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Mahala Mary Ross (Cunningham)

Also Known As: "Mahala Martha", "Haley"
Birthdate: (72)
Birthplace: Sweetwater, Monroe, TN, United States
Death: March 14, 1889 (72)
Fix Ridge, Juliaetta, Latah, Idaho, United States
Place of Burial: Fix Ridge, Latah, Idaho, United States
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Joseph Cunningham and Phoebe Cunningham
Wife of William Ashburn Ross
Mother of William Riley Ross; Elizabeth Louvina "Viny" Howton; Rebecca Luina Rea; Abijah Julius "A. J." Ross; John Cornelius Ross and 9 others
Sister of Bersheba Bailey; William Cunningham; Mary C. Hightower; Robert Cunningham; Jehu O. Cunningham and 11 others

Managed by: Erica Howton
Last Updated:

About Mahala Mary Ross


  1. 28 Oct 1829 in Dalton, Hopkins, KY to William Ashburn Ross
  • Parents: Joseph Cunningham & Phoebe Fine. Her birthplace can be seen on searches as NC, AL and KY.  Her husband was from near Nashville, TN; they were married in KY; and her parents are listed in the 1880 census as birthplace VA. 

Sources - see documents, attached 

  1. 1850:  United States Federal Census, District 1, Hopkins, Kentucky (in husband's household)
  2. 1860:  United States Federal Census, Crooked Creek, Jackson, Carroll, Arkansas (in husband's household)
  3. 1870:  United States Federal Census, Carrollton, Boone, Arkansas (in husband's household)
  4. "United States Census, 1880," index, FamilySearch ( : accessed 8 April 2012), Mahala Ross in household of Wm. A. Ross (Nez Perce, Idaho).  Father & mother born Virginia.  

From the 1850 federal census, Mahala Ross lived at Hopkins County, Kentucky, with his her husband and children at Hopkins County, Kentucky. The family at the time consisted of:

  • Head William A Ross 36
  • Wife Mahala Ross 34
  • Son William R Ross 15
  • Daughter Elizabeth Ross 14
  • Daughter Rebecca Ross 13
  • Son Abijah Ross 11
  • Son John Ross 10
  • Daughter Charlotte Ross 8
  • Son Ashburn Ross 6
  • Daughter Eliza Ross 4
  • Daughter Susan Ross 2

Tombstone inscription

  • Mahala M. Ross, wife of W. A. Ross, died Mar 14, 1889 aged 72 years 3 months and 7 days. A Good Wife and Loving Mother. Blessed are the dead Who die in the Lord.


  • Subject:  Re: [AFHA] cunninngham I am very curious about William Riley Cunningham who was in Arkansas.  I have a Mahala Mary Cunningham who married William Ashburn Ross, their eldest son was named William Riley Ross.  I have no information on Mahala Mary and would love to find her family.  Mahala Mary "Haley" (Cunningham) Ross was b. 7 Dec 1816 in Alabama.  We believe she and William Ashburn Ross were married ca. 1834/35 in Tennessee, though no record has been found to date of that marriage.  We know the Rosses were in Giles and Lincoln Cos., TN, (Giles borders Ala.).  About 1847 William Ashburn and Mahala Mary (Cunningham) Ross moved to Hopkins Co., KY, but only stayed a few years.  Probably in the spring of 1858 they moved to Carroll Co., AR (later Boone Co.).  They lived there until about 1875.  There was a William Cunningham who had been b. in AL in Hopkins Co., KY in 1850; was that your William Riley Cunningham?  Where in Arkansas did your William Riley Cunningham live?  Look forward to hearing from you. Delores Y. (Buell) Eveland (
  • Mahala Cunningham  married William Ashburn Ross 28 Oct 1829 in Dalton, Hopkins, KY. Mahala died in Fixed Ridge, Latah, ID. I have lots of information on her and William from the time they were married. However, I have never been able to find Mahala Mary's parents and siblings. I note that in 1840 in Lincoln County, TN that there is a Moses Cunningham living next door to Mahala and William A. Ross. Is this Moses a brother to Mahala?  Mahala and William Ross moved from Kentucky > Arkansas > Idaho. There were in Idaho in the 1880 census.  Yvonne Strong (


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Mahala Mary Ross's Timeline

December 7, 1816
Sweetwater, Monroe, TN, United States
April 17, 1835
Age 18
Lincoln County, Tennessee, United States
January 8, 1836
Age 19
Lincoln, TN, USA
Age 20
Lincoln County, TN, USA
January 10, 1839
Age 22
Lincoln , Tennessee, USA
October 4, 1840
Age 23
Lincoln, TN, USA
July 19, 1842
Age 25
Lincoln County, TN, USA
April 23, 1844
Age 27
Lincoln County, Tennesee, United States
Age 29
Lincoln County, TN, USA