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Mike Cronk (#47300132)
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Bio Photo Many...but not all...of the memorials I have posted are of family members. I would like each of these memorials to eventually be as rich and detailed as the people whose lives they commemorate.

In many cases I don't have any photos of an individual, or the BEST photo of an indvidual. If you do, PLEASE post them in their memorials! If you have obituaries, biographical sketches or first hand accounts, I am happy to add them. If there are errors that need correcting, PLEASE let me know. If you are an interested family member, I would enjoy hearing from you.

ALSO, if there are existing 'Find A Grave' memorials for other UNLINKED family members out in the world, please LINK them to the rest of the family, or contact me about linking them together. Linkage is one of the wonderful features of 'Find A Grave.'

'Find A Grave' offers us all a fantastic opportunity to memorialize and chronicle all the strands of our individual family history...and make it accessible to our extended family. It is an opportunity to both honor those family members that have gone on ahead and also celebrate our own heritage.

My mission of heart is to honor each of my Michigan emigrant forbearers by commemorating their final resting places and those of as many of their descendants as I can locate. Needless to say, this ultimately involves thousands of individuals who share a common blood line...and many branches that have since left Michigan for other distant points.

NOTE: Anyone is welcome to use any gravestone photographs I have taken. No prior permission is required.


On the side of my father, MAX WILLIAM CRONK (1926-2014), those early Michigan forbearers are:

† JACOB CRONK (1792-1869), and his wife, ELIZABETH "BETSEY" (CRONK) CRONK (1793-1880), #53750695, buried in Riverside Cemetery, Hastings, Barry Co., MI - Came to Michigan in 1858, from New York State

† LUCY L. CURTIS (1828-1900), #53750317, wife of LEVI CRONK (1816-1902), #53750147, buried in Riverside Cemetery, Barry Co., MI - Came to Michigan in 1858, from New York State

† LEMUEL LEWIS, SR. (1801-1863), #20501574, buried in Hastings Twp. Cemetery, Barry Co., MI. His first wife and my ancestor, SARAH BANCROFT, died before coming to Michigan. Lemuel came to Michigan between 1852-1856, from Ohio, with his second wife, AGNES ANNIS KEELER (1818-1899), #20501566

† WILLIAM SCOTT MELOY (1817-1903), #53759237, and his wife, FANNY PATTERSON (1815-1890), #53759421, buried in Riverside Cemetery, Hastings, Barry Co., MI - Came to Michigan between 1841-1843, from New York State

† LOTHROP MOSS (1815-1872), #53677658, and his wife, MAILA DOTY (1819-1884), #53681330, buried in Richfield Union Cemetery, Davison, Genesee Co., MI. - Came to Michigan in May of 1852, from New York State

† HARVEY DOTY (1793-1862), buried in Pine Grove Cemetery, Davison, Genesee Co., MI (•War of 1812 Veteran & Descendant of Edward Doty-Dotey of the Mayflower). His wife and my ancestor, APHIAH AUSTIN (1801-1852), #45592730, died before the family came to Michigan and is buried in Tower Cemetery, Porter Center, Niagara Co., NY. Harvey came to Michigan in May of 1852, from New York State

† VANRENSSELAER TYLER (1794-1887) (•War of 1812 Veteran), and his wife, REBECCA DEWEY (1800-1860), #54291298, buried in Harwood Cemetery, Washtenaw Co., MI - Came to Michigan in 1829, from New York State (••They are my earliest Michigan ancestors)

† DARIUS DOUGLASS (1797-1868), #54288714, and his wife, SARAH HALSTED (1797-1844), #54288762, buried in Forest Hill Cemetery, Ann Arbor, Washtenaw Co., MI - Came to Michigan in September of 1835, from New York State


On the side of my mother, VIRGINIA ELIZABETH PETTIT (1925-____), those early Michigan forbearers are:

† DAVID PETTED (1814-1873), #53886743, and his wife, ELIZABETH O'BRIEN (c1825-1859), #53886779, buried in St. Andrew's Cemetery. David was in Michigan by 1837, from Ireland, having arrived in New York aboard the 'Rhode Island' on 28 March 1834.

† PATRICK O'BRIEN (1775-1871), and his wife, ELIZABETH ____?____ (1785-1843), #53779115, buried in St. Andrew's Cemetery, Grand Rapids, Kent Co., MI (••They are my 4X-gr-grandparents and the oldest set of ancestors I have in Michigan) - Came to Michigan in the early 1840's, from Ireland

† PATRICK GORMAN (1800-1875), #55917738, and his wife, ROSE TURRELL (1822-1869), #54604184, buried in St. Patrick's Cemetery, Parnell, Vergennes Twp., Kent Co., MI. Came to Michigan between 1854-1856, from Ireland via New York State

† JOSEPH STEINEBACH (1846-1918), #53546500, and his wife, MARY VOGT (1855-1946), #53546538, buried in St. Mary's of Hannah Catholic Church Cemetery, Hannah, Grand Traverse Co., MI - Joseph had come to Michigan by 1874, from Germany

† JOSEPH VOGT (1815-1889), and his wife, BERNADETTA BOTT (1830-1907), #31380911, buried at Visitation Cemetery, North Dorr, Allegan Co., MI - Came to Michigan in 1865, from Germany via Canada

† PETER SCHMIDT (1819-1892), #53623356, and his wife, KATHARINE GOELZ (1819-1902), #53623544, buried in Mt. Calvary Cemetery, Grand Rapids, Kent Co., MI - Came to Michigan in 1855, from Germany, having arrived in New York aboard the 'Louisiana', 26 November 1855.

† ANNA WINZIG (1861-1940), wife of AUGUST PETER SCHMIDT (1852-1938), #53623035, buried in Mt. Calvary Cemetery, Grand Rapids, Kent Co., MI - Was in Michigan by 1891, from Germany via Cincinnati, OH (••Anna was my last ancestor to immigrate to Michigan)


In the spirit of goodwill, I am happy to transfer 'Find A Grave' memorials (provided that they have no tie-in with my own family lines) to other individuals who do have a family connection. Creating the 'Find A Grave' memorials is its own reward in knowing that I will be providing this information to possible farflung family so many people, in far away places, have provided for me. This goodwill does NOT extend to people who's stated policy is a strict observance of old 'Find A Grave' transfer 'guidelines' (e.g. spouses, children, parents, grandparents, gr-grandparents ONLY).

1. Please select the 'EDIT' tab at the top right of the individual's memorial.
2. Then, select 'SUGGEST A CORRECTION...' and make your request known.
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If that contributor would have asked me, I would have added my photo to her memorial. Then the photo would have the same quality, not shrunk down like her copied version. I was never notified by her, except when she wrote to tell me about my duplicate.
What is the most upsetting, is that after being "called out" on copying photos to add to her memorials, she wouldn't even remove the copied version after I pointed out that it didn't look as nice as the original. She thinks it is appropriate to take the credit of others work. I've noticed a lot of copied work while viewing her memorials.
She deliberately created a duplicate memorial, and I know she knew this, because she took the photo off of the original to add to her duplicate.
I enjoy helping others, that's why I contribute to this site. It isn't helping others to put out there a bad copy, of what's already out there. I just wish that she and others like her, realize it causes bad feelings to the contributors that actually take their time to go out and get these photos.
I just want the copiers to know that they are not doing so unnoticed.
If she didn't want to take the time to ask, she could have included a caption stating where she got the photo.
Anyhow, I just wanted to let you know, I have no trouble sharing photos, I just want them to be of the same quality as I've added.
Thanks for your time, have a blessed day..

Best Wishes,

Added by Stone✞Searcher on Oct 14, 2014 6:05 AM
Thibos, Peter & Mary
Thank you Mike for taking the time to provide me with photos of my ancestors. You have helped so much! Cindy
Added by cci on Oct 11, 2014 9:03 PM
Dana Dancy
RE: Alonzo Clark - Resurrection Cemetery
Thanks for answering my question. I try very hard not to duplicate memorials but sometimes a memorial is entered with just the first initial and then later filled in with full name or the spelling of the first name is different.
Added by Dana Dancy on Sep 21, 2014 5:18 PM
Dana Dancy
RE: Alonzo & Jane (Talbot) Clark - Resurrection Cemetery
Sure just send it back and I will delete it.
Added by Dana Dancy on Sep 20, 2014 10:31 PM
Dana Dancy
Alonzo and Jane (Talbot) Clark
I am distantly related to Alonzo and Jane - I moved them over to the Resurrection cemetery before I transferred them over to you. Their death records listed they were buried in Wyoming Twp.
Added by Dana Dancy on Sep 20, 2014 7:33 PM
Maude Anna Haas
Hi Mike - Thanks for the link suggestion for Maude to her dad. This is new information I can add to my personal family tree, thank you1 Are you related? -Amy
Added by amys on Sep 15, 2014 7:16 PM
Helen Greer
RE: Madelyn Hull Ansorge
Hi Mike,

I never knew about the problems Arthur Ansorge got into until I read it here! That would have been when my grandfather was only a year old and he never talked much about his parents. He never got over his father leaving him. When he was at the University of Washington, he contracted TB and his maternal grandmother, Myrtle Myers (Hull) Moses took him to a sanitarium in Phoenix. When he recovered, he transferred to the University of Arizona in Tucson and officially changed his last name from Ansorge to Hull. (Myrtle divorced his grandfather and remarried an Arthur Moses). What I know: his grandfather Frank Wilbur Hull Sr is buried in Inglewood Cemetery in Los Angeles with his second wife and his Uncle Frank Wilbur Hull Jr's cremains are in Acacia Memorial Park in Seattle. Bonney-Watson doesn't have any old records online. I don't know where Alma and Joseph Myers or Myrtle Moses are or even the death date of Myrtle, (it would have been around 1940, my mother remembered her). One story my grandfather did love to tell about his family is that one of his ancestors kept throwing away urns with family ashes, even though they knew. UGH what a lot we are.

Regards, Helen
Added by Helen Greer on Sep 06, 2014 3:53 AM
Helen Greer
RE: Madelyn Hull Ansorge
Madelyn actually died in Seattle Washington, before her husband. I'm not sure if she's buried there or was reburied with her husband. My grandfather rarely talked about his parents, as they died when he was in his teens.

Added by Helen Greer on Sep 06, 2014 2:30 AM
Helen Greer
Arthur Ansorge
Thank you for posting the information on my great-grandfather, Arthur Ansorge. I was wondering, if his wife, Madelyn Hull Ansorge, is buried with him?

Thanks, Helen
Added by Helen Greer on Sep 05, 2014 1:49 PM
RE: Covill Family - Cascade Cemetery
Thank-you so much Mike! I appreciate your rapid response! I have been sitting here this morning working on the memorials for them. I will be adding more. Thanks again! Becky
Added by Becky on Aug 28, 2014 8:55 AM
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