Burdett Descendants

Harold's grandmother Isabel Cunningham can be traced  back to William Burdett (born March 1, 1804 in Northhamptonshire, England) and Jane Glover (born 1817 in Kensington, Middlesex, England). Harold's great, great grandmother, Laura Ellen Burdett (born 1844 in Derbyshire, England) , was a noted poet and artist and married Walter Theodore Kosinski (born 1837 in Warsaw Poland) who was a scientist and inventor. The two left Europe and moved to Brooklyn, New York around the 1860s. They had three children, Theodore, Donald and Beatrice Kosinski. Beatrice (born Oct. 1869 in New York) married William Cunningham (born Aug. 1863 in Belfast, Ireland) lived in Brooklyn New York and had five children, Beatrice, Mae, Harry, Isabel, Thomas, Katherine and William Jr.

Harry Cunningham (born Mar. 1900 in New York) and William Cunningham Jr. (born Jan 1893) were both US Marines. My cousin Robert Akeson shared a story in 2012 that he believed Harry died during the pursuit of Pancho Villa cir 1917. During the Mexican Revolution (1910-1917), the United States government ordered two military incursions into Mexico. The first entailed an invasion and occupation of the city of Veracruz in 1914, and the second was the "Punitive Expedition" of 1916-1917, commanded by General John J. Pershing.  If Harry perished at the end of the Mexican Revolution, he would have been only 17 years old at his death. I also recall my father, Judge Harold L. Valderas, telling me the story about Harry's older brother William Cunningham Jr. who was killed in action on the Philippine Islands. 


Burdett descendants include the following surnames: Kosinski, Cunningham, Burgess, Pink, Miller, Bond, Mack, McEntee, Akeson & Valderas. We had a recent visit in 2012 with the Akeson family who live in New York. My cousin, Bob Akeson, is a financial executive working in Manhattan. The gallery below contains family photos and video going back many years with our Miller, Akeson, McEntee and Bond relatives.