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Mary Cunningham (Musgrove)

Also Known As: "Morgan or Musgrave"
Birthdate: (71)
Birthplace: Fairfax, Virginia
Death: 1809 (71)
Washington, Tennessee, United States
Immediate Family:

Daughter of John Musgrove, Sr. and Charity Musgrove
Wife of Christopher Columbus Cunningham, Sr.
Mother of Rachel Jackson; Ann Hollis; Lydia Piermose; John Cunningham; Mary Jobe and 11 others
Sister of Margaret Musgrove; Marilyn Musgrove and William Musgrove
Half sister of Edward Gordon Musgrove; John 'the Tory' Musgrove, Jr.; Cuthbert Musgrove; Anne Moseley and William Musgrove

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About Mary Cunningham

Mary Musgrove was born 1738 in Fairfax County, Virginia (2) and died 1809 in Washington County, Tennessee. She has been also known as Mary Musgrave, Mary Mesgroves, and seems to be erroneously listed on an IGI ( record as Mary Morgan. Another source has her listed as the widow of John Musgrove: this seems incorrect.

Parents: John Musgrove, Sr (1683-1746) and (?) (1695-1747). Possibly "Elizabeth" but she is "said" to have died in 1732 / other sources have 1742. There is a gap in children's births; did John have a 2nd wife? Also, who was her guardian after John's death when she was 8 years old?

  • from the will of John Musgrove probated 1746 in Fairfax VA:

Item I give to my well beloved daughter Mary Musgrove that plantation that is now held by Jeremiah purling with all things pertaining thereunto with one negro woman called Hannah with her saddle and briddle.


  1. about 1746 to unknown Jackson. n.b. not legally married.
  2. about 1750 in North Carolina to Christopher Cunningham (1710-1782), as his second wife.

Children of Mary Musgrove and unknown Jackson:

  1. Rachel Jackson

Children of Mary Musgrove and Christopher Cunningham:

  1. Lydia Cunningham, b. Abt. 1752, d. 1800, Missouri
  2. John Cunningham, b. Abt. 1754, d. 09 Mar 1812, Washington County, Tennessee
  3. Mary Cunningham, b. Abt. 1756, d. date unknown, Missouri
  4. Jane Cunningham, b. Abt. 1757, d. 1818, Carter County, Tennessee
  5. Sarah Cunningham, b. Abt. 1757, d. date unknown.
  6. Ann Cunningham, b. Abt. 1758, d. date unknown.
  7. Jacob Cunningham, b. Abt. 1759, d. Bef. 1852.
  8. Joseph Cunningham, b. 03 Nov 1767, Tennessee, d. 21 May 1858, Sweetwater, Monroe County, Tennessee
  9. Moses Cunningham, b. 14 May 1771, Carter County, Tennessee, d. Aft. 1850, Sevier or Blount County, Tennessee.
  10. Matthew Cunningham, b. 18 Jan 1772, d. Aft. 1852, Texas
  11. Aaron Cunningham, b. 14 May 1774, d. Abt. 1845, Hardin County, Tennessee.
  12. David Roe Cunningham, b. Oct 1775, Virginia, d. Bef. 1831, Hampton, Elizabeth City County, Virginia.


  • On 18 Sep 1798, Mary Cunningham, widow of Christopher, conveys 590 acres to Isaac and Nathanial Taylor. Land "willed me during my life by Christopher Cunningham, a field occupied by Aaron Cunningham, lying next to Jesse Whitson's" . Wit: Andrew Taylor and William McNabb.
  • Christopher's estate records revealed that Mary, at age 16, had given birth to an illegitimate daughter who was "now known as Rachel Jackson."

source: Mildred Fournier []

Christopher Cunningham's Will

Pages 3 & 4, Book 1 (names A-D), Washington County TN Wills, 1775-1875

Christopher Cunningham 10 Nov 1782 In the state of North Carolina.

To wife Mary: one third of all my household goods and moveables with one third part of all lands and tenements.

To my fifteen children: Elizabeth Gatril, Susanna Robertson, Lydia Cunningham, John Cunningham, Mary Job, Ann Orr, Sarah Cunningham, Jane Cunningham, Jacob Cunningham, Joseph Cunningham, Matthew Cunningham, Moses Cunningham, Aaron Cunningham, Alinar [Elinor] Cunningham, David Cunningham: equally divide all lands and tenements.

Daughters Elizabeth and Susanna are to have no part of the legacy that John Mesgroves left to Mary.

Lands to be undivided until the youngest child comes of age.

Executors: Mattew Talbot, Joseph Tipton. Witnesses: Robert Orr, Isaac Taylor.



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Mary Cunningham's Timeline

Fairfax, Virginia
Age 11
Age 14
Spottsylania, Virginia, United States
Age 16
Spottsyvania, Virginia, United States
Age 18
Spottylvania, Virginia, United States
Age 19
Spottsylvania, Virginia, United States
Age 20
Augusta, VA, United States
Age 20
Spottsylvania, Virginia