Janice Williams

Annabelle the Riveter

In Joseph Jackson Cunningham, Newspaper articles on September 11, 2011 at 10:20 pm

I spend a lot more time doing genealogy than I do writing about it – as evidenced by the lack of entries here! It’s hard to settle down and put all the facts straight and in order… I’d rather continue on the hunt.

As I do genealogy, I spend a lot of my time entering names in Google in various ways, with and without spouses’ names, with and without names of cities, and on and on, looking for a hit that gives me a little more information about one of the members of our family.

It surprises me how often I will Google a name and discover that they only recently died. Though I’m happy to have the information in their obituary, it makes me sad to know I didn’t get a chance to know them and make sure they knew about their Cunningham heritage.

Tonight I Googled the name of Floyd Beck. He is in our record as the husband of Annabelle Syble Cunningham, the granddaughter of Joseph Jackson Cunningham of the original 12. I frequently have more hits if I Google a man’s name rather than the wife’s.

But I got extra lucky with this search. Up pops an article from just 2 months ago about our cousin Annabelle and her exciting life contributing to the war effort during World War II.

I love this article because it shows what an adventure seeker Annabelle was – and is! She took a ride in a B-24 bomber over Texas this summer. She is 91 years old now, by the way.

I checked our mailing list and Annabelle is invited to the reunion and has attended within the last 10 years or so. I’m sorry I didn’t get the opportunity to meet her. She sounds like a pistol – like so many of the other strong women in our family!

Read the article and see if you agree.

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