI), film number 1470811.
  12. BDM, Norfolk Marriages 1801-1837, CUNNINGHAM James 13 10 31 REYNOLDS Lucy Witchingham, Great 678.
  13. Free parish registers, online http://www.freereg.org.uk,      Norfolk
    Place     Woodton
    Church     All Saints
    RegisterNumber     90
    MarriageDate     03 Dec 1835
    GroomForename     Henry
    GroomSurname     HOWLETT
    GroomAge     
    GroomParish     Hempnall
    GroomCondition     Single
    GroomOccupation     
    GroomAbode     
    BrideForename     Lucy
    BrideSurname     CUNNINGHAM
    BrideAge     
    BrideParish     Woodton
    BrideCondition     Single
    BrideOccupation     
    BrideAbode     
    GroomFatherForename     
    GroomFatherSurname     
    GroomFatherOccupation     
    BrideFatherForename     
    BrideFatherSurname     
    BrideFatherOccupation     
    WitnessOneForename     George
    WitnessOneSurname     CUNNINGHAM
    WitnessTwoForename     Margaret
    WitnessTwoSurname     CUNNINGHAM
    Notes     licence; both signed
    FileNumber     9972.
  14. BDM, Norfolk Marriages 1801-1837, HOWLETT Henry 3 12 35 CUNNINGHAM Lucy Woodton 689.
  15. Certificate or Original Parish Reg Entry, Extract from original records, Family Search web site image # 19.
  16. Free UK BDM index from 1837, online http://freebmd.rootsweb.com, CUNNINGHAM      George      and THOMPSON      Sarah Ann            Loddon &c.      13     503.
  17. Free UK BDM index from 1837, online http://freebmd.rootsweb.com, CUNNINGHAM Harriet Loddon &c 13 303
    EVERRETT Joseph Alfred Loddon &c. 13 303.
  18. Free parish registers, online http://www.freereg.org.uk,      Norfolk
    Place     Long Stratton St Mary
    Church     St Mary Pr
    RegisterNumber     23
    MarriageDate     26 Sep 1843
    GroomForename     Alfred
    GroomSurname     CUNNINGHAM
    GroomAge     
    GroomParish     Wootton
    GroomCondition     Bachelor
    GroomOccupation     Farmer
    GroomAbode     
    BrideForename     Hannah
    BrideSurname     HOWLETT
    BrideAge     
    BrideParish     
    BrideCondition     Spinster
    BrideOccupation     
    BrideAbode     
    GroomFatherForename     John
    GroomFatherSurname     CUNNINGHAM
    GroomFatherOccupation     Farmer
    BrideFatherForename     Harcourt
    BrideFatherSurname     HOWLETT
    BrideFatherOccupation     Farmer
    WitnessOneForename     George
    WitnessOneSurname     ALDIS
    WitnessTwoForename     Harcourt
    WitnessTwoSurname     HOWLETT
    Notes     By licence
    FileNumber     7554.
  19. Free UK BDM index from 1837, online http://freebmd.rootsweb.com, possible marriages - sept 1843

    CUNNINGHAM      Alfred            Depwade      13     85     
    HOWLETT      Hannah            Depwade      13     85.     
  20. Copies of original certificates and docs.
  21. International Genealogical Index (IGI), Groom's Name: Henry Cunningham
    Groom's Birth Date:
    Groom's Birthplace:
    Groom's Age:
    Bride's Name: Sarah Miller Kemp
    Bride's Birth Date:
    Bride's Birthplace:
    Bride's Age:
    Marriage Date: 06 Nov 1844
    Marriage Place: Woodton, Norfolk, England
    Groom's Father's Name:
    Groom's Mother's Name:
    Bride's Father's Name:
    Bride's Mother's Name:
    Groom's Race:
    Groom's Marital Status: Single
    Groom's Previous Wife's Name:
    Bride's Race:
    Bride's Marital Status: Single
    Bride's Previous Husband's Name:
    Indexing Project (Batch) Number: M01376-2
    System Origin: England-EASy
    Source Film Number: 1526654
    Reference Number: it 3 p 18 rn 36
    Collection: England Marriages, 1538–1973.
  22. Website London BMD records 1754-1921 (unknown url) "Hagar Mahalar Cunningham
    Spouse Name:      William Andrews
    Spouse Age:      Full Age
    Record Type:      Marriage
    Event Date:      18 Oct 1847
    Parish:      St Marylebone
    County:      Middlesex
    Borough:      Westminster
    Father Name:      John Cunningham
    Spouse Father Name:      William Andrews."
  23. Website National Archive of Memorial Inscriptions (http://www.memorialinscriptions.org.uk) "Forename       JOHN       Surname       CUNNINGHAM
    Other names           County      NORFOLK
    Date of death      06/09/1856      Burial ground      WOODTON ALL SAINTS."
  24. International Genealogical Index (IGI), Graveyard transcription image #14.
  25. Website Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com) "Name:     John Cunningham
    Age:     86
    Birth Year:     abt 1770
    Burial Date:     13 Sep 1856
    Burial Place:     Woodton, Norfolk, England
    Parish as it Appears:     Woodton
    Search Photos:     Search for 'Woodton' in the UK City, Town and Village Photos collection
    Phillimore Ecclesiastical Parish Map:     
    View this parish."
  26. Norfolk Records Office, online http://nrocat.norfolk.gov.uk
  27. Will, Will copies saved to home computer,.
  28. Free parish registers, online http://www.freereg.org.uk,      Norfolk
    Place     Bedingham
    Church     St Andrews
    RegisterNumber     
    DateOfBirth     06 Apr 1794
    BaptismDate     13 Apr 1794
    Forename     William
    Sex     M
    FatherForename     John
    MotherForename     Elizabeth
    FatherSurname     CUNNINGHAM
    MotherSurname     CLIPPEN
    Abode     
    FatherOccupation     
    Notes     Private Baptism.
    FileNumber     541.
  29. Free parish registers, online http://www.freereg.org.uk,      Norfolk
    Place     Bedingham
    Church     St Andrews
    RegisterNumber     
    DateOfBirth     
    BaptismDate     22 Nov 1795
    Forename     Margaret
    Sex     F
    FatherForename     John
    MotherForename     Elizabeth
    FatherSurname     CUNNINGHAM
    MotherSurname     
    Abode     
    FatherOccupation     
    Notes     
    FileNumber     541.
  30. Free parish registers, online http://www.freereg.org.uk,      Norfolk
    Place     Bedingham
    Church     St Andrews
    RegisterNumber     
    DateOfBirth     
    BaptismDate     29 Jan 1797
    Forename     John
    Sex     M
    FatherForename     John
    MotherForename     Elizabeth
    FatherSurname     CUNNINGHAM
    MotherSurname     
    Abode     
    FatherOccupation     
    Notes     
    FileNumber     541.
  31. Free parish registers, online http://www.freereg.org.uk,      Norfolk
    Place     Woodton
    Church     All Saints
    RegisterNumber     
    DateOfBirth     13 May 1803
    BaptismDate     15 May 1803
    Forename     Alfred
    Sex     M
    FatherForename     John
    MotherForename     Elizabeth
    FatherSurname     CUNNINGHAM
    MotherSurname     CLIPPEN
    Abode     
    FatherOccupation     
    Notes     mother late spinster; privately baptised; received into the church 4 Jul 1803
    FileNumber     9947.
  32. Free parish registers, online http://www.freereg.org.uk,      Norfolk
    Place     Woodton
    Church     All Saints
    RegisterNumber     
    DateOfBirth     07 Apr 1811
    BaptismDate     14 Apr 1811
    Forename     George
    Sex     M
    FatherForename     John
    MotherForename     Elizabeth
    FatherSurname     CUNNINGHAM
    MotherSurname     REYNOLDS
    Abode     
    FatherOccupation     
    Notes     mother late spinster; privately baptised
    FileNumber     9947.