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Karen Brewer (#46823815)
 member for 10 years, 6 months, 23 days
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Bio Photo I am eighth generation Iowan. My mother's side of the family has been in Iowa since 1839. I have been working on my family history since 1980.

I began contributing to Find A Grave as a means to record the headstone inscriptions I had transcribed from walking many cemeteries back in the day, mostly Audubon, Cass, Clarke, Madison, Polk and Warren counties in Iowa and mostly relatives. This was before Find A Grave and way before Find A Grave turned into a genealogical site. My parents have also contributed headstone photographs they have taken. My main goal is to preserve what was written on the headstones, to learn about the people and to honor the deceased.

You will find the link to this page on the left side of each Find A Grave page under Actions. If you have been a contributor on Find A Grave for an extended amount of time you might want to reread this page. Most of the rules and guidelines have changed since bought this site.

Please be aware as of May 24, 2016, I take screen shots of search results when creating a memorial (as proof the memorial I am creating was not entered) as one person in particular is creating memorials in "Friends and Family" with only a name and then moving them into cemetery after the obituary is published and claiming mine as a duplicate.

Please contact me by clicking the edit tab on the upper right hand corner of the memorial. I will not add highly detailed information such as census transactions. This data is more suited for sites like, or your virtual cemetery, etc.

Please use the edit tab to request links. I DO NOT LINK TO UNKNOWN BURIALS.

Please use the edit tab to request transfers. I will then receive a link to the memorial in question.

Thank you!!

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Doris Christensen
Thanks for providing the name for her husband!
Added by Doris Christensen on Jul 25, 2016 5:35 AM
Memorials# 47258718 & 47258581
Thank you for the edits and for responding so quickly, too. Thank for all the work you do here at Find a Grave in maintaining these memorials.
Added by RoseOfThePlains on Jun 17, 2016 2:04 PM
Larry McNair
RE: Woodland Cemetery, Polk County, Iowa
Thanks Karen
Added by Larry McNair on Jun 14, 2016 5:37 PM
Larry McNair
Woodland Cemetery, Polk County, Iowa
Karen, Would you by any chance have the phone number to Woodland? Larry
Added by Larry McNair on Jun 14, 2016 4:29 PM
Larry McNair
RE: Mary C. McNair
Peter McNair sounds familiar. Did he marry a lady by the name of Marietta?
Added by Larry McNair on Jun 09, 2016 2:08 PM
Larry McNair
Mary C. McNair
Hi Karen,
My grandfather is buried in Woodland Cemetery, William Marshall McNair. I'm curious, if there's any relation with these two. I've done research on my dad's side of the family, and this name has never surfaced. I wonder if you know anything about her. Thanks, Larry J. McNair
Added by Larry McNair on Jun 09, 2016 12:34 PM
Mark A. Merritt
RE: Mahlon G. Johnston
Karen, you are most welcome. The photo was sent to me by your cousin Nik Johnston. His connection is described in his own hand at the bottom of the photo. I'm connected to Johnston by my grand aunt Beulah Irene Bush, who m. George Dayton Johnston.

All the best!
Added by Mark A. Merritt on Dec 16, 2014 1:16 PM
RE: Mary A. Diehl
I'm soooo glad to hear from you. It was exciting when I got home and reviewed my photos finding that I had a photo of a tombstone that was missing for years. Over time it was being uncovered. This graveyard is getting some care. The elderly couple who own the land were mowing it but a neighbor has taken over the care. There is some overgrowth that could be removed. I commend that neighbor for assisting as much as I believe she is able to do.

Thanks for replying.

Sandra Morris
Added by simor on Aug 24, 2013 5:37 AM
Family of Mary A Diehl
Dear Karen,

Yesterday I found the stone for Mary A Diehl. It had been missing. I was lying flat but covered with 3 inches of soil. There was only a small portion at the top of the stone visible. I uncovered it. The first photo wasn't very good as the stone was soiled and discolored. Today it rained. As you will see the inscription is very clear now but the discoloration remains. I am hopeful that with time this will clear. I found what I think is the base but did not attempt to set it up as the bottom of the upper part has a jagged edge as you will see in the photo.

I sent an email to the family but have had no response.


Sandra Morris
Added by simor on Aug 23, 2013 12:17 PM
Justina Vickerman
RE: Sarah Johnston
She was married to Hamilton S. Johnston 1817-1899. Sarah was his second wife. His first wife Margaret Brownfield passed away in 1852. I believe Margaret and Sarah were cousins. Margaret was the daughter of Robert Brownfield and Sarah (Price) Brownfield.. Mary Ann (Price) Downard's sister.

Sarah and Hamilton had 4 children.

Lucretia who married George Miller .. she is supposed to be buried in Mt. Sterling (but I could not find her grave when I went looking for it.) This was based off of her obit.

Charles W Johnston... I think he headed towards Des Moines.. no idea what happened to him

Ida Belle Johnston married John W Topping died in Burlington.

John F Johnston - no idea where he went.. I think he also went towards Des Moines.

Hope this helps...
Added by Justina Vickerman on Jul 23, 2012 2:08 PM
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