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Mike Cronk (#47300132)
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Bio Photo Many...but not all...of the memorials I have posted are of family members. I would like each of these memorials to eventually be as rich and detailed as the people whose lives they commemorate.

In many cases I don't have any photos of an individual, or the BEST photo of an indvidual. If you do, PLEASE post them in their memorials! If you have obituaries, biographical sketches or first hand accounts, I am happy to add them. If there are errors that need correcting, PLEASE let me know. If you are an interested family member, I would enjoy hearing from you.

ALSO, if there are existing 'Find A Grave' memorials for other UNLINKED family members out in the world, please LINK them to the rest of the family, or contact me about linking them together. Linkage is one of the wonderful features of 'Find A Grave.'

'Find A Grave' offers us all a fantastic opportunity to memorialize and chronicle all the strands of our individual family history...and make it accessible to our extended family. It is an opportunity to both honor those family members that have gone on ahead and also celebrate our own heritage.

My mission of heart is to honor each of my Michigan emigrant forbearers by commemorating their final resting places and those of as many of their descendants as I can locate. Needless to say, this ultimately involves thousands of individuals who share a common blood line...and many branches that have since left Michigan for other distant points.

NOTE: Anyone is welcome to use any gravestone photographs I have taken. No prior permission is required.


On the side of my father, MAX WILLIAM CRONK (1926-2014), those early Michigan forbearers are:

† JACOB CRONK (1792-1869), and his wife, ELIZABETH "BETSEY" (CRONK) CRONK (1793-1880), #53750695, buried in Riverside Cemetery, Hastings, Barry Co., MI - Came to Michigan in 1858, from New York State

† LUCY L. CURTIS (1828-1900), #53750317, wife of LEVI CRONK (1816-1902), #53750147, buried in Riverside Cemetery, Barry Co., MI - Came to Michigan in 1858, from New York State

† LEMUEL LEWIS, SR. (1801-1863), #20501574, buried in Hastings Twp. Cemetery, Barry Co., MI. His first wife and my ancestor, SARAH BANCROFT, died before coming to Michigan. Lemuel came to Michigan between 1852-1856, from Ohio, with his second wife, AGNES ANNIS KEELER (1818-1899), #20501566

† WILLIAM SCOTT MELOY (1817-1903), #53759237, and his wife, FANNY PATTERSON (1815-1890), #53759421, buried in Riverside Cemetery, Hastings, Barry Co., MI - Came to Michigan between 1841-1843, from New York State

† LOTHROP MOSS (1815-1872), #53677658, and his wife, MAILA DOTY (1819-1884), #53681330, buried in Richfield Union Cemetery, Davison, Genesee Co., MI. - Came to Michigan in May of 1852, from New York State

† HARVEY DOTY (1793-1862), buried in Pine Grove Cemetery, Davison, Genesee Co., MI (•War of 1812 Veteran & Descendant of Edward Doty-Dotey of the Mayflower). His wife and my ancestor, APHIAH AUSTIN (1801-1852), #45592730, died before the family came to Michigan and is buried in Tower Cemetery, Porter Center, Niagara Co., NY. Harvey came to Michigan in May of 1852, from New York State

† VANRENSSELAER TYLER (1794-1887) (•War of 1812 Veteran), and his wife, REBECCA DEWEY (1800-1860), #54291298, buried in Harwood Cemetery, Washtenaw Co., MI - Came to Michigan in 1829, from New York State (••They are my earliest Michigan ancestors)

† DARIUS DOUGLASS (1797-1868), #54288714, and his wife, SARAH HALSTED (1797-1844), #54288762, buried in Forest Hill Cemetery, Ann Arbor, Washtenaw Co., MI - Came to Michigan in September of 1835, from New York State


On the side of my mother, VIRGINIA ELIZABETH PETTIT (1925-____), those early Michigan forbearers are:

† DAVID PETTED (1814-1873), #53886743, and his wife, ELIZABETH O'BRIEN (c1825-1859), #53886779, buried in St. Andrew's Cemetery. David was in Michigan by 1837, from Ireland, having arrived in New York aboard the 'Rhode Island' on 28 March 1834.

† PATRICK O'BRIEN (1775-1871), and his wife, ELIZABETH ____?____ (1785-1843), #53779115, buried in St. Andrew's Cemetery, Grand Rapids, Kent Co., MI (••They are my 4X-gr-grandparents and the oldest set of ancestors I have in Michigan) - Came to Michigan in the early 1840's, from Ireland

† PATRICK GORMAN (1800-1875), #55917738, and his wife, ROSE TURRELL (1822-1869), #54604184, buried in St. Patrick's Cemetery, Parnell, Vergennes Twp., Kent Co., MI. Came to Michigan between 1854-1856, from Ireland via New York State

† JOSEPH STEINEBACH (1846-1918), #53546500, and his wife, MARY VOGT (1855-1946), #53546538, buried in St. Mary's of Hannah Catholic Church Cemetery, Hannah, Grand Traverse Co., MI - Joseph had come to Michigan by 1874, from Germany

† JOSEPH VOGT (1815-1889), and his wife, BERNADETTA BOTT (1830-1907), #31380911, buried at Visitation Cemetery, North Dorr, Allegan Co., MI - Came to Michigan in 1865, from Germany via Canada

† PETER SCHMIDT (1819-1892), #53623356, and his wife, KATHARINE GOELZ (1819-1902), #53623544, buried in Mt. Calvary Cemetery, Grand Rapids, Kent Co., MI - Came to Michigan in 1855, from Germany, having arrived in New York aboard the 'Louisiana', 26 November 1855.

† ANNA WINZIG (1861-1940), wife of AUGUST PETER SCHMIDT (1852-1938), #53623035, buried in Mt. Calvary Cemetery, Grand Rapids, Kent Co., MI - Was in Michigan by 1891, from Germany via Cincinnati, OH (••Anna was my last ancestor to immigrate to Michigan)


In the spirit of goodwill, I am happy to transfer 'Find A Grave' memorials (provided that they have no tie-in with my own family lines) to other individuals who do have a family connection. Creating the 'Find A Grave' memorials is its own reward in knowing that I will be providing this information to possible farflung family so many people, in far away places, have provided for me. This goodwill does NOT extend to people who's stated policy is a strict observance of old 'Find A Grave' transfer 'guidelines' (e.g. spouses, children, parents, grandparents, gr-grandparents ONLY).

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RE: Agnes and Michael Danavage
Thanks, Mike. It was a lot of work and the work goes on... as you well know, every time we find an answer to one question, it generates 2 or 3 new questions. (At least!) Pete
Added by Shiredweller on Aug 31, 2015 1:23 PM
Michael Lennon
I sent two PDF files to your msn address in case your firewall blocks them.
Added by Michael Lennon on Aug 29, 2015 5:18 PM
Michael Lennon
RE: Lewis family
Mike, thank you for the prompt and informed response.

I don't have any Petted folks in my tree that I am aware of. I do have Eardley's spelled with the E as opposed to Eardly. I have a copy of Marg Graham's typed history of "The Eardley Story from 1771". In the descendant chart I see John Eardley married Elizabeth Pettid and had a son William who married Nellie Patterson. Same folks, different spellings?

In a small Irish community over the years they all got related somehow. My father had many Eardleys, McKnights, Broughams, Harmons, Pierces, Egans and Pattersons he considered cousins, 1st and 2nd. Edward Lennon had four daughters and they also had large families so 3 generations in my father was related to most of Cascade, I think.

As to the Lewis family, there are few records so I'm stuck at the 1830 marriage of the two sisters with no parent info but that's the way it goes.

If the Eardley story helps you I will scan or copy the doc and send it on.

Added by Michael Lennon on Aug 29, 2015 7:53 AM
Michael Lennon
Lewis family

Appreciate your efforts.

I am researching the Lewis family. Harriet Lewis was married to Hugh B. Brown whom you have documented in Cascade Cemetery. Her sister, Margaret, was born in London, Eng. and married to Edward Lennon of Cascade and buried in St. Mary's at 52nd and Kraft.

I have no data prior to their marriages. Any info you can add would be welcome.

I have lots of Lennon Data and of course they married into a lot of the families around the airport area if that helps you. Glad to share wherever the paths cross.


Mike Lennon
Added by Michael Lennon on Aug 28, 2015 1:20 PM
Agnes and Michael Danavage
Hey Mike - I visited Shenandoah, Pottsville, and Hazleton PA 2 weeks ago. Found all sorts of things about the Danavages, including the 1/2 dozen different ways to spell their names! Agnes and Michael were married Nov 18 1901 in Shenandoah at St George RC Lithuanian church. Pretty sure her sister Mary also married not one but 2 Danavages... before 1900 William (who died) and then Adam, who I think was his brother. Mary died as the result of a house fire in 1928, still in Shenandoah. Death certif says she was buried in the St George Cemetery (atop Locust Mountain) but there is no stone. I started a memorial for her under Denavage, as that seems to have been the way they were spelling it at that time. Researching her children and other family ties now. Will keep you posted.
Added by Shiredweller on Aug 27, 2015 8:02 PM
D.E. Losey
Paul Losey
Hi Mike,
Thank you so very much for your time spent in taking and posting the photo of Paul Losey unmarked grave site for me. It is greatly appreciated.
D.E.Losey #47377966

Added by D.E. Losey on Aug 26, 2015 6:29 PM
Robert O'Brien
RE: Hello Cousin!
Hi Mike,

Wow, thank you for those links. I'll look at them later when my day slows down. To answer your question as to why I know so little about my mother, she died when I was 6 years old. My older brother Joe and his wife Marion took custody of my younger brother Tom (he was 4 at the time) and myself. They told us to call them "Dad" and "Mom". Things gotnweird after that.
Joe and Marion divorced (Joe was a violent drunk who beat all of us regularly), with Marion obtaining the custody and guardianship of Tom and me. There wasn't much known about our mom at the time - at least that's what Marion would say.
Joe died in 1970. In the 1980's I began to research my past through court records. I located my mother's friend Mildred Cummings in Tucson, and she told me more about her. She didn't have any pictures though. She said my mom didn't like to have her picture taken.
I have been to her and Joseph's grave off Oracle Road in Tucson. It may be that time has run out, or is close to running out, for me to know anything further about her - but, alas, I'll try if I can.
The O'Brien side is intriguing, though. Thank you for the links to check out. As I get older, it would be nice to know more about my ancestry.
So thanks, Mike, and may you have an awesome day!
Added by Robert O'Brien on Aug 23, 2015 8:10 AM
Robert Worden
RE: Redundant Photo - Patricia Jeanne (Malewitz) O'Brien - Woodlawn Cemetery
Sorry about the dupe. When downloading with that "easier" system I try to go back and delete all dupes. Must have missed one. I try not to dupe and hope others do the same for me. Again, sorry for the mistake
Added by Robert Worden on Aug 23, 2015 7:31 AM
Robert O'Brien
RE: Hello Cousin!
Hello, Mike!

I hope this message finds you well and happy. Wow, cousins - who'd have thunk it? Once again, I'm trying to discover anything I can about my mom. I've perused through court records and have in the past spoke with some of the people that were around her back in the day. They're all gone now, though.

I don't suppose you would've met her or Joseph Marcy O'Brien by any chance? Any info would be very much appreciated. Also, I'd love to have a picture of her, if there are any in existence.

God bless you, and I hope to hear from you soon.

- Bob
Added by Robert O'Brien on Aug 21, 2015 11:07 AM
Anna Plewka
Hi Mike, I was going through my second great grandparents site here and found that you added back in January of this year, her death record. Was wondering if you have a connection with the Plewka family by any chance? :o)
Added by toniemarie on Aug 09, 2015 8:58 AM
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