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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).

1. Please select the 'EDIT' tab at the top right of the individual's memorial.
2. Then, select 'SUGGEST A CORRECTION...' and make your request known.
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Joan Carlson
de Koster headstone
Thanks a lot for the headstone photo. And for braving the snow!!! I appreciate your help.
Added by Joan Carlson on Jan 29, 2015 8:43 PM
Mark Dutton
Kenneth L. Wilcox
Not snow, not sleet, nor dark of night will keep Mick Cronk from getting a photo!

Thanks a million!

Added by Mark Dutton on Jan 25, 2015 7:35 PM
Norman Findlay
Glover Gravestone
Thank you Mike I appreciated t.

Added by Norman Findlay on Jan 25, 2015 12:17 PM
Donna Bixler-Simpson
Oren Tyler at Pine Hill
Thanks, Mike, for your input on Oren H Tyler.
Added by Donna Bixler-Simpson on Jan 22, 2015 12:38 PM
Barb Hen
Peter Schmidt
You are such a blessing! Thanks for the outstanding amount of information about Peter. I was at a standstill with my geneology search, and here was most the information I needed!
Added by Barb Hen on Jan 20, 2015 1:21 PM
Ron's Resort
Extended Rix Robinson Clan
Dear Mike,

Thank you for thinking of me when you recently made the memorial for Edgar Freeman Robinson (141387411) in the Mount Calvary Cemetery, Grand Rapids, Kent County.

I spent the last couple of days researching the family of Edgar's wife, Edna M. (Scott) (Cummings) Robinson. I have scribbled out a bio for Edna, and will send it to you via the suggest a correction tab on Edna's memorial. There are actually two copies of the same bio, the second one has hyper-links. Please feel free to use either one if you like.

Cheers, and Happy New Year! Ron Sieber
Added by Ron's Resort on Jan 17, 2015 8:25 PM
Peter Lewis
Hi Mike
I am a relative of Peter Lewis and would be interested in any articles or information you have about him. Thank you very much.
Added by PonemahPat on Jan 17, 2015 6:24 PM
Shirley Reeve
RE: Berles Family
Hi Mike,

OK -- no problem -- I thought when you transferred Theresa Knoche Berles to me that you weren't related. Would you please link the following brothers:
Johannes Franz Anton Berles #124325965 and
Joseph Berles #138855715

to their parents, Adam Berles (#141359655) and Theresa Berles (#138856784).

Thank you.

Added by Shirley Reeve on Jan 15, 2015 4:11 PM
Shirley Reeve
Berles Family
Hi Mike,

I would appreciate it if you would transfer 4 more members of the Berles family to me. All are buried at Mt Calvary in Grand Rapids.

Johannes Franz Anton Berles #124325965
Wilhelmina Mette Berles #124326111
Joseph Berles #138855715
Theresa Cordes Berles #138856909

Thank you.

Shirley Reeve #47404104
Added by Shirley Reeve on Jan 15, 2015 10:56 AM
Barbara (Feldkamp) Burns
RE: Louis M. Douglass - Whitneyville Cemetery

I have the birth for Florence Belle Douglass on 10 May 1904 and death on 20 Mar 1905. Wonder if she also is buried at the Cascade Cemetery?

Frances Ella Douglass was born on 28 May 1912 and died on 27 Sept 1912. Bernice already has all the info on by her daughter.

Thanks for the info on Louis Douglass. I hope I fixed Laura site OK. If not please let me know and will fix it.
Added by Barbara (Feldkamp) Burns on Jan 12, 2015 1:13 PM
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