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Donna Ruhland Bonning (#46786861)
 member for 11 years, 5 months, 9 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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Samuel Schenck - Missing Stone
Thank you !

...for the 9/29/2008 photo of Samuel Schenck's grave (Birth: Nov. 17, 1793 - Death: Dec. 1, 1872) . I went to look at the stones and the little one between the parents is no long there.

Could you by chance add the dates of the two children John and Jacob? I am not sure if your copy of the photo is high resolution enough to read it. It looks like Death 1824-ish.

This is for a preservation project to save the house.

Thank you,
Added by Tara on Aug 27, 2016 7:34 PM
nutty Holla
No problem. I happen to be following this line right now and am checking all my facts so I can hopefully get it right. Yes, the heat is on.

: - )
Added by nutty Holla on Aug 10, 2016 9:42 AM
Gayle Fisher
Angeline Balone

You have posted an entry with a grave photo of the above individual buried in the United German and French Cemetery, Cheektowaga.

Is there any other info on this family listed with the cemetery records and/or anyone else buried on the same plot?

I would greatly appreciate your assistance if you do live in the area.

Thank you.

Gayle Fisher
St. Petersburg, FL
Added by Gayle Fisher on Jul 31, 2016 2:49 PM
Anne Shurtleff Stevens
Thank you . . .
for the bio edits! So many won't respond now days. Such a shame, so thank you.
Added by Anne Shurtleff Stevens on Jul 31, 2016 10:06 AM
Lesley Gentry
RE: George Thomas
Thank you Donna,

I appreciate your kind help.

Added by Lesley Gentry on Jul 18, 2016 10:01 AM
Lesley Gentry
George Thomas
Dear Donna,

You have a photo and bio posted for George Thomas. He is buried at Lancaster Rural Cemetery Lancaster, New York. He would be my husbands 3rd great-grandfather. I am wondering if this is your relative or if you had posted for someone else. The bio tells me so much about our relative. It states that whoever wrote the bio that George's son Charles was their great-grandfather. My email is I am helping my husband with his family history and would like to find out more.

Kind regards,

Lesley Gentry
Added by Lesley Gentry on Jul 09, 2016 10:04 PM
Diane Whitney
RE: Drusilla Whitney
No harm, she is a Whitney. I am sure I can find a connection eventually.
Added by Diane Whitney on Jun 20, 2016 10:08 PM
David, Theda, and Ann Carter
Thank you so much for linking David and Theda's Memorials to each other and for linking their daughter Ann's Memorial to theirs. These are my 4x great grandparents and their daughter. I am attempting to link the whole family together on Find A Grave and I appreciate your helping me work toward that goal.

Thanks again,
Added by marelle44 on May 29, 2016 9:47 AM
Thomas Gordon 27932028
Hello Donna, I submitted an edit request to add his complete date of death. The source was his newspaper obituary. I found it while researching a Civil War soldier. Paul Turner
Added by pjt on May 25, 2016 6:11 PM
Ronnie Miller
RE: Minerva Thrall Johnson #18348167
Dear Donna,

Thank you for adding the information to Minerva Thrall Johnson.

Another daughter and family have found their way home today!

Please continue your fine work in helping us all find our family members. I will be sure to add you as credit for the photo.

Onward we travel,

Added by Ronnie Miller on May 22, 2016 1:56 PM
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