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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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debra coffman
Harriet Catherine Leonard Long Transfer
Hi LaDon,

I was wondering if you would be interested in transferring Harriet over to me, she is my 2rd great aunt on my mothers side and if not I have some other info for you. Thank you for your consideration.

Harriet # is 28409952
My # is 47413970

Thank you for all your work, it is greatly appreciated.

Added by debra coffman on Jan 30, 2015 9:39 PM
june cox
RE: J.C. Wilson
J. C. was his only name.
Added by june cox on Jan 28, 2015 7:57 AM
Becky Doan
RE: Invitation
No, I don't think so! I am in KS, though, in case you didn't know that!
Added by Becky Doan on Jan 27, 2015 1:18 PM
Could you please transfer this memorial to me? He is my Great Grandfather. Thanks! Skip
Added by Skip on Jan 27, 2015 10:08 AM
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
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