Winchester Cemetery, Clark County, Kentucky
The city cemetery in Winchester, Clark County, Kentucky, is beautiful and serene. Ritchey and I enjoyed taking photos there last year. I’m sharing with you today information about William Henry Cunningham and his family that are buried there.
William was the son of Abner Cunningham and Pamelia Clarkson, born June 3, 1830, in Bourbon County, Kentucky. In the 1850 Clark County census he is listed with his large family: Abner, 48, farmer; Pamelia, 43; Jesse, 24; William, 20, doctor; Elizabeth, 18; Mary C., 16; Sidney, 14; Benjamin B., 12; Pamelia, 10; James C., 8; Charles, 5; Nannie, 2: Wellington, 22, lawyer; Sarah J., 23, Wellington’s wife; and Elizabeth Bailey, 28. The family is living beside Polly Cunningham, 75, born in Virginia, very likely Abner’s mother and William’s grandmother.
In the next couple of years William Cunningham married Nannie M. (perhaps last name Batterton, but could not find evidence). She was born about 1828. In the 1860 Clark County census William and Nannie are listed, both aged 30, with sons Edward, 7, and William, 2. Unfortunately William died at the young age of 4.
In the 1870 Clark County census, William is listed as 40, physician; Nannie M., 41; Edward, 17; Mary E., 9; and Jessie D., 44, farm laborer (William’s older brother listed in the 1850 census).
William Cunningham died February 2, 1875, in his 45th year.
In the 1880 Clark County census Nannie is listed as 50, widowed, with the two children, Edward S., 27, and Mary E., 19.
Nannie M. Cunningham died March 21, 1898, in the 70th year of her age. Fare thee well then dear Mother; May thy rest be calm and sweet. Till we all with thee shall gather close around our Savior’s feet.
Nannie Cunningham died March 21, 1898, in her 70th year. She, William, and their young son, William, are buried in Winchester Cemetery. This fine monument was probably erected by the two remaining children.