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Donna Ruhland Bonning (#46786861)
 member for 11 years, 6 months, 6 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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Marnie Hawks Thompson
Oh, gosh, please do not worry about timing. I know how many memorials you manage and can't fathom the requests you must get.

Please do not worry about getting to my stuff quickly, I know you will eventually and I am sure there are folks out there that are far less patient!

My favorite cemetery is Protection, I guess cuz my 3rd great-grandfather owned the land and so many of my ancestors are buried there. But in my family research, I keep ending up back at Humphrey and just have a desire to put a face on the people, so many of whom were the original settlers of Holland.

I'll keep plugging away and adding stuff, you take your time in adding what I send as your time allows.

Your photos are lovely and as always, I am so thankful for the time and care you have given to this cemetery and its residents!

Added by Marnie Hawks Thompson on Oct 21, 2016 7:18 AM
Marnie Hawks Thompson
Hey Donna-Hope you are well. I am working on adding info to Humphrey's residents-I am so intrigued with this cemetery and so concerned about the articles I read that talked about the farmer who many years ago "plowed under" many of the memorials.

I made an error and hope you won't mind helping me fix it. I created a memorial for Orren Barro-N (#171469809) and added a bio as well as links to his wife and kids. Then I found your memorial, Orren Barro-W (#30061966). Would you mind changing yours to Barron rather than Barrow and then copying the bio from mine to yours and adding the links to your memorial? If that's ok with you, I'll wait til you finish, then I'll go back in and delete the one I created.

So sorry about that!
Added by Marnie Hawks Thompson on Oct 20, 2016 1:36 PM
P R Dutton
Transfer Complete
Donna, I'm so happy you have transfered Cephas to me as I asked. I'll put forth my efforts to make it worthwhile. Thank You Phil
Added by P R Dutton on Oct 12, 2016 6:49 AM
Tom Fulton
Caledonia Rural Cemetery
First, thanks for your work on this cemetery.
Today I made one suggested correction to the death date of Sarah Gray (15728747) from 28 April 1851 to 28 April 1854 (I think if you look closely at the stone 1854 is evident).
On some of your memorial for this cemetery you have the note "Caledonia United Presbyterian Stone Church, Caledonia, New York.-Burial Records"
Do you have a copy of this?
I have walked this cemetery in 2006 and took photos of those ancestors that I could find.
Thanks for your efforts.
Added by Tom Fulton on Oct 08, 2016 7:26 AM
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
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