Wednesday, September 14, 2011


This is Alexander Cunningham. I don't really know much about him other than he was the father of my Grandmother Doris Cunningham Robinson. He was the husband to Mary Jane McBride Cunningham. He was a brick mason and one day he fell to his death from the scaffolding. It was thought that he had heat stroke, but his death was tragic and he left his pregnant wife to raise the rest of the children. In total they had 12 children, and Mary Jane raised one more child. Two of her children died in infantcy.

This is Mary Jane and Alexander Cunningham before their family was very large.

Alexander Cunningham is pictured in this school photo. Alexander is the second from the Right on the front row.

This is Ann Wilson Cunningham.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Alexander and Mary Jane McBride Cunningham

This photo is the wedding photo of Alexander and Mary Jane McBride Cunningham.

This is Alexander Cunningham. He became a brick mason and that is how he supported his family until his death which ironically happened while he was working. He was laying brick in the hot sun and it was thought that he had a heat stroke, and died, leaving Mary Jane pregnant and alone to raise her remaining 11 children. (2 died at birth, Catherine and Stanford)

Mary Jane was always a beautiful woman. As she dealt with her lot in live, she became even more beautiful. She never complained but thanked the Lord daily for all that He had given her. Her children never knew that they were so poor because of her attitude of gratitude.
This is Alexander, and Mary Jane and the first three of their children. Wilson (back), Baby Luella and Myrtle (front)
Alexander Cunningham