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Donna Ruhland Bonning (#46786861)
 member for 12 years, 3 months, 29 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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Thank you so much for moving your photos over for me. I really appreciate it. Jean
Added by jeangriff on Aug 14, 2017 8:21 AM
Pat Levy
Hi Donna,

I've been able to prove that the John Sutter in Hillside is not my ancestor. Did some searching in the Genesee Gazette. FYI: his age at time of the death was listed as 55.

Thanks much for your kind help.

Added by Pat Levy on Aug 10, 2017 10:38 AM
Pat Levy
Hi Donna

Thanks to a fellow Find A Grave member and for your kind attitude and understanding. I am trying to determine if the John Sutter who is buried at Hillside is the family I'm researching. I am interested in the cemetery records as would like to know if a wife is listed, date and place of birth. Do you know who I would contact?
Thanks again.

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Added by Pat Levy on Aug 08, 2017 11:31 AM
RE: Margaret Shelp & John Gibson
Thank you so much. Appreciate what you do!
Added by Nancy on Aug 02, 2017 11:05 PM
Margaret Shelp & John Gibson
Thank you so much for the pictures of Margaret Shelp &
John Gibson's headstones buried in the Caledonia Rural Cemetery
New York. I was able to get the names, death dates but the
writing below I couldn't read on either one of them. Do you have
a contact I could get a hold of at the cemetery to possibly get the
information on these two headstones?
Added by Nancy on Aug 01, 2017 9:09 PM
Jo Ann Brohl
RE: The two William Gibsons.
Sorry, I admit I just learned something here. I know there are people who take pictures of these tombstones, which I can appreciate. So I am looking for someone else that attached this information to this tombstone. I didn't realize that there name wouldn't appear. So very sorry. Keep up the good work.

Jo Ann
Added by Jo Ann Brohl on Jun 22, 2017 7:47 AM
Jo Ann Brohl
Thanks for your response. The picture of the William Gibson tombstone dates do not match the information of the William Gibson attached. One died at age 68 and the other died at age 81.
Please take at look.

Jo Ann
Added by Jo Ann Brohl on Jun 22, 2017 7:20 AM
Jo Ann Brohl
The two William Gibsons.
The tombstone here in the photo for William Gibson, age 68, (1833-1901) could be the son of Frederick and Azubah Gibson. Frederick is a brother to the following William Gibson, (1805-1886) that is attached to the above William and would be the son of John Gibson and Margaret Shelp. This William died in Bowne, Kent, Michigan. I don't believe he is buried in Caledonia, New York, but could be buried in a town by the same name in Michigan. I haven't located his burial, but I do think it will be in Michigan. Please let me know what you think. Thank you.

Jo Ann
Added by Jo Ann Brohl on Jun 21, 2017 8:00 PM
Cejae Jones
Thank you for your reply and suggestions. As for George, the one I've listed is George Sr. He had a son who was also given the name George born in February of 1920. Is this your George?
Added by Cejae Jones on Jun 20, 2017 1:59 PM
Cejae Jones
Hello Fellow Ruhland
I was wondering if perhaps we're related. I've been trying to see if any of your Ruhland's are my Ruhland's as well. My Ruhland's have lived in Buffalo since the 1830's. They immigrated from Germany and lived in the Broadway Forks area for years. I'll be in Buffalo in August and it would be awesome if you could help me link all my Ruhland's together if you're up to it. If you go to my profile page you'll see my virtual cemetery on Ruhland's. Let me know if any of those folks ring a bell. If not then maybe you can help me find then or give me tips on where to look. You can reach me at Thank you for your time.
Added by Cejae Jones on Jun 17, 2017 8:19 PM
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