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Northumberland County, Virginia. Born circa 1638 died before 18 Mar 1724.
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  • Name Richard CUNDIFF  [1, 2, 3
    Born Bef 28 Feb 1712/13  Northumberland County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Gender Male 
    Reference Number 865CJR 
    Died Apr 1774  Bedford County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    • Lived in Bedford County, Virginia Check Deed Book See Fathers will

      1. "Pages 215-216: Richard Cundiff. Inventory and Appraisement.
      Listed: household furnishings, farm equipment, livestock.
      Unusual item: one Sword. Appraisers: James Ayres, John Hall, Charles Walker Returned: 28 November 1774"
      "Pages 216-217: Richard Cundiff. Accounts of the Sale.
      Items and prices are listed, but the only use of personal names is
      found in the following: 'To 4 hogs Mrs. Condiff 4 Hogs apprised by Jas. Ayres,
      John hall and ___(blank) Walker at L1.5.0 and Sold 1.00.0' Administrator: Revd. John Brander Returned: 28 November 1774"
      From ABSTRACTED OF BEDFORD COUNTY, VIRGINIA WILLS, INVENTORIES AND ACCOUNTS 1754 -1787 Page 54. From Paul A. Cundiff's files and The Abstract book itself.
      GLR 1990

      2. Richard Cundiff and James Ayres apprasied Estates together in Bedford County, Virginia. James Ayres appraised Cundif's estate. Ayres daughter Sarah married Cundiff's son John. Cathy J. Roberts 7 Apr 1990

      3. National Archives File number W8647 includes a Va Revolutionary Pension application 'Kentucky 19387' for son John and 'Kentucky 3331 for John's Wife Sally Ayers. It includes a List of the children of Richard and Mary Cundiff and the children of John Cundiff. The list was written by John Ayers. John Ayers was the brother of Sally Ayers Cundiff, John Cundiff's Wife. John Ayers was a Methodist Preacher in Bedford County. GLR 5 Mar 1991

      4. Source: Margret C. McCormick, Daugther of Dr. Cundiff. (file = GLR#2.2)
      "b 1725 in England, Reportedly married married Mary ______(in England?) and came to Virginia circa 1750. He bought land in Bedford County, Virginia., in 1764.
      Deed Book 2, p. 428, June 26, 1764: William Meade to Richard Cundiff "of Fauquier County" 234 acres, a part of 13,550 acres, on North fork of Richardson's Mill Creek, for 20 pounds. This land believed by Miss Jane Smith Deputy Clerk of Circuit Court, member of DAR, to be land now included in Campbell County, formerly a part of Bedford County until 1782. Am (M. McCormick) very anxious to trace this ancestor, and rather believe he was part of the Cundiff family in Lancaster and Northumberland county prior to 1750, as family names so similar-- John, Richard, etc. Richard died in early 1774, will probated in bedford Co., and estate accounted as dispersed by November 28, 1774, Will Book 1763-87, p. 215. He is supposed to have married Mary in 1746. Many state and local histories of his descendants state that he was killed in Dunmores's War, Battle of Point Plesant, however the dispersal of the estate would show this to be false, as the battle was fought October 10, 1774, The Ensign Cundiff who was mentioned as killed in several officer's dispatches was Jonathan, perhaps his brother?"
      "John Cundiff, (see#33161) Revolutionary ancestor. m. Sallie (Sarah)___
      Bedford County, Virginia., May 15, 1778, Russell Parish Record, Rev Samuel Holt.
      Need to get this checked for name of Sallie. Believe this to be Ayres,
      Dau. of James and Hannah Ayres, because of Hannah's will, Will Book C-D,
      p. 181, recorded Book 3, p. 253. Pension Record W. 8647, Va. John Cundiff
      son Richard"

      5. Source: Paul A. Cundiff. (file = GLR#2.3)
      Paul A. Cundiff wrote to Gregory L. Roberts on top of a typed page.
      "The following information sent me by Mrs. V. D. Roberts of Somerset, whoses cousin in Washington D. C. researched it. Not absolutely infallible but most comprehensive I have seen. What are authorities?"
      The start of Mrs. V. D. Roberts information:
      " A.
      Richard Cundiff (1725-1774) came from England about 1750 and settled in
      Virginia." (The following sentence crossed out by PAC. GLR "He served in the
      Revolution and was killed at the Battle of Point Pleasant.) His brother
      Jonathan" (killed at point pleasant. PAC) "also served in the war. Richard
      had the following children (wife Mary____):
      1. Benjamin, b 8/23/1748 m Mollie Nichols
      2. George, b 5/25/1751 m Dinah Ayres *1 (Bedford County, Virginia.)
      3. Nannie, b 3/30/1754 m John Ayres *1, a Methodist preacher
      4. John, b 1/14/1757 d 9/18/1837 m Sarah ____ *1 5/15/1778 in Beford, Va.
      5. Elijah, b 6/10/1759 Never married
      6. Willie, b 3/1/1764 m Sally Maddox, moved to Missouri in 1819
      7. Joice, b 9/18/1776
      8. Elisha, b 6/20/1769 Never married
      9. Lewis, b 3/21/1772 m. Elizabeth Towers
      There is also a record of the following, but it is not known if they are of
      the same family-- Hannah, m. Joel Doss, Charlotte m. William White,
      Isabel, m. Mike Overfelt (blksmith)"
      *1 "I Believe [Sarah] a sister of Dinah Ayres but not proved yet. PAC"
      " C.
      2. James, s. of B4 b 5/9/1779
      3. Richard [II]s. of b4 b 12/7/1779 m. ____Brown
      4. John [II], s. of b4 b 11/29/1789 m. Sallie Hail(Hale), Pulaski Co., Ky.,
      Sallie b 11/30/1796
      5. Pleasant, s. of b4 b 9/14/1784 m. Barbra Rowe, Hardin County. [Ky]
      6. Sally d. of b4 b 4/17/1797 m. Christopher Cundiff 12-28-1815
      Hardin County., Ky
      7. Nancy d. of b4 b 8/28/1799
      8. Polly d. of b4 b 5/16/1803 m. Joeseph McFarland"
      ***** Notice the BROWN listed as spouse of Richard, could this be the source of BROWN that Leo Cundiff says is Richard d. 1774 wife's maiden name. GLR 27 Dec

      6. Source: Virginia Magizine of History Vol 35 p. 215
      "Lancaster Co., Book X, p. 265, Feb. 17,1717
      Will, Thomas Taylor.
      Son Thomas plantaion in Wicomico Parish where I formerly lived.
      daus. Martha and Elizabeth Taylor.
      daus. Ana and Sarah Taylor.
      son Therriat Taylor.
      wife Elizabeth and son Therriat, Executors.
      Richard Cundiff Jr. Richard Ball, witnesses."
      7. Source: Swem's Virginia Historical Index (975.5016 swe Vol. 1 p. 506
      Cundiff, Ensign,
      Richard, 35V215 See above
      8. Source: Index to Printed Virginia Geologies (F 226 H24?) Pg 87
      Cundiff - Hardesty's Historical and Geographical Encylopedia Ny,
      Richmond, etc. H. H. Hardesty co. 1984
      9. Bedford County "our Kin" pg. 416
      Note: Double check source.
      10. Source: Index to Printed Virginia Geologies
      Virginia Gazette Paper Printed by various printers
      Cundiff, Ensign, Death of, Pi10N74:23 (Pinkney 10 Nov 1774 Page 2 Column 3)
      Richard, R14Ap68:33 (Rind 14 April 1768 Page 3 Column 3)
      R20Ap69:31 (Rind 20 April 1769 Page 3 Column 3)

      11. Source: Lancaster Co. (abstracts of Will) 1653-1800 GLR#1.3
      Richard Cundiff (of Wiccomica Parish) 3 Feb 1776, rec. 17 May 1781.
      Wife Hannah Cundiff, dau. Judith Boatman and Elizabeth Pullen. Gr[and] dau.
      Elizabeth Boatman. Extrs. Nathan Pullen and "Cozen" Richard Cundiff.
      Witnnesses: Wm.x Edwards, Johnx Nichols, Joeseph x Davis. W.B. 20, p. 196.

      12. Source: Paul A. Cundiff (file = GLR#16.1)
      Historical Sketch, Bedford County, Virginia 1753-1907 (Ref F232 B41 H6)
      Absrtacts of Bedford County, Virginia 1754-1787 (Whilton) (Ref F 232 B41 W5)
      Check Richard Cundiff P. 53
      Cundiff Corner P. 142

      1652 Surry County Adjoining Isle of Wight formed
      1720 Brunswick Co. from portions of 2 formed
      1746 Lunenburg Co. from Brunswick
      Nov 1753 Bedford
      1784 Campbell from Bedford, Franklin from b., Part of Henry

      14. Source: Cundiff Genealogy by Gladys L. Dutton (file = GLR#10.1)
      "Richard Cundiff Killed in Battle of Mt. Pleasant 1774.
      Mary Cundiff I do not know if Cundiff was her maiden name or just
      her married name. The Information about Richard and
      his wife Mary was given by his son John Cundiff. Also
      the names of their children, Listed below, in his
      Revolutionary War pension application
      b. 1746 Benjamin
      b. 1751 George
      b. 1754 Nanne?
      b. 1757 John
      b. 1759 Elijah
      b. 1764 Winney
      b. 1766 Joice
      b. 1769 Elisha
      b. 1772 Lewis"
      Note that the dates should be:
      Winne 1762
      Charlotte 1764
      GLR 5 Mar 1991
      "John Cundiff- No. 1 b. 1/14/1757 Bedford County, Virginia. d. 9/16/1837 Hardin Ct., Ky.
      Sallie ? b. ca 1759 Probably Va. d. Aft. 12/23/36 Hardin Ct., Ky.
      m. 5/15/1779
      Children were:
      b. 1779 Jimmy [James - GLR]
      b. 1781 Dickey [Richard - GLR]
      b. 1789 John [II - GLR]
      b. 1794 Pleasant
      b. 1797 Sally
      b. 1799 Nancy
      b. 1803 Polly"
      Source: Cundiff Genealogy by Gladys L. Dutton (file - GLR#10.2)
      [DAR based on] 5/15/1778. - Family Record - Stones in Cundiff Graveyard -
      Pulaski County, Ky., Marriage Book 1:40 -- Virkus Vol. VII:621-
      Pension W 8647

      15. Evelyn Irene Lissman's sheet from Leo Cundiff thinks that Isaac (?) Cundiff might be the father of Richard and Jonathan. She lists both as being in the rev. War GLR 12 Sep 1991

      16. Source: WLC 11 SEP 1991 page 4. Woodrow Damron "A cundiff Genealogy" from Leo Cundiff 11 Sep 1991 states:
      " Richard CUNDIFF (1725-1774) migrated from England 1750. He was killed in the Revolutionary War. He and Mary (?), his wife were parents of:"
      (note that the Revolution did not start until after 1774. How could he get
      killed "in the war" before the war started? GLR 14 Sep 1991)
      " John Cundiff (1757-1837) soldier at the surrender of Cornwallis. He
      and his wife, Sally AYERS, were the parents of:
      Richard (Decki) Cindiff (1781- ? (will on record, Columbia, KY.) cames
      to KY. from Virginia. He and his wife, Hannah GIBSON, were the parents of:
      George Washington Cundiff (1810 - 1859). He and his wife, Martha
      DAMRON, who lived out their lives in Adair County, were the parents of:
      George A. Cundiff (1845-1923) and Mary Luttia HARMON (1848-1941) came
      to Casey County, Ky. in 1885 and lived there the rest of their lives. They
      were the parents of:
      1.) Mattie (1869-1926) Married L. M. (Boss) COMBEST
      2.) Wm. C. (Bud) (1871-1928) married Jessie BELL
      3.) Ida (1873-1973 married J. R. (Bob) CARSON. Lived 99 yrs 9m
      4.) Lena (1875?-1973) married G.W. (Delege) RUBARTS
      5.) Ada (1877-1958) married C. C. (Lum) COMBEST
      6.) Lewis W. (1879-1977) married Matra DAMRON
      7.) Maude (1880-?) married R. E. HAYES RICH. 99 years old , 0/15/79
      8.) John M, (1882-1966) married Kate CARSON, parests of Carson Cundiff
      9.) Anne (1884-1974) married L. E. "Ranzy" Russell
      10.) Ancil R. (1888-1923) married Alma HAGGERD
      11.) George A., Jr. (1889-1967) married Jennie WESLEY. Parents of
      Ercell and Nellie. George and Ethel MANSFORD parents of Curtis.
      Not only the advanced ages of George and "Tish" CUNDIFF, but those of
      their children, are of interest, as we note that all but two, Ancil, who
      succumbed to tuberculosis, and "Bud" to heart disease, exceeded the scriptural "three-score and ten" by several years. Five of the children exceeded ninety years, four of whom almost made one hundred. Their descendents to the third and fourth generation and on down the line may recall with affection and pride these ancestor of theirs. to list the grandchildren of George and Tish CUNDIFF would require more space than is available in this issue. Maude, the surviving menber of this family, is now a resident of the Golden Living Center, Danville, KY. Woodrow Damron" GLR 14 Sep 1991

      16. Source: The Encyclopedia of Military History, R. and T. Dupuy page 708:
      PRE-ROVOLUTION, 1763-1774
      "1774. Lord Dunmore's War. Governor John Murry, Earl Of Donmore, of Virginia, sent a force of militia under general Andrew Lewis to suppress a Shawnee uprising on the Virginia-Kentucky frontier. A contingent from the Watauga Association, from the area where Virginia, North Carolina, and Tennessee now meet, took part in this campaign. The Indians made peace after Lewis won a decisive victory at Point Pleasant (mouth of the Great Kanahwa; October 10)." GLR 1 Jan 1992

      17. Bedford Deed Book 2 page 551.
      "Mar 26, 1765 from Chesley Davis (Daviss) of B, to Richard Cundiff of B, for 40 pounds, 404 acres in B, and bounded by Randolh. Signed - Chesly Davis, Mary (+ her mark) Davis. Wit - Johathen Cundiff, Joseph Richardson, Ann (C her mark) Creel. Recorded May 28, 1765"

      Name : Margret C. McCormick GLR#2.2
      Birth Date: Evelyn Irene Lissman lists 1725 - England
      Death Date: Evelyn Irene Lissman lists 1774 - VA
      Other : Brown from William Leo Cundiff

      " Notes for RICHARD CUNDIFF:
      SOURCE to check
      Batch 7823302, Serial Sheet 97, Page 3,589
      Vital Records (LDS) Will, 1 Jun 1924, 29Nov1978PV

      Much of the information on Richard and Mary Cundiff came from the notes
      of Grant H. Iverson.

      Some of the same information came from Conduff - Gilmer Lineage.
      Revolutionary War Period - From Pension Applications VOL 8
      A list of the ages of the Children of Richard Cundiff and Mary his wife.
      Benjamin Cundiff born 23 Aug 1748
      George Cundiff born 25 May 1751
      Nanne Cundiff born 5 Mar 1754
      John Cundiff born 14 Jan 1757
      Elijah Cundiff born 10 Jun 1759
      Winnie Cundiff born 4 Jul 1762
      Charlotte Cundiff born 21 Mar 1764
      Joice Cundiff born 18 Sep 1766
      Elisha Cundiff born 20 Jun 1769
      Levice Cundiff born 21 Mar 1772
      A true copy of names & dates written by me John Ayers."
      From Leo Cundiff
      NAME Cundiff [Condof], Richard.
      DATE 1774.
      SOURCE Will Book No. 1, 1763-1787 (Reel 25)
      p. 215-216. Inv. & appr. rec. 28 Nov. 1774.
      p. 216-217. Accounts rec. 28 Nov. 1774.
      NOTE Part of index to Bedford County Wills and Administrations (1754-1800)
      PLACE Bedford County (Va.)
      FORM Estate inventories. aat.
      ADDED ENTRY Condof, Richard.
      COLLECTION Virginia wills and administrations.
    Person ID I0865  1. Richard Cundiff
    Last Modified 15 Aug 2011 

    Father Richard CUNDIFF,   b. Bef 1698, Northumberland County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 20 Jul 1726, Northumberland County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age < 28 years) 
    Relationship Natural 
    Relationship Natural 
    Reference Number 36880CJR 
    Family ID F157  Group Sheet

    Family Mary Ann BROWN,   b. England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1794 
    Married 1746  Henry County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Reference Number 15111CJR 
    +1. Benjamin B. CUNDIFF,   b. 23 Aug 1748
    +2. George Somer CUNDIFF,   b. 25 May 1751, Albemarle County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Sep 1829  (Age 78 years)
    +3. Nancy CUNDIFF,   b. 30 Mar 1754,   d. 1 May 1832, Bedford County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 78 years)
    +4. John Henry CUNDIFF, Sr.,   b. 14 Jan 1757,   d. 18 Sep 1837, Hardin County, Kentucky Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 80 years)
    +5. Elijah C. CUNDIFF,   b. 10 Jun 1759, Bedford County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location
    +6. Winne CUNDIFF,   b. 4 Jul 1762
    +7. Charlotte CUNDIFF,   b. 21 Mar 1764, Bedford County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location
     8. Joice CUNDIFF,   b. 18 Sep 1766
    +9. Elisha CUNDIFF,   b. 20 Jun 1769
     10. Levicy CUNDIFF,   b. 21 Mar 1772
    Family ID F057  Group Sheet