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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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cassie yarsky
Donna, if you could email it to me, that would be great. I tried working with the download and just couldn't get a better image. thank you
Added by cassie yarsky on Feb 24, 2015 5:35 PM
Bob Palone
Memorial# 16538669
Thank you for your good work.
Can you make a correction on a memorial?

Cornelius White
Find A Grave Memorial# 16538669
His DOD is listed as 1909
He actually died in 1903. If you look carefully at the stone you can see if it is a three. I have his obituary if you want to see it.
Thank you for your work!

Bob Palone...
Added by Bob Palone on Feb 24, 2015 7:47 AM
cassie yarsky
Hi Donna, I have a strange request for you. I am getting an application together for the DAR for James Morse who is buried in Prospect Hill Cemetery in Perry. You took the photo for Find A Grave. I am wondering if 1. you would give me permission to use the photo with my application and 2. do you by any chance still have the original Photo?
The photo on Find A Grave is too small for me to work on it to make it more readable when printed. If you still have the original, could you email it to me so I can work with it or if you have others of this monument that you can send me. thanks so much, Cassie
Added by cassie yarsky on Feb 23, 2015 5:46 PM
Hi Donna,

Many, many thanks for the transfers that you have sent to me. I so appreciate it. You certainly have a heart for people - when I see all the memorials you have made with such love. Thank you for all your hard work on find a grave!
Added by Gram on Feb 23, 2015 3:44 PM
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I believe you many have Heman Brown who died in 1829 mixed up with his son Heman who died in 1882. Heman who died in 1829 was Heman Brown Sr was born 14 Feb 1757 in Kent Township, Litchfield County, CT. He married Mary West, who was born in 1757 and died 25 Jun 1812 in Bethany, NY. Heman was a soldier in the Revolutionary War. He served in Capt. Powell's Co. of Militia in the Alarms of Barnard and Royalton, VT 1780/1. In 1790 and 1800, they show up on the Strafford Orange County, VT census. They lived there until 1807, when they moved to Bethany, Genesee County, NY, settling at Brown's Corners road 17 Corner 19. Heman married second, Mercy. Heman died 13 Jul 1829 in Genesee County. Mary, Mercy and Heman are buried at the Maple Lawn Cemetery in Bethany.

I'm not real sure but would appreciate it if you would double check this>
Added by J.B. on Feb 23, 2015 11:49 AM
claire a
Thank you, Donna. I appreciate your work and time, Claire
Added by claire a on Feb 20, 2015 3:37 PM
RE: Mary Lansing
Find A Grave Memorial# 86772229

I, too, am passionate about the misfortunate that so many faced during times when a family had to make the decision to institutionalize a family member. The family on this memorial never had a clue what their loving child would face after they had passed.
Added by Patsy1945 on Feb 17, 2015 6:41 PM
RE: Mary Lansing
For your information, Oregon did pass a law which allows information to be provided in hopes that the cremains of nearly 3,500 deceased individuals so that they may be reunited with family.
Added by Patsy1945 on Feb 17, 2015 6:35 PM
RE: Mary Lansing
Thank you for the information.

Just in case people do ready messages I would like to provide a link for a similar death that ended in the unclaimed cremains of a young woman who was unfortunate enough to have her loving adoptive family pass prior to her, leaving her to live her life out in a state home for the insane or disabled. Maybe someone will find a member of their family here as well.

( Honoring the Past - List of Unclaimed Cremains
Added by Patsy1945 on Feb 17, 2015 6:30 PM
Tammy M.
I am searching for her husband Waldo Curtiss' Grave. I do not know if he was buried beside her or not. He died first. He was a cooper and a lawyer.
Added by Tammy M. on Feb 08, 2015 8:18 AM
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