Begin New Search
Refine Last Search
Cemetery Lookup
Add Burial Records
Help with Find A Grave

Top Contributors
Success Stories
Community Forums
Find A Grave Store

Log In
Donna Ruhland Bonning (#46786861)
 member for 10 years, 5 months, 15 days
[Add to MyFriends]
Bio and Links

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"

Leave Public Message
Contributions to
Find A Grave
 • 20,943 Memorials Added
 • 20,204 Memorials Managed
 • 38 Memorials/Week
 • 33,095 Photos
 • 4 Photo Requests
 • 103 Volunteer Photos Taken
 • 24,935 Virtual Flowers
 • 45 Virtual Cemeteries
 • 27 Fame Ratings
 • 9 Sponsorships
 • 10 Friends
Search Contributor's Records

First NameLast Name

Virtual Cemeteries
"FOUND"........ (66)
100 YEAR CLUB (22)
Civil War Vets (69)
Craig Colony Census detai... (57)
DAD (1)
[View all Virtual Cemeteries...]
Find A Grave Friends
carolyn grady, Diane Miller, Katherine (Kath..., Louise Grimaldi..., Mary E. Warner, Pete Gauthier, Roberta (Schott..., s baucum, Susan Fuller
Messages left for Donna Ruhland B... (846)[Leave Message]
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
Inverness Cemetery
Where is the stone inscribed with the Inverness info located? I didn't see it at the cemetery when I was there.
Added by Shipgoer on Aug 10, 2015 7:03 PM
Sue Wemett
Duplicate Grave
Duplicate Find-A-Grave for Jacob Moore #121949967 Mt. Rest Cemetery, Bergen, NY and #44122454 in Stone Church Cemetery, Bergen, NY. Thanks.
Added by Sue Wemett on Aug 07, 2015 8:46 PM
Craig Thomas
Fern Ella Spring Thompson
Fern is my Great Great Aunt.
Fern Ella Spring was born on 08 Oct 1903 at Attica, Wyoming, New York, USA. She died on 14 May 1930 at Niagara Falls, Niagra, New York, USA.
Fern Ella Spring married Robert James Thompson on 02 Dec 1924. They had two children:
Robert James Thompson, Jr. born in 1924 d.11 Feb. 1959.
Rosemary Thompson born.1929. died in infancy.
Added by Craig Thomas on Jul 26, 2015 4:00 AM
[View all messages...]

Privacy Statement and Terms of Service