Greg Cunningham spent the greatest moments of his life in Chicago, IL. He was born and 6 months later he moved. See I have a good sense of humor. Yes that was the first of over 20 moves. When my dad took a promotion it was not in the same building, but in a different state. My life and job’s have also taken me up and down the east coast.
I started life February 21, 1966 in Chicago, IL and then moved to Cincinnati, OH, Pittsfield, MA, Newark, DE, Schenectady, NY, North and South Daytona Beach, FL, St. Cloud, FL, Jacksonville, FL, Gainesville, FL (BA at the University of Florida), Alexandria, VA, Woodbridge, VA, Fredericksburg, VA, Locust Grove, VA, Winchester, VA and as of today I live in Capon Bridge, WV with my beautiful wife Trisha Ann (Brooks) Cunningham. We celebrated our 1st year wedding anniversary April 23, 2010 (been together for 3), and she makes everyday worth waking up to. I work for the dreaded over paid federal government, and I got the genealogy bug from my father (Robert Lee Cunningham). Google my name on the internet and you will see many Cunningham stories including The Life of Rear Admiral Winfield Scott Cunningham, published in 3 installments by Sea Classics, Corporal Michael Hayes Branninger Cunningham of the 18th Wisconsin Volunteers, published in America’s Civil War and American Apostles John Cunningham and Henry Harrison Deam. All three were recently published in three issues of the Wisconsin State Genealogical Society’s newsletter. Many of my ancestors (my wife too) came from Wisconsin.
Thirteen American generations of the Wakelee/Wakeleys started with James Wakelee of Hartford, and Wethersfield, CT. Stratford and Trumbull, CT were also home to 6 generations of Wakelees including David Wakelee, an Ensign of the Ninth Company of the Alarm List, 4th Regiment of the State of CT. He received his commission in 1778 from Captain General Jonathan Trumbull. I’m a member of the Sons of the American Revolution from my being descendant from David Wakelee. David Wakelee was also a Sergeant in the Fourth Company, 2nd Regiment under Colonel Nathan Whiting in 1762. I recently became inducted into the Sons of the American Colonists. Ebenezer Wakeley, Jr. (Private in the First CT Light Artillery, wounded at Chester Station, VA), would be the first generation to move West. He moved to Chicago, IL after the Civil War. My first Wakeley story was Ebenezer Wakeley’s eyewitness account of the Great Chicago Fire of 1871, published in the newsletter of the Genealogical Society of Chicago. His son Ebenezer Stone Wakeley, would have a son named, Ryland Stone Wakeley, who would in turn raise my wonderful mother Marilynn Viola Wakeley. I hope you enjoy my newest attempt at trying to tell a story from the cobwebs left over by 13 generations of Wakeleys. God Bless.