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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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Linda Y
Thanks for the maag transfer
Added by Linda Y on May 19, 2017 5:57 AM
Miss Mary
Irene LANE (1898-1916)
Hello Mike Cronk -
Thank you for the work on the Find-a-Grave memorial for Mary "Irene" Lane, which I was so happy to see!
I am a grand-niece who heard first-hand stories of her from my grandfather, George Rolland Lane. I am willing to have you transfer her memorial # 94342188 (plus that of George R. Lane or any other family members) or have you retain, whichever. I have a page for Irene where I have additional stories & facts of her life on at: I also have additional photos & memoribilia which I will try (soon) to get around to sending you. Thanks again!
Finally, I wonder if you might have graduated from Forest Hills High in 1972?
Miss Mary
Added by Miss Mary on Apr 15, 2017 10:45 PM
Petoskey History
RE: George B. Zindel - Ramona Park
Thanks so much, Mike. I will send you information a.s.a.p. It is good of you to offer to help.
Added by Petoskey History on Mar 23, 2017 9:43 PM
Cathy Hart
WEll. I might be digging into some family ghosts, that, well might not have wanted to be discovered, or I am very confussed! lol! If you will look at the death certs on both of these children, it looks like the same dad, but that the mothers are different. They are sisters.My records show that Lavina was married to John, and Margaret was married to Martin. Am I losing it? Can you help? Thanks!

Cathy Hart
Added by Cathy Hart on Mar 13, 2017 6:22 PM
Cathy Hart
RE: Martin Dutmers (1843-1915) - Mt. Calvary Cemetery
Hi Mike,
It's been a while. I was wondering if you would mind transfering to me Maurice Dutmers. #76309594. He is my Grandfather. I have found more family members through Ancestry and I am getting some great pictures! I am so exited to find so many family members!

Thank you,
Cathy Hart
Added by Cathy Hart on Mar 13, 2017 5:44 PM
Verna Patt
Thanks for the photo. I greatly appreciate it.
Added by GeneaProtector on Feb 28, 2017 7:06 PM
sophie bourbilleres-showalter
louis kunst sr
My personal mail
Thank you
Added by sophie bourbilleres-showa... on Feb 25, 2017 9:36 AM
sophie bourbilleres-showalter
louis kunst sr
Hi Mike
It is very nice to you to be returned to the cemetery to have flowers really a big thank you.
Me i have louis kunst sr birth 13 april 1876 dead 1983 grand rapids michigan
Wife Ella Windt, I can not find a marriage with Marie Groskopf Kunst
Son Louis Kunst Jr birth 10 may 1908 dead 25 January 1981 wife Helen Campbell.
It's not easy Mike to understand.
I could not open the link concerning the grave of Marie groskopf kunst, could you send it to me.
Thanks mike
Added by sophie bourbilleres-showa... on Feb 25, 2017 9:33 AM
sophie bourbilleres-showalter
louis kunst
Thank you very much for looking for the grave for me, louis kunst
Sophie bourbilleres-showalter
Added by sophie bourbilleres-showa... on Feb 23, 2017 3:38 AM
Olbinski Family
Hi Mike, Not sure if this is your family that you may be researching, but I have found some information on Antonia and her daughter Rose. If you're interested I can send it to you. Here is Antonia's memorial # 141006963
Just let me know, RC
Added by RC on Feb 22, 2017 6:10 PM
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