Biography of James R. Cunningham
Allen County, OH Biographies

JAMES R. CUNNINGHAM, farmer, P. O. Lima, was born in Lima, this county, January 13, 1838, son of James and Martha (Kennedy) Cunningham, the former a native of Washington County, Penn., but reared and educated in Licking County, Ohio. The latter was a native of Nelson, Portage Co., Ohio. They reared a family of eleven children of whom nine grew to manhood and womanhood: James R., Martha L. (wife of N. W. McCormick), Mary (wife of John Winden), Emily (wife of John Hutchinson), Kate (wife of E. C. Baldwin), Thomas L. (killed in the Confederate service during the late war of the Rebellion), DeWitt C., Flora (wife of D. D. Nichols), and Nelson W. The father of our subject settled in Bath Township, this county, in 1833, taught school for a time and was also engaged in mercantile business in Lima. He afterward engaged in farming, and cleared up a large tract of land where South Lima now stands. The paternal grandfather of our subject, Jacues Cunningham, formerly of Washington County, Penn., was a Presbyterian clergyman, a pioneer minister of Licking County, Ohio, and died at Martinsburg. His maternal grandfather was Thomas Kennedy, a farmer by occupation, who settled in Lima in 1834. Our subject was reared and educated in Lima, this county. He was married October 17, 1861, to Nancy J., daughter of David and Martha (Custard) Heckathorn, of Bath Township. The issue of this union is three children: May (wife of Oscar L. Edgecomb), Ermina and Earl D. Mr. Cunningham at the breaking out of the late war of the Rebellion, enlisted in Company A, Twentieth Ohio Volunteer Infantry, and was discharged after three months' service. He re-enlisted in the spring of 1864 in Company D, One Hundred and Fifty first Ohio Volunteer Infantry, and was honorably discharged after four months' service. He is a member of the Disciples Church, Mrs. Cunningham of the Methodist Episcopal Church. In politics he is a Democrat.

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