CUNNINGHAM OF MONK FRYSTON AND BRADFORD
The parentage of Priscilla Cunningham, wife of John Reyner, follows from the will of Martha Cunningham of Leeds, widow, written in 1639. It mentions “my daughter Pricella Reyner wife of John Reyner” along with the Reyners’ children John, Martha and Joshua. The will of Martha’s husband Bryan Cunningham had been written in 1635/36, mentioning his daughter “Prescilla Rayner”.
Bryan is known to have had a brother called Francis Cunningham and their father was living at Burton in Monk Fryston in 1601. The only candidate found for the father is the William Cunningham, gentleman, buried at Monk Fryston in 1606/07. A chancery bill of complaint of 27 January 1606/07 relating to the estate of Sir William Gascoigne of Birkin mentions “Willm Conyngham and Bryan Conyngham of Burton Salmon”. In the corresponding demurrer of 9 April 1607, Bryan is mentioned but not William, presumably because the latter had died by then.
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1 WILLIAM CUNNINGHAM of Burton Salmon, Monk Fryston, Yorkshire, gentleman, was buried on 6 March 1606/07 at Monk Fryston.
Children of William Cunningham:
2 i BRYAN CUNNINGHAM (bur 1636); m MARTHA BANISTER.
2 BRYAN CUNNINGHAM of Burton Salmon and Bradford, gentleman, was buried on 1 May 1636 at St Peter, Leeds. He married on 1 February 1601/02 at Monk Fryston, MARTHA BANISTER, daughter of Henry and Ruth (Smith) Banister (see here). Martha was baptised on 3 July 1586 at Halifax and buried on 18 January 1639/40 at St Peter, Leeds.
Children of Bryan and Martha (Banister) Cunningham:
v JEREMY CUNNINGHAM, bap 24 Mar 1623/24, Bradford.
 National Archives, C 8/8/33. A fine of 1575 relating to property in Carleton has plaintiff Brian Stapleton and deforciants William Cunnyngham and Frances his wife, but it is not known if this is the same William.
 Monk Fryston parish registers (online at www.findmypast.co.uk). There was apparently an earlier ceremony “in a house at poule in brotherton parishe… upon sondaye next after xxenmas day last past”, the validity of which was disputed: York cause papers (Borthwick Institute, CP.G.3057).
 Ledsham parish registers (online at www.findmypast.co.uk). The will of Martha (Banister) Cunningham, dated 16 Dec 1639, mentions “Marie Cunningham daughter of my sonne Willm Cunningham deceased”. Mary, daughter of William Cunningham, was baptised at Ledsham on 20 Jan 1637/38.