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LaDon Brennan (#46902635)
 member for 8 years, 7 months, 19 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.

Nov 2015: To those "contributors" who send edits that significantly change a memorial content/links, but provide no profile, email or public message access so I can contact them to verify their source -- GET REAL.
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Ms Martie M
RE: Nettie Logan
You are welcome!
Happy to help.
Added by Ms Martie M on Nov 15, 2015 7:00 PM
Mike Shelton
RE: Edits
your welcome...
Added by Mike Shelton on Nov 10, 2015 10:39 AM
Audrey DeCamp Hoffman
Elmer Barber
Thank you
Added by Audrey DeCamp Hoffman on Nov 10, 2015 2:00 AM
Martha Lawton
RE: Find A Grave Memorial# 91655986
Thanks. Appreciate the quick response.

M. Lawton
Added by Martha Lawton on Nov 07, 2015 2:00 PM
Martha Lawton
Find A Grave Memorial# 91655986

There is an error in the name of Magdalena Catherine "Mary" Nold Brownsberger. Her nickname was "Lena" not "Mary". She was my grandmother and everyone called her Lena.

Could you please correct this on the website. I wasn't sure of the process.

Thanks for your help.

Martha Brownsberger Lawton

Added by Martha Lawton on Nov 07, 2015 10:34 AM
Ms Martie M
RE: Genniel Stoll
I'm happy I was able to provide you this important info for this lovely lady.
Added by Ms Martie M on Nov 02, 2015 6:34 AM
june cox
RE: J.C. Wilson
Added by june cox on Oct 31, 2015 10:04 AM
Joni (Hedrick) Dietz
RE: Thurman
You're very welcome. I know, I can't imagine how they survived losing those babies, their injuries and home, then losing two more girls so young! stories like these really hurt my heart for them.
Added by Joni (Hedrick) Dietz on Oct 29, 2015 4:05 AM
Nancy Crane
RE: Mary Fowler #92806784
OK ... now I know why you thought it might have been me. Thanks for the info. I didn't know about that rule.
Added by Nancy Crane on Oct 27, 2015 4:59 PM
Nancy Crane
RE: Mary Fowler #92806784
No, it wasn't me. It is pretty, though. What made you think it was me? I do have McCrary ancestors.
Added by Nancy Crane on Oct 27, 2015 4:52 PM
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