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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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Wendy Coultry
Thank you for adding the memorial for my great-great-grandfather and his wife. I live so far away that I doubt I'll ever see it in person, so it means a lot to me that you added them. :)

Would you consider transferring them over to me- only if you aren't also related, of course? If you ARE related, I'd love to compare notes! :) Regardless of the answer, I remain very grateful! :)

Thomas F. Coultry 34516978
Bernadette Conners Coultry 34517004

Wendy Coultry
Added by Wendy Coultry on Jan 13, 2017 7:23 PM
RE: Downloading your Pix
I just uploaded the pictures from find a grave of DIADEMA SHELDON (Egelston Family Cemetery) and they are just as tiny as your profile picture on Find A Grave and very blurry. You said you had taken the Diadema Sheldon pictures (3) off your computer. If they're still in your delete box, I'd love to have them. I can't get the ones off Find A Grave to be large enough to view, or clear enough to view. Do you live close to this cemetery?
Added by Joann on Jan 10, 2017 10:36 PM
Emma Gebo at Holy Angels Cem.
Hi not sure if you are interested but i did find an obit for Emma Gebo it was short and to the point :
PLATTSBURGH Daily Republican, FRIDAY, JANUARY 10, 1941
January 1, 1941 Emma
Gebo expired, recording the first
death this year.
I do Know she was born Jul 1878 in Altona.
Thanks again Winemaker
Added by winemaker on Jan 09, 2017 7:59 PM
McManis J. H. and Wife Anna
Hello Donna, I submitted a couple of edits for them. To link them, to add his first name of Joseph and her complete date and place of death. The sources were Civil War records, cemetery records and census records.

I also added a Civil War photograph of him from the NY State Military Museum.

Thanks for creating their memorials. Paul Turner
Added by pjt on Jan 09, 2017 5:01 PM
RE: Downloading your Pix
I figured it out, Donna. I'm on an iMac and I was using their proprietary mouse. It does not have a left- or right-click function. I plugged in an old tiny mouse from my laptop days and it works just fine. Thank you so much.
I'm really enjoying Find a Grave. I've been a member for many years, but haven't uploaded but one tombstone. I have many tombstone pictures, but have been focusing on my genealogy WEBSITE and building my Family-Tree-Maker and Ancestry genealogies. Thanks again.
Added by Joann on Jan 04, 2017 10:51 PM
Downloading your Pix
Thank you so much for permission to use any of your photos of my relatives. Thanks also for correction of your maiden name spelling. I tried to download the picture of Diadema, and I couldn't isolate the photo. I've noticed some other contributors' pix can download as photos and underneath I see the word "scaleable". But yours download as .html documents and I can't get the photo as a separate jpg image. Any tips you can offer?
Added by Joann on Jan 03, 2017 11:54 AM
Lillian Gebo at Holy Angels Cem. Altona NY
I came across an obit for Lillian If you want to add he Parents names.

Plattsburg Daily Republican 1937
We are grieved to learn of the
untimely death of Lillian Gebo,
who died Saturday at the Champlain
Valley hospital. She was aa
adopted daughter of Mr. and Mrs.
Edward Gebo of this town, to whom
the heartfelt sympathy of our little
community is extended. Funeral
services will take place
Tuesday morning at Holy Angels'

Added by winemaker on Jan 02, 2017 12:39 PM
Clint Black
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I have sent you pod and dod per published obituary

The headstone has no dod but he is buried there.
Much obliged,
Added by Clint Black on Dec 29, 2016 8:34 AM
Corydon Sheldon
Donna: I should have added this to my request for the picture of Diadema Saxton's tombstone photo: Her son, Corydon, is my 3rd Great Grand Uncle. May I have a photo of his tombstone, also? Thank you. Joann
Added by Joann on Dec 28, 2016 1:15 PM
Dear Donna: Diadema Saxton is my 4th Great Grandmother. I've had her info for about 34 years but just today found your pictures of her tombstone. I would love to have a jpeg copy of the tombstone if you would permit me to use it in my Ancestry file and also on my genealogy website ( My person Note regarding this burial in Ancestry is as follows: "BURIAL: Death and burial was in 1843. Egelston Cemetery, Lancaster, Erie Co NY. Next to 8030 Genesee Street, approx. 1/4 mi. Elf Pavement Road & Genesee Street intersection, on the N side. In 1862, the cemetery was named “Bergold Site”. Tombstones were read in August 1998 by Leo J. & Katherine M. Kopp. Also, papers located at the Lancaster Historical Society December 1997, were copied by Mrs. Godfrey Morgan, and Mrs. James E.Wilson, Chairman. Find A Grave website, record created on 23 July 2008 by Donna Rutland Bonning, and photos attached. Find A Grave Memorial #28482099." Do I have y our permission to use your photos thus? I live in Utah and don't have a way in the forseeable future to get to New York (I'm 73 years old now).
Added by Joann on Dec 28, 2016 1:05 PM
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