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John's signatures from his father's probate file, both in 1766

John supposedly came with his parents and siblings to Boston in 1717 from Coleraine, Ireland. He did well enough in Boston to be able to afford buying lots 10 and 14 in what was Leicester, Massachusetts, on 25 September 1731.(1) His father and his aunt and her family also bought land there and settled. When the western precinct of the town built a meeting house, John was voted to a committee to receive claims against the town treasury for work done on 2 September 1745. John was elected a selectman there at the first official town meeting on 14 May 1753 and again in 1754. He was also a town tax assessor in those years. He was on the Committee of Correspondence for Spencer in 1774, a position similar to representatives of districts that later served in the state government after the Revolution.
     The Cunninghams and Alexander and Margaret (Cunningham) Lamond settled in what is now called North Spencer around the crossroads of North Spencer and Browning Pond Roads. John's property was on the latter, on the south side of the street. There is a house on the property that could date to his lifetime, based on the type of construction and appearance. It stands at the corner of Browning Pond and McCormick Roads with several later alterations.

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     John and Ann's children were recorded as a group after 1754. The Gregorian calendar was adopted in 1752, leaving a deficit of 11 days. These Cunningham births span this transition. The family may have given the dates without calculating the calendar change. If so, the first four children's dates are Julian.

children of John and Ann (Sinclear) Cunningham:

i. Robert b. 25 March 1740 (poss. 5 April on the modern calendar)
ii. John b. 9 February 1746 (poss. 20 February on th modern calendar)
iii. Jonathan b. 6 June 1747 (poss. 17 June on the modern calendar)
iv. David b. 6 June 1747 (poss. 17 June on the modern calendar)
v. Nathaniel b. 16 March 1752
vi. William b. 11 November 1754

vital records sources: His gravestone in the Spencer Congregational Church cemetery says he was "in his 80th year" (79 years old) when he died. Given that he died early in the year, he likely turned 80 in that year. Vital records of Spencer, Massachusetts, to the end of the year 1849 (Worcester:Franklin P. Rice, 1909), p. 34

marriage intention published Leicester, image 112, marriage 121, constable, 20 May 1746, vol. A, pg 4-5, image 15, apparently declined, p. 25, image 25, fenceviewer, 23 Mar 1752, selectman Spencer, image 15, cttee image 19, selectman list image 20 pew to be given to John Cunningham, Spencer,, image 6, committee to determine charges to town for building the meeting house (and William Sinkler cttee) image 7, cttee to lay out highways image 9, WS school lot cttee, image 9,

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Jonas Wilson and Harvey Wilson from John Goodall 1831 John Goodall from Samuel H. Cunningham, son of Reuben and Olive