Joseph Chester CUNNINGHAM

Joseph Chester CUNNINGHAM1,2,3,4,6,7

17th Feb 18891,2,3,4,5,6,7 - Nov 19766,7

Life History

17th Feb 1889

Born in Arkansas.1,2,3,4,5,6,7

about 1907

Married Ladusky J NOBLE in Arkansas County, Arkansas.17

4th May 1908

Birth of son Omer L CUNNINGHAM.5,6,1,8,10,11

2nd Jun 1912

Birth of son Thomas R CUNNINGHAM in Arkansas.6,5,12,13

about 1916

Birth of daughter Jessie CUNNINGHAM in Arkansas County, Arkansas.14,15,5,16

about Dec 1926

Birth of daughter Nellie Ruth CUNNINGHAM in Arkansas.2,17

about 1932

Birth of daughter Laura J CUNNINGHAM in Arkansas County, Arkansas.2

21st Feb 1955

Death of son Omer L CUNNINGHAM in Reydell, Jefferson, Arkansas.6,8,9


Death of Ladusky J NOBLE in Arkansas.7

Nov 1976

Died in Arkansas County, Arkansas.6,7

Other facts


Name2: nickname for Chester/Chess.5


  • The first information I had of the Cunninghams was the gravestones ofJoseph C and Ladusky J in the Mt Pleasant Cemetery in Ethel, Arkansas. The earliest public record I have found for the Cunningham family inPrairie Township, Arkansas County, Arkansas, is the 1930 census.

    Joseph Chester was named in the censuses as Chester Cunningham.Ladusky J is the name on his wife's grave.  The 1910 census recordedher as Aduskey, and in the 1930 census her name appears to be writtenLaduska, while in 1920 it is just Duskie.

    1910 Federal Census, Arkansas County, Arkansas, 28 April, NorthernPrairie Township, District 12, page 5A, Hse/Fam #79
    Cunningham, Chester Head  M W 21 Married 3 years AR AR AR Farmer,Rents Farm (b abt 1889)
    Cunningham, Aduskey Wife F W 21 Married 3 years 1 child/1 living AR AREngland (b abt 1889)
    Cunningham, Omer Son M W 2 Single AR AR [Unstated, but AR fromfather's entry] (b abt 1908)

    1930 Federal Census, Arkansas County, Arkansas, 12 April, PrairieTownship, District 7, page 4A, Hse #66, Fam #67
    Cunningham, Chester Head M W 41 Married at age 18 AR TN AR CottonFarmer [born abt 1889]
    Cunningham, Laduska Wife F W 41 Married at age 18 AR AR England
    Cunningham, Omer Son M W 20 Single AR AR AR Laborer
    Cunningham, Thomas Son M W 16 Single AR AR AR
    Cunningham, Jessie Daughter W 14 Single AR AR AR
    Cunningham, Nellie Ruth Daughter W 3yrs 3mos Single AR AR AR

    I note here that the age of Omer is given as 20.  But we know fromfamily sources that his birthday is 4 May 1908, so his age in April1930 was actually 21 (1 month short of 22).  From the birth date wehave for Omer, we can estimate that Chester and Ladusky married in1907, up to about a year and a half before he was born in May 1908.The 1930 census also reports that they were both married at age 18.This also gives us a marriage year of 1907.  Both were born in 1889.

    Daughter Jessie was listed twice in this census, one of the rareinstances I have discovered of double enumeration.  On 3 April she wasin the household of her uncle Charles Noble in DeWitt, Arkansas, thecounty seat, in LaGrue Township a few miles west of Jessie's home.She is reported as the niece of Charles.  On 12 April, the enumeratorfor Prairie Township got to her parents' home near Ethel and listedher again with them, with the exact same information.  I have notdiscovered how she is the niece of Charles Noble,  I have notdiscovered her mother Ladusky's maiden name.  This may hoed the clueto the family connections that explain her relationship to the Nobles.

    I later found them in the 1920 census.  Here I find them listed undertheir nicknames.  Edith McSwain Jenkins had told me that Ladusky wasknown as Duskie.  That is how she is listed in the 1920 census.  Herhusband Joseph Chester normally went by Chester.  In 1920 the censuslists him as Chess, as Edith says he was called by the community.

    1920 Federal Census, Arkansas County, Arkansas, 26 January, PrairieTownship, northern half, District 15, page 4B, Country Rd, Hse/Fam #78
    Cunningham, Chess Head  Owns farm  M W 30 Married at age 18 AR AR ARGeneral Farmer
    Cunningham, Duskie Wife F W 30 Married at age 18 AR AR AR
    Cunningham, Oma Son M W 11 Single AR AR AR
    Cunningham, Thomas Son M W 7 Single AR AR AR
    Cunningham, Jessie Daughter W 3 Single AR AR AR

    In 1920 Chester (Chess) is reported as running a General Farm, but in1930 he has switched to raising cotton.  Also in 1920 his father'sbirthplace was reported as Arkansas, but it changes to Tennessee in1930.  More notable, Ladusky's mother was born in England, but in 1920she is reported as born in Arkansas.

    Omer's name in 1920 was written as Oma, normally a woman's name.  Thisspelling may indicate the way the family pronounced the name, with thesouthern aristocratic dropping of the final R.

    Only in April 2008 did I find an earlier record of Chester.  I foundhim with his mother and siblings in the 1900 census.  His mother isnamed Steward, and is a widow.  This indicates that Chester's fatherdied and his mother Allice had remarried, and was again widowed before1900.  We do learn from this census that the Cunningham children'sfather was born in Tennessee.  That is all I know about him.

    1900 Federal Census, Arkansas County, Arkansas, 16 June, PrairieTownship, District 7, page 12A, Hse #201, Fam #204
    Steward, Allice Head   W F Nov 1870  29 Widow 6 children, 6 living MSGA MS Farmer, Owns farm
    Cunningham, Claud B Son W M Feb 1887  13 AR TN MS
    Cunningham, Chester Son W M Feb 1889 11 AR TN MS
    Cunningham, Belle Daughter W F July 1890 9 AR TN MS
    Cunningham, Richard H Son W M May 1894  6 AR TN MS
    Cunningham, William B Son W M May 1896  4 AR TN MS
    Cunningham, Nora (?)  Daughter W F Nov 1899 6mos AR TN MS

    1940 Federal Census, Arkansas County, Arkansas, 16 April, PrairieTownship, District 24, page 7A, Ethel Rd, Hse #99, Owns Farm, Value$500
    Cunningham, Chester Head M W 51 Grade 8 b Arkansas same house in 1935Stock Farmer
    Cunningham, Laduskie Wife F W 50 Grade 8 b Arkansas same house in 1935
    Cunningham, Nellie R Dau F W 13 Single Grade 8 b Arkansas same housein 1935
    Cunningham, Laura J Dau F W 8 Single Grade 3 b Arkansas same house in1935
    Duncan, Andrew Boarder M W 22 Single Grade 6 b Arkansas same house in1935 Farm Laborer

    Social Security Death Index
    Joseph Cunningham
    Born 17 Feb 1889
    Died Nov 1976
    Last Residence Ethel, Arkansas, Arkansas 72048
    Last Benefit Address Ulm, Prairie, Arkansas 72172
    SSN 432-74-5034 issued Arkansas (1957)

    Gravestone of Joseph C and Ladusky J Cunningham, Mt Pleasant Cemetery,Ethel, Arkansas, year dates only
    Joseph C 1889-1976
    Ladusky J 1889-1970


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