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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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Mary DeVault
Craig Colony Memorial Cemetery
This is my second thank you for the tombstone photo of my g uncle Arthur Hartman. By any chance do you know if Livingston county has burial information or was that all private with the Craig Colony?
Mary Jane DeVault
Added by Mary DeVault on Oct 12, 2015 12:23 PM
Charles Norton
H. J. Norton, Wheatland Cemetery
On behalf of thousands of Norton descendants from coast-to-coast, I offer a global apology for Harmon's unchivalrous behavior! Further, we all thank you for attending to Harmon and Laura's memorial.

For the record, my part of the Norton family has had no presence in or near Elba since approximately 1835. My direct ancestor, Charles Norton, second son of Henry and Polly Brace, brother of Harmon's father Lockliin, migrated with his family to southern Ohio. The next generation, Charles A. Norton, hopped to Missouri before the Big War. The next two generations were present in Missouri and Kansas where my grandfather eventually amassed a considerable amount of farmland. With that kind of background, it should be no surprise that I ended up teaching school in California.

There was no effort to formalize any of the family history until I reached retirement age and began to unravel the tapestry. Thank the Good Lord for the Internet. (Thanks also, to a lesser degree, to Al Gore!) We've done fairly well with the story so, if you encounter other Nortons, please feel free to ring my bell. I know that we also have a number of family graves in Pinevale Cemetery in Elba and Springvale Cemetery in East Elba.

Thank you again for your valuable efforts.

Chuck Norton
Added by Charles Norton on Oct 07, 2015 7:40 PM
Charles Norton
H. J. Norton, Wheatland Cemetery
Re: Thank you for the memorial and pictures of the headstones of H.J. and Laura Norton in Wheatland Cemetery. I offer the following additional information for your consideration:

Harmon Jay Norton was born on December 28, 1818 in Elba, the son of Locklin and Laura Wright Norton. He married Laura Cleveland Brown, the daughter of Charles Philip & Sarah Ann (Driggs) Brown on May 24, 1843 in Wheatville, NY. They had 11 children: Alice, Charles, Idea, Florence, Orrelle, Arthur, Corabel, Rosamond, Leoline, Annie, and Howard.

Thank you,

Charles Norton
Added by Charles Norton on Oct 07, 2015 3:49 PM
Janice Bonilla
Joseph Engelbreit
How very kind of you to offer. Yes, Joseph was a cousin of my mother's, and I've done considerable research on the Engelbreit family (my grandmother was an Engelbreit).

Oddly enough, my Engelbreit grandmother was married to a Fuller.

Yes, indeed I should be very pleased to see a copy of the letter. Thank you so much for thinking of me.
Janice B.
Added by Janice Bonilla on Oct 01, 2015 10:57 AM
William McNaughton
Thank you for the photo of my 3rd great grandfather's stone in Caledonia Rural Cemetery. William McNaughton, along with his son-in-law, Garrett Elyea, died of cholera during the epidemic of 1852.
Did you see any stone or marker for William's wife, Relief? I'm sure she would have been buried beside her husband. She probably died between 1880 and 1900.
Thank you for any information you could give me.
Ellen McCoy
Added by ebmc on Sep 30, 2015 10:18 AM
Marnie Hawks Thompson
Leonard Fuller
What an amazing story! This is one that should be shared with f.a.g. as a testament to what this site can do!

You are right, without the memorial this young man's story may never have been know and the precious photos and memorabilia may have been lost forever.

I am sure his parents would be so pleased to see that you have taken the time to honor their son.

Blessing to you, you do so much!

Added by Marnie Hawks Thompson on Sep 25, 2015 8:35 AM
Mary Norris
Charles Post
I am quite overwhelmed to be able to 'find' my uncle. He was the last of 8 aunts and uncles that I have been tracing for four years now! Thank you and all the volunteers who do all this work and help bring our families back together.
Added by Mary Norris on Sep 17, 2015 7:33 AM
Rippey Genealogy Book available
Hi I have a 11 x 17" copy of the Rippey Genealogy. Has all kinds of charts, etc. 6000 names. Starts in about 1700 in PA.

I can scan and post this somewhere. . . although is a xerox of a xerox and quality is poor

Gary Wallace
Added by LWallace on Sep 13, 2015 4:00 PM
Marnie Hawks Thompson
RE: Isreal Reed
I am really sorry Donna, you are right on the first article. I am also really bad at math, and obviously my READING skills suck, too (:

btw-This is the gravestone that you worked to have placed in the Historical Society, right? One of these days I am going to get down there to see it. Do you mind if I eventually send some stuff your way to update his memorial? Would you add the picture of the original gravestone to the memorial?

I have been working on Protection Cemetery (the older section rather than the new). I have copies of the records from Ron Post who is the caretaker for the cemetery and am trying to identify many of the unrecorded burials in Protection. As I work thru the families of Holland, I often "run into" folks that are buried in Humphrey, too. I am very interested in this cemetery - so much history! Saw an article recently about the man who bought the property that the cemetery was located on. He was being accused of plowing areas of the cemetery and distrupting (that's a polite term) graves because he felt it was his property to do with what he wanted. Yikes! He put up a fence surrounding the cemetery and was charging folks $50 to enter. Can't seem to find out what happened from there, but if true, we may never know some of the folks that are buried there.

Hope all is well with you and your family.

Added by Marnie Hawks Thompson on Sep 06, 2015 7:05 AM
Gerard Eagleston
Major Edward Eggleston Sr.
Thank you for the kind words about my uncle. And it helped in my search for more info about my ancestors. :)
Added by Gerard Eagleston on Aug 18, 2015 7:09 PM
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