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Sgt John Richard Cundiff
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Birth: Oct. 6, 1838
Adair County
Kentucky, USA
Death: Apr. 24, 1917
Adair County
Kentucky, USA

Mr. John Richard Cundiff, born Oct. 6th, 1838, died at the old home near Columbia, Ky., Adair Co., Tuesday morning, April 24th 1917. Had he lived till October next, he would have been seventy-nine years old. Mr. Cundiff was cheerful, and had been as well as usual, and had called on a sick friend, Mr. Clay Suddarth, and gave him a late paper to read, and had returned home and walked out in the field near the house, where his sons, Earnest and John Will, were plowing. He usually made some remark, but this time he did not.

John Will turned, and just as he did so, his father staggered and fell. He left his team and ran to him and said: "Papa, you must not leave the house alone any more." He said, "well I won't," and Earnest came to him also. John Will had him in his arms, when he looked up and smiled at them. He did not speak again. They called for help, and in a short time the family were all at his side when death came, but one son, Finis Cundiff, who lives at Cane Valley.

He leaves to mourn his absence his aged wife, Elizabeth Cundiff, who is in very poor health. 3 children have crossed over the river of death, and 6 left to mourn his loss, 3 girls, Misses Montra, Anna, Lela; Finis, Earnest, and John Will Cundiff. Of the deceased family there is only two living relatives, Miss Josephine Cundiff, who made her home with her brother's family, and Mrs. Hannah Smith, the other sister, who lives near Gradyville.

When the war of the States broke out he enlisted in the Union army, serving his country faithfully for 2 years and 10 months. He was wounded in his side, when he returned home. He did not lay down his cross, he was a faithful soldier to the end. About 6 years ago he gave his life to Christ, and united with the Christian church, at Cane Valley, and lived a true noble life to the end. Both young and the aged received the hand of welcome when they reached his door, let it be morning, noon, or midnight, the same cheerful face was there to greet them.

He was a kind gentle husband to his dear wife, a loving father, with strong arms of protection for his children, and oh, how he will be missed, the vacant chair, the leader in the happy home life, which no substitute can ever fill. He was very deaf and enjoyed his papers to read, and the company of any one who could talk and make him hear. It was great pleasure to me to talk to the dear old man. Just two weeks before his death, I spent the day at their home. He was very interested in the war news. I had a long pleasant conversation with him, one I shall never forget.

Written by his sister-in-law, Mrs. Joe Todd.

(The Adair County News, May 16, 1917) 
 
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 Parents:
  Perry Cundiff (1814 - 1863)
 
 Spouse:
  Mary Elizabeth Todd Cundiff (1851 - 1919)
 
 Children:
  Martha Cundiff Blair (1870 - 1904)*
  Montre Lee Cundiff (1874 - 1945)*
  Finis Cundiff (1876 - 1956)*
  Ernest Cundiff (1879 - 1963)*
  Anna Maude Cundiff Day (1881 - 1948)*
  Bessie Cleaveland Cundiff Banks (1884 - 1909)*
  John Will Cundiff (1891 - 1977)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Note: Son of Perry Cundiff and Louisa Squires. 13th KY Infantry Co. C.
 
Burial:
Todd Cemetery
Adair County
Kentucky, USA
 
Created by: BC
Record added: Mar 16, 2011
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Sgt John Richard Cundiff
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Sgt John Richard Cundiff
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MR CUNDIFF IS MY GGGRANDFATHER,MONTRA CUNDIFF IS MY GGRANDMOTHER, HER SON JACK IS MY GRANDFATHER, HIS SON MARSHALL IS MY FATHER. I AM LINDA CUNDIFF WILLIAMS BARROW.
- Linda Barrow
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