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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 following old 'Find A Grave' strict 'guidelines' for transfers (e.g. spouses, children, parents, grandparents, gr-grandparents ONLY).

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Brian Keith Timmer
RE: Kik Family
Thanks Mike - I should be able to find them with the Nordbergs as a reference point.

The Kik farm was to the east of the Cascade Road intersection - Thornapple River curves to the left (North) as it goes up a slight hill, and the Kik farm stood at the very top of the hill on the left (West) side of the road. I think the house is still there, but the land has all been developed into a subdivision of homes now. It was a beautiful pasture fenced-in for his cows, with a barn and chicken coops. Uncle Nick (my Dad's uncle, actually, but he was Uncle Nick to me) worked for the City of Kalamazoo Parks & Recreation department, and was responsible for the idea of creating a pedestrian mall in downtown Kalamazoo, the first of it's kind at the time. It got a lot of attention from other cities who wanted to do something similar, and Uncle Nick became the "Father" of the Pedestrian Mall.

The road entering the Cascade Township Park is named after him, as is a Kalamazoo Park Pool.

Added by Brian Keith Timmer on Jul 21, 2014 5:06 PM
Brian Keith Timmer
Kik Family

Thanks for taking/posting the photos of the Kik family markers in Cascade. Joan Carlson made the photo request that you fulfilled - she and I share a family connection with the Thomasma's.

Uncle Nick's (Kik) farm on Thornapple River Drive was a favorite place of mine as a child.

I had visited the Cascade Cemetery recently, and for the life of me, I couldn't find their markers anywhere in Section A. Obviously, you're very familiar with that cemetery - can you tell me where the Kik's are located there?

dank je wel!

Added by Brian Keith Timmer on Jul 21, 2014 3:16 PM
Joan Carlson
anna kik
Thanks for sharing Anna's headstone picture. I appreciate it.
Added by Joan Carlson on Jul 19, 2014 12:31 PM
Amy (Decker) Veenendall
Fern L. "Bonnie" Spring Hutt
Hi Mike,
Have some more information on her. Would you like me to send it to you?
Added by Amy (Decker) Veenendall on Jul 13, 2014 2:43 PM
Kathryn Malone
Thank you so much for your time and effort in taking and uploading this memorial photo!
Added by ResearchRansom on Jul 03, 2014 3:51 PM
Sandy Vandertol
Jan Lichtig
Thank you Mike for the gift of Jan Lichtig. Ask and you shall receive on anyone I have. :)
Added by Sandy Vandertol on Jun 20, 2014 7:50 PM
Ed_from_the _Garden
Wm & Nellie De Mann
Thank you for the photos from Oak Grove!
Added by Ed_from_the _Garden on Jun 18, 2014 8:29 PM
RE: Peter & Phoeba Swank Photos - Oak Grove Cemetery
Thank you - much better than what I had!
Added by Chris on Jun 16, 2014 5:49 AM
RE: Swanks - Oak Grove Cemetery
Hi Mike,

I removed my photos - please upload yours as I'm sure they are better quality than what I had. Thank you!

Added by Chris on Jun 16, 2014 5:22 AM
RE: Swanks - Oak Grove Cemetery
Hi Mike - thanks for thinking of me. Peter and Phoebe were my 2nd great grandparents. If your photos are better than mine feel free to upload them - I can take mine down. Thank you!
Added by Chris on Jun 15, 2014 9:08 PM
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