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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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Pattie Ford
RE: In the spirit of goodwill
Hi Mike

I was hoping you would say yes to being my friend. You know for the most part, the volunteers taking photo request are so very helpful and nice. Very thankful for these people! And then just like you say you come across a member who are very rude and down right mean.

If you get the time, please visit my gr aunts memorial the one you gave me a plot number for. (Find A Grave #60902176). The story is abt her escape to America from France with her mother, and siblings. It is down played a bit from what I was told that they went thru. Someday I will put more in there.

Thrilled to be your friend!
Added by Pattie Ford on Nov 18, 2014 6:44 PM
Pattie Ford
In the spirit of goodwill
Hi Mike

Just stopping by your member page so I could thank you on the updates for Boyle family buried in Mount Calvary Cemetery.

Thank you, Thank you, Thank YOU, for I don't think I could have said it better. Love your spirit, I too believe that memorials for ancestors should be with family and not a number game! More than half memorials will never be filled in as to who they are, in this site. Glad to see your "no extend policy"!! hahahaha, I am going to add you as a friend if that is ok with you

Have a great day!
Added by Pattie Ford on Nov 18, 2014 10:38 AM
Lorena Taylor
Sorry about the loss of your relative. She was a great lady. Gad I could help you out with her memorial.
Added by loresann on Nov 16, 2014 3:50 PM
Laura Schumont
Peter S & Eliza Cronk Bean
while doing research today on my Bean family line I came across a few messages between you and Jan Gorman. I have been in slight contact with Jan, who is my mother's cousin.

My Mother is Mary Jo Schell, mother is Clara Alice Schell (BEAN), grandfather is Marion F Bean, Great grandfather is Peter S Bean -- so Peter & Eliza Cronk Carter Bean are my 2x great grandparents.

The message I saw that I find most interesting is re: the scans of the Cronk info in a post you made earlier today.

In November I am hoping to take a trip throughout Wisconsin to gather information on both my mother and father's families and would love to see the scans (if you are willing to share with someone so recently in contact with you) or at least more info as to places to I may need to add during my visit.

I am also going to send you an email with my phone number hoping that we can connect more personally somehow. I live in Plymouth MI -- only 2 hours from Grand Rapids !!!
Added by Laura Schumont on Oct 25, 2014 12:53 PM
Jan Gorman
Peter Smith Bean
Another relative of ours sent your Find A Grave memorial for Lorenzo Carter to me. I was so excited to see the photos attached that were written in my great-great-grandfather's own handwriting.

Eliza Cronk Carter Bean is my great-great-grandmother. I am a descendant through their son, Marion Francis Bean. Find A Grave Memorial# 21827440, and have added photos to her memorial.

Do you have the originals of Peter's genealogy notes, or did you find them in a library, or online somewhere. Are there others? If so, I would be very interested in seeing them.
Added by Jan Gorman on Oct 24, 2014 4:40 AM
Copied Photos
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
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