George Cunningham

???? - 1843

Claimant or beneficiary

Biography

Son of Hon. John Cunningham, Member of Assembly for St James.

  1. "The parish of St James Montego Bay. 'The Hon John Cunningham Esq., Member of Assembly  Born at Kirknewton, Scotland 1738. He married Elizabeth, relict of Robert Westland, and died in 1812. Erected by his sons James, Samuel and George'. He acquired Maxfield estate of which he had been the attorney for the Hodges family. 'John, eldest son of John and Elizabeth Cunningham ob. 1804' 'Mrs Elizabeth Cunningham ob. 1806' (Archer, 318, 319)".

  2. The family of George Cunningham was living at Lansdown Crescent, Walcot, Bath, in 1841: Ann (40), John (20), Emily (14), Augustus (12), Margaret (7), Edward (5) as well as George Robertson (2) and Elizabeth Robertson (4 months), a governess, two male servants and seven female servants (George himself was not present). The death notice of his eldest daughter Elizabeth, wife of Rev. John Cunningham Robertson in February 1841 gave George Robertson as of Lansdown Crescent. The death notice of his son John at Falmouth, Jamaica, aged 26 in 1843 gave George Cunningham as 'of Greenside and Maxfield estates in the parish of Trelawny, and late of Lansdown Crescent, in this city.’

  3. Will of George Cunningham [late of the island of Jamaica but at present residing at Rodney Place] Clifton, Bristol Gloucestershire [made in 1843] proved 27/03/1844. Under the will he confirmed the annuity of £500 p.a. to his wife Ann secured on Maxfield and the enslaved people on it under his marriage settlement, and left her the Maxfield and Greenside estates in trust for their children except for 'my [sic] daughter' Mary, wife of Capt James Edward Gordon Morris of the East India Co., who had already been provided for. The address at Rodney Place may indicate he was staying with his brother James Cunningham who was at 6 Rodney Place in 1836 and Rodney Place in 1841.


Sources

The awards for St Catherine 565 and St James 555 and 562 are related to each other by virtue of the co-claimants (James, Samuel and George Cunningham); and Trelawny 633 and 635, including Maxfield, tie George Cunningham to the Hon. John Cunningham.

  1. Vere Langford Oliver, Caribbeana being miscellaneous papers relating to the history, genealogy, topography, and antiquities of the British West Indies (6 vols., London, Mitchell, Hughes and Clarke, 1910-1919), Vol. 2, p. 18.

  2. 1841 census online; Bristol Times and Mirror 13/02/1841; Bath Chronicle and Weekly Gazette 20/07/1843.

  3. PROB 11/1994/291; Matthews Directory (1836); 1841 census online.

We are grateful to Ruth Hecht for her assistance with compiling this entry.


Further Information

Absentee?
British/Irish
Spouse
Ann
Children
Elizabeth, John, Emily, Augustus, Margaret, Edward

Associated Claims (5)

£93 5s 7d
Awardee
£1,408 3s 3d
Awardee (Trustee)
£579 18s 7d
Awardee (Owner-in-fee)
£4,590 0s 1d
Awardee (Owner-in-fee)
£3,150 9s 7d
Awardee (Owner-in-fee)

Associated Estates (7)

The dates listed below have different categories as denoted by the letters in the brackets following each date. Here is a key to explain those letter codes:

  • SD - Association Start Date
  • SY - Association Start Year
  • EA - Earliest Known Association
  • ED - Association End Date
  • EY - Association End Year
  • LA - Latest Known Association
- 1815 [LA] → Joint owner
1817 [EA] - → Agent
1817 [EA] - → Agent
1815 [EA] - 1834 [LA] → Owner
- 1815 [LA] → Joint owner
1817 [EA] - 1834 [LA] → Owner
1817 [EA] - 1839 [LA] → Joint owner

Relationships (5)

Son → Father
Brothers
Brothers
Uncle → Nephew
Brother-in-laws

Addresses (1)

Lansdown Crescent, Bath, Somerset, South-west England, England