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William G. CUNNINGHAM
Elizabeth McCOURTNEY
Cyntha A. __?__
Cecelia Bernetta MEDLEY
WARNING:  It has not been proven that one William G. CUNNINGHAM married all three of these women.  The major sticking point is what happened to the children between the 1860 and 1870 censuses.  Granted the country went through a catastrophic Civil War during that period, which distrupted a great many lives, but what did happen to them?  The most plausible explanation, other than that they all died, is that William & Cyntha divorced and she remarried, with she and the children taking on her new husband's surname, though, in fact, I cannot find Cyntha under a different surname.  The other alternative is that I've mixed up two William G. CUNNINGHAMs, and our subject is simply missing from the 1860 census, while the one in Arkansas in 1860 is missing from the 1850 and 1870 censuses.  Then again, given the birthplaces of the children, the one in Arkansas in 1860 had only recently moved there from Missouri.  If anyone has data to support or dispute this page, please contact me.  I want to get it right.
Husband:  William G. CUNNINGHAM
Birth:  20 Jun 1811, SC or TN or MO
Death:  9 May 1876
Occupation:  farmer, root digger
Marriage-1:  7 Jun 1835, Jefferson Co., MO
Wife-1:  Elizabeth McCOURTNEY
Birth:  25 May 1819, MO
Death:  3 Jul 1853
Occupation:  homemaker
Father:  John McCOURTNEY  (1794-1878)
Mother:  Elizabeth "Betsy" HILDEBRAND  (1784-1877)
Marriage-2:  aft. 1853
Wife-2:  Cyntha A. __?__
Birth:  1827/8, TN
Occupation:  homemaker
Marriage-3:  1 Sep 1869, Jefferson Co., MO
Wife-3:  Celia / Celiah / Cecelia Bernetta / Bernette MEDLEY
Birth:  Jan 1838, MO
Occupation:  homemaker
Other Spouses:  m1. 11 Aug 1854, Jefferson Co., MO, Samuel PEPPER; m3. Mr. EVERETT; m4. 16 Apr 1890, Jefferson Co., MO, Jasper E. EOFF
Father:  Joseph Allen MEDLEY
Mother:  Harriet FORREST
Children with Elizabeth McCORTNEY:
born in Big River Twp., Jefferson Co., MO:
  1.  (Son A) CUNNINGHAM, b. 1835-40; d. bef. 1850
  2.  (Daughter A) CUNNINGHAM, b. 1835-40; d. bef. 1850

born in either Big River Twp., Jefferson Co., MO, or Franklin Co., MO:
  3.  Jane CUNNINGHAM, b. 1840/1; m. 11 Nov 1858, Franklin Co., MO, John HENDERSON
  4.  Nancy CUNNINGHAM, b. 1842/3; m. 5 Jul 1860, Franklin Co., MO, Lewis COLE
  5.  William CUNNINGHAM, b. 1844/5
  6.  Elizabeth CUNNINGHAM, b. 1847/8

born in Franklin Co., MO:
  7.  Mary CUNNINGHAM, b. 3 Apr 1852; d. 19 Dec 1910; m. Eleven NAPPIER

Children with Cyntha A.:
born in Franklin Co., MO:
  8.  Martha CUNNINGHAM, b. 1856/7

born in AR, presumably in Franklin Twp., Izard Co., AR:
  9.  Helen CUNNINGHAM, b. 1858/9

Child with Cecelia Bernetta MEDLEY:
10.  Harriet CUNNINGHAM, b. 1873/4, Meramec Twp., Jefferson Co., MO
Keywords for search engines:  genealogy; USA, US, United States, Kentucky, Missouri, South Carolina

Sources:

1a.  Jordan R. Dodd, ed.  1993.  Marriage Index: AR, CA, IA, LA, MN, MO, OR, TX.  Liahona Research, Orem, UT (Broderbund CD-227):
Cunningham, William G Mccourtney, Elizabeth 7 Jun 1835 Jefferson Co., MO

1b.  LDS.  Family Search: Internet Genealogy Service:  IGI - International Genealogical Index (online at FamilySearch.org).
William G. CUNNINGHAM
Spouse: Vernetey PEPPER
Marriage: 01 Sep 1869, Jefferson, Missouri
Source: Marriage Records, 1825-1951. Jefferson County (Missouri). Recorder of Deeds
John HENDERSON
Spouse: Jane CUNNINGHAM
Marriage: 11 Nov 1858, Franklin, Missouri
Source: Marriage Records, 1819-1921. Franklin County (Missouri). Recorder of Deeds
Lewis COLE
Spouse: Nancy CUNNINGHAM
Marriage: 5 Jul 1860, Franklin, Missouri
Source: Marriage Records, 1819-1921. Franklin County (Missouri). Recorder of Deeds

2.  1840 Census Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #7 of 8; extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):
1840 MO Jefferson Co. Big River Twp. Roll 224 p. 104B Ln. 21 William G Caningham 100 010 - 100 010 no slaves
These data indicate:
No. & Sex Age Class Therefore Born Individuals Inferred
1 male 4 or under 1835-1840 = Son A
1 male 20-29 1810-1820 = William (b. 1810)
1 female 4 or under 1835-1840 = Daughter A
1 female 20-29 1810-1820 = Elizabeth (b. 1818/9)
Elizabeth's parents are in Franklin Co., MO.

3.  1850 Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #67 of 218):  District No. 31, Franklin Co., MO, Roll, p. 60A, 639/639, enumerated 20 Sep 1850, official enumeration date 1 Jun 1850 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):
William Cunningham 40 M   Farmer 200 South Carolina
Elizabeth    " 31 F       Missouri
Jane         "  9 F       do
Nancy        "  7 F       do
William      "  5 M       do
Elizabeth    "  2 F       do
Listed two households from Elizabeth's parents, John McCOURTNEY (æ 56, b. KY) & Elizabeth (æ 68, b. MO).

4.  1860 Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #8 of 13):  Big Springs P.O., Franklin Twp., Izard Co., AR, Roll M653_43, p. 353, PN 29, 174/172, enumerated 14 Jun 1860, official enumeration date 1 Jun 1860 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):
W G Cunningham 48 M   farmer 360 100 Tenn
Cyntha A 32 F         Tenn
William 14 M         Missouri
Elizabeth 11 F         Mo
Mary  8 F         "
Martha  3 F         "
Helen  1 F         Arkansas

5.  1870 Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #44 of 70):  Hillsboro P.O., Merrimac [Meramec] Twp., Jefferson Co., MO, Roll M593_783, p. 290B, PN 44, 328/328, enumerated 29 Jul 1870, official enumeration date 1 Jun 1870 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):
Cunningham Wm 60 M W Root Digger   50 Missouri
__________ Bernetta 30 F W Keeps House     do
__________ Ann 12 F W Root Digger     do
Peppers Isaac 15 M W do     do
_______ William  9 M W do     do
_______ Ellen  7 F W At Home     do
"Ann" has to be Sarah Angeline PEPPER, Bernetta's daughter from her prior marriage.  If she's not Sarah, then is she Helen?  And where is Sarah?  Listed next to Bernetta's brother, [Jesse] Allen MEDLEY (æ 32, b. MO).

6.  1880 Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #5 of 31):  Meramec Twp., St. Louis Co., MO, Roll T9-0716, p. 321D, PN 8, SD 1, ED 187, enumerated 3 Jun 1880, official enumeration date 1 Jun 1880 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):
1880:  for an explanation of the column headings, please see
What the Numbers in the Federal Census Mean (missing columns contained no data).
1 2 3 4 5 6 8 9 10 11 13 24 25 26
67 67 Farley Sarah W F 23       / Keeping House MO MO MO
    ______ John W E W M  2 Son /     Keeping House MO Ire MO
    Everett Burnetta W F 42 Mouther   /   Weaving & Spinning MO KY KY
    Pepper William W M 19 Brouther /     Laborer MO MO MO
    Gorden Mary W F 35 Boarding   /     TN TN TN
    Farley Ellen W F 17 Sister   /   at Home MO MO MO
    Ciningham Harriett W F  6 ½ Sister /     at Home MO MO MO
Did Bernetta remarry again?

7.  1890 Census:  the 1890 Census Population Schedules were destroyed.

8.  1900 Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com):  Bernette (MEDLEY) EOFF is now divorced and living in Meramec Twp., St. Louis Co., MO, with her son and widowed sister.

9.  Gedpage of John McCourtney & Elizabeth 'Betsy' Hildebrand (online at www.showmethebitticks.com).

10.  WorldConnect / Ancestry World Trees (online at RootsWeb.com/Ancestry.com).

11.  Email from "Bruce and Linda."

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