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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.

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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

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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)

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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 members...as 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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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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Anonymous
Hake Memorial
Mike -Thanks for all that you have done. It is most appreciated.
Added by Anonymous on May 23, 2015 5:52 AM
Steven M
Edward W. Leonard (#91521099)
Many thanks for the photograph.
Added by Steven M on May 22, 2015 4:10 PM
Sandy Vandertol
RE: Alice Boomker - Greenwood Cemetery
We all work together as "iron sharpens iron" and I know multiple marriages can be so confusing, so I always go back to the rules and reread them at least once a month. I have a problem when the maiden name is listed after the surname on the headstone, but that was the European way of doing things. My mother-in-law was Johanna VanderTol, but she always signed things Johanna VanderTol Neuman - with her maiden name following her married name as was the custom in the Netherlands. This is how I see a few of the headstones in Greenwood too, and then I have to find the records to sort out the names. The Dutch wear their wedding rings on their right hands too and the English drive on the wrong side of the road, (says an American) so there are many themes and variations going on between cultures, and it's hard to keep up on them all. That's why it takes an army of people on this site and I always appreciate edits and corrections so I can have accuracy. I'm becoming aware too that hyphenated and double name surnames don't show up in web searches, and that leads to more duplicate pages being created, so putting the headstone name in the title box makes sense for simplicity with the other names in the bio box. Now if we can all get on the same page . . .:)
Added by Sandy Vandertol on May 22, 2015 12:54 PM
S Palmer
RE: Robert D. Fox - Cascade Cemetery
Hi Mike,

I've done quite a bit of research over the last few days on Vernice N. Fox. The surname Lopez from her mother's obit makes marriage #6 for her! I did discover her final marriage, and, also her memorial on Find a Grave (108058826).

At some point between her marriage to Mr. Lopez and Donald Bennett, her last husband, she began using Vicky instead of Vernice.

Yesterday I sent an edit to the person who manages Vernice's memorial in Find a Grave to add both of her parents and link to the last husband.

I ordered a copy of her obit from the Library in Ottawa County, where she died.

Thanks for maintaining the memorials and adding the new info!

Sue
Added by S Palmer on May 20, 2015 10:10 AM
Susan Gates Davis
RE: Jessie Buys - Graceland Mausoleum
Sorry, Mike. That was a mistake on my part.
Added by Susan Gates Davis on May 17, 2015 4:26 PM
Susan Lundin Smith
Clifford Mock photo request
You are receiving this message because you have submitted a photo request for the above named person(s). I wanted to let you know that I will be traveling to that area from Dallas during the first week of June and I would be able to get the requested photo(s) for you. I do need some help from you tho. While I am in the Chicago area, I intend to get as many names off the list for Evergreen Cemetery as possible. The list is growing every day and is now at 263 requests! Evergreen Cemetery is near and dear to my heart as I have several of my own family members there. If you would please call the cemetery office and obtain the burial plot locations and send them to me, I will for sure get them for you when I go there in June. If everyone could get me the locations I could really get a lot of requests done but I can't do it alone! The office number for Evergreen Cemetery is 708-422-9051. You can leave me a public message with the information, or you may email me at 1963susansmith@gmail.com Please be sure to reference the requested names. Thank you!
Added by Susan Lundin Smith on May 15, 2015 9:06 PM
Shiredweller
RE: Anthony & Catherine Danavage
OK Mike, thanks. (I should have thought of it yesterday!)
Added by Shiredweller on May 15, 2015 11:36 AM
Shiredweller
RE: Anthony & Catherine Danavage
Mike, did you happen to take a fresh photo of the Washington park entrance? There is one on Find A Grave but it's low resolution.
Added by Shiredweller on May 15, 2015 11:20 AM
Anonymous
Hake Memorial
Mike -Thank you for the photo. Your work is appreciated.
Added by Anonymous on May 14, 2015 11:26 PM
Shiredweller
Anthony & Catherine Danavage
THANKS for the photos Mike!!! Above and Beyond the call of duty... I hope it was a pleasant day for you, weather-wise. Best wishes, let me know if there's anything in my area I can try to find for you. Pete
Added by Shiredweller on May 14, 2015 3:26 PM
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