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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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Hello. Have been doing photo's in Old Ashley cem. There's a stone that is in bad shape. Has Martha M.. I think it might say consort of a Wells? I have the memorial as Martha M. ???
Do you have a Martha M. missing in your family??
Added by Krauss/Gronek on Jan 19, 2015 1:35 AM
Kristen Molen
RE: Mary Wolf
I appreciate your help and see your concern about changing this. I will put together the evidence in a future e-mail. I have a readable death certificate for Mary Albert West (who is my Great, Great Grandmother). It confirms her date of birth as July 15, 1884. I believe I am correct that Albert is not Mary's father and that John Franklin West is, but I realize to help others understand why, I need to attach the evidence and why. I think after you see it, you will question the situation as well. Thank you for your help, Kristen Molen
Added by Kristen Molen on Jan 18, 2015 5:55 PM
charlene towsley
am transferring Jean's memorial back to you. We had been friends since we were 6 and 7 years old since she lived next door and kept in touch through the years. However, I am not family. you are most kind but a member of her family may come forward.
Added by charlene towsley on Jan 13, 2015 7:12 PM
Edna J. Ellis
Robert Samuel Smallwood's wife
Sarah Belle Scott Smallwood
b. Abt Jan 1875 in MO
d. Aft 19 Apr 1940 of, Kansas City, Jackson, MO

1900 census St Francois Twp, St Francois, MO 14 Jun (2-2) T623-887 ED 98 PG 185 SH 13B FAM 246
1910 census Osceola Twp, St Clair, MO 26 Apr (5-5) T624-801 ED 135 PG 267 SH 6B FAM 112
1920 census Butler Twp, St Clair, MO 5 Jan T625-943 ED 135 PG 152 SH 2A FAM 33
1940 census Kansas City, Jackson, MO 19 Apr T627-2178 ED 281 PG 4569? SH 7B FAM 129

According to a cousin Lorna Viles [now deceased]: Sarah Belle left the family when Blanch Smallwood was about 15 years old
Family Search: gives wife's father as Samuel Scott - L6GZ-JLQ

Jackson Family Tree Owner: daniel jackson
gives name as Sara Belle Jones/Scott
B. Jan 1875 in IL
D. Bef 1930 in Kansas City, Jackson County, MO

This is all the information I have on her.

No, I do not know if Robert remarried after her.

Sorry I cannot help any further on this.
Edna J. Ellis
Added by Edna J. Ellis on Jan 05, 2015 10:07 PM
Malisia Phillips
I would not have sent you an edit, then had your memorial deleted! I put in the name and there is a memorial with the same dates in the Corsicana cemetery. I don't remember which cemetery yours was in. Could yours have been a dupe?
Added by JFI on Jan 05, 2015 3:42 PM
Ebenezer Avery 92173494
Hi-You have asked for a headstone hunt for Ebenezer. However, the person listing him (Graves) has listed him in the wrong cem. He is actually buried in the Col. Ledyard Cem, also in Groton, #53941155. There is a photo for him as well. Can you please remove your request, as I have asked this listing person Graves to remove her duplicate. A quick check of the Hale listing would have told them what cem Ebenezer is buried in...This is available online for free on, and also on Thanks, irma
Added by Irma on Dec 29, 2014 7:10 AM
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you LaDon, my Find A Grave friend! Let me hear from you!
Added by KATHY on Dec 25, 2014 5:31 AM
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
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