James C. Cunningham, a farmer of the Bellbrook neighborhood, a member of the board of the Greene County Fair Association and for years a member of the school board of Sugarcreek township, was born at Bellbrook and has lived in and about that village all his life, owner and occupant of the farm on which he is now living, a half mile out of Bellbrook, for the past eleven or twelve years. He was born on December 19, 1848, son of James and Sarah E. (Stratton) Cunningham, the former of whom came to Greene county from Shelby county, this state, when twenty years of age and located at Bellbrook. James Cunningham was a cooper by trade and upon locating at Bellbrook engaged in that business there, continuing thus engaged until 1858, when he located on the farm on which his son James is now living and there was engaged in farming until his retirement and return to his old home in Bellbrook, where he spent the rest of his life, his death occurring there in 1896. He and his wife were the parents of eleven children, Robert, Frank P., Angeline, Charles, Martha, Elizabeth, Amanda, James C. William, Margaret and Minnie.

James C. Cunningham was ten years of age when his parents moved from Bellbrook to the farm just east of the village. He received his schooling in the Bellbrook schools and for some time thereafter remained on the home farm, later going to the farm of his uncle, Matthew Berryhill. where he remained, engaged in farming that place, until his marriage in 1880, when he began housekeeping on a farm in the neighboring township of Spring Valley and there remained for seventeen years, at the end of which time he sold that place and bought the old home farm where his father formerly had lived just on the edge of Bellbrook, established his home there and has since made that his place of residence. Mr. Cimningham is a Republican and for nearly thirty years has been a member of the Sugarcreek township school board. He also is a member of the official board of tlie Greene County Fair Association, while as a member of the Grange he has for years done what he could in that connection to promote the general agricultural interests of his home neighborhood. He was reared a Presbyterian and his wife is a Methodist. Mrs. Cunningham, who before her marriage was Grace Jeffries, was living at Xenia at the time of her marriage to Mr. Cunningham in 1880, her parents, Francis H. and Sarah C. (Needham) Jeffries, having moved to that city from Lewisburg, this state.

 

 

From History of Greene County Ohio, Its People, Industries and Institutions, vol. 2. M.A.Broadstone, editor. B.F.Bowen & Co., Indianapolis. 1918