|Birth: ||Feb. 17, 1733|
Bad Kreuznacher Landkreis
|Death: ||Feb. 20, 1808|
Born in Herle, Windesheim, Rhineland-Palatinate to Johann Phillip and Anna Catherina Geiss Cunius. He was a Lt. Col in the PA Militia during the Revolution and later, a well known joiner or carpenter. He was a resident of Oley and later moved his workshop to Reading. One of the Tall Clocks attributed to his workshop is in the duPont Winterthur Museum, and is considered the "masterpiece" of all Berks County relief carved clock cases. He also executed the wood work, including the steeple, for Trinity Lutheran Church in Reading, and, from 1799 to 1801, contructed the St. Stephen Reformed Church in New Holland, Lancaster County, PA. Several of the storefronts in Reading, PA still exhibit his original work.
The following is an English translation of the inscription on his headstone. It conflicts with a DAR translation in some aspects:
"Here rests the body of the deceased with brother name Johannes Cunius. he was born in Germany in the village Winterheim (Windersheim) on the Guldenbach, County of Salm, on the 7th of February, 1733. He married on January 24th, 1755 with Catharina Elisabeth, born Griessmer and with whom he has lived in marriage for 53 years, fathered 9 children, 5 sons and 4 daughters, died on February 20th, 1808. has lived 75 years and 3 days. (???? one word without sense)
Book of Samuel 19:34:" And Barzillai said unto the king. How long have I to live, that I should go up with the king to Jerusalem. I am this day fourscore years old etc"
..... here rests Esther, daughter of Johannes and Catharina Cunius, born 30th october 1817, died 5th August 1819, 1 year 9m 5 d old"
NOTE: Esther was the daughter of John Yoder Cunius (son of Johannes)and Catherine Malsberger...
Maria Elizabeth Catherine Griesemer Cunius (1736 - 1816)*
Wilhelm Cunius (1755 - ____)*
Anna Maria Cunius Klein (1759 - 1839)*
Margaretha Weidner (1762 - 1844)*
Phillip John Cunius (1770 - 1824)*
Plot: Lot 398 West, Section OP, Grave 5
Maintained by: Spence Burton
Originally Created by: Fred Riegel
Record added: Apr 03, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 50591259