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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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Dustin Austin
Mount Calvary Cemetery
Thank you so very much for the awesome pictures you took for me!!
Added by Dustin Austin on Mar 23, 2015 7:02 PM
Barbara H-Z
Zimmer family photos
Mike thank you for taking & posting the Zimmer photo's you did. Much appreciated!
Added by Barbara H-Z on Mar 23, 2015 7:56 AM
Hi Mike,
Thanks for all the info on the Storm family and the pics. I do appreciate your help.
Added by bjsgd on Mar 17, 2015 8:00 AM

Thanks Mike, I deleted him.
Added by Scout on Mar 16, 2015 6:40 AM

Then it would be a pre-need which F.A.G. allows if birth is before 1931.
Added by Scout on Mar 16, 2015 5:15 AM
An Oregonian
RE: Cronk family #68091999
Hi Mike, thank you for you lengthy and informative reply. I truly appreciate it. Interesting information about the Cronk/Cronkite families.

James V. Cronk was born 6 July 1823, NY and died 18 April 1873, probably Barry County, Michigan. His wife, Mary Fargo, did indeed re marry, I think twice after his death. She married a Paull and a Jacox or Jacobs. I think she was one "crafty lady." In any case, that's all I know about the Cronk family associated with my Vredenburgh line. I have copies of the money and/or property that Mary inherited from the child Jesse Bell Vredenburgh (about age five when she died), of course Mary Cronk was the grandmother, her daughter was Amelia.

The Mount Hope cemetery is where James V. Cronk is buried, he is in the same plot with my 2nd Great Grandmother, Rebecca Jane McNitt Vredenburgh; Frank/Francis Vredenburgh; Abram; AMELIA CRONK Vredenburgh and Jessie Belle Vredenburgh. Jessie Belle was the daughter of Frank and Amelia. I don't know where, in this cemetery, Mary Fargo Cronk Paull Jacob/Jacop is buried. Unless she is in one of the graves that we have as unmarked. This is Lot 245.

I would be interesting to know who this James V. Cronk was, and how he might have been related to the Vredenburgh family (other than through his daughter's marriage).

I found the Indenture and it reads:
8th day of Sept 1896
"Mary Jacop formerly Mary Paull grandmother and sole heir at law of Jesse Belle Vredenburg, deceased, and Samuel Harvey of Thornapple Twp of Barry County, Mich."

In the meantime, my Great Grandfather's family resided in Oregon. He was the son of Rebecca Jane McNitt and Joseph H. Vredenburgh/Vredenburg.

And it would be a miracle if you were able to find my Joseph H. Vredenburgh's (ca 1820-before 1860) family in Michigan, I mean siblings or cousins. I know who his children were. I have five huge notebooks looking for this man. Lots of Vredenburgh's in Michigan, I can't tie him in to any of them.

Thank you again for your message!

Ann Monnier
Molalla, Oregon
Added by An Oregonian on Feb 12, 2015 10:50 AM
Judith D
RE: Incorrect Death Dates and/or Years on Gravestones
I agree on the possibility of error on anything and everything!
:-) My concern on Find a Grave is the creation of dupes. What I've been doing lately is going with what is on the stone then adding a notation in the bio about the error. I understand your reasoning on putting the correct info on the marker then, again, adding a notation in the bio. I guess either way would serve the purpose and be "correct." The FAQs only require the surname match the stone. Of course, people would have to actually READ the bio. But that's a different problem!
Nice chatting with you. Judi
Added by Judith D on Feb 12, 2015 5:56 AM
An Oregonian
Amelia Cronk Vredenburgh
Amelia Cronk Vredenburgh's memorial # 71996040
Added by An Oregonian on Feb 11, 2015 2:26 PM
An Oregonian
Cronk family #68091999

I came across your Find A Grave #68091999 for Linden Herbert Rogers. He was the son of William and Hannah Rogers. Now this William John Rogers was born about 1850 in Canada and he was the son of Solomon Rodgers/Rogers (1824-1910) and Catherine Letson (1833-1867), William John Rodgers, the father of Linden Herbert Rogers/Rodgers was born probably Stanley, Huron, Ontario, Canada. His mother Catherine Letson was born at Woolwich, Ontario, Canada and was the daughter of Catherine Stoner Letson and William Letson. I have the family information for the Letson families and Rogers families. This Catherine Letson was the sister to my 2nd Great Grandmother, Mary Elizabeth Letson. William John Rogers/Rodgers (son of Solomon Rodgers) and Hannah had several children. If you are interested in knowing more about this family, I can help you. Now it gets more interesting.

You are interested in the Cronk family. James Cronk (1823-1873) married Mary Fargo born about 1824 Canada. She died Middleville, Barry, Canada 1914. He ( James the husband of Mary Cronk) is actually buried in the same plot with my 2nd Great grandmother (of another family line), Rebecca Jane McNitt Vredenburgh (1822-1874). And the reason for this:

James Cronk and Mary Fargo had a daughter, Amelia Cronk (1849-1874) she married Francis/Frank Vredenburgh (1846-1878), she probably died in childbirth because they had a daughter Jesse Belle Vredenburgh born 1874, who then died in 1879. Not much luck with this family. In any case, Mary Fargo Cronk ended up with the inheritance of Frank/Francis Vredenburgh, who was the brother of my Great grandfather John Vredenburgh (1842-1913), who died in Woodburn, Oregon. I believe that she married again, I'm not sure.

Would you care to share information, perhaps we can help each other with these lines, the Rogers (Solomon went by Rodgers), Cronk and perhaps Vredenburgh lines.

Ann Monnier
Molalla, Oregon
Added by An Oregonian on Feb 11, 2015 2:18 PM
Rev. John A. Schmidtt
Thanks for your sponsorship of his memorial. My paternal great-grandparents were married by him in 1905 at the Cathedral of St. Andrews and my Sicilian immigrant grandparents were also married by him there in 1908.
Added by Giardinelleso on Feb 08, 2015 7:02 AM
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