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LaDon Brennan (#46902635)
 member for 8 years, 1 month, 17 days
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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."

There are so many orphan memorials on the site, names entered and forgotten. Please, if you enter a memorial, have the common courtesy to add edits submitted by people who care.

Note - accidents and nerve damage to left arm and hand, combined with worsening of my Essential Tremor, preclude my ability to hold a camera, has resulted in numerous typos; 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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Gerry Stanley
RE: Daisey Shively/Kent
I think the name shown should be the last one that the person had, in this case Shively. Because her memorial shows links to both husbands and the picture places her with Wood Kent and because her maiden name is shown I would think anyone looking for her could find her. Anyway, she's not a relative. I just like to work with those buried in the Oak Grove Cemetery. I think we've got her pretty well defined so you don't need to transfer but I would take her if you wish. I love a good mystery and this was a good one. She's shown on the 1930 census living with Wood Kent and M B Locke. It says M B is Wood's mother-in-law but she's really his grandmother-in-law. She died in 1932 as is said to be buried in Oak Grove. Haven't found her but did find her husband, John W. Locke. Anyway, there's still more to discover. Thanks for writing back and good luck with all your searches.
Added by Gerry Stanley on May 24, 2015 4:31 AM
Nancy Thompson
RE: Lionel Durham
I am very glad to add this photo to his memorial. Regards, Nancy
Added by Nancy Thompson on May 23, 2015 6:33 PM
Fred Bradley
RE: Englewood
You're very welcome, LaDon. I know you'll always appreciate the effort.
Added by Fred Bradley on May 23, 2015 8:56 AM
Englewood Cemetery
Hi LaDon, do you want those memorials that Mr. Spangler would not update? I have done all I can, if you wish to have them let me know, please. Thank you for all you have done and doing ! I do appreciate it all very much !
Judy Harrison-Foster
Added by JHarrison on May 19, 2015 4:29 PM
Mandy Caron
rachel summers bohrn
I am looking for information on john summers, birth etc. She is my 2nd great grandmother and i need to fill in gaps. Thanks
Added by Mandy Caron on May 18, 2015 9:53 AM
N Wickam
RE: Ida
I see her death certificate has birth year as 1874, not 1878. Wonder which one is correct.
N Wickam
Added by N Wickam on May 12, 2015 6:30 AM
Linda Dukes
Denison/Huey Henry Co MO
Are you related to either the Denison or Huey families in Henry Co MO?
Added by Linda Dukes on May 11, 2015 5:30 PM
A. F. Burkett
Ida Burkett Howerton
Missouri Secretary of State Death Records show date of death for Ida is 16 December 1943.
A F Burkett
Added by A. F. Burkett on May 11, 2015 7:12 AM
Kathy Franks
Forbes - Givehand
Hello LaDon, I have accepted your edits for the Forbes and Givehand memorials. I was wondering if you had any connection to the family and would like to maintain the memorials. I worked with Jeanette in the early 70's at the Howell County Welfare Office and knew the younger siblings. Also I noticed in your bio a connection to the Stoll family. Two of my grandchildren were also the grandchildren of the late Marguerite Stoll Collins who was the daughter of Dr. and Mrs. J.B. Stoll who practiced medicine here in West Plains for many years (and delivered me).
So sorry to read of your illness and your not being able to take pictures. That is my passion. I am currently going to country cemeteries here in Howell County and photographing the entire cemeteries, adding pictures to find a grave as well as the Missouri Gravestone Project.
Added by Kathy Franks on May 09, 2015 7:29 AM
Undertaker's Gr-Granddaughter
RE: Rockwell
One stone had a date, but the big stone I couldn't budge. Usually I just brush off the crud with my hand, but i bought a soft brush so it won't hurt the stone. :o)
Added by Undertaker's Gr-Granddaug... on Apr 28, 2015 11:59 AM
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