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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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nancy robison
RE: Catherine Carman - Little Mount Calvary
No, I am just someone who takes family history seriously, and puts in a great number of hours in researching each person.
Everyone has a story, and sometimes they aren't what/who they appear to be.
I've found the natural parents for adopted/foster kids. Adoptive parents where the natural parent was known. I was able to get D.A.R. to change their records on my 4th Greatgrandmother. They had her name and mother incorrectly recorded.
I use several hundred sites, as well as going to libraries/court houses, etc to do research. And if I have to, I travel to places to physically get records.
I do make mistakes. But I don't think Catherine is one of them. If she had died following child birth, the law would have required that to be on her death cert as a complication at the very least.
Added by nancy robison on Dec 03, 2016 3:09 PM
nancy robison
RE: Catherine Carmen/Carman - Little Mount Calvary Cemetery
"House of the Good Shepherd, 135 Walker Ave, Grand Rapids: The reformation of delinquents, by training them to the habits of industry and self restraint. Special attention is given to the various branches of domestic economy, sewing, dress-making and fine needle work. Girls under seventeen years of age attend the morning session of classes, up to the eighth grade. Fifteen sisters of the Good Shepherd are devoted to this work of moral and social training, and by their influence endeavor to mould these wayward young characters into women of high principle, with gentle, refined manners." page 155, Board of Corrections and Charities. State of Michigan

House of the Good Shepherd was not a maternity hospital.
There where a great number of maternity hospitals for pregnant girls, unmarried and destitute mothers.
In 1913-15, there were 47 maternity hospitals licensed in Michigan.
During this time 6073 patients were admitted, of these 1019 had illegitimate babies.
Between 1913-1915 alone, 70 children were put up for adoption, and 4 placed in foster homes.
Imagine how many were born and adopted by 1925.
Added by nancy robison on Nov 26, 2016 9:22 PM
nancy robison
RE: Catherine Carmen/Carman - Little Mount Calvary Cemetery
I don't think it unusual for her to be at a religious institute. Being motherless, they probably felt the culture would serve her.
Catherine's daughter, Nellie, who was also without a mother at a young age, died at the Home of the Good Shepard, Helena, Montana, where she had lived for a number of years. She was 20 when she died from the miliary TB with influenza as contributory factor.
As Mary was an epileptic, it is possible that Catherine also may have inherited the illness. And that may also account for her being where she was.
Added by nancy robison on Nov 26, 2016 8:07 PM
nancy robison
RE: Catherine Carmen/Carman - Little Mount Calvary Cemetery
Hi Mike,
All I have on Catherine's death is her death certificate also.
But I do know, if she had died in childbirth, it would have probably have said as much. The White family had several children born out of wedlock, and never appeared to have hidden the fact. Also, I believe the doctor would have been required to indicate a problem related to pregnancy.
Catherine's cousin Veronica died in 1925, age 17; she was pregnant, and her son was given up for adoption. Her death cert lists "due to birth of child" as factor. I was able to track him down. On his death cert, his mother was listed as White.
Another child, born out of wedlock to one of the White kids, was raised by Catherine's grandparents. She was granddaughter on the census' records, but daughter on her marriage and death certs.
I would have to say, it's probably just a coincidence that they share the same date.
Unfortunately it's difficult to go through the Michigan death records by date and location. Jeanne's mother may not have died, just gave her daughter up for adoption.
Sorry I can't help more.
I'm related to Catherine's father, Martin Carman.
Added by nancy robison on Nov 25, 2016 8:14 PM
Hope Kyle
RE: Jeremiah Cronk of Cooperstown NY
Hi Mike - thank you for your reply. I did not provide the photos to the Victor Historical Society - so someone else must also have copies. Mine are in extremely good shape - they were in a box in my cousin's attic for many years.

I'm going to email you directly at your msn email address.

Added by Hope Kyle on Nov 21, 2016 1:44 PM
Hope Kyle
Re: Jeremiah Cronk of Cooperstown NY
Mike - apologies - I have one too many Daniels in my previous message. My line is Josephine Cronk to Lester Vern Cronk to Daniel to Jeremiah. Daniel Webster Cronk was Lester's brother. Sorry for the confusion. - Hope
Added by Hope Kyle on Nov 20, 2016 7:04 AM
Hope Kyle
Jeremiah Cronk of Cooperstown NY
Hi Mike - first, thank you for all you have done and continue to do in maintaining all these memorials!

My great grandmother was Josephine Cronk Davy, descended from Jeremiah through Daniel, Daniel Webster, to Lester Vernon Cronk, who was her father.

I was quite pleased to find the photo of Jeremiah and his wife Philena on the Find-a-Grave site, as well as several copies that folks have shared on Ancestry. I have a large book of photographs, and these same two photos are among them. I have no idea who the other people in the album are. They were made in various studios in New York and Ohio, for the most part.

I have lots of questions - for example, now I think perhaps my book is not the only one in existence. What is the origin of the photo you originally shared? Do you know who the other people in the book might be? Would you be interested in collaborating with me to identify the other people?

I'm really looking forward to hearing from you.

Added by Hope Kyle on Nov 20, 2016 6:39 AM
Kendall Mellem
RE: William J. Morrell - Transfer
My pleasure.
Added by Kendall Mellem on Nov 13, 2016 8:06 AM
Kendall Mellem
106121129 William J. Morrell
Thank you for the link that you sent for William J. Morrell. If you are interested in a transfer, I'd be happy to do so.
Added by Kendall Mellem on Nov 10, 2016 3:07 PM
Ann Marr
RE: Marcia Riggs Meloy in Leek Cemetery
Well, I never saw this message!

Let me give you the genealogy to back up Marcia.
Her parents were Samuel J. Riggs and Elizabeth Rigby.

From Genealogy of the Riggs Family
Samuel Riggs (son of Jeremiah, 6 Ebenezer, 5 Ebenezer 4, Samuel, 3 Edward, 2 Edward 1) was born in Litchfield, Conn., about 1774-75. On reaching maturity he first married Catharine Shaw, who lived but a year, and he then married Betsey Rigby and settled in Oxford, Conn. When their first child was six months old, the mother and babe removed with Jeremiah and part of his family to Livonia, N. Y., where she rejoined her husband Samuel, who had gone there in advance. They reared a family of eight children, as given below, and after the death of the mother, Samuel returned to Connecticut, and married a third wife, who survived the death of her husband, in 1848...

Her brother Merritt Woodruff Riggs stayed in Avon, and died there. Other siblings returned to CT.

Marcia's sister, Esther, married Myron Walter Barnes and moved to Okemos, Ingham, MI in 1842 from LeRoy, NY which is near Henrietta, Genesee, NY. 1840 and 1850 census, Lott and Marcia were in Henrietta -- they must have followed Esther and Myron to MI -- it was a place lots of people went to from that area of NY because land in MI was cheap.

If you have any info on Lott and Marcia I might want, I would love to get it.
Added by Ann Marr on Nov 04, 2016 6:50 AM
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