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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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RE: Covill Family - Cascade Cemetery
Thank-you so much Mike! I appreciate your rapid response! I have been sitting here this morning working on the memorials for them. I will be adding more. Thanks again! Becky
Added by Becky on Aug 28, 2014 8:55 AM
Perry Youngs
Frank Carlton
I ordered his obituary as well as his wife's and should have it soon. I will suggest changes after I get them.

Added by Perry Youngs on Aug 19, 2014 9:17 AM
Perry Youngs
Frank Carlton

Thanks for the picture of Frank and Nora's headstone.

Added by Perry Youngs on Aug 19, 2014 7:42 AM
RE: Addis Brockway - Cascade Cemetery
Hi Mike, Nettie's (Antoinette) parents are Lorenzo and Jane E. (Wallace). Lorenzo was a sharp shooter in the Civil War, though he was in his 40,s. Interesting story. He was wounded twice but finally made it home. Could you send me the Addis murder info so I can add it to his page?
Added by Janga on Aug 01, 2014 9:44 AM
Judith D
RE: Clarence McClain - Greenwood Cemetery
Any time!
Added by Judith D on Jul 31, 2014 6:07 PM
RE: Addis Brockway - Cascade Cemetery
Hi Mike, Addis (Addous)Brockway was the second husband of my 2nd ggrandmother, Nettie. Her 1st husband was Horace Gardner. Addous was his first cousin. Horace was "killed by a tree" in Hancock, Ma
when their youngest of 5 was a baby. Nettie went back to her family in MI. Addous went there, married her and they had 3 girls. So she had 2 husbands who died violently. There's a story here! I was so excited yesterday to find all the info on the murder. I knew he was killed but have been looking for the details for years. Find a grave for him has not come up in hints or the ancestry search link so I didn't know about it until I accidentally came across it. I have spent all day trying to download it to his page. No luck. I hope she got the $ with 8 kids to support. She died in 1891. I don't know what from or what happened to the baby girls. It's interesting that your ancestor was involved. Do you know any more? It must have been big news. She was fiesty for the day.
Jan Gardner
Added by Janga on Jul 31, 2014 5:39 PM
Brian Keith Timmer
RE: Kik Family
Thanks Mike - I should be able to find them with the Nordbergs as a reference point.

The Kik farm was to the east of the Cascade Road intersection - Thornapple River curves to the left (North) as it goes up a slight hill, and the Kik farm stood at the very top of the hill on the left (West) side of the road. I think the house is still there, but the land has all been developed into a subdivision of homes now. It was a beautiful pasture fenced-in for his cows, with a barn and chicken coops. Uncle Nick (my Dad's uncle, actually, but he was Uncle Nick to me) worked for the City of Kalamazoo Parks & Recreation department, and was responsible for the idea of creating a pedestrian mall in downtown Kalamazoo, the first of it's kind at the time. It got a lot of attention from other cities who wanted to do something similar, and Uncle Nick became the "Father" of the Pedestrian Mall.

The road entering the Cascade Township Park is named after him, as is a Kalamazoo Park Pool.

Added by Brian Keith Timmer on Jul 21, 2014 5:06 PM
Brian Keith Timmer
Kik Family

Thanks for taking/posting the photos of the Kik family markers in Cascade. Joan Carlson made the photo request that you fulfilled - she and I share a family connection with the Thomasma's.

Uncle Nick's (Kik) farm on Thornapple River Drive was a favorite place of mine as a child.

I had visited the Cascade Cemetery recently, and for the life of me, I couldn't find their markers anywhere in Section A. Obviously, you're very familiar with that cemetery - can you tell me where the Kik's are located there?

dank je wel!

Added by Brian Keith Timmer on Jul 21, 2014 3:16 PM
Joan Carlson
anna kik
Thanks for sharing Anna's headstone picture. I appreciate it.
Added by Joan Carlson on Jul 19, 2014 12:31 PM
Amy (Decker) Veenendall
Fern L. "Bonnie" Spring Hutt
Hi Mike,
Have some more information on her. Would you like me to send it to you?
Added by Amy (Decker) Veenendall on Jul 13, 2014 2:43 PM
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