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Donna Ruhland Bonning (#46786861)
 member for 11 years, 7 months, 22 days
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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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Katherine White
RE: Nichlas Bloch.
You totally read my mind. I was just going to tell you that Sebastian is one sibling - based on an 1854 baptism of one of his children and Michael Harter was a sponsor (Godfather). I'll keep plugging away :)
Added by Katherine White on Dec 09, 2016 3:28 PM
Ron Lewis
Request to transfer memoral for Roscoe C. Lewis

Roscoe Lewis was my grandfather. I never knew him as he died before I was born, something I regret

Would you be willing to transfer his memorial to me. I thank you.

His name was Roscoe C, Lewis and his memorial is Find A Grave Memorial # 27589720.

Ron Lewis
Added by Ron Lewis on Dec 09, 2016 2:41 PM
Katherine White
RE: Nichlas Bloch.
I can't figure out what happened to the wife. I found them in the 1865 census (under Blake). His death record in 1868 does not indicate she had already passed or it would have referred to her as "defunct" (Latin for dead). I checked the death records at St. Mary's from 1868 all the way up to 1892 in search of her and never found one.

There could be a few reasons for this but first let me ask you if you know who any of her other children are besides your 3rd great grandmother Catherine Bloch Harter? Her Mother indicates in one census she had 10 children!
Added by Katherine White on Dec 09, 2016 12:30 PM
Gary Boughton
Ida Adell Boughton
Hi Donna,

Thanks so very much for the transfer, it's very much appreciated.

Thank You,

Gary Boughton
Added by Gary Boughton on Dec 06, 2016 6:32 AM
David A Stewart
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Also on memorial Memorial# 26820746, Notice that the individual is listed as both his own son and father. All 3 links point to the same person.
Added by David A Stewart on Dec 04, 2016 8:48 AM
David A Stewart
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Hi Again Donna,

Memorial #26820746 (William Harrison Porter, Jr) links to himself as his own father.

His Correct father is memorial #173164584 (William Harrison Porter, Sr).

I probably entered the wrong ID when I submitted it to you, my apologies.
Added by David A Stewart on Dec 04, 2016 8:44 AM
Gary Gouchie
RE: Location of site,Ridge Lawn
When I pull up the memorial # on find a grave site it gives that location. Anyway Thanks a lot I will return to the office to get a better picture of names around him, thank you so very much for your help. Gary
Added by Gary Gouchie on Nov 15, 2016 7:47 AM
Gary Gouchie
Location of site,Ridge Lawn
My name is Gary Gouchie, I was at the main office for Ridge Lawn for info. On my Grandfather. Simeon Snook they told me he was in section D 207, could not find him. The file card they gave me says section B 207. You # 51802199 says it is in section E. Could you help me on the real location section to look for him again, Thank You, Gary
Added by Gary Gouchie on Nov 15, 2016 7:05 AM
Martha Hazard-Small
Regarding John Dunbar
John is my first cousin 5x's removed. Here is a link you may find interesting. Thanks for dedication in what you.
Added by Martha Hazard-Small on Nov 11, 2016 9:11 AM
Henry Guenther at Concordia
Hi Donna, looks like your memorial #52126118 is a duplicate of memorial 40057718 - lease delete it? Thanks!
Added by Iris on Nov 09, 2016 7:10 AM
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