Janice Williams

Tombstone Tuesday: Amanda Jane Cunningham

In Aaron, Gravestones, Tombstone Tuesday on October 15, 2013 at 12:58 am


This grave is in the BIG cemetery of Comanche County: Oakwood. It is difficult to walk into that cemetery and find a specific gravestone if you don’t know where it is. But if you go in looking for Cunninghams in general, you are bound to find them.

It is easy to find the grave of Amanda Jane Cunningham. She was the second wife of the oldest Cunningham son, Aaron, and the mother of his 5 youngest children. She was born in Missouri with the name Amanda Jane McPherson. When Aaron married her she was the widow of William Henson. He died in 1881 and is buried in Hamilton county in the Pottsville Cemetery.

When Aaron’s first wife Minerva died in 1883 at the age of 39, she left him with 6 children–from 20-year-old Susa down to Thomas Jefferson Cunningham who was only 18 months old.

When Amanda’s husband died, he was only 33. She was only 28. She was left with 7-year-old Nancy and 4-year-old Mack Henson. And Amanda was also pregnant and soon would have the baby, Willie Pearl Henson.

Amanda was on her own with her 3 children for a few years. Aaron remained single after Minerva’s death for only 8 months. They joined their 2 families and their 9 children and then had 5 more.

When Aaron died in 1914, he and Amanda had been married almost 30 years, but he was laid to rest in the Albin Cemetery next to his first wife Minerva and babies they lost together. He was 78 when he died, but Amanda was only 61. She lived another 14 years and then was buried in the Oakwood Cemetery. She was buried near their son James Rector Cunningham who died fighting in World War I.


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