Lorena Clark

Parents:  Gilbert Clark (1815? - 1851) and Alsey Harrison (1821-1902)

Born:  February 26, 1844

Married:  January 30, 1862 to Thomas Allen Cunningham (1840-1918)

Joseph Cunningham (1863-1909)
Nancy Ellen Cunningham (1868-1919)
Gilford Clem Cunningham (186?-1924)
Ida Cunningham (1871-?)
William Albert Cunningham (1876-?)
Lilly Cunningham (?-died in teens)
Daisy Harty Cunningham (1880-1955)

Died:   March 30, 1903; buried Douglas Cemetery, Benton Co. Arkansas (other transcriptions have May 30 and March 3)

I read on someone's family tree that Lorena's father was from Greene County, TN.  He and his family came to IN about 1827.  Many of the Clark family is buried at Zackmire Cemetery. 

Alsey, Lorena's mother remarried after Gilbert died.  She married Elijah Summers.  Elijah was a cousin of Thomas's mother.

Marriage Record
Fountain County, Indiana
Index to Marriage Record 1848 - 1920 Inclusive Volume I Letters A - G Inclusive
W. P. A. Original Record Located: County Clerks Office Covington Compiled by Indiana Works Projects Administration 1941

County: Fountain
Name: Thomas A Cunningham
Spouse: Lewsana Clark
Marriage Date: 30 Jan 1862
Book: 5
Original Source Page: 69





MRS. LORENA CUNNINGHAM died in her home in Gentry, Monday, March 30th, 1903, after an illness of several months.  She was born in Park Co., Indiana, Feb. 26, 1844,  and was married in Fountain county, Indiana, January 30, 1862.  The deceased was a member of the M.E. Church, South, having united with that organization in 1869 at Pattonsburg, MO.  Since 1874, she has been a resident of Benton county, and all who knew her loved her on account of the immaculate life she led.  When in health, she was always the first to visit her sick neighbors, and administer to their wants like a sweet angel of mercy.  The writer of this sketch has received many kind acts at the hands of this noble Christian woman, in times of sickness and trouble, and loved her almost as a mother.  We feel sure that she will be rewarded in heaven for the good she has done here.

Short services were held at the residence and the remains were laid to rest in the Doublas cemetery near Hoover.  The members of the W.O.W. and a large number of borrowing friends accompanied the remains to their last resting place.

(extra info: WOW is a lodge…Tom, her dad belonged IOOF and his grandfather (Cunningham) got him into it).



Whereas, it has pleased Divine Providence to remove by the hand of death the effectionate and loveing mother of our esteemed Sovereigns, G.C. and W.A. Cunningham, and whereas we deeply sympathize with our Brothers in this, their sad affliction, therefore be it.

Resolved by the members of the Red Apple Camp No. 214 woodmen of the world, that we sincerely condol with the Sovereigns and family of the deceased on the dispensation with which it has pleased Providence to afflict them, and command them or consolation to Him whose ordered ..astisements are meant in mercy.

Resolved, that a copy of these Resolutions be transmitted to the bereaved Sovereigns, and to the newspaper of the Town of Gentry, Ark.

w.w. Fuller
A.J. Miller
J.I (?) Thomas
Committee on Condolence


1850 Census

State: Indiana         County: Parke       Town/Township: District No 137 Sugar Ck Tp     Page No:  Lorena, Rebecca and Gemima are on next page; their page is handwriten 463, stamped 232      Date:  Oct 1850
Line DW# FM# Name Age Sex Color Occupation Value-Real Estate Birth place Married within year School in year Can't read or write Deaf etc.
40 1016 1016 Gilbert Clark 34 M   Farmer 800 Tenn        
41     Alva 29 M*       Ky        
42     Malinda 8 F       Ind       /    
1     ** "Lorena" 6 F       Ind       /    
2     Rebecca 3 F       Ind        
3     Gemima 1 F       Ind        
* It actually says M(ale) for Alva (Alsey).  The page is a mess of mistakes and corrections, for example the date and the family and dwelling numbers are scratched out and written over.

** It actually looks like "Susanna"  The first letter is kind of a straight line which could be an "L" but it doesn't look like the other L's on the page; it does kind of look like the other S's on the page.  I still think that this is our Lorena because the other names and ages in the family are the same as what was told by Gladwyn Gold.


1860 Census

State: Indiana         County: Fountain          Town/Township:  Jackson         Post Office: Wallace           Page No:   152    Date:  August 2nd, 1860
Line DW# FM# Name Age Sex Color Occupation Value-Real Estate Value-personal property Birth place Married within year School in year Can't read or write Deaf etc.  
19 1084 1028 Elijah Summers 44 m   Farmer 3200 840 Va          
20     Alsey Summers 39 f         Ky          /    
21     John        " 23 m       75 Ind          
22     Mariah      " 21 f         Ind          
23     Nathaniel    " 19 m         Ind       /      
24     Elizabeth    " 16 f         Ind       /      
25     David        " 15 m         Ind        /      
26     Lorena Clark 16 f         Ind        /      
27     Martha Summers 13 f         Ind        /      
28     Rebecca Clark 13 f         Ind       /      
29     Jane Summers 12 f         Ind       /      
30     Jemima Clark 11 f         Ind       /      
31     Nancy Summers 9 f         Ind          
32     Julia Ann     " 8 f         Ind          
33     Eliza           " 3 f         Ind          
34     Robert      " 1 m         Ind          


1870 Census

State:   MO     County: Daviess     Township:  Salem Township     Post Office:  Gallatin     Page No (handwritten):  19     Page No (stamp):  372   Date:  July 9th, 1870
Line DW# FM# Name Age Sex Color Occupation Value Real Estate Value Personal property Birth Place Father foreign born Mother foreign born Month born in census year Month married in census year school cannot read cannot write deaf, etc. eligible to vote  
25 139 136 Cunningham Guilford 33 M W Farmer 800 350 Indiana                    
26      -- Martha 31 F W Keeping House     Indiana                    
27      -- Thomas 8 M W       Indiana           /          /  
28      -- David L 4 M W       Missouri                    
29      -- Lucy J 2 F W       Missouri                    
30 140 137 Cunningham Thos 28* M W Farmer   430 Indiana                     /  
31      -- Lorena 25 F W Keeping House     Indiana                    
32      -- Joseph M 9** M W       Indiana                    
33      -- Guilford C 5 M W       Indiana                    
34      -- Nancy E 1 F W       Missouri                    
*According to Thomas Cunningham's gravestone, he was born in 1840 which would make him 29 or 30 at the time of the 1870 census.

**According to the 1900 census, Joseph Cunningham was born January 1863 which would make him 7 in 1870.


1880 Census

State:  Arkansas    County: Benton     Township: Anderson    District or Ward:  ED 18      Page:  362B
In City DW# FM# Name Race Sex Age month if under 1 Relationship S,M, W,D Married in year Occupation months unemployed sick or disabled blind, etc school can not read can not write birth place father's birth place mother's birth place
  219 221 Cunningham Thomas W M 40     M   Farmer             Ind Ky Ky
            "          Lorena W F 36   Wife M   Keeping House             Ind Ind Ind
            "         Joseph W M 17   Son S   Laborer          /      / Ind Ind Ind
            "         Guilford W M 15   Son S              /      / Ind Ind Ind
           "         Nancy W F 13   Daughter S              /      / Mo Ind Ind
            "        Ida W F 11   Daughter S              /      / Mo Ind Ind
            "       William W M 4   Son S                 Ark Ind Ind
           "        Lillie W F 2   Daughter S                 Ark Ind Ind
Lorena's father was born in TN and mother was born in Ky according to the 1850 census


1900 Census

STATE: Arkansas         COUNTY: Benton        TOWNSHIP: Gentry City        SUPV/DISTR:            ENUM/DISTR: 15        ENUMERATOR: Elwood Harold         DATE:  June 15, 1900                Page: 331A
    155 155 Cunningham  Thomas Head W M Jan 1840 59 M 38     Indiana Indiana Indiana       House Carpenter 0   yes yes yes O F H  
           --------      Lorena Wife W F Feb 1845 55 M 38 14 6 Indiana Tennessee Kentucky             yes   yes        
           --------      Clem Son W M May 1864 37 S       Indiana Indiana Indiana       Day Laborer     yes yes yes        
           --------      Ida M Daughter W F Jan 1871 28 S       Misauri Indiana Indiana             yes yes yes        
          --------      William A Son W M Apr 1876 23 S       Arkansas Indiana Indiana       Day Laborer     yes yes yes        
           --------     Daisey H Daughter W F May 1879 19 S       Arkansas Indiana Indiana       Housework (crossed out)     yes yes yes        
           Canu?    James Servant W M Mar 1880 20 S       Misarri Misauri Misauri       Day Laborer     yes   yes        
Thomas's parents were actually born in Kentucky.  Lorena was born in 1844 and Daisy was born in 1880.  It appears that Lorena had many children who did not survive including Lilly.


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