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James MCDONALD died. James married Ann 'UNKNOWN'.

Ann 'UNKNOWN' died. Ann married James MCDONALD.

They had the following children.

  M i Living.

John CUNNINGHAM (caution: not verified) [Parents] was born about 1800 in possibly Monagea, Co. Limerick. He died on 18 Oct 1887 in Church St., Listowel, Co. Kerry. He was buried in Murhur Cemetery, Moyvane, Co. Kerry. John married Catherine (Kate) FITZGERALD about 1827.

John's family is definitely related to my Cunningham family but we have no documentary evidence to prove that John was a brother of Myles and Daniel. However, we do have a letter written in 1956 by Jack Hudson (1878-1960) of Kilbaha, Moyvane, Co. Kerry (a great grandson of Myles Cunningham, John's putative brother) to his relative Bill Hudson of Florida in which Jack states that "I have never heard of Edward Cunningham but he could be one of the Cunninghams of Irremore that were first cousins of Johanna Hudson's husband." Johanna's husband was Bryan Cunningham, son of Myles, indicating that John's children (who were raised in Irremore) were indeed first cousins of Bryan. Note: the Edward Cunningham mentioned above (1856-1924) was actually a son of Bryan Cunningham and Johanna Hudson. He emigrated to the United States, which is probably why Jack had not heard of him.

It appears John moved from Co. Limerick with his family in the late 1830s or early 1940s to a farm in Irremore near Listowel, Co. Kerry. At some point the family was evicted from this farm, which I am told may have been located near Irremore church. I have also been told that John farmed in Mountcoal near Listowel. As Mountcoal and Irremore seem to be adjacent to each other could the Mountcoal and Irremore farms have been one and the same?

John died at the age of 96, according to his obituary in the Kerry Sentinel of 21 October 1887, although a family source has told me he was 86 years of age when he died. The obituary also tells us he died "at the house of Mr. John Troy, T.O., where he resided a considerable time, being Mrs. Troy's uncle. The funeral was a splendid one, all the respectable inhabitants attending. The coffin, which was a beautiful oaken one, was conveyed to the place of interment in a hearse, where his gransdon, the Rev. J. Cunningham [who died in 1885], was interred not very long since." It therefore appears that John's fortunes had changed considerably since the time of the family's eviction decades before.

The obituary goes on to say the chief mourners were "Messrs John Troy, T.O., J. Nolan, J. Harrington [presumably John's son-in-law John Harrington], J. Cunningham, Kilbaha, B. Cunningham, do. [presumably one of the three Bryan Cunninghams in Kilbaha whom we know of and who were alive at the time]".

Regarding the statement in the obituary that John was an uncle of Mrs. Troy, this is in fact untrue as the Irish Census Search Forms of 1851 (used by the Irish government to prove the age of people who were applying for the Old Age Pension and who were born before Civil Registration began in 1864) show that Mrs. Bessie Troy's mother was Annie Thornton and not a Cunningham. Perhaps John was a more distant relative of Bessie's than an uncle, or perhaps John's connection to Bessie was through his wife, Kate Fitzgerald. Any help in identifying the exact relationship between John and Bessie would be appreciated. Please email Helen@HelensFamilyTrees.com. Thank you.

Catherine (Kate) FITZGERALD [Parents] was born about 1810. She died in possibly between 1842 and about 1850 in probably Irremore, Listowel, Co. Kerry. Catherine married John CUNNINGHAM (caution: not verified) about 1827.

Of Kate and John's nine children (that we know of), all but two emigrated to the United States, settling in either Kansas or Kansas City, Missouri.

They had the following children.

  F i Ellen CUNNINGHAM was born about 1828. She died on 17 Jun 1919.
  M ii Bryan Patrick CUNNINGHAM was born on 20 Dec 1828. He died on 29 Dec 1910.
  F iii Margaret CUNNINGHAM was born about 13 Dec 1830. She died after 31 Mar 1901.
  M iv
Patrick CUNNINGHAM was born about 1832 in probably Co. Limerick. He died on 14 Sep 1877 in Kansas City, Missouri.

Patrick emigrated to Kansas City in 1862. I can find no evidence of a marriage or a family but it appears he was a saloon keeper in Kansas City.
  M v James CUNNINGHAM was born about 1832. He died in 1900.
  F vi
Mary CUNNINGHAM was born about 3 Apr 1838 in Co. Limerick. She was christened on 3 Apr 1838 in Abbeyfeale, Co. Limerick. She died in Weston, Kansas.

Mary's baptismal sponsors were James Fitzgerald and Margaret Hartnett.

According to a public family tree on Ancestry.com, Mary was born in 1829. Parish records for Abbeyfeale do show a Mary Cunningham baptised on 13 March 1829 but the parents are John Cunningham and Mary Fitzgerald (sponsors were John Cunningham and Bridget Fitzgerald). It is possible that an error was made and the mother was actually Kate Fitzgerald, especially as the Abbeyfeale records show a Patrick and Bridget Cunningham, children of (the same?) John Cunningham and Mary Fitzgerald, baptised around the same time as our John and Kate's children Patrick and Bridget. In case the Patrick and Bridget Cunningham from the parish records are in fact John and Kate's children, here are their baptismal details:

Patrick, baptised 19 Feb 1833, with sponsors Patrick Fitzgerald and Margaret Fitzgerald
Bridget, baptised 27 Aug 1834, with sponsors James Fitzgerald and Mary Sullivan

If the Mary Cunningham who was baptised in March 1929 was indeed a daughter of our John and Kate, then it appears she died before 3 April 1838 when Mary above was baptised.    

Notes:
1. My information on the place of death of Mary above comes from a public family tree on the Ancesty website; I have not verified it.
2. Cunningham researchers may be interested to know that there is one other Cunningham baptism in the Abbeyfeale parish records, that of Partick Cunningham, baptised on 6 September 1859. The parents were John Cunningham and Catherine Keeffe, and the sponsors were James Fitzgerald and Mary Cronin.
  F vii Bridget CUNNINGHAM was born in Feb 1840.
  M viii Daniel J. CUNNINGHAM was born in Mar 1841. He died in Aug 1919.
  M ix
John Francis CUNNINGHAM was born on 21 Sep 1842 in Irremore, Listowel; or Mountcoal, Lixnaw, Co. Kerry. He died on 23 Jun 1919 in Concordia, Kansas. He was buried in Nazareth Motherhouse Cemetery, Concordia, Kansas.

According to family sources John was sent to the United States at the age of 12 following the eviction of the family from their farm in Mountcoal, Listowel. However, The Kerryman newspaper tells us in its edition of 30 October 1915 that John emigrated to the States at the age of 18 with his parents. His parents in fact remained in Ireland but it does appear that John emigrated around the age of 18 as the U.S. census of 1900 census gives his year of emigration as 1860. His eldest brother, Bryan, who was about 14 years his senior, also emigrated to the U.S. in 1860 so it is possible that, rather than emigrating with his parents, John went to the U.S. with Bryan and his family, who lived initially in Atchison, Kansas, where John studied for the priesthood, at St. Benedict's College. He was ordained a priest at St. Francis Seminary, Milwaukee, Wisconsin in 1865, and at the time of his father's death in 1887 he was Vicar General of Leavenworth, Kansas. In 1898 in Leavenworth he was consecrated Bishop of Concordia.

Apparently John encouraged his brothers and sisters who remained in Ireland to move to Kansas, and eventually six of his eight siblings were settled there. He was also successful in encouraging other relatives from Cos. Kerry and Limerick to come to Kansas to enter religious life. Among those who joined him were:

Fr. John Fitzgerald (1880-1976), a probable first cousin once removed of Bishop Cunningham
Fr. William Fitzgerald (1892-1970), a first cousin of Fr. John above and probable first cousin once removed of Bishop Cunningham
Fr. Michael M. Mulvihill (born 1888), a probable first cousin twice removed of Bishop Cunningham (Michael's maternal grandmother was a Cunningham)
Sr. Ann Joseph (Mary Ann) Mulvihill (1894-1992), a sister of Fr. Michael above
Fr. Daniel B Mulvihill (1896-1972), a brother of Fr. Michael and Sr. Ann Joseph above
Fr. Daniel B Mulvihill (1927-2006), a nephew of Fr. Michael, Sr. Ann Joseph and Fr. Daniel above
Sr. Mary Ellen (Johanna) Cunningham (1895-1989), a probable first cousin twice removed of Bishop Cunningham  
Sr. Mary Estelle (Margaret) Cunningham (1898-1987), a sister of Sr. Mary Ellen above
Fr. Patrick Cronin (1897-1973), a grandnephew of Bishop Cunningham (through the Fitzgeralds)
Fr. Michael Moran (1899-1983), a probable first cousin once removed of Bishop Cunningham (through the Fitzgeralds)

John HARRINGTON was born about 1814 in probably Mountcoal, Co. Kerry. He died on 11 Jan 1905 in Irremore, Listowel, Co. Kerry. John married Ellen CUNNINGHAM on 1 Nov 1850 in Lixnaw, Co. Kerry.

John was from Mountcoal, Listowel, Co. Kerry. He and his wife, Ellen, lived in Irremeore, Listowel.

Ellen CUNNINGHAM [Parents] was born about 1828 in probably Co. Limerick. She died on 17 Jun 1919 in Irremore, Listowel, Co. Kerry. Ellen married John HARRINGTON on 1 Nov 1850 in Lixnaw, Co. Kerry.

The 1911 census indicated that Ellen was living at the time (2 April 1911) with her widowed daughter Kate Daly in Irremore.

They had the following children.

  F i Catherine (Kate) HARRINGTON was born about 1851.
  F ii
Honora HARRINGTON was born about 9 Jan 1854 in Irremore, Listowel, Co. Kerry. She was christened on 11 Jan 1854 in Lixnaw, Co. Kerry.
  F iii Margaret (Maggie) HARRINGTON was born about 27 Apr 1855.
  F iv Bridget HARRINGTON was born about 1856. She died on 25 Mar 1890.
  F v
Ellen HARRINGTON was born about 27 Jul 1857 in Irremore, Listowel, Co. Kerry. She was christened on 29 Jul 1857 in Lixnaw, Co. Kerry.
  F vi
Mary HARRINGTON was born about 28 Jun 1860 in Irremore, Listowel, Co. Kerry. She was christened on 30 Jun 1860 in Lixnaw, Co. Kerry.
  M vii
John HARRINGTON was born about 24 May 1863 in Irremore, Listowel, Co. Kerry. He was christened on 26 May 1863 in Lixnaw, Co. Kerry.

Patrick FITZGERALD was born in Co. Kerry. He died before 31 Mar 1901. Patrick married Margaret CUNNINGHAM about 1858.

Margaret CUNNINGHAM [Parents] was born about 13 Dec 1830 in Co. Limerick. She was christened on 13 Dec 1830 in Abbeyfeale, Co. Limerick. She died after 31 Mar 1901 in probably Irremore, Listowel, Co. Kerry. Margaret married Patrick FITZGERALD about 1858.

Margaret's baptismal sponsors were James Cunningham and Mary Buckley. After her marriage she lived in Irremore, Listowel, Co. Kerry.

I have come across a year of birth of "about 1841" on a public family tree on the Ancestry website, which I have been unable to verify. However, it is possible that Margaret above died in childhood and then John and Kate had a daughter around 1841 whom they named Margaret.

They had the following children.

  F i
Catherine FITZGERALD was born about 24 Mar 1859 in Irremore, Listowel, Co. Kerry. She was christened on 26 Mar 1859 in Lixnaw, Co. Kerry.
  F ii Johanna FITZGERALD was born about 4 May 1860. She died on 4 Oct 1938.
  F iii
Ellen FITZGERALD was born about 7 May 1861 in Irremore, Listowel, Co. Kerry. She was christened on 9 May 1861.
  F iv
Mary FITZGERALD was born about 30 May 1862 in Irremore, Listowel, Co. Kerry. She was christened on 1 Jun 1862 in Lixnaw, Co. Kerry.

The 1911 census suggests that Mary, who wasn't married at the time, was living with her widowed sister, Johanna, and her family in Irremore.
  F v Bridget FITZGERALD was born about 11 Mar 1864.

James CUNNINGHAM [Parents] was born about 1832 in probably Co. Limerick. He died in 1900 in Salina, Kansas. James married Bridget O'REILLY about 1870.

James emigrated to the United States in 1862 with his brother Bryan and settled in Kansas. He and Bridget, who were farmers, were among the earliest settlers of Salina County, Kansas.

Bridget O'REILLY was born about 1850 in Ireland. She died in 1893 in probably Greeley, Kansas. Bridget married James CUNNINGHAM about 1870.

They had the following children.

  M i
John CUNNINGHAM was born in 1871 in Kansas.

A short article about Bishop John Francis Cunninghamin in The Salina Daily Union of 24 January 1909 mentions that one of the bishop's nephews, John Cunningham, had drowned while crossing the Smoky river on the family farm in February 1907. Was this John above?
  M ii
Alexander (Alex) CUNNINGHAM was born in 1873 in Kansas.
  M iii
Daniel (Dan) CUNNINGHAM was born in 1875 in Kansas.
  M iv
Henry (Harry) CUNNINGHAM was born on 21 Mar 1878 in Salina County, Kansas. He died on 4 Jan 1962 in Salina, Kansas.

Harry was ordained a priest and served in Salina and Niles (Sacred Heart Church) parishes in Kansas.
  F v
Catherine (Kate) CUNNINGHAM was born in 1880 in Kansas.
  M vi
James CUNNINGHAM was born in 1882 in Kansas.
  F vii
Mary (Sr. Xavier) CUNNINGHAM was born on 6 Apr 1885 in Greeley, Kansas. She died on 28 Dec 1948 in probably Kansas.

Mary entered the convent, taking the name Sr. Xavier. She was a member of the Sisters of St. Joseph in Concordia, Kansas.

Patrick (Pat) DEVEREUX was born in Mar 1837 in Ireland. Patrick married Bridget CUNNINGHAM.

Bridget CUNNINGHAM [Parents] was born in Feb 1840 in Co. Limerick; or Listowel, Co. Kerry. She died in probably Kansas. Bridget married Patrick (Pat) DEVEREUX.

Bridget emigrated to the United States in 1861.

According to the 1890 census Bridget and her husband, Pat, were living in Utica, New York. By the time of the 1900 census Bridget and Pat were living in Freedom, Kansas. The 1900 census also tells us that the couple had had one child who was no longer living. It appears they had no other children.

They had the following children.

  i
'unknown' DEVEREUX died before 1900.

This child of Bridget and Pat died young.

Daniel J. CUNNINGHAM [Parents] was born in Mar 1841 in Co. Limerick; or Listowel, Co. Kerry. He died in Aug 1919 in Atchison, Kansas. Daniel married Bridget LYNDON on 28 Feb 1870 in Atchison, Kansas.

Other marriages:
'UNKNOWN', Mary

Daniel emigrated to he United States in 1877. His obituary in the Kansas City Times of 4 August 1919 tells us that "In the Civil War he drove a stagecoach from Atchison to Colorado. He later ran a steamboat from Atchison to St. Louis".  He subsequently worked in the saloon business in Atchison.

Bridget LYNDON was born in 1839 in Tarbert, Co. Kerry. She died in 1897 in Atchison County, Kansas. Bridget married Daniel J. CUNNINGHAM on 28 Feb 1870 in Atchison, Kansas.

They had the following children.

  M i
John CUNNINGHAM was born in probably Atchison, Kansas. He died.

John lived in Atchison.
  M ii
Thomas CUNNINGHAM was born in probably Atchison, Kansas. He died.

Thomas lived in Effingham, Kansas.
  M iii
James CUNNINGHAM was born in Jun 1880 in probably Atchison, Kansas.
  F iv Hanora (Noreen, Nora) CUNNINGHAM was born on 26 Aug 1885. She died on 11 Oct 1976.

Daniel J. CUNNINGHAM [Parents] was born in Mar 1841 in Co. Limerick; or Listowel, Co. Kerry. He died in Aug 1919 in Atchison, Kansas. Daniel married Mary 'UNKNOWN' about 1902 in Kansas.

Other marriages:
LYNDON, Bridget

Daniel emigrated to he United States in 1877. His obituary in the Kansas City Times of 4 August 1919 tells us that "In the Civil War he drove a stagecoach from Atchison to Colorado. He later ran a steamboat from Atchison to St. Louis".  He subsequently worked in the saloon business in Atchison.

Mary 'UNKNOWN' was born about 1861 in Scotland. Mary married Daniel J. CUNNINGHAM about 1902 in Kansas.

The 1910 U.S. census tells us that Mary's parents were Irish.


Bryan Patrick CUNNINGHAM [Parents] was born on 20 Dec 1828 in Co. Limerick. He died on 29 Dec 1910 in 1630 Liberty, Kansas City, Missouri. He was buried in Mount St. Mary's Cemetery, Kansas City. Bryan married Margaret SCANLON on 1 Jan 1857 in Ballylongford, Co. Kerry.

Bryan lived in Mountcoal, Lixnaw, Co. Kerry prior to emigrating to the United States in 1860. Bryan lived with his young family in Atchison, Kansas initially before settling in Kansas City, Missouri in 1867. According to 'Kansas City, Missouri: its history and its people 1808-1908, Volume 3' (1908) by Carrie Westlake Whitney, "In 1879 he purchased one hundred and sixty-two and a half feet fronting on Liberty at the corner of Seventeenth Street, erected here a hotel [this was the Shields Hotel] and in 1884 built five cottage homes on the balance of his land. He has since continued in the hotel business".  
 
!According to an article in The Kerryman newspaper of 30 October 1915 on Bryan's brother Bishop John Cunningham of Concordia, Bryan was "one-time Mayor of Kansas".

In Bryan's will, dated 11 November 1907, when he had estimated the value of his property to be $42,000, he left $10,000 each to Ellen, Maggie, Anna and Bernard; and, 'as they had already been provided for', he left just $10 each to his other two surviving children, Thomas and Catherine. $1,000 was left to each of two grandchildren, and a final $1,000 was to be allocated for a monument for his wife and himself. The aforementioned Ellen, Maggie, Anna and Bernard, who appear never to have married, lived in their parents' hotel and were all still in residence at the time of the death of Bishop John Francis Cunningham, their uncle, in 1919.

Note: Bryan is listed as Patrick in some U.S. censuses.

Margaret SCANLON [Parents] was born about 1838 in probably Tarbert, Co. Kerry. She died on 8 Nov 1893 in Kansas City, Missouri. Margaret married Bryan Patrick CUNNINGHAM on 1 Jan 1857 in Ballylongford, Co. Kerry.

Of the 12 children born to Margaret and Bryan only six were alive by 1910: Kate, Thomas (who died in 1914), Nellie, Maggie, Anna and Bernard.

Marriage Notes:

Witnesses to the marriage were Patrick Kelly and Cornelius Farrell.

They had the following children.

  F i Catherine (Kate) C. CUNNINGHAM was born about 14 Jan 1858. She died in 1952.
  M ii
John B. CUNNINGHAM was born about 7 Jul 1859 in Mountcoal, Listowel, Co. Kerry. He was christened on 9 Jul 1859 in Lixnaw, Co. Kerry. He died on 17 Jul 1885 in Church St., Listowel, Co. Kerry. He was buried in Murhur Cemetery, Moyvane, Co. Kerry.

John, who grew up in Kansas City, was ordained a priest in June 1885 in the American College in Louvain, Belgium. Shortly after his ordination he travelled from Louvain to Kerry to visit his grandfather, John Cunningham who appears to have been living at the time with relatives John and Bessie Troy in Listowel. On his arrival in Listowel he became seriously ill and died about two weeks later of tuberculosis, aged just 26, at John and Bessie's home. It is not known how exactly the Troys were connected to John.

John's headstone in Murhur Cemetery, Moyvane reads:

Erected to the memory of Rev. John B. Cunningham, born Abbeydorney, Kerry, July 1859
Ordained Louvain, Belgium 1885
Erected by his parents, Bryan and Margaret Cunningham of Kansas City, Mo. U.S.A.
  M iii Thomas Benjamin CUNNINGHAM was born about 1861. He died in Nov 1914.
  F iv
Mary CUNNINGHAM was born in Atchison, Kansas; or Kansas City, Missouri. She died before 1908 in Kansas City, Missouri.
  F v
Ellen (Nellie) F. CUNNINGHAM was born about 1865 in Atchison, Kansas. She died on 26 Nov 1956 in Kansas City, Missouri.

Nellie lived in Kansas City, Missouri. She never married.
  F vi
Margaret (Maggie) F. CUNNINGHAM was born about 1866 in Atchison, Kansas. She died on 10 Aug 1957 in Kansas City, Missouri.

Margaret lived in Kansas City, Missouri. She never married.
  F vii
Bridget CUNNINGHAM was born in Atchison, Kansas; or Kansas City, Missouri. She died before 1908 in probably Kansas City, Missouri.
  M viii
Patrick CUNNINGHAM was born in Atchison, Kansas; or Kansas City, Missouri. He died in Kansas City, Missouri.

Patrick died in infancy.
  M ix
Patrick CUNNINGHAM was born in Atchison, Kansas; or Kansas City, Missouri. He died in Kansas City, Missouri.

Patrick died in infancy. He had an elder brother also named Patrick and who also died as a baby.
  F x
Anna (Annie) CUNNINGHAM was born about 1874 in Kansas City, Missouri. She died on 20 Dec 1959 in Kansas City, Missouri.

Annie lived in Kansas City, Missouri. She never married.
  M xi
Bernard (Ben) J. CUNNINGHAM was born about 1877 in Kansas City, Missouri. He died on 16 Aug 1971 in Kansas City, Missouri.

Ben lived in Kansas City, Missouri. He was unmarried at the time of the 1930 census when he was 53 years old and working as an inspector for the Department of Agriculture. He was living at the time with his three unmarried sisters, Nellie, Margaret and Anna in the Cunningham family home at 1630 Liberty, Kansas City. Ten years later all four had moved to 'West 67th St. Terr' in Kansas City, which they owned - or Nellie owned, as she is is listed as the head of the household. Ben was working at that time as a meat inspector.
  M xii
James CUNNINGHAM was born on 26 Apr 1882 in Kansas City, Missouri. He died in probably Kansas City, Missouri.

James died as a child.

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