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The impact of the Cunningham family

The impact of the Cunningham family

Another influential family to settle at Eliasville initially was the Cunningham family. Initially, Dr. Hugh Wilson, had come to Texas in 1837, after serving as a missionary to the Choctaw and Chickasaw Indians in Mississippi. He helped organize the first U.S.A. Presbyterian Church in Texas and was the founder of Austin College. The governor of Texas at the time, Elisha M. Pease, awarded Dr. Wilson a Headright Land Grant of two sections of land in Coryell County, which would mean 640 acres x 2, due to the new Headright Land Grant signed by President Lincoln in 1862, the person would now get 1,280 acres for two sections of land. As a result, his great-grandson, William Wilson Cunningham and his new wife, Ella (Owen) Cunningham moved to that land in 1884. Then in 1893, the family sold that land and moved on to Eliasville, where they purchased land along the Clear Fork of the Brazos. The men folk first moved all the stock and household goods and then the grandmother, mother and younger children arrived in Albany, by train. The men met them with wagons and transported the whole family to their new home in Eliasville.

Like a good neighbor … or a duck … or an emu … they have what you NEED

Like a good neighbor … or a duck … or an emu … they have what you NEED

There are several very good insurance commercials on television these days. Veterans, sports personalities, cartoon characters, and even an emu all take their turns entertaining and drawing you in to the “really good deals” with their companies. To hear them tell it, only their company really cares about you. They will be there when you need them. They will be waiting for your call. They will not make you pay for something you don’t need. All of them, even the emu, can be proud of some really good advertising minutes.

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