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Bessie Ann Bius Cunningham
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Birth: Feb. 8, 1872
Upson County
Georgia, USA
Death: Aug. 18, 1937
Zolfo Springs
Hardee County
Florida, USA

Bessie Bius, the oldest child of John F Bius and Julia Caldwell Bius; married first to Edward Nelson Miller, a contract painter and cabinet maker. Bessie met him after he was hired by her father to paint the Prospect Methodist Church. They had two daughters together; Juliaette "Jette" Miller born 22 Mar 1900 and died 25 May 1982 and Bessie "Grace" Miller born 7 Aug 1902 and died 24 Jul 1994. After the death of her husband Edward, Bessie and her two young daughters moved to the family home on the Bius Plantation. Bessie helped with the house work and kept the books for her father. Her mother Julia died the following year. Bessie continued to live on the farm several more years. In additional to playing the piano and organ for the Prospect Methodist Church, Bessie also had a beautiful singing voice.
Bessie married a second time in 1910/1911 to James B Cunningham and moved to Cordele GA until about 1915. They then moved to Dunnellon FL where they lived for a short time before moving again to Crystal River FL where they purchased an oyster and fish market and a meat market. This business was unsuccessful. After the death of her father, Bessie inherited some money and in 1917 moved the family to Wauchula FL. Bessie and James had no children together. James was 27 years older than Bessie. Bessie was a member of the Friendship Church of Zolfo Springs FL where she played the piano and organ and taught Sunday school.

Her first husband and the daughters father Edward N Miller is buried in the Chickasawatchee Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery In Dawson GA. 
 
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 Parents:
  John F Bius (1849 - 1915)
  Julia M. Caldwell Bius (1850 - 1904)
 
 Spouses:
  Edwin Nelson Miller (1871 - 1905)
  James B Cunningham (1845 - 1931)
 
 Children:
  Juliaette Miller Park (1900 - 1982)*
  Bessie Grace Miller Boney (1902 - 1994)*
 
 Siblings:
  Bessie Ann Bius Cunningham (1872 - 1937)
  Henry Bius (1879 - 1908)**
  Eva Bius Lane (1884 - 1922)*
  Fannie Bell Bius Alston (1886 - 1962)*
  Herbert Bius (1889 - 1908)**
  Olivia Christine Bius Merriman (1912 - 1993)**
  John Doyle Bius (1916 - 1988)**
 
*Calculated relationship
**Half-sibling
 
Burial:
Friendship Methodist Cemetery
Zolfo Springs
Hardee County
Florida, USA
 
Maintained by: Misty Vibbert/Detar Bius
Originally Created by: Floridaresearcher
Record added: Nov 09, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 31247937
Bessie Ann <i>Bius</i> Cunningham
Added by: Misty Vibbert/Detar Bius
 
Bessie Ann <i>Bius</i> Cunningham
Added by: Floridaresearcher
 
 
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