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Family periodical and web site launch! *updated 2/12/03

McGunn geneology and family tree project

The story of the McGunn (MacElgunn) family begins in Ireland in the county of Cork in 1835.

When I was born, my birth mother named me David Vincente McGunn. I was adopted in 1968 and raised by the Cook family. Now I use the names Jason McGunn or Jason Cook, but may eventually change my name back to it's original state. In 1990, I was 23 years old and found my birth mother who's maiden name is McGunn. Branches of our family tree had been out of touch for a long time, so I heard some about her brothers and sister, but did not meet them or their children. Although interested in meeting relatives, there was a distance that seemed challenging to overcome. Then a breakthrough in late 2002. My cousin Lorelle, who I'd never met was doing genealogy research and stumbled across my web site. That inspired me to design a site specifically for that purpose. Now miracles are happening every day! ...more about Jason McGunn

Note: If anyone ever has a concern about anything said on this web site, please let me know. I do not want to infringe on your privacy, so if you prefer your name is not mentioned, or prefer to keep something personal, let me know and I will remove it.

The posting that inspired me to make this genealogy site!

12/12/02 10:34:58 AM  
What is your name?   Lorelle Williams, your cousin
How did you find this Site?   Looking for McGunn Geneology
Where are you from?   Louisville, KY
Do you have any comments?   Great web site! It is interesting to get to know a little about you. I too am in the real estate business... We do mostly home mortgages, but we are trying to build up the real estate aspect of the business. It is certainly nice to see you. You are a very handsome man. My Aunt Arlene must be very proud!

McGunn updates!
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In a message dated 2/6/03, [email protected] writes:

Jason, I could fill your head with all kinds of McGunn Safe stories. But the best one is that our Grandfather John Vincent actually Patents the first electric time lock. If you go to the US patent web site and look in the year 1929 under his name you will see a very cool thing, After his invention is described it is signed John V. McGunn,Inventor. As far as Margaret McGunn (Mitzie). I can only remember a little. I remember that after John Died we moved in with her and your Mom.i think your Mom was still in High School or just starting college I can remember she wore a school uniform,it was the catholic girls regulation skirt and blouse. Any ways I dont think that Grandma McGunn was ever happy to have us there and I remember a lot of fighting and then Grandma left,Your Mom left and then their was just us ,uncle Johnny and Aunt Margaret. I really don't know the details just giving you what a little kid remember about our mutual past. I did see Grandma McGunn one more time -maybe 1969 she gave each one of us a $100.00 savings bond,she sat in the backseat of the car with us,she had a fur stole on-like grandmas do.Then the next time I saw here was at her funeral,about a year later. She is buried next to John about 5 miles from this e-mail.The company that our grandfather built _McGunn Safe Company-went out of Business shortly after that time.I don't know exactly but my Dad at 24 was way to young to run it. Years later he started it again, but unfortunately lost it and I am sorry to say that the company known as McGunn Safe Company has no McGunns in it anymore. However when it comes to Safes I am representing Grandpa and the Family name as best as I can,under the name Corporate Safe Specialists.And if you ever need one -you got it. And that goes for any of the rest of the family too. Anyways Jason with all the trouble that's going on in the nation and the Columbia disaster it has been very nice remembering the past and sharing with you.
All the Best,

In a message dated 2/6/03, Jason writes:

God bless you for sharing, being receptive and encouraging. What a beautiful family you have! I am so excited to see the photo's and hear stories. I was talking with my mom this morning and she is very pleased we have made contact. I have now had communication with one member of each branch of the family. Each member has expressed excitement and interest in open communication, sharing history and building relationships. That is an amazing start to an accomplishment I have been driving for so long. I have no words to express how excited I am to know that my cousins see the same value I see in family. That is more than half the battle. I believe the deeper reason for my having been adopted was for me to learn what it is like to loose ones heritage. This second chance to know who I am based on my heritage has already allowed me to preserve history on my fathers side, (Gregory, Williamson) that would otherwise have been lost forever. More importantly than me having the information, it is now available to pass on to the next generation. I know why I was born and by responding to my query, you are helping me to fulfill my life's purpose. Thank you Mom, Eddie, Lorelle and Julie.

I am traveling to Atlanta on February 13 and would be interested in making contact with relatives in Atlanta area.

In a message dated 2/2/03 4:54:42 AM, [email protected] writes:

Jason, God Bless you for reaching out like you have.I am very happy to hear from you. I have already e-mailed your Mom. You can visit I posted my wedding pictures up there . You can see myself and brothers,sisters, Mom,daughter Marykate and of course wife. As I said I have many old pics black and white of John V.and the rest of the clan up in Michigan. They are very interesting-John really did live on a farm-Also I have visited that area and some of the grave sites go back to the 1890's so they were there for a long time.My Dad told me that John walked to Chicago from there thats about 300 miles. Who knows ... Good story though. My Brother Mike works with me here at Corporate Safe Specialists. My other brother Jack is down in Atlanta working for Waffle House management.My three sisters ,Mary lives in Atlanta area, Liz lives in Alabama, Katie lives in Lockport ,ILL.

Anyways Jason glad you found your Mom, and I am glad that gave me the opportunity to say Hi to her.


In a message dated 2/1/03, Jason writes:

Thank you so much for sharing your feelings and encouragement. Congratulations on your engagement! That is very exciting. Is it okay if I post this letter on the guest book so others can see how excited we are to meet them?

I'll be in touch.

Please forward to other family members who may be interested. Thank you.

In a message dated 2/1/03 12:06:26 AM, LorelleRW writes:

Jason, this is So Cool! I am so excited to find that Eddie wrote you! I have been aching to know more about the McGunn Family, especially since my mother passed. I think your web page is awesome, and I hope that it will help bring the family together! Wouldn't it be great if we could have a Family Reunion sometime down the road? I would love that. Hopefully more of our cousins will find and write. Most of them are Eddie's brothers and sisters!

I have to get back to work now, but I just wanted to drop a line, and tell you again how awesome I think your web page is!


In a message dated 01/31/03, Jason writes:

I am excited to hear from you! I told everyone today, "my cousin contacted me online to introduced himself - the new web page is working!" I told my mom you wrote. She sends her love and asked me to give you her email address. It's ------ She would like to hear from you anytime. I look forward to more communication, but just wanted to write this quick message to let you know that I appreciate your note.

Please forward to other family members who may be interested. Thank you.

01/29/03 07:26:08 PM  
What is your name?   Edward J. McGunn
What is the Title of your Web Site:   same
How did you find this Web Site?   google search
Where are you from?   Chicago
Do you have any comments?   Jason,I read your postings. I am your cousin. I just had lunch with your uncle Edward T.this afternoon.I probably have some old black and whites of your mom and my dad and John Vincent -your gradnfather.
I can remeber that there was some falling out between them-I was just a kid then_but I can remeber the last time I saw Arlene and maybe your Dad? I think 1970 or so.I think it was during our Grandmothers Funeral.Old stuff- anyways nice to run across you. God Bless. E-mail anytime.

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Free family crests and free family coat of arms are interesting to me. I am currently doing geneology research. Our family migrated from the county of Cork in Ireland arriving in Michigan because of the potato famine in 1840. We shortened our name from MacElgunn to McGunn once in America. Family tree, family crests and family crest research included from a book written by Margaret Schnepp in 1980. Schnepp is one surname including many more that will be listed soon.

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