2. Myles CUNNINGHAM (Bryan ) was born in possibly January 1777 in Monagea, Co. Limerick. He was christened in possibly 26 Jan 1777 in Monagea, Co. Limerick. He died before 1 Mar 1879 in probably Kilbaha, Newtownsandes (Moyvane), Co. Kerry.
Myles married Johanna LYONS / LYNES. Johanna was born about 1794 in possibly Knockbrane, Lixnaw, Co. Kerry; or Newtownsandes (Moyvane), Co. Kerry. She died on 1 Mar 1879 in Kilbaha, Moyvane, Co. Kerry.
They had the following children.
+ 6 M i Bryan CUNNINGHAM was born about 16 Dec 1822. He died on 7 Jul 1901. + 7 F ii Ellen CUNNINGHAM was born about 26 Apr 1825. She died on 26 May 1883. + 8 F iii Hanora (Norrie) CUNNINGHAM was born about 1826. She died on 15 Apr 1908. 9 F iv
Johanna CUNNINGHAM was born about 24 Apr 1830 in Kilbaha, Newtownsandes (Moyvane), Co. Kerry. She was christened on 26 Apr 1830 in Newtownsandes, Co. Kerry. She died in probably between 1830 and 1840.
Because another daughter also named Johanna was born ten years later, it is likely that this Johanna died as a child.
There were no sponsors listed on Johanna's baptismal record.
10 F v
Mary CUNNINGHAM was born about 4 Oct 1832 in Kilbaha, Newtownsandes (Moyvane), Co. Kerry. She was christened on 6 Oct 1832 in Newtownsandes, Co. Kerry. She died in possibly after 2 Apr 1911 in possibly Aughrim, Moyvane, Co. Kerry.
Sponsors at Mary's baptism were James Cunningham and Mary Woulfe.
It is thought by one family source that Mary married a Pat O'Sullivan from Knockbawn (in Co. Kerry?) and that they emigrated to the United States where Pat was killed in a railway accident in the course of his work. However, other family sources believe Mary married a Mr. Moore (possibly named James) from Aughrim.
There is a record (on www.irishgenealogy.ie) of the marriage of a widow named Mary Cunningham from Newtownsandes to a James Moore from Listowel on 28 May 1874, but the name of Mary's father on the register is John, not Myles. Furthermore Mary would have been 42 years of age in May 1874 so it is unlikely that this record relates to the marriage of our Mary.
Perhaps Mary married twice, marrying Pat O'Sullivan first and later marrying a Mr. Moore.
If our Mary did indeed marry a Mr. Moore from Aughrim, then it is likely she lived with her niece Margaret Moore (née Mulvihill) in Aughrim towards the end of her life as there is a Mary Moore, aged 81 and widowed, listed in the 1911 census return of Margaret and her husband, Patrick Moore.
Mary married 'UNKNOWN'. + 11 F vi Margaret (Peg) CUNNINGHAM was born about 3 Mar 1835. She died after 2 Apr 1911. + 12 F vii Johanna CUNNINGHAM was born about 25 Sep 1840. She died on 16 Jan 1920. + 13 F viii Brigid (Biddy) CUNNINGHAM was born about 25 Sep 1840. She died before 2 Apr 1911. + 14 F ix Ann (Nance) CUNNINGHAM died before 31 Mar 1901.
They had the following children.
15 F i
Ellen CUNNINGHAM was born about 10 Jan 1812 in Kilbaha, Moyvane, Co. Kerry. She was christened on 12 Jan 1812 in Listowel, Co. Kerry.
Baptismal sponsors were Neilus Cunningham and Catherine Stack.
+ 16 M ii Bryan (Little Bryan) D. "Little Bryan" CUNNINGHAM was born about 25 May 1813. He died on 4 Feb 1894. 17 F iii
Mary CUNNINGHAM was born about 4 Aug 1815 in possibly Knockreigh, Lixnaw, Co. Kerry. She was christened on 6 Aug 1815 in Listowel, Co. Kerry.
A Mary Cunningham who was married to a William Stack and who lived in Kilbaha, had at least two children, Ellen (born in 1851) and Margaret (1858), both born in Kilbaha. Margaret's baptismal sponsor was a Bryan Cunningham, which leads me to think that Mary above, who had a brother named Bryan, might have been the Mary Cunningham who married William Stack.
Another possibility is that Mary married a Daniel Mangan as therre is a marriage record on the Irish Genealogy website, www.irishgenealogy.ie, showing that a Mary Cunningham of Kilbaha, Moyvane married a Daniel Mangan in Moyvane on 29 July 1843. Unfortunately no parents' names are given. Witnesses were Thomas Mulvihill and George Mahony.
+ 18 F iv Margaret CUNNINGHAM was born about 28 Aug 1818. She died on 2 Jun 1903. + 19 M v Patrick CUNNINGHAM was born about 1819. He died on 24 Jan 1914. + 20 F vi Bridget CUNNINGHAM was born about 4 Feb 1820. She died on 22 Jan 1882. + 21 F vii Johanna CUNNINGHAM was born about 21 Nov 1823. She died on 2 Sep 1902. 22 M viii
John CUNNINGHAM was born about 14 May 1825 in Kilbaha, Newtownsandes (Moyvane), Co. Kerry. He was christened on 16 May 1825 in Moyvane, Co. Kerry. + 23 F ix Hanora (Norrie) CUNNINGHAM (caution: not verified) was born about 1826. She died on 10 Aug 1906. + 24 F x Ann (Nance) CUNNINGHAM (caution: not verified) died before 1862. + 25 F xi Catherine CUNNINGHAM was born about 15 Apr 1830.
4. John CUNNINGHAM (caution: not verified) (Bryan ) 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, daughter of 'unknown' FITZGERALD, about 1827. Catherine was born about 1810. She died in possibly between 1842 and about 1850 in probably Irremore, Listowel, Co. Kerry.
They had the following children.
+ 26 F i Ellen CUNNINGHAM was born about 1828. She died on 17 Jun 1919. + 27 M ii Bryan Patrick CUNNINGHAM was born on 20 Dec 1828. He died on 29 Dec 1910. + 28 F iii Margaret CUNNINGHAM was born about 13 Dec 1830. She died after 31 Mar 1901. 29 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.
+ 30 M v James CUNNINGHAM was born about 1832. He died in 1900. 31 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.
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.
+ 32 F vii Bridget CUNNINGHAM was born in Feb 1840. + 33 M viii Daniel J. CUNNINGHAM was born in Mar 1841. He died in Aug 1919. 34 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)
They had the following children.
35 M i
Dermot CUNNINGHAM was born about 24 Nov 1841 in Kilbaha, Newtownsandes (Moyvane), Co. Kerry. He was christened on 26 Nov 1841 in Moyvane, Co. Kerry.
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