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LaDon Brennan (#46902635)
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Bio Photo "Do not regret growing old. It is a privilege denied to many."

I grew up in central Missouri where my ancestors settled, most from KY; I often return and photograph country cemeteries and haunt the library reference departments. Looking for gravestones for my Wells, Lane/Lain, Hazlewood/Hazelwood, Bellamy/Bellomy, Thoroughman/Thurman, Stayton, Pullen/Pullin/Pulliam, Gregg/Gragg, Rigg, Page families; others include Dunning, Gant, Payne, Settles/Suttle(s), Sudduth, Stoneking, Stewart, Shelten, Stoll.

A goal is to ensure there are memorials for all known burials in the "country" cemeteries in the Bates/Cass/Henry counties where my ancestors lived and are interred, and am photo indexing as many as I can - some are in woeful condition. Too many are now in cow pastures, vandalized or stones used in barn foundations. May those with so little respect for our ancestors be haunted by their ghosts.

Corrections, updates and link requests are welcomed so "our" memorials are informative and accurate -- please send maiden names if you know them. Every person has a story - hopefully memorial managers who prefer not to update or correct their memorials will transfer them to the requesting family member/friend to maintain and add the story -- or there will be a software update that allows third parties to contribute to memorials. Thanks to all the administrators who make the site available and user-friendly, and to the many great volunteers who make "finding Grandma" possible. Special thanks to photo volunteers who spend hours searching for lost grave markers, sometimes in overgrown, tick and snake infested, unkept, unmarked cemeteries.

You are welcome to use information or grave marker photos I have entered. If you do a copy/paste of a memorial with a bio, please credit Find-a-Grave and the contributor;-- a LOT of time and research has gone into many of these memorials. Please do not copy/post my "people" photographs.

Please make your edit/transfer requests from the "edit" link of the memorial and not from the profile page which I don't view often. I generally don't transfer memorials with researched bios, nor do I transfer to requesters who are rude/demanding, have no profile, have two or more times memorials managed as entered, (some contributors claim an astonishing number of "grandparents") or who are collectors -- but I'll always update and link memorials within a day or two if not traveling. While I don't acknowledge edits, I do appreciate receiving them and thank you for taking the time to improve the memorial.

In his profile, contributor Jeff G #47276975, expressed my own feelings about our responsibility to this Site and the memorials we manage, and he has kindly given me permission to share his comments, below:

"We don't "own" the memorials we manage - they are not ours. We may create them, we may update them, we may transfer them to others - we are but stewards. They are Find A Grave memorials of human beings, departed.

They are not "friends" on a social media network website to be collected like baseball trading cards. And there's no prize for the one who dies with the most.

The reward comes from maintaining the most accurate and dignified memorials we can. What we record becomes history, and a record in my or someone else's family tree. We have a responsibility to do a good job of it. It's a privilege and honor."

Note - Had nerve injury in left arm/hand, with several mishaps 2010, 2011 and 2012, resulting in numerous typos I didn't "catch", please call them to my attention (If adding info from census records, I use spelling as shown - those aren't typos.) Since I can no longer hold a camera, I've had to give up my passion to photograph lost cemeteries. Am using that time to enhance and link memorials.

Happy graving - and remember to thank our Veterans and Active Service men and women.
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Patricia (Gooding) Thomas
William H Owen #30290114
I found in Pease Newspaper Abstracts
Vol 5 - 1892-1894, page 126 the following
Macomb Journal - Thursday 18 Jan 1894
William, son of Peter Owen of Macomb, died on Monday of last week, "just on the south line of Bethel tp.", aged 28 yrs - He was buried the following day - he is survived by his wife and 2 children.
Added by Patricia (Gooding) Thomas on Dec 17, 2014 6:55 AM
Patricia (Gooding) Thomas
George W Owen - son of Peter Owen
I believe George W Owen is buried at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Macomb, McDonough County, Illinois
Trinity 077-A-3 (I got the burial information from the Forest Lawn Cemetery book I purchased through the McDonough Genealogical society
Added by Patricia (Gooding) Thomas on Dec 17, 2014 6:07 AM
Patricia (Gooding) Thomas
Peter Owen & Catherine Melissa Frakes son Samuel
I "think" I found information for their son Samuel.
Illinois Death Records
Samuel Owens born 11-8-1880 Illinois died 9-12-1917 Macomb, McDonough County, Illinois buried 9-14-1917 Macomb, McDonough County, Illinois (don't know where he was buried yet. Died age 36 occupation teamster Father Peter Owens born IL

Illinois Statewide Marriage Index
Samuel Owen married Lizzie Barnes May 1, 1899 McDonough County, Illinois license # 2268

1900 Census Macomb, McDonough County, Illinois
Samuel Owens age 22 born IL (Nov 1877) married 1 year parents born IL
Lizzie age 18 born IL (Feb 1882) mother of 1 child 1 living
Beulah age 1 born IL (Mar 1899)

1910 Census Macomb Ward 1, McDonough County, Illinois
Samuel F Owen age 28 born IL married 10 years parents born IL
Lizzie E age 27 born IL mother of 4 children 4 living
Beulah I age 10 born IL
Helen L age 7 born IL
Samuel G age 5 born IL
Eva Bernice age 1 10/12 born IL

I believe Peter and Catherine had at least one more son before Samuel was born. I found some data on a birth index for the additional son - let me know if you would like this data.

Pat Thomas
Added by Patricia (Gooding) Thomas on Dec 17, 2014 5:19 AM
Robert V. Scrivener III
RE: John Wells
You're very welcome!!!
Added by Robert V. Scrivener III on Dec 14, 2014 5:55 PM
Ronald Hileman
RE: Frank Swope
Sorry!!! I did not know Frank's Wife. I never heard her name. The only Margaret Swope I knew was married to Ernest Swope. Margaret and Ernest are buried in the Mount Union Cemetery, Side by Side
And they had no Children.
Added by Ronald Hileman on Dec 13, 2014 11:03 AM
Ronald Hileman
RE: Frank Swope
Margaret Bowserman Swope 1890 - 1941 was married to Ernest Newville Swope 1886 - 1961. They had no children. Ernest married second wife Rosetta A Rosenberry 1919 - 1998. They had one son, John Edward Swope 1942 - 2010. Frank E Swope moved to South Dakota long before I can remember.
John and I grew up together.
Margaret Bowserman Swope is the only Margaret That I know of that is buried in the Mount Union Cemetery.
If you need more information, Let me know.
Added by Ronald Hileman on Dec 13, 2014 1:59 AM
Member #47614207
Gemmell Family
The Gemmell Family was killed in Maryland when the plan crashed into their house.

We have created memorials for the mother & two children.

The mother was found shielding the two children from the fire & smoke.

Please help us pass the word to have other Find A Grave member show their support & stop by the memorials.

Thank you
Find A Grave Member #47614207
Added by Member #47614207 on Dec 10, 2014 1:01 PM
Ron Vest
Joe B Wyatt Memorial Correction
The only Death Certificate I could find is #15158 which has a lot of discrepancies in what I have and what you sent to be added. Looking for additional info so we can get the correct info on his memorial. HELP
Added by Ron Vest on Dec 07, 2014 8:35 AM
Gene Noe
RE: Bailey cemetery
I have several photo's and some other misc info on the members of the Bailey Cemetery. Have no problem sending you all of my data if you are interested. Just send me an email address to and I will share what I have on this cemetery.
Added by Gene Noe on Nov 22, 2014 10:54 AM
Edna J. Ellis
RE: Robert S Smallwood
I have sent a private email regarding the wife of Robert Samuel Smallwood.

I loved the remarks in your bio!

Thanks for all you do!
Edna J. Ellis
Added by Edna J. Ellis on Nov 18, 2014 4:52 PM
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