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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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Cathy Hart
RE: 90692869 - Martha Dutmers
Here was your message to me:

Hello Cathy,

Sometimes (more often than one would realize) remains are moved to be united with those in other cemeteries. In a larger urban environment, people are often moved to more outlying cemeteries like Woodlawn or Resurrection, as family members move further out from the city center. I know a number of remains were transferred out of St. Andrew's down thru the years. Perhaps Martha is one of them. I will check further on this after the snow comes and I can no longer be taking photos.


Mike Cronk
Added by Cathy Hart on Feb 05, 2016 10:41 AM
Cathy Hart
RE: 90692869 - Martha Dutmers
Were you able to check on this yet?
Added by Cathy Hart on Feb 05, 2016 10:11 AM
Pat Harney
RE: Harriet Ansley - Saline Observer
Thanks for the kind words and for the encouragement. I have been compiling a book that will cover the stats from the Observer for Michigan births, marriages, anniversaries, deaths, etc. that were published. I am taking a breather as I proof and then publish the information for the years 1881-1894. It's been an interesting project and I hope it will be of help to researchers in the future.
Added by Pat Harney on Feb 02, 2016 7:06 AM
Sandy Vandertol
RE: Mary E. (Moran) Collins - Mount Calvary
I knew I could count on you Mike for the right answer. When I couldn't find a plot number for Mary I had a red flag. Thanks for your help. I'll happily delete my page. :)
Added by Sandy Vandertol on Jan 31, 2016 11:46 AM
Judith D
Alice McQuillin

Sorry it took me over a year to notice the newspaper clipping you added to Alice's memorial but thank you! Such a sad ending to an unhappy life. And the poor mother!
Added by Judith D on Jan 30, 2016 5:17 PM
Robert D. (David) Davis
RE: Maila Davis - Edits & Links
Thank you, sir (I guess we're somewhat related)

I'm still trying to figure out the ins and outs of this site, I wasn't thinking when I asked you to link Maila Davis on her mother's memorial. Thanks again for adding David Hastings, he's partially my namesake. Maila Hastings married James Davis and named my great grandfather after both of their fathers, Robert & David, it got passed down to me 99 years after my great grandfather.
Added by Robert D. (David) Davis on Jan 29, 2016 8:01 AM
Jodi Edgell Diepstra
Helen Kranenberg Staal
Thank you for correcting the name. The top part of the memorial is incorrect where you added additional info. Please adjust when you have a moment. Have a great weekend, thank you!!!

Added by Jodi Edgell Diepstra on Jan 15, 2016 6:14 AM
Judith D
Cordes death cert
Thanks! A clearer copy is always good!
Added by Judith D on Jan 07, 2016 9:47 AM
Katherine Heyda
Thank you for that heretofore unknown information!
Added by Al on Dec 26, 2015 2:08 PM
Julie Johnston
Louis Sigler memorial
I added the marriage information that you sent me to Louis Sigler's memorial.
Thank you for the information.
Added by Julie Johnston on Dec 21, 2015 3:23 PM
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