Cuney History 1934. Cuney, a negro town on the Texas and New Orleans Railroad, was promoted by Dennis Thomas, who saw in it an opportunity for providing his people with a better market. It was named for Cuney Price, the son of a Palestine negro real estate dealer who assisted Thomas in the establishment of the town. Cotton farming has been the chief source of wealth. Thomas was the first merchant. The town now has four stores, two lodges, two churches and a five-teacher school. Its pioneer settlers include the Sneeds, Burwell, and Braggs.
In addition to the town of Cuney there are in the county a number of prosperous negro communities. Among these are Shady Grove, "Ellum" Grove, Woodville, Pine Hill and New Hope. - A History of Cherokee County, 1934 by Hattie Joplin Roach