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Donna Ruhland Bonning (#46786861)
 member for 11 years, 11 months, 7 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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Matthew Moore
Donna, Thank you once more, for posting Matthew Moore's obituary on his memorial page. His service was honorable. I'd wondered if I should have included another item I found for him but I should locate the source: "Matthew Moore served as a sharp shooter at Morris Island, [SC], discharged Jan 1865 from Infantry Co. B. as a Private, dies 1918 Bergen NY." Might have been the National Park Service Civil War Soldier pages. Thanks for the quick update.
Added by Lamplighter on Mar 15, 2017 8:08 AM
Thanks so much for transfering Stoddard McConnell to me, and in such a timely manner. I appreciate it. Regards.
Added by Lamplighter on Mar 14, 2017 7:28 AM
Donna, I really must thank you greatly for transferring Susie's memorial to me. It is greatly appreciated.

Added by jazzman717 on Mar 06, 2017 2:09 PM
Susie M. Escott #42540608
Hi Donna: I would ask a huge favor of a transfer of Susie's memorial to me. She is my great-great aunt and I am trying to tie our family together. I have found several of her brothers and sisters and created their memorials. So far, I have been unable to find her parents to try and get them all together. It would be a great help if I could manage her memorial so I can hopefully get the family fully together.
I know this falls out of guidelines, but I really would appreciate this favor.
Many Thanks for the consideration.

jazzman717 #48033974
Added by jazzman717 on Mar 02, 2017 10:34 PM
Jane McIntyre McMartin
Hi Donna,

I have a perplexing problem.
There are 2 identical individuals maned Jane (McIntyre) McMartin {both have the same birth/death Dates and Marriage info [married to Malcolm McMartin]} yours is the lower Find A Grave memorial #; Jane (McIntyre) McMartin -Find A Grave Memorial# 41189842, Caledonia Rural Cemetery, Caledonia, Livingston County, New York AND THEN THERE'S Jane McIntyre McMartin -Find A Grave Memorial# 57248521, In Mumford Rural Cemetery, Mumford, Monroe County, New York. Image of photo is the same (a little different) at two cemeteries. Can this be corrected by the photo, data or possibly deletion of one of these. Thank you- either way, She is the wife of my paternal 1st cousin 5x removed

Added by W.Wm.McLeod on Mar 02, 2017 1:19 PM
Joan Stewart Smith
Stewarts in Caledonia Rural Cemetery
Donna, thank you so much for the transfers of the Stewart memorials in the Caledonia Rural Cemetery. This is very meaningful to my family! I appreciate your work documenting them!
Added by Joan Stewart Smith on Feb 24, 2017 12:46 PM
Carin Chambers
Dudley Dennison
Thank you for the work you do...I have always love cemetery walks...the monuments and history are compelling. To find the picture of this headstone was a reason for a genealogy happy dance!!! It is my Husband's line and I have enjoyed the challenges of finding threads to chase. I would like to add this picture to my family tree on Ancestry....I appreciate your feelings about I have added many to my tree only to have the very picture show up with someone else claiming have to shake it off... I love the picture of your son..I took my two sons on expeditions to locate graves and laugh now when they recount the experiences through their memories...I hope they will carry on searching when I'm gone....
Added by Carin Chambers on Feb 23, 2017 10:28 AM
Batavia Cemetery
Thank you for all your work in the Batavia Cemetery. And thank you for accepting my edits on the Holden family. It has been wonderful to find their memorials.
Added by FarmGirl on Feb 18, 2017 4:20 PM
Marjorie Ribbeck
Hulda Reigle transfer
Thanks Donna!!!
Added by Marjorie Ribbeck on Feb 14, 2017 9:06 PM
Flo B.
Katharina Staebell - St John the Baptist Cemetery
I would like to use your grave stone pic of Katharina Staebell on my private tree with credit to you for the pic. All the Staebells buried in St. John the Baptist Cemetery are related. What great work you are doing. Thank you so much.
Added by Flo B. on Feb 11, 2017 2:54 PM
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