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Descendants of PATRICK CUNNINGHAM


2. JOHN PATRICK3 CUNNINGHAM (PATRICK2, MICHEAL1) was born February 16, 1817 in ISLE A LA CROSSE2, and died October 12, 1870 in PAINT CREEK, near Ft. Edmonton NWT. He married (1) MARGARET MONDION February 28, 1841 in Rocky Mountain House. She was born Abt. 1820 in Saskatchewan, and died Bef. 1845. He married (2) ROSALIE L'HIRONDELLE September 1847 in LAC ST. ANNE, ALBERTA, daughter of JACQUES L'HIRONDELLE and JOSEPHTE PILON. She was born January 5, 1829 in LESSER SLAVE LAKE, ALBERTA3, and died September 1, 1920 in St. Albert, Alberta, Canada4.

Notes for JOHN PATRICK CUNNINGHAM:
Marriages in Saskatchewan District: 1. February 28, 1841 John
Cunningham, Margaret Mondion, Saskatchewan, Rocky Mountain
House, R. Rundle, witnesses: J. E. Harriot & Patrick McKenzie

Rundle Journals p. 362 Appendix.

Letter -Rundle to George Simpson, from Edmonton House,
September 16, 1841:

John Cunningham has been absent from the Fort "three"
Sundays since my return now nearly "seven" weeks since & I
hear he is to winter at the Rocky Mountain Fort. ...

p.87

There is some indication that John Cunningham and his 2nd
wife went with James Sinclair to the Columbia and in one of
the articles it mentions that Mrs. Cunningham died at a place
called Washington Co.

      I have been unable to find where that place is in Washington
State.

Sources for the journey are as follows:

John Mcloughlin's Fort Vancouver Letters, Second Series,
1839-44, pp. 78-79, 120.

October 31, 1842: On the 10 Inst., Johnson, Charles McKay,
Cunningham, Archd. Spence Buxton and John Otchin, passed here
on their way to the Falatine plains, and as I have observed
verbal to Sir George Simpson no man who can take a Farm in the
Willamette will remain at the Cowelitz of Nisqually, however
James Birston, Alexander Birston, H. N. Calder, William Flett
Toussaint Joyalle and John Tate are still there and say they
will give it a trail for another Year.

1. Charles Mckay, John Cunningham, Archibald Spense, Henry
Buxton, James Birston, Alexander Birston, Horatia Nelson
Calder, William Fleet, Toussain Joyalle and John Tate or Tait
were also members of members of James' Sinclair's party from
Red River Settlement.

The Beaver, "From Red River to the Columbia", Spring 1976,
"The Story of a Migration by William J. Betts of Tacoma,
Washington

Tacoma Daily Ledger, Wednesday, February 18, 1885,
"Interesting Local History"

D. Geneva Lent, West of the Mountains, James Sinclair and the
Hudson's Bay Company.

McCartney, R. F., " Fort Assiniobine, Alberta, 1823-1914; Fur Trade Post to Settled District" University of Alberta, M. A. Thesis, Fall, 1976.

Cunningham, John

      John Cunningham served at Fort Assiniobine during the winter of 1836-37. (1) He also served in the Saskatchewan District, as a middleman, during Outfit 1843, and as an interpreter, during Outfit 1855.(2) He served at Edmonton during Outfit 1858, when he was made postmaster. He served at Edmonton again, during all of Outfits 1859-1862. He was made a clerk in Outfit 1859. Cunningham also served at Edmonton during the winters of Outfits 1863-1866. He retired in 1868.(3)

1. Fort Assiniobine account book, 1836-37.
2. Saskatchewan District Statements, Outfits 1843 and 1855.
3 Minutes of Council Northern Department, 1858-1868.

p.256

CUNNINGHAM, REV. EDWARD

      Rev. Edward Cunningham, parish priest of Onion Lake, Father Cunningham, during his visit here, met the aged Father Lacomb, who in 1865 established the first school in Edmonton. It was built within the walls of the old Hudson Bay Fort, whilst William Christie was Chief Factor. The school which existed for 4 years was taught by C. Scollen. Father Cunningham is the son of John Cunningham, a clerk in the H.B.C.'s service, who died at St. Albert during the smallpox epidemic of 1871. Father Cunningham was educated in Ottawa University and ordained by the the late Bishop Grandin at St. Albert in 1890. - Edmonton Bulletin, Vol. V, No. 240, Sept. 18, 1908.(p.6)
City of Edmonton Archives


Rev. John Grace Matheson & John Cunningham family:
      Then camps were a magnet to every man and boy, releasing John Grace from the tedium of school and farm. In one camp he met his step- father's brother John Cunningham, a free trader from Lac St. Anne, west of Fort Edmonton; and he drew Cunningham's instant attention. School-teacher! A strong young man, with no ties to hold him.... Come with the brigade back to Lac St. Anne- learn to be a freighter, a trader, a buffalo hunter. pp 17-18 THE DOCTOR RODE SIDE SADDLE, Ruth Matheson Buck, McClelland & Stewart c. 1974

      At Lac St. Anne, he had been accepted as one of John Cunningham's family and Cunningham's wife ( Rosalie L'Hirondelle] was a Metis woman, a simple and most devout adherent to her people's faith, whose ardent longing was that one of her son's might become a priest, and who strove to influence John Grace to the same calling. She had failed in that one particular; but now Father Lacombe told Matheson that her son,Edward Cunningham, had served his novitiate, and might be sent to the mission at Onion Lake. When he came, he had not forgot his boyhood admiration of John Grace; and to their vague connection the two men applied the term "cousin". That was Red River Custom. The used the Cree more often- calling one another "Ni-chi-wam", my brother.

p.54 THE DOCTOR RODE SIDE SADDLE, Ruth Matheson Buck, McClelland & Stewart Limited c. 1974

More About JOHN PATRICK CUNNINGHAM:
Fact 2: August 27, 1826, BAPTIZED:ST. JOHN'S ANGLICAN, #583 RRS

Marriage Notes for JOHN CUNNINGHAM and MARGARET MONDION:
Marriages in Saskatchewan District: 1. February 28, 1841 John Cunningham, Margaret Mondion, Saskatchewan, Rocky Mountain House, R. Rundle, witnesses: J.E. Harriot & Patrick McKenzie

Rundle Journals p. 362 Appendix.

Notes for ROSALIE L
'HIRONDELLE:
"The Cunninghams' of St. Albert"- Emille Tardif, O.M.I.,
13/2/1968, The Oblate Papers, Alberta Provincial Archives, Box
68,111,13f.

-reference to John Cunningham's and Rosalie L'Hirondelle's
first child Catherine can be found in The Rundle Journals:
Eighteen Forty-Eighteen Forty-Eight, ed. Hugh A. Dempsey,
Alberta Records Publication, Historical Society of Alberta and
Glenbow-Alberta Institute, 1977.

Jan. 24, Monday- Mild for the season. Head not well. Only
William at prayers just now. On Saturday night Johnny
Cunningham's dead child brought & yesterday morning it was
taken off to be taken to the Lake St. Anne's. J. Bird and
four Stoneys arrive. Bird did not come in and I was thinking
about his being displeased respecting his brother. Stoneys
slept in Church. - p

Scrip Application
Name of Claimant:
Cunningham, Rosalie
Concerning her claim as a Head of Family.
Address- St. Albert
Born- Jan. 5, 1829 at Lesser Slave Lake.
Father- Jacques L'Hirondelle, ( Canadian)
Mother- Josephte Pilon, ( Halfbreed).
Married- Sept., 1847 at Lac St. Anne to John Cunningham
Children living- 9
Children Deceased-3
Scrip for $160 Names on declaration\
Claim No. 633
     
Children of JOHN CUNNINGHAM and ROSALIE L
'HIRONDELLE are:
  i.   CATHERINE4 CUNNINGHAM, b. December 18, 1847, ST. Albert, Alberta, Canada; d. January 22, 1848, ST. Albert, Alberta, Canada.
  Notes for CATHERINE CUNNINGHAM:
THE RUNDLE JOURNALS 1840-1848, P.291

  ii.   SAMUEL CUNNINGHAM, b. April 8, 1848, LAC ST. ANNE, ALBERTA5; d. January 14, 1919, GROUARD, ALBERTA; m. (1) WILLIER; m. (2) SUZANNE GRAY, November 22, 1869, St. Albert, Alberta, Canada6; b. 1845.
  Notes for SAMUEL CUNNINGHAM:
This time, Joseph Lamoureux, became last minute candidate in opposition to Sam Cunningham, whom he had supported up to nomination day. Apparently he was a somewhat unwilling candidate, because he made no effort whatsoever to gain the seat, and, about 3 p.m. on polling day, he withdrew his name. Accordingly S. Cunningham was elected by acclamation.

The Edmonton Bulletin, September 19, 1885
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Scrip Application

Cunningham, Samuel

Concerning his claim as a Head of Family.
Born- April 8, 1848 at Lac St. Anne.
Address- St. Albert
Father: John Cunningham, ( Halfbreed)
Mother: Rosalie L'Hirondelle, ( Halfbreed)
Married - Nov. 22, 1869 at St. Albert to Susanna Gray.
Children living- 5
Children deceased- 3
Scrip for $160
Claim 536

  iii.   JOHN CUNNINGHAM, b. June 23, 1851, LAC LA BICHE7; d. March 22, 1904, St. Albert, Alberta, Canada; m. ROSLAIE BRUYERE; b. January 1849; d. December 20, 1899, ST. Albert, Alberta, Canada.
  Notes for JOHN CUNNINGHAM:
Name of Claimant:
Cunningham, John
Declaration of descent:
Concerning his claim as a child.
Address- St. Albert
Born: 1851 at Lac La Biche
Father: John Cunningham, ( Halfbreed)
Mother: Rosalie L'Hirondelle, ( Halfbreed).
Married: 1874 at St. Albert to Rosalie Bryere.
Children Living- 4, names on declaration.
SCrip for 240 acres of land
Claim: 1050

  iv.   JAMES CUNNINGHAM, b. February 3, 18548; d. 1940; m. MARY HODGSON, 1878, ST. Albert, Alberta, Canada; b. April 23, 1853, ST. ALBERT, ALBERTA9.
  Notes for JAMES CUNNINGHAM:
Scrip Application:
Cunningham, James
Declaration of Descent:
Concerning his claim as a child.
Address- St. Albert
Born- March 2, 1854 at Lac St. Anne.
Father: John Cunningham, deceased, ( Halfbreed)
Mother: Rosalie L'Hirondelle ( Halfbreed)
Married- Feb. 1878 at St. Albert to Mary Hodgson.
Childdren Living:
1. Elizabeth born 1880.
2.Sophie born 1882
3. William George born 1884
Claim:629


  Notes for MARY HODGSON:
Scrip application
Name of claimant:
Cunningham, Mary
Declaration of descent:
Concerning her claim as a childd.
Address: St. Albert
Born:- April 23, 1853
Father: George Hodgson, ( Halfbreed)
Mother- Mary Rowland, ( Halfbreed)
Married- 1878 at St. ALbert to James Cunningham.
Children living- 3
1) Elizabeth born 1880
2) Sophia born 1882
3) William George born 1884
Claim: 629
Scrip for $240

  v.   ALBERT CUNNINGHAM, b. June 22, 1856; d. June 2, 1925, LAC ST. ANNE, ALBERTA; m. JUSTINE BRELAND, July 1884, Winnipeg, MB10; b. 1862.
  Notes for ALBERT CUNNINGHAM:
Scrip application:
Cunningham, Albert
Declaration of Descent:
Concerning his claim as a child.
Address: St. Albert.
Born- May 25, 1856.
Father: John Cunningham ( Halfbreed).
Mother: Rosalie L'Hyrondelle, (Halfbreed).
Married: July, 1844 at Winnipeg to Justine Byland(sic) Breland
Children living: 1, Albert born 1885
Children deceased: 1 Ernestine.
Scrip for 240 acres of land
Claim: 537

  vi.   NANCY CUNNINGHAM, b. October 6, 1858; d. 1918; m. GEORGES GAGNON, January 9, 1875, ST. Albert, Alberta, Canada; b. April 28, 1833, SAINT HENEDINE, COUNTY DORCHESTER, QUEBEC; d. December 18, 1912, ST. ALBERT, ALBERTA, CANADA.
  Notes for GEORGES GAGNON:
      Then camps were a magnet to every man and boy, releasing John Grace from the tedium of school and farm. In one camp he met his step- father's brother John Cunningham, a free trader from Lac St. Anne, west of Fort Edmonton; and he drew Cunningham's instant attention. School-teacher! A strong young man, with no ties to hold him.... Come with the brigade back to Lac St. Anne- learn to be a frieghter, a trader, a buffalo hunter. pp 17-18 THE DOCTOR RODE SIDE SADDLE, Ruth Matheson Buck, McClelland & Stewart c. 1974


"J.R. Matheson is at home now. Can be found any time at his place on the Sturgeon River. Bark now ye sneaking curs who have so much to say behind my back. Or shut your mouths before he has to shut them for you." -Edmonton Bulletin January 20, 1881 -see Letitia Pritchard and Hugh Matheson-this is none other the Rev. John "Grace" Matheson - step-nephew of John Cunningham and Rosalie L'Hirondelle

"I WISH TO INFORM MR. MATHESON THAT I THIN IF THERE IS A SNEAKING CUR IN THE COUNTRY, HE IS ONE.

SIGNED, GEORGES GAGNON."

  vii.   REV. EDWARD JOHN CUNNINGHAM, b. July 6, 1862, ST. ALBERT, ALBERTA, CANADA; d. July 18, 1920, EDMONTON, ALBERTA.
  Notes for REV. EDWARD JOHN CUNNINGHAM:
CUNNINGHAM, REV. EDWARD

      Rev. Edward Cunningham, parish priest of Onion Lake, Father Cunningham, durin his visit here, met the aged Father Lacomeb, who in 1865 established the first school in Edmonton. It was built within the walls of the old Hudson Bay Fort, whilst William Christie was Chief Factor. The school which existed for 4 years was taught by C. Scollen. Father Cunningham is the sone of John Cunningham, a clerk in the H.B.C.'s service, who died at St. Albert during the smallpox epedemic of 1871. Father Cunningham was educated in Ottawa University and ordained by the the late Bishop Grandin at St. Albert in 1890. - Edmonton Bulletin, Vol.V, No. 240, Sept. 18, 1908.(p.6)
City of Edmonton Archives


Rev. John Grace Matheson & John Cunningham family:

      At Lac St. Anne, he had been accepted as one of John Cunninghams family and Cunningham's wife ( Rosalie L'Hirondelle] was a Metis woman, a simple and most devout adherent to her people's faith, whose ardent longing was that one of her son's might become a priest, and who strove to influence John Grace to the same calling. SHe had failed in that one particular; but now Father Lacombe told Matheson tha her son,Edward Cunningham, had served his novititiate, and might be sent to the mission at Onion Lake. When he came, he had not forgot his boyhood admiration of John Grace; and to their vague connection the two men applied the term "cousin". That was Red River Custom. The used the Cree more often- calling one another "Ni-chi-wam", my brother.

p.54 THE DOCTOR RODE SIDE SADDLE, Ruth Matheson Buck, McClelland & Stewart Limited c. 1974

  viii.   DANIEL CUNNINGHAM, b. June 24, 1864, ST. ALBERT, ALBERTA11; d. November 17, 1935, ALBERTA; m. (1) MARIA L. BEAUDRY; m. (2) VIRGINIA PAGE; b. 1864; d. 1896.
  Notes for DANIEL CUNNINGHAM:
Scrip Application
Cunningham, Daniel
Concerning his claim as a child.
Address- St. Albert.
Born- June 24 1863 or 64 at St. Albert.
Father: John Cunningham, deceased, (Halfbreed)
Mother: Rosalie L'Hyrondelle, ( Halfbreed).
Scrip for 240 acres
Claim: 1099

  ix.   RACHEL CUNNINGHAM, b. July 15, 1866, ST. Albert, Alberta, Canada; d. Abt. 1881, ST. Albert, Alberta, Canada.
  More About RACHEL CUNNINGHAM:
Cause of Death: BURNS
Medical Information: WHILE MAKING SOAP- SEE PHOTO OF RACHEL

  x.   ALFRED CUNNINGHAM, b. January 11, 1868, ST. ALBERT, ALBERTA, CANADA12; d. 1936, ST. ALBERT, ALBERTA, CANADA; m. EMILIA ROWLAND; b. September 24, 1877, ST. ALBERT, ALBERTA13.
  Notes for ALFRED CUNNINGHAM:
Scrip Application:
Cunningham, Alfred
Declaration of Descent:
Address- St. Albert
Born- Jan. 1, 1868 at St. Albert.
Father: John Cunningham, deceased, ( Halfbreed).
Mother: Rosalie Hyrondelle, (Halfbreed)
scrip for 240 acres of land
Claim: 630

  xi.   HENRY CUNNNINGHAM, b. January 1, 1869, St. Albert, Alberta, Canada14; d. August 30, 1955, Edmonton, Alberta; m. MARY ROWLAND; b. 1874, EDMONTON, ALBERTA; d. 1947, ST. ALBERT, ALBERTA.
  Notes for HENRY CUNNNINGHAM:
Scrip Application:
Cunningham, Henry
Declaration of Descent:
Concerning his claim as a child.
Address: St. Albert.
Born - Jan. 1, 1869 at St. Albert.
Father: John Cunningham, deceased ( Halfbreed)
Mother: Rosalie L'Hyrondelle, ( Halfbreed)
Scrip for $240
Claim: 631

DISTRICT PIONEER DIES AT ST. ALBERT- EDMONTON JOURNAL SEPTEMBER 1, 1955

A pioneer resident of the St. Albert district, Henry
Cunningham, 86, died in an Edmonton hospital Tuesday after a
short illness.

Mr. Cunningham, retired, lived on the old farm on Big Lake
Road, on which his family had settled more than a century ago
upon arrival from Greenacres Ireland. (sic- his father John
Cunningham was born at Isle a La Crosse Saskatchewan, son of
Patrick Cunningham and Nancy "Anne" Bruce, dau. of Benjamin Bruce
and Mathilda, a native of the North West.) The house in which he
was born still is standing only a short distance from the present
farm house.

Mr. Cunningham, who was christened by Father Lacombe, was
one of the old- timers who rode in the recent exhibition parade.

In 1904, Mr. Cunningham took his family to Wabiskaw Lake,
250 miles north of Edmonton, where he was a fur trader for
Revillon Freres. In 1934 he returned to the family farm at St.
Albert.

He is survived by one son, John, St. Albert; four daughters,
Mrs. W. Cunningham, Wayne, Alberta, Mrs. T. Hudson, St. Albert,
Mrs. B. Draney, Weston, Ont. and Mrs. R. Gray, Edmonton.

The funeral will be held Friday at 10 a.m. at the St. Albert
church. Burial will be in the church cemetery, with
Connelly-McKinley in charge.


worked for Revillon Feres at Wabasca Lake



  More About HENRY CUNNNINGHAM:
Fact 4: fur trader with Revillon Freres
Fact 5: 1904, Took family to Wabisca Lake, Alberta
Fact 6: 1924, family returned to St. Albert
Fact 13: September 2, 1955, Funeral and burial at St. Albert



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