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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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William & Elizabeth Gebhard
here is the link to my blog post:
Added by Kruszka on Nov 23, 2015 7:22 AM
William & Elizabeth Gebhard Photo
Thank you for posting the photo of William & Elizabeth Gebhard's tombstone at United French & German Cemetery in Cheektowaga.

I would like to use this photo in a blog, about not taking tombstone information at face value. The engraver made a 20 year error on William's side of the stone.

Thanks much,

Anne Kruszka
Added by Kruszka on Nov 19, 2015 12:28 PM
Phil Jordan
Feryall cemetery
It has been over 20 years since visiting the old feryall /Alma's site in sciota, ny. Last time I saw this site it was covered with lilac bushes. Recently I found a photo that shows this cemetery restored but the photo is just to small to appreciate. Is it possible that I could get this photo in a larger format? These are my direct ancestors from the Almaw line. I tried to get permission to restore this site back then but had no luck. So glad to see someone made it happen. Thanks

Phil Jordan from mass.
Added by Phil Jordan on Nov 15, 2015 1:09 PM
Erie County, New York Cemeteries Past & Present
Susana Wurtz, Stutter Cemetery, Lancaster, NY
Additional information for Susana Wurtz

Suaana Wurtz
ge___ hory Wu___
acbe (A)ren Auj der___si
17 of Junx 1780
din 11 April 1815

Information taken from papers located at the Lancaster Historical Society, Researched 18 April 1970 by Ed Mikula & Don Keller & 30 April 2001, by Leo J. & Katherine M. Kopp
Added by Erie County, New York Cem... on Nov 08, 2015 7:32 PM
Gary White
Josiah White Simons
I don't have much else re Josiah. He is a rather distant relative of mine, but appears he and his father enlisted in the Union Army on the same date.

His father also died of typhoid fever at North Mountain.


Added by Gary White on Nov 05, 2015 1:45 PM
Craig P. Curtis
Charles Curtis epitaph
First I'm Craig P. Curtis a Great Nephew of his I think, grandson of brother George W. Curtis. Re; prior note I guess so; but I might like to edit what I wrote
a bit; Or add more; If its the right Charles Curtis there was another Curtis family locally but not sure . Perhaps is why Charles Curtis SR. was brought to Mooers to begin with about 1850 or so by a family friend named Leggett??, From Montreal after death of all family there. Charles SR. was later a Disabled Civil war Vet still ran a 400-450 acre Dairy and raised 9 children and a Granddaughter as a 10Th. Didn't live with them though. I didn't respond before, as I hoped to contact His Charles JR's Grand children ( also a great grandchild or more) first; of his Sons; Methodist Minister & Chaplin Ralph Curtis USN WWII, his brother Howard Curtis USN WWII & Brown University VP emeritus; son Perry died in WWII I think no children ?? but a widow.
I went to services for my dads cousins Howard and Ralph both had Methodist retirement village in ST Pete/Clearwater Fl. their winter homes The United Methodist church in Mooers would Info I think. The 1776-1976 History of Mooers has some info too. and American Legion of Mooers.
Craig P.Curtis
Added by Craig P. Curtis on Nov 01, 2015 7:36 PM
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
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