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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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RE: Misc Danavages
OK, Mike, thanks very much. I'll let you know whenever I find anything more of substance. Check back on them every now and then. They have a heck of a family tree, I hope I can get it all straight. You know, the usual problems... sons and daughters and cousins with the same first names, people becoming widows or widowers and then marrying their deceased sibling's spouse so everyone has the same name, documentation like death certificates that are convoluted because someone obviously didn't understand the questions being asked, etc. It's never easy but it's always entertaining, like looking for buried treasure with maps that leave a lot to be desired.
Added by Shiredweller on Oct 13, 2015 9:37 AM
Misc Danavages
Mike, a trip to Shenandoah nearly 2 months ago produced so much information that I'm still sorting thru it with my cousin. Will send you updates as we figure them out. There were a lot of Danavages in Shenandoah PA back in 1893-1920, and it gets complicated. Also, my cousin discovered an obit for Anthony Danavage that names an additional daughter so I'll need to update the bio I sent you for Agnes Danavage. Will try to get to it this weekend. Best regards, Pete
Added by Shiredweller on Oct 09, 2015 3:21 PM
Judith D
RE: St. Andrew's Cemetery - Burial Designation Information
Thanks for the explanation. I found that section/block number in the photo captions on the memorials for Nicholas and his wife Anna. My thought was that even a partial plot number was better than none.

Based on your message, I fixed Anna's as much as I could. (Obviously no grave number.) So that's a bit more accurate if not totally complete. A work in progress!

Thanks again!
Added by Judith D on Sep 22, 2015 2:48 PM
Danita Weeks Simon
Fred Simon
Thanks for taking a picture. This is a great way to find ancestors.
Added by Danita Weeks Simon on Sep 20, 2015 9:14 PM
Emma Smith Winegar DOB
Thanks for writing back. In error I typed the wrong DOB year & DOD. Thanks for pointing out the fact, and it has been corrected. Chris
Added by CMHolton on Sep 04, 2015 5:19 PM
Sandy Vandertol
RE: Louis Waltz - Link
Mike, I'm sorry about that link. I had the page opened, was reading the obit and copied and pasted the URL from it. I'll see if I can pull it up again. It was a nice obit, had names of family, but was too long for me to type out and send, as it was late when I found it. I thought if you saw it, you could glean what you wanted from it for his page. Let me look for it again. Thanks for telling me it didn't work. Back to the drawing board!
Added by Sandy Vandertol on Sep 03, 2015 8:43 AM
Joni Spellman Krause
RE: William F. Hacker - Oakhill Cemetery
Dear Mike, Thank-you for the transfer. I corrected the information. Warmly, Joni
Added by Joni Spellman Krause on Sep 02, 2015 9:52 AM
RE: Agnes and Michael Danavage
Thanks, Mike. It was a lot of work and the work goes on... as you well know, every time we find an answer to one question, it generates 2 or 3 new questions. (At least!) Pete
Added by Shiredweller on Aug 31, 2015 1:23 PM
Michael Lennon
I sent two PDF files to your msn address in case your firewall blocks them.
Added by Michael Lennon on Aug 29, 2015 5:18 PM
Michael Lennon
RE: Lewis family
Mike, thank you for the prompt and informed response.

I don't have any Petted folks in my tree that I am aware of. I do have Eardley's spelled with the E as opposed to Eardly. I have a copy of Marg Graham's typed history of "The Eardley Story from 1771". In the descendant chart I see John Eardley married Elizabeth Pettid and had a son William who married Nellie Patterson. Same folks, different spellings?

In a small Irish community over the years they all got related somehow. My father had many Eardleys, McKnights, Broughams, Harmons, Pierces, Egans and Pattersons he considered cousins, 1st and 2nd. Edward Lennon had four daughters and they also had large families so 3 generations in my father was related to most of Cascade, I think.

As to the Lewis family, there are few records so I'm stuck at the 1830 marriage of the two sisters with no parent info but that's the way it goes.

If the Eardley story helps you I will scan or copy the doc and send it on.

Added by Michael Lennon on Aug 29, 2015 7:53 AM
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