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Donna Ruhland Bonning (#46786861)
 member for 11 years, 1 month, 5 days
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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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Ronnie Miller
RE: Minerva Thrall Johnson #18348167
Dear Donna,

Thank you for adding the information to Minerva Thrall Johnson.

Another daughter and family have found their way home today!

Please continue your fine work in helping us all find our family members. I will be sure to add you as credit for the photo.

Onward we travel,

Added by Ronnie Miller on May 22, 2016 1:56 PM
Ronnie Miller
Minerva Thrall Johnson #18348167
Hello Donna,

Thank you for adding Minerva Thrall Johnson to the Find a Grave site.

If you will allow, I would like to use the photo of her stone on my Family Tree site.

Also I am not sure if this is correct protocol however is it possible to list her nickname as Minerva as this is the family name we know her by.

I have sent some edits for her if you would add them please.

Please continue your fine work in helping us all find our family members.

Onward we travel,

Added by Ronnie Miller on May 20, 2016 1:13 PM
Marjorie Ribbeck
RE: Fullers
You know I'm glad to help!!!
Added by Marjorie Ribbeck on May 14, 2016 8:26 PM
Nancy Kinmartin
Where the grave site located in Buffalo Cemetery
Hi Donna, I see you took a picture of my great grandparents grave stone in Buffalo Cemetery, I was wondering if you know the location in the Cemetery itself. The stone I'm looking for is for Michael 1856-1930 and Anna M Roll 1865. I appreciate and help you can give me! Thank you!
Added by Nancy Kinmartin on May 14, 2016 1:46 PM
Stephen Barneby
RE: Joel and Mary
Thanks. I'll cite you as the source of the photos.
Added by Stephen Barneby on May 12, 2016 5:53 AM
Ken Mason
RE: Humphrey Cemetery
Yes, Donna it is about 3 miles north of Holland on RT 16, thanks so much for your help. Israel Reed is buried there, He is my 4th great grandfather.
Added by Ken Mason on Apr 29, 2016 5:16 PM
Ken Mason
Humphrey Cemetery
Donna, I heard one time that there was limited access to this cemetery by the public, Is this still the situation?
Added by Ken Mason on Apr 29, 2016 12:13 PM
Janet Muff
RE: Isabella Wheat
Thanks so much, Donna.
Added by Janet Muff on Mar 25, 2016 12:25 AM
Janet Muff
RE: Isabella Wheat
Thanks for letting me know, Donna.
Added by Janet Muff on Mar 24, 2016 3:20 PM
patricia lawson
RE: Herbert Tompkins
Thank You for the extra note on his memorial.
I am pretty sure I know exactly who he is, All I need to do is get some sort of record as proof, which no one will budge on the information, not even a death date or if his family were informed of it.
i also don't know why he was buried there and not taken by his family for burial
So many questions are unanswered for the people in these places.
Added by patricia lawson on Mar 12, 2016 1:28 PM
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