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Donna Burkert Grothaus (#47143521)
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Bio Photo Donna Burkert Grothaus; born and resided in Northwestern Ohio until 1969. Since have lived in Washington state. My interest in genealogy stems from a passionate love of family & history. Eight generations of our family have resided on property our German ancestors settled on in the 1850's. My quest to learn more about our families began at an early age and blossomed in the 1970's after learning about the availability of records. I have pursued (more accurately been obsessed) with discovering each of our ancestors, their families, places they lived & history of the time periods. I have traveled to many of those areas in an attempt "to walk in their foot steps" and uncover proofs and clues. Find A Grave is a wonderful source for finding and uniting our families. The time, effort and interest of other FAG members who have contributed corrections and photos is most appreciated.
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 • 283 Memorials Added
 • 409 Memorials Managed
 • 1 Memorial/week
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RE: James F. Rockwell Headstone Photo
You are so very welcome.
What a beautiful drive through Minnesota lake country this was.
The photos that have the surrounding area are my favorite to post. As such I appreciate you noticing that and I'm happy you like them.
Thanks for your request.

Added by DDM on Aug 24, 2016 5:59 PM
Bob Philo
Eleanor Elsa Graves Smith
Dear Donna:

I read in Find-a-grave the information you entered about my ggg grandmother Eleanor Elsa Smith. Wondering if you might be able to answer any of the following questions:

1. Where in NY was she born?

2. My records show one of her sons was Lyman Smith who died in 1863 while in the Civil War. Would you happen to have any information on any of his children with Fatina / Fatima Gale?

Helen M. Smith - b. 1834 - Onondaga,NY
Francis M Smith - b 1836 same
Sarah J Smith - b. 1838 same
Caroline E Smith b. 1846 same

I have a good deal of information regarding my Smith ancestors and am very willing to share info with you if you are interested.


Bob Philo
Houghton Lake,MI.

Added by Bob Philo on Apr 10, 2016 9:38 AM
Crista Rowe
Esther Smith Wheeler
I noticed you manage the memorial for Esther (# 16257916). I'm just curious, but do you have a family connection to her? She's on my family tree as well and I've just started collecting source material for her.
Added by Crista Rowe on Mar 30, 2016 7:14 PM
Jeff Phillips
Jane Green
Forgot, I was going to look for Jane Green today or Sunday. I know where she is buried, next to a guy I knew so if there is a headstone i'll be able to find it easy.

Added by Jeff Phillips on Jan 02, 2016 9:31 AM
Jeff Phillips
RE: Bert Greet Photo
Sorry we got the wrong one, if you think he may be in the Kalamazoo area here is a couple links you might want to search.

Let me know if I can be of any help.

Added by Jeff Phillips on Jan 02, 2016 9:25 AM
RE: Esther Enos Memorial
I did a little research about this and find that Joab and Esther were married in Stephenson County, Illinois on 21 Nov 1839. As you know, Esther died in 1845 at the age of 27. Joab went on to marry a much younger Cordelia M. Tree in Green County on 01 Jan 1848. They moved on and ended up in Oregon. Joab died in 1854 in Lane County, Oregon. (He was born in New York.) Cordelia went on to marry 3 more times! So, to answer your question, unfortunately, I do not believe that you have the correct Joab Enos!
Added by WendyT on Nov 15, 2015 8:59 PM
hattie and albert myers
Hi Donna! I went back out to Toledo Memorial today, I got a better picture of Hattie, I cleared the grass off of what I thought was Albert, it ended up being Meryl Myers. He must be with the same family because he was buried near them. There is another stone under grass Hopefully its Albert.I ran out of time, but I will make it out there by next week to clear it off.
Added by flouise on Oct 08, 2015 12:45 PM
Susan Seacord Jackson
RE: Comstock Headstone Photo
Comstock is a family name for me as well. Mine came from Connecticut to northern NY and Vt.
Added by Susan Seacord Jackson on Jul 15, 2015 9:27 PM
Hi Donna, I got Hattie Myers for you, her stone was covered with grass and mud I cleared it the best I could. Her husbands was all the way grown over with grass. They are going to send someone to fix it, they didn't want me cleaning off hers, so I posted what I took, I will go back and get a better picture and hopefully his stone. Barb
Added by flouise on Jun 16, 2015 11:09 AM
Coonradt Ham
Is he a relative? If so, you might want to look into how two other men by that name in the same general area might be related:

Conrad Ham (d. 1858?) - elsewhere reported as (abt 1783-1848)
Original Gilead Lutheran Cemetery, Haynersville, Town of Brunswick, Rensselaer County

Coenrad C. Ham (abt 1766-1835) Old Dutch Reformed Cemetery, Nassau, Rensselaer County

“From ‘ye Independent Companie of ye Mannor House on ye 30 day of Novem’r 1715’ came Coenraet Ham, Jans Witbeck and Hans Jury Kolemer, who, we believe, settled in the immediate vicinity of the place where the first ‘Meeting House’ was afterwards built.
History of Gilead Evangelical Lutheran Church, Centre Brunswick, Rensselaer. page 10

Added by tofftroy on Mar 23, 2015 10:17 AM
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