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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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Sharon Martin
Elizabeth Woodward Lampson
Thank you for transferring Elizabeth to me.

Added by Sharon Martin on Apr 25, 2015 7:01 AM
RE: Willis Schellenger
Memorials # 22402521 and 22402522 are for the same person; Willis Schellenger (1825-) and they were both created by you on the same day: 23 Oct 2007. Sorry if you didn't understand my first msg which was sent as an edit for memorial 22402521, suggesting that 22402522 was a dupe of 22402521 and should be deleted.
I agree, Willis Schellenger should have a memorial to remember his life, but he only needs one.
I hope this explains it well enough so you understand.
Mike Skelenger
Added by skellysiam on Apr 14, 2015 8:06 AM
Jim Kimble
RE: Mary Eldridge
Hi Donna....
The information I sent you is for the wrong person. All you should have to do is delete everything, including links to her parents, that is not on the tombstone.
I feel bad about this error and after it was "entered" I couldn't change it as it's your site.
Added by Jim Kimble on Apr 08, 2015 3:04 PM
Frederick Porter
Greenwood/North Byron Edits
Hi Donna,

Thanks so much for all the edits in Greenwood and North Byron, I know that it can be tedious work.

Have a great day,

Added by Frederick Porter on Apr 08, 2015 1:31 PM
Susann Spring
Monument photo for Clayton Albert Spring
Hi Donna,

The headstone photo that you attached to my father's (Clayton Albert Spring Jr) is incorrect. The photo is actually for his father, Clayton Burton Spring and his mother, Bertha Nellie Green. They are in Forest Hill Cemetery, Attica NY.

Thanks for all the wonderful work you have done through the years in all the local cemeteries. I have lived away from western NY for many years and it's nice to be able to "visit" my family gravesites online when I need some family time.

Susann Spring
Added by Susann Spring on Apr 02, 2015 6:43 PM
RE: Father's grave
Hello Donna

Thank you for your prompt reply.

The newspaper article definitely says the Evergreen cemetery on Sandridge road. I found that cemetery and went through it. No luck.

The Pope that is buried in the in-town cemetery is not my father's grave.

My father died from the Wende (sp?)home in 1954. I checked with the Erie County records people, they claim their records do not go back further than 1955.

Added by Bob on Mar 26, 2015 12:16 PM
Father's grave
Hi Donna

My father, Edward Pope is buried in the Alden Town Cemetery. But I can not any grave stone OR any marker of any kind. I contacted the Town of Alden for a list of interments....they had NONE. The editor of the local newspaper showed me an article that listed his burial in the Alden Town Cemetery in 1954.
Do you have ANY ideas as to how I might find his grave? I would like to erect a stone (marker)if permission able.

Thank you
Bob Pope

March 23, 2015
Added by Bob on Mar 24, 2015 2:54 PM
mickie black
walter todd
Thank you so much.this is my brother in law that I never met. mickie todd
Added by mickie black on Mar 23, 2015 1:49 PM
Mark Butler
RE: Philip Judd
Thank you Donna! I'm pretty sure about the later date, but will reach out to the others as you suggested. I am descended through Liberty Judd's granddaughter Deborah Judd-Miller. It's neat to see that Philip was so passionate about a free America.
Added by Mark Butler on Mar 23, 2015 10:50 AM
Mark Butler
Philip Judd
Thank you for posting so many memorials! I was especially happy to see my 6x great-grandfather Philip Judd on here. I did discover that the plaque on his grave has an error on it. He was born in 1740.

The 1740 date makes sense. I don't think there would have been many 61-year-olds fighting at Kip's Landing!
Added by Mark Butler on Mar 23, 2015 9:22 AM
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