James M. Cunliff (1812 – 1882)

“James M. Cunliff, son of Joseph Cunliff, was born in Providence, Rhode Island, 1812.  He was educated there and learned the textile business , in which his father was engaged.  He became a very prominent mill agent at Centerdale, Rhode Island, and at Manchaug, Massachusetts, for the Manchaug Manufacturing Company.  He was active in politics and town affairs, elected representative from his district to the general court of Massachusetts and distinguished himself by able and useful service in public office.  He was a Republican in politics.  He died in Providence, April 18, 1882.

He married (first) Sarah A. Harris and (second), March 23, 1845, Nancy Ware, daughter of Preston Ware, from Wrentham, Massachusetts, the ceremony being preformed by Rev. Junia S. Mowry, North Providence, Rhode Island.  The children of James M. and Sarah A. Cunliff were: Mary Ellen,Sarah P., Joseph A., Lemuel H.  The children of James M. and Nancy: Emma F., resides on Bridgeman street, Providence, Rhode Island.”

Source:  Historic Homes and Institutions and Genealogical and Person Memoirs of Worcester Co., Mass., Vol. 2, by Ellery Bicknell Crane, The Lewis Publishing Co., NY and Chicago, 1907, page 418

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