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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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Sheri West
Thyra Esch
Thank you so much for her tombstone photo :)
Added by Sheri West on Dec 16, 2014 5:52 PM
Burnt Almond Fudge
headstone photo
thank you for all the headstone photos. have a very merry christmas
Added by Burnt Almond Fudge on Dec 16, 2014 12:10 PM
Sandy Vandertol
RE: Frank Hengsbach - Mount Calvary Cemetery
Thanks Mike!
I find bread crumbs all over the place and love history. I visited my mother's 88 year old cousin last week and she opened a trunk to show me what was inside. She had her mother's dolls from the 1890's in pristine condition in their original dresses and I practically had to wipe the drool off my chin. Then she let me borrow 2 books from the trunk before she donates them to the GR museum. One is called "Grand Rapids Illustrated 1902." and the other is "Grand Rapids Mich. As it Is 1894." Wow! I was so excited to see that old stuff! I want to scan the pages of those books because there are so many drawings of buildings and also business people from that time period. I'm hoping to find some of their pages on Find a Grave and be able to add the head shots of them so others can enjoy them too.
Added by Sandy Vandertol on Dec 15, 2014 9:16 PM
Petoskey History 1852-2002
Hello, Mike. Do you have any historical information on Raymond Brockway?
Added by Petoskey History 1852-200... on Dec 15, 2014 9:15 PM
Wayne Koebel
Thank You Mike for your assistance.
Added by Wayne Koebel on Dec 15, 2014 12:19 PM
Thank you
Thank you for the photos of Peter Heus' headstone. I appreciate the up close and full monument shots.
Added by Debie on Dec 14, 2014 7:08 PM
Northern Lights
Mr. Eberhard
Hi, Mike. Loved reading about Mr. Eberhard. We remember him well. What a guy! You made him come alive. I have put him in one of our viritual cemeteries. Great site you have here! Happy holidays and a great 2015 in every way. NL
Added by Northern Lights on Dec 14, 2014 6:21 AM
Judith D
RE: Albert B. Glisick - Greenwood Cemetery
Glad to help. I'm finding some VERY interesting misspellings in that cemetery list. :-) It's kind of fun, actually! I've always enjoyed a puzzle.
Added by Judith D on Dec 05, 2014 5:10 PM
Ann Shanessy Horan
Hi Mike,

Thank you for the cemetery correction. I'm taking down the memorial once Angela is able to transfer dates and links.

Mary Beth
Added by mbm1311 on Dec 01, 2014 12:14 PM
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
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