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LaDon Brennan (#46902635)
 member for 7 years, 3 months, 24 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 copy the entire memorial which includes my name, date entered and the memorial number at the very bottom -- a LOT of time and research has gone into many of these memorials. Please do not copy/post my "people" photographs on sponsored pages.

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.

Note - Had nerve injury in left arm/hand, 2010 surgery; smashed left hand in door 2011, broke two fingers; broke left wrist in 2012 - typos during each recovery process - please call them to my attention. 2013 - nerve damage prevents holding a camera, so my enjoyable hobby of photo-indexing cemeteries is over. Am using that time to enhance and link memorials.

When entering information from census records I use the spelling as it appears, even knowing it is wrong -- those aren't typos.
Happy graving - and remember to thank our Veterans and Active Service men and women.
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Glenn Harris
Bettie Francis Barnett Harris
I've added her middle name and linked her with her parents, Obadiah Strange and Martha Ann Key Barnett. Is she related to you? Even though we share a last name she is no relation to me and I'd have no problem transferring ownership to a relative. If so just let me know.

Glenn Harris
Added by Glenn Harris on Aug 01, 2014 12:05 AM
Tropico Gravers
You're welcome, LaDon!

I know you have helped out one of our members, Chris Mills, I think you created a memorial for one of his uncles. So anything we can do to help you is great ...
Added by Tropico Gravers on Jul 31, 2014 4:43 PM
Kevin Smith
Catherine Lemley, Frakes, Six
Would you be able to help me find information on Catherine and Robert Frakes Sr. son John? John Frakes is where my family branches off of and moves into Ohio. All that I can find is his birth (1801 in Green County, Pennsylvania and his death in Brookfield Township,Morgan County, Ohio in 1870). I have his wife as Mary ?? and his children as George, Worley (my branch) Michael and Uriah.I know that John was the only son to stay in Ohio while all of the rest moved on to Kentucky and Illinois. I can be reached at


Kevin Smith
Added by Kevin Smith on Jul 28, 2014 2:59 PM
Elizabeth (Sarah) Curnutt
Hello LaDon -

Are you researching the family of Elizabeth (Sarah) Curnutt? I watched the television show, "Who Do You Think You Are?" and now I have to know what happened to Sarah/Elizabeth. Thanks Kim
Added by kim on Jul 28, 2014 2:49 PM
Ted DeLozier
Otho Collins
Again, I return, thanking you for your changes of Otho Collins family...Blessings..
Added by Ted DeLozier on Jul 19, 2014 5:50 PM
Ted DeLozier
And , I thank you for the update on my great aunt, Lula DeLozier-Bradley...Great...Now all of Grandpa Bills siblings are tied together, makes me smile...You are super...
Added by Ted DeLozier on Jul 18, 2014 9:16 PM
Ted DeLozier
Collins Family
Thank you for the links on James and Ethel Collins..My school mate, another James Collins was telling me about his grandfather being from the area where my early DeLoziers are, so I volunteered some information for him..The younger James and I have been friends all of our lives, in scouts together, they are a great family...Again, appreciated...
Added by Ted DeLozier on Jul 18, 2014 9:13 PM
Denice Huerta
Peggy Lou Jones Hart
Thank you very much for the updates and adding her obituary. Thank you for all you do for Find A Grave.
Added by Denice Huerta on Jul 17, 2014 8:23 PM
Steve Seim
Henry County Farm Cemetery
Do you have GPS coordinates for this cemetery?
Added by Steve Seim on Jul 17, 2014 2:43 PM
Shirley Thacker Hartman
RE: Mary Joyce
It is Emphser, thank's for the quick up dates.
Added by Shirley Thacker Hartman on Jul 16, 2014 7:21 AM
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