Friday, November 4, 2016

Ancestors of Note: C

Captain John Cain [1804-1867]: A Virginia native who settled in Indianapolis in 1826. Cain opened the first bookbindery in the city, published the first book in 1832 and opened the first bookstore. He was appointed postmaster by Andrew Jackson and held the position through the Van Buren administration. John spent a few years farming in Kentucky, before returning to Indy. Cain was appointed Indian Agent for the Nez Perce in Washington Territory in 1853. He served in that position until 1858, when replaced by son Andrew. Cain returned to Indianapolis.

Robert W. Cunningham [1804-1836]: Born in NY, Robert settled with his family in southern Indiana. He took to freighting goods on the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers. After settling briefly in New Orleans. Cunningham then relocated to Texas, taking part in the battle for Bexar [San Antonio] in December 1835. He died on 6 March 1836 along with William B. Travis, Jim Bowie, David Crockett and the other defenders of the Alamo.

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