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Donna Ruhland Bonning (#46786861)
 member for 10 years, 9 months, 26 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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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
Susann Spring
Transfer request for Julius Green and Arabelle Green
Find A Grave Memorial# 26760787
Find A Grave Memorial# 26760750

Hi Donna,
Thank you for all your groundwork on the memorials for my great-grandparents, Julius and Arabelle Green. It would mean so much if their memorials could be transferred to my care.

Thank you.

Added by Susann Spring on Jan 30, 2016 3:48 PM
Jim and Elizabeth
RE: Nellie Best/Ford
I only stopped adding her when I saw you had created a memorial for her husband. It seemed odd that you not make one since they were both on the same stone. A quick check with the first name only showed her with the other last name. Since she outlived him, maybe there was another marriage. I do know sometimes the great Find A Grave computer has a mind of it's own. It is also possible that some folks are new to Find A Grave and don't understand the naming practices.
Thanks for the fix
Added by Jim and Elizabeth on Jan 30, 2016 1:50 PM
L. Weber
Mehnert and Lehmeyer family
Are there any more plots for the Mehnert and Lehmeyer families that you haven't taken a photo yet?
Added by L. Weber on Jan 14, 2016 5:21 PM
RE: Albert Perry

Thank you so much for the transfer of Albert and your sensitivity in removing the information.

I will link my family and redo the biography for him. I am still trying to find his wife and two possibly three more children.

Added by AW on Jan 10, 2016 7:36 AM
Wendy Coultry
34516978 & 34517004
Are you related to Thomas F Coultry and Bernadette Connors Coultry? If so, we should compare notes. :) If not, I greatly appreciate you adding them! Would you consider transferring their memorials to me?
Respectfully yours,
Wendy Coultry
Added by Wendy Coultry on Jan 02, 2016 7:15 PM
RE: Robert Johnson


Thank you for adding it.

The quick links I sent to others seem to have also been made.


Added by Orlena on Dec 13, 2015 7:58 PM
Bob Pope
RE: Fathers grave

Sorry it has taken me soooo looong to reply.
Thanks for all your help.

Bob P.
Added by Bob Pope on Dec 05, 2015 10:34 AM
Bob Pope
RE: Father's grave

Sorry it has taken me soooo looong to reply.
Thanks for all your help.

Bob P.
Added by Bob Pope on Dec 05, 2015 10:33 AM
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