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Donna Ruhland Bonning (#46786861)
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Please do NOT hesitate to contact me if you wish that a family member's memorial be removed. I understand that the resting places of loved ones are very special and personal. My intention to create these memorials is to share and hopefully help those who are seeking out burials for either family research or for viewing family markers. Personally, I have a memorial set up for my father and I don't have it in me to add a picture of his gravestone. Just too final I guess. I have special pictures of him up for family to see. If someone else were to add a picture of his tombstone I would prob. ask that they take it down. This is very personal to me. So I understand how someone might feel about this...I totally respect your request and understand completely.


This is a picture of my son who had accompanied me on one of many trips to old cemeteries in the area. He's leaning against a tombstone of a fellow who died almost 200 years ago! I had taken a rubbing of this stone when I was my son's age....Still have the rubbing!!! Stored away for safe keeping. Someday maybe someone will contact me asking about the tombstone...I can't even get a good picture of it anymore, it's leaned over so far!

This is a big reason why I like going around these old cemeteries....taking pictures of the old preserve a bit of the past...or should I say...monuments to the memory of the people of the past...before they slip away....crumble into so many already have...


I ask that the images which i have worked VERY HARD to capture NOT be copied and published to another websight without my permission. Images are not allowed to be copied for publication and resale. Personal use for family genealogy is fine but it's always nice to be asked and credited. This is a simple thing to do and goes along way to make me feel that i'm doing something good for others.

Nothing bothers me more than to come across a photo that i have taken and find someone else's name underneith and/or no credit given at all for my work.

I also ask that any picture attached by others to my memorial pages be of a respectful nature to the person being memorialized as well as being respectful to family and friends. It's not an ARTSHOW either. No over the top "creativity".

This site is not meant to be for a competition to see who creates the most memorials. Not a race to see who gets to the cemetery first to get that shot. Not meant to be for those who strive for quantity and NOT quality.

This site is for those of us who enjoy taking that stroll through a cemetery and seeing beyond the gravestones to the people being remembered. More important for those who would like to "FINDAGRAVE" and be so thrilled and thankful for doing so.

An Epitath taken from a Civil War Soldier's gravestone......

In the night a bright wing fluttered oer the tent in which he lay. In his ear a soft voice uttered...Soldier rise and come away"

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Paul Hamm
Thank you so much for the transfer and for the quick response. You have added a major branch to our family tree.
Added by RHam on Sep 16, 2014 7:25 AM
Marnie Hawks Thompson
RE: Hermann Decker
I'm just not sure on this one Donna. Based on what I have found, his death date would have to be 1871, 1872, 1873 or 1874 because ...

Hermann and his wife are together in 1870 with their son Charles, but by 1875 she is a widow. Another researcher (who seems to be more closely related to this family has a death date of Mar 18, 1874. That makes sense to me, but I can't see where the death date on the stone could be 1874, can you?

Maybe, for now, you could take the death date off the memorial. I have linked Hermann's son Charles to Hermann which looks really weird right now because it looks like Charles was born 15 years after Hermann's death.

Added by Marnie Hawks Thompson on Sep 13, 2014 9:09 PM
Shawn Barnhart-Shuman
Jacob Crope
Hi Donna, Wow are you busy on here! We are from Akron OH & were up in Clarence as my husband's Rev War ancestor George Conrad Schumann settled there.

I was wondering if you could double check the death date on the stone of this man in the memorial you created. It looks like he died in 1817 and not in 1847. I also attached what could be his wife next to him. There is some illegible writing on what is left of her stone.

I found that Harris out of 4 cems we visited (not in Clarence) they have the most intact but illegible stones I've seen. We tried to find some requests that were on for this cem but had no luck.

My husband is Mike Shuman & pretty much just the Shuman name is all we're related to up there. I have record that one of Geo Conrad's dau's married Jacob Croop; however that Jacob Crope would have been the dad. The Cropes, Shumans, Brittons, Uttergraffs were early residents of Clarence and married into the line. Geo Conrad's kids seemed to have all left the Clarence area; most to MI but Mike's Henry to Ohio.
Did I confuse you enough. Thanks for all you do. I just started doing the find a grave stuff but have been doing genealogy my whole life.
Cheers, Shawn Barnhart-Shuman
Added by Shawn Barnhart-Shuman on Sep 12, 2014 7:44 AM
Bruce Duncan
Ernest V. Thrift
Thank you for the prompt response and transfer. All the best. Bruce (Ottawa)
Added by Bruce Duncan on Sep 11, 2014 7:49 PM
Marnie Hawks Thompson
Hi Donna!
Thanks for the transfer!
Added by Marnie Hawks Thompson on Sep 08, 2014 9:43 AM
James Richard Dennison
Donna, thanx SO VERY MUCH for the update on the good Commander. He is sorta my special person to honor, and you have done absolutely WONDERFUL job of his memorial. Thanks again, and have a wonderful day..
Dennis in Macon, Ga.
Added by Popeye on Sep 01, 2014 1:24 PM
Sharon Fulton
RE: Frederick Bloomer
Lol. That was fast! Looks like we're both sitting at our computers at the same time.

Thanks for the transfers! It is quite satisfying to have reunited this family! My only regret is that, despite having specific plot numbers, I was not able to locate markers for the parents and one brother.

Added by Sharon Fulton on Aug 21, 2014 7:30 PM
Sharon Fulton
RE: Frederick Bloomer
Thank you so much re the picture! And sure, it would be great if you could transfer the memorial. I could add some tidbits.

Thanks again!

Added by Sharon Fulton on Aug 21, 2014 7:18 PM
Anne Critcher Clark
Grave Transfer
Hi Donna! I got the transfer for my grandfather Asa Babcock perfectly and was able to do the updates. Thank you so much for everything you do!
Added by Anne Critcher Clark on Aug 19, 2014 6:58 PM
Ronald P. Mills Sr.
RE: Trommetter Stone

I found the picture of my mother, Pauline Trommetter Mills as a young girl, with friends, in front of that shrine you mentioned...I've attempted to attach it to Alois and Elizabeth Trommetter's stone site. Let me know if it worked?

Added by Ronald P. Mills Sr. on Aug 12, 2014 7:47 AM
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