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John Cunningham married Hannah Ridley not Sarah Pearis
Posted by: jan lala (ID *****7442) Date: May 24, 2007 at 13:22:11
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To hash it again. John Cunnningham the father of GEN. Robert Cunningham and John Cunningham. was married to [Sarah] as in the chronicles of the Scotch Irish,
Sarah was the mother of both John -Robert Cunningham.

GEN Robert Cunningham had a son John Cunningham that married Ann Harrold 1795.
Gen Robert cunningham s Brother John Married Hannah Ridley. John and Hannah named Son John PEARIS, Cunningham after Richard Pearis their close friend and inlaw by Richard Pearis jrs who married John Cunninghams niece Margaret Cunningham who Roberts daughter. the names of Sarah Cunningham have nothing to do with Sarah Pearis paris Richards daughter in regards to John Cunninghams girl and grandaughter Sarah and Sarah Ann.
The names Sarah are after John Cunninghams mother S arah and his good friend Sarah and Brown.
John Cunningham did not name the boy parris pearis as 1ST name it was JOHN.1ST NAME, PEARIS MIDDLE NAME, as in the case of George Teater and his Sarah, who named their last boys Richard an Parris. directly afater Richard Parris, and another Son Robert after Robert Pearis and daughter Sarah after the mother Sarah Pearis. Yes Richard spelled his name all 3 ways[ paris pearis parris] as did most of the family.
1755 will ROWAN CO NC.
Will of Joseph Toops; no probate; brother John, all my estate; executor: George Smith, Charles Hunter; Witnesses: James Macay, Zubulan Stout. Debts owed by or to said Toops: John Finly, Benjamin Rowgerson, Thomas Evans, James Gill, Swearington, Richard Parris, James Dylon, Marmaduke Chaimbrell [Kimbrough], John Hamby, James Deason, Daniel Garrot, Edward King, Vallentine, William Adam, Wm Ridge, Scoton Davis, William Harrison, John Parker, Capt. Bryuan, John Morris This is a example of Richard Parris.

HUGH BROWN SR. married a lady named SARAH - date and place unknown - Sarah's maiden name unknown. By 1784, this couple had four children (1784 FL Spanish Census) and later they had one son named Hugh Brown Junior.

Deed records show that both Hugh Brown Senior and his father, Robert Brown, lived in South Carolina and that they owned land in Berkeley and Craven counties.

Prior to 1785 there were only four counties (Berkeley, Craven, Colleton, Granville) in South Carolina which extended from the Atlantic coast to the mountains.

Between 1768 and 1774 Hugh Brown (Senior) inherited at least 100 acres of property belonging to his father along the Saluda River in Craven County in South Carolina. As shown above, Hugh Brown sold 90 acres of this property in 1774.

A description of land surveyed for Hugh Brown in 1769 in South Carolina listed under Pre-Revolutionary Land Plats at the SC State Archives:

On September 5, 1769, Hugh Brown was granted 100 acres of land on the waters of the Reedy River in Berkeley County. This land was bounded by Moses Tomlin and by vacant land. Patrick Cunningham, D.S.


order no 5No. 5. Militia Officers and Magistrates &c Commissioned by the British Commandant of CharlesTown whose Estates are Confiscated & their Persons to be banished from the State: Andrew Cunningham, John Cunningham, Patrick Cunningham, Robert Cunningham, William Cunningham, Jonathan Belton, Henry O'Neal, Col. Thomas Fletchall, John Flemming, Moses Kirkland, William Mills, James Smyth, William Stephens, Malcolm Brown, and Hugh Brown.
When the twenty years of English authority ended, Don Vizente Manuel de Zespedes arrived in St. Augustine to take over the Governorship from Patrick Tonyn. At this time, in 1784, there were bands of marauders or Banditti who plundered the deserted plantations, especially those between the St. Marys and St. Johns Rivers. Two of these people, described as "murderers, assassins and lawless individuals" were the infamous Daniel McGirtt/McGirth and William Cunningham. Governor Zespedes and former Governor Tonyn collaborated as to how to prevent these attacks and stabilize the chaos. The order to continue the British patrols was issued. Lt. Colonel William Young's troops were detached to pursue the villains, to protect people and property and to restore the peace. John cunninghams brother becomes a killer and bandit in florida

In 1784 the South Carolina General Assembly passed the Land Restoration Act providing restitution to those persons whose estates were previously confiscated. Hugh Brown must have had prior notification (not found) that he was to receive payment for his property. At the end of August 1788, Hugh Brown transferred the remainder of his restored estate in South Carolina to his good friend and attorney, John Cunningham. The document describing this transaction was obtained from the file folder under Confiscated Estates - Lands Restored - at the SC State Archives:

For a valuable consideration unto me in hand paid by Mr. John Cunningham of Charlestown aforesaid, the Receipt where of I do hereby acknowledge thereby assign, transfer and set over unto him, his Heirs, Executors, Administrators and Assigns all my Estate, Right, title, Interest, property Claim and demands of in and to the whole Amount Sales of my Estate which in Virtue of an Act of the Legislature of this State [South Carolina] hath been confiscated and Sold, but since restored unto me by an Act of the General Assembly of the State Aforesaid..., Together With All the Interest due thereon According to the Act of Assembly afsd. And hereby request that Indents for the same may by you be made out in the name of the aforesaid John Cunningham, his Executors, Administrators and Assigns and be delivered to him or them forthwith ~ with such additions for Explanation in future as to you shall seem meet. And I thereby nominate & Appoint him, the Said John Cunningham, my true and lawful Attorney for the purpose aforesaid ~ Hereby declaring that the Said John Cunningham's Receipt to you shall be a Sufficient clear and legal discharge in the premessis [sic].

Witness my hand and Seal this 27th August 1788
Hugh Brown (his Seal)

Therefore Sarah and hugh Brown had been close to John Cunningham
An excellent biographical sketch of Robert Cunningham was published in The Ohio State University Bulletin, Volume XXVI, Number 4, October 30, 1921, pages 87-88, entitled The Journal of Alexander Chesney, a South Carolina Loyalist in the Revolution and After, Edited by E. Alfred Jones of London England, with an Introduction by Professor Wilbur H. Siebert. Professor Wilbur Henry Siebert describes Mr. Jones in the following words:

It is scarcely necessary to speak of the special qualifications of Mr. E. Alfred Jones for the task of editing The Journal of Alexander Chesney, since the admirable results of his labors are manifest in this volume. The present writer can not, however, deny himself the pleasure of saying that Mr. Jones has long been familiar with the abundant materials relating to the American loyalists that are to be found in the Public Record Office, the British Museum, and other collections in London. Nor can he forbear to add that the Editor has greatly increased the value of this volume by his copious annotations, many of which contain information not easily available and some, information not accessible at all in print. Mr. Jones found Chesney's Journal in the British Museum (Additional MSS., 32627).

Sketch of Robert Cunningham

Robert Cunningham, born in 1741, was the son of John Cunningham, a member of a Scotch family which settled about 1681 in Virginia and removed early in 1769 to the district of Ninety-Six in South Carolina. (E. McCrady, The History of South Carolina in the Revolution, 1775-1780, p. 88.) Robert Cunningham acquired a plantation of his own at Island ford on the Saluda River and by energy and industry became a man of wealth and influence.

From the dawn of the Revolution Robert Cunningham displayed the most uncompromising spirit of loyalty. (Hist. MSS. Comm., Report on the MSS. of the Earl of Dartmouth, Vol. II, p. 355.) The treaty of neutrality made between that urbane and easy≠going loyalist, Colonel Thomas Fletchall, and William Henry Drayton, September 16 1776, provoked his bitter opposition and brought forth his refusal to be bound by it, in a letter to Drayton, dated Oc≠tober 6 following (see Drayton, Memoirs of the Revolution, Vol. I, p. 418). So dangerous a foe was not permitted to remain at large and on November 1, while holding the rank of captain in the loyal militia, Cunningham was committed to Charleston jail on a charge of committing high crimes and misdemeanors against the liberties of South Carolina, having, according to a letter written from Savannah on the 19th., been seized by a party disguised as Indians. He was detained a prisoner until February 1776. (Force, American Archives, Series IV, Vol. 8, p. 1606; ibid., Vol. 4, p. 29; iv; McCrady, The Hist. of South Carolina in the Revolution, 1775.1780, p. 86; A. S. Salley, Jr., Hist. of Orangeburg County, 1898, pp. 804-7; Moultrie, Memoirs, Vol. I, p. 100.) His brother, Major Patrick Cunningham, with a party of loyalists made an unsuccessful attempt to rescue him from the hands of his captors.

The British Government awarded him compensation to the amount of £1,080 from his estimated loss of £1,355 for his South Carolina property confiscated by the State. (A.O. 12/109.)

Brigadier-General Cunningham at the conclusion of the war in his own Province set sail for the Bahamas with other compatriots and settled at Nassau in the island of New Providence, so aptly named as the harbor of refuge for the distressed loyalists. In this new home Robert Cunningham settled on the tracts of valuable land which had been granted to him for his services in the American Revolutionary war. Here he died, 9 February 1813. On his tombstone in the western cemetery is inscribed: " ... exiled from his native Country in the American Revolution for his attachment to his King and the Laws of his Country." His wife, Margaret, survived him only a few weeks, having died 26 March at the age of 76.

Four children were left by Robert and Margaret Cunningham, namely, John, who married, 5 March, 1795, Ann Harrold; Charles; Margaret, who was married, 22 June 1790, to Richard Pearis, son of Colonel Richard Pearis, a loyalist from South Carolina; and Elizabeth, who married, 1 May 1792, Robert Brownlee, a loyalist. In his will are mentioned, in addition to his wife and children, the following family connections: John, natural son of John Cunningham by a woman named Hannah Ridley; his sister, Margaret Cunningham, and her son, Robert Andrew Cunningham; his cousin, Jean, daughter of Thomas Edwards; his cousin, Robert Cunningham, son of David Cunningham, to whom was bequeathed 300 dollars for his education; and his two cousins, Margaret Fenny and Elizabeth Brown, daughters of Joseph Jefferson.

So its simple John Cunninghams woman was Hannah Ridley not Sarah Pearis. he named his girl Sarah either from hos mother Sarah or perhaps from his feinds Sarah an Hugh Brown,
Cunningham John 2 3 1 0 16 1790 charleston census, he had 2 boys over 16 and 3 boys under 16 one girl no wife mentioned 16 negro slaves in the 1794 directory he is listed as a shop keeper. General Robert Cunningham was who he was, he knew who his brother Johns woman was and he named her hannah, not Sarah Pearis

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