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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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Ken Mason
RE: Humphrey Cemetery
Yes, Donna it is about 3 miles north of Holland on RT 16, thanks so much for your help. Israel Reed is buried there, He is my 4th great grandfather.
Added by Ken Mason on Apr 29, 2016 5:16 PM
Ken Mason
Humphrey Cemetery
Donna, I heard one time that there was limited access to this cemetery by the public, Is this still the situation?
Added by Ken Mason on Apr 29, 2016 12:13 PM
Janet Muff
RE: Isabella Wheat
Thanks so much, Donna.
Added by Janet Muff on Mar 25, 2016 12:25 AM
Janet Muff
RE: Isabella Wheat
Thanks for letting me know, Donna.
Added by Janet Muff on Mar 24, 2016 3:20 PM
patricia lawson
RE: Herbert Tompkins
Thank You for the extra note on his memorial.
I am pretty sure I know exactly who he is, All I need to do is get some sort of record as proof, which no one will budge on the information, not even a death date or if his family were informed of it.
i also don't know why he was buried there and not taken by his family for burial
So many questions are unanswered for the people in these places.
Added by patricia lawson on Mar 12, 2016 1:28 PM
Marilynne Roscoe
RE: Mary Ann Roscoe Cross Lancton
Find A Grave Memorial# 25911259

1. You did not leave a mess.
2. You did a nice job with little input and a lot of info.
3. Sometimes it takes a village to untangle stuff.

Thank you for all your efforts.
I believe this is the best that can be done.

Marilynne Roscoe
Added by Marilynne Roscoe on Feb 26, 2016 7:51 AM
Marilynne Roscoe
Mary Ann Roscoe Cross Lancton
I came across two Find A Grave memorials for this cousin of mine and I contacted the other person, to remove his because yours was the first, and frankly, had the best information on it.
Find A Grave Memorial# 25911259
This was his nice note to me:

Thanks for the notice, I have removed Mary Ann's name. I see right away what the problem is, Donna has entered a double surname for Mary Ann, this almost always leads to these sort of issues. Mary Ann will not show up in a search for either Lanckton or Cross, the search must be "Cross Lanckton". For clarity, the last name should correspond to the name at time of death, and earlier marriages should be referenced in the bio. Just one of F-a-G's quirks, Donna should change the name or duplicates will continue to be created, because Mary Ann is virtually invisible in a conventional search.

If it helps I can tell you, with fairly good information, that Mary married first Ira T Cross and after he died, in 1861, she married Aaron Lanckton, who helped raise her two surviving children Ira & Ada. I have not been able to find marriage dates for either husband, nor a memorial for Aaron Lanckton's grave. Mr Lanckton's name was spelled a few different ways, but always ended in "ton". I beleive the correct spelling then is "Lanckton"

Sorry to be so picky, but we all really want the memorial to be easily found and the information as correct as possible.

Thank you for all your help with Find A Grave.
With regards,
Marilynne Roscoe

Feel free to contact me with any questions.
Added by Marilynne Roscoe on Feb 25, 2016 1:15 PM
Remembering Forever
Thank you
Thank you very much!
Added by Remembering Forever on Feb 22, 2016 7:12 AM
Starr B.Harwood
RE: Cummings memorials
I`m not sure what would be required of me. The Cummings mentioned in this group are all my first cousins. My Father`s-Sister`s children. & Family. Therefore most of the stuff isn`t so much of research but either I have been to the funerals (if there were any) or I had heard the news from another relative. Photos I had put together after some Cummings relatives had passed on. Gifting them to one of the remaining family. Who in turn had gifted them to the other remaining siblings.
Added by Starr B.Harwood on Feb 12, 2016 9:50 AM
Lynn (Bennett) Wean
Craig Colony Memorial Cemetery
Hi Donna! I see you have taken MANY photos for Craig Colony Memorial Cemetery. I have been long searching for my grandmother that was a patient there, Luella Bennett, passed July 27, 1979. Any help or suggestions . . . I would greatly appreciate. Thank you and I look forward to hearing from you.
Added by Lynn (Bennett) Wean on Jan 30, 2016 7:37 PM
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