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121. Tennessee7Sims (John Dabney6, John5, William4, Bruster3, Edward2, William1), was born 28 November 1840, Lafayette County, Mississippi, died 14 August 1913, Waxahachie, Ellis County, Texas,[1409] buried Bethel Cemetery, Ellis County.[1410] She married 14 September 1859, Ellis County, to George Henderson Cunningham,[1411] born 8 January 1828, Lincoln County, Tennessee, died 6 April 1915,[1412] Waxahachie, Ellis County, Texas, buried Bethel Cemetery, Ellis County.[1413]

The tombstone for G. H. and Tennessee Cunningham says Mrs. G. H. Cunningham, Sunday school teacher in the Methodist church at Bethel 36 years.

Texas Christian Advocate, 29 September 1859: Married on the 14th instant, by Rev. Thos. Whitworth, at the residence of the bride’s father, Mr. George Cunningham and Miss Tennessee Sims, all of Ellis County, Texas.[1414]

Dallas Morning News, 15 August 1913: Death of Mrs. George Cunningham – Special to the News. Waxahachie, Texas, August 14. Mrs. George H. Cunningham, wife of George H. Cunningham, vice president of the Waxahachie National Bank, and mother of Ed F. Cunningham, cashier of the bank, died today at her home in this city from a stroke of paralysis which she suffered Sunday. Mrs. Cunningham was one of the pioneers of Ellis County. She was seventy-four years of age and had been married fifty-four years. The house to which she went as a bride is still standing on the old homestead near Bethel. She and Mr. Cunningham were charter members of the Bethel Methodist Church. Burial will be held at that place tomorrow.[1415]



[1409] Family Record kept by Miss Bettie Kate Edmondson, 814 W. Main St., Waxahachie, Texas (granddaughter). Copied July 1958 by the Rebecca Boyce Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution, Genealogical Records, Volume 11, p. 110. Tennessee Sims, born 28 November 1840, Lafayette County, Mississippi, daughter of John Dabney Sims and Elizabeth Elliott, died 14 August 1913, Waxahachie. Burial: Bethel.

[1410] Tombstone photograph, Bethel Cemetery, Ellis County, Texas. Tennessee Sims Cunningham, born 28 November 1840, died 14 August 1913.

[1411] Ellis County, Texas, Marriage Book B, p. 36. Geo. H. Cunningham to Tennessee Sims, 14 September 1859. Rev. Thomas Whitworth.

[1412] Texas Death Record. Geo. H. Cunningham, born 8 January 1828, Lissco County, Tennessee, died 6 April 1915, Waxahachie, Ellis County, Texas. Parents: George Henderson Cunningham, Nancy Sloan. Male, white, age 87 years, widowed. Retired farmer. Burial: Bethel Cemetery.

[1413] Tombstone photograph, Bethel Cemetery, Ellis County, Texas. G. H. Cunningham, born 1828, died 1916. And, George H. Cunningham, born 8 January 1828, died 6 April 1915.

[1414] Texas Christian Advocate, Volume VI, No. 8, issue 29 September 1859.

[1415] Dallas Morning News, Dallas, Texas, 15 August 1913, p. 7.

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