I noticed a couple of typos in my posting yesterday about Annie Elizabeth
Taylor Cunningham, so I am sending it again, corrected. Vic
Dear Betsy Gilson:
Here is Annie Elizabeth Taylor Cunningham's obituary, from the Carrollton
(Mo.) Democrat, 28 January 1916, p. 3 (cited in *Mark Twain's Letters,
Volume 1: 1853-1866* (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1988), p.
62 n. 2:
Death of Mrs. Cunningham
Mrs. Charles Cunningham died at her home on North Jefferson
street, Sunday morning, Jan. 23, at 11 o'clock, of pneumonia, aged 76
years and 14 days.
Annie Elizabeth Taylor was born in Mt. Pleasant, Iowa, January 9,
1840. She was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Hawkins Taylor, who came to
Iowa from Kentucky. Her father was prominent in Iowa, when it was a
territory, also after it became a state. Later he was in Washington as a
She was educated at Lindenwood College in St. Charles and after
graduating taught school for several years. March 17, 1868, she married
Chas. A. Cunningham, at Highland, Kansas. They came to Carroll county and
lived on a farm near Bogard. In 1869 they came to Carrollton to live; in
1904 they again moved to the country about one mile north of this city;
in 1910 he sold his farm and they moved into their present home on North
In her youth Mrs. Cunningham joined the Presbyterian church and
has been in all these years faithful to her Master.
For forty years Mrs. Cunningham has been in poor health and for
over twenty years has not been able to take any part in the social life
of the city. Through it all she has been cheerful and in her own home was
a charming conversationalist. Owing to her quiet way of living she has
not made many new friends but her old ones speak of her in the highest
terms. She leaves one sister, Mrs. Mary Jane Martin of New Mexico and her
husband to mourn her death, as well as a large number of friends. Mrs.
Cunningham has been ill with the grippe for several weeks, later
pneumonia followed and death came quickly.
The funeral services were held at the home Monday afternoon at
2:30 o'clock, conducted by Rev. G. L. Bush, assisted by Rev. E. I.
Gilmore. Burial at Oak Hill.
I hope this is of some use. For Christmas comments, see also
*Mark Twain's Letters, Volume 2: 1867-1868,* p. 350; *Volume 3: 1869*, p.
9 n. 2; and *Volume 4: 1870-1871*, p. 521.
Mark Twain Project