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LaDon Brennan (#46902635)
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Bio Photo 12/27/16: I will have limited internet access until mid Jan., please be patient.

"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.

If a contributor enters a memorial as "unknown", in incorrect cemetery, or with no DOD, and I later find the cemetery or a recent DOD, I do not create a duplicate with updated information and then insist the original contributor delete their memorial (or ask admins to delete it), even though the admins appear to facilitate that. I will always send an edit to the original contributor so they can correct their memorial. It seems contrary to the spirit of a co-operative website to do otherwise. It is surprising that admins give preference to person who knowingly creates a duplicate over person who made an error on original memorial, probably in good faith, without giving them opportunity to make correction. Not sure when guidelines tightened up, but at least in 2007 it was permissible to enter a memorial for any tombstone that had a person's name engraved on it, with or without a DOD, if accompanied with tombstone photo.

I am glad to transfer my upstate New York memorials, other than the Haney line, as I have no connection to most of them.

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."

Another contributor has also written a profile that expresses my attempt to provide stories for those I have memorialized. If you have a few minutes, do read what she wrote.

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 not pursue 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: I am unlikely to accept edits that make a significant change to a memorial if there is no email, profile or public message access to make contact to obtain source.

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Carolyn Collins
Thomas Rush Lionberger # 33955306 is my grandfather's brother and married my grandmother's sister, Etta Thornton. Would you be so kind as to transfer their memorials to me. My number is 47986407
Added by Carolyn Collins on Jan 18, 2017 9:33 PM
Myrtle Ennis
Margaret Richey Page
Dear LaDonna--have not contacted you in a while-- I am a descendant of George Ennis who was a brother of Sarah Ennis Page---I had a relative of Margaret Richey Page contact me several years ago about Margaret Richey's parents--so I spent some time finding out more about her--I am going to include that in this post --Myrtle Mandane Ennis

Robert Richey
BIRTH ABT 1790 Barren County, Kentucky
DEATH BEFORE 1831 Barren Co, Kentucky or Missouri
William Richey 17471796
Elizabeth Scott Richey 17471819

Sarah "Sally" Warder Richey Page
BIRTH 4 JULY 1792 Fauquier County, Virginia
DEATH AFTER 1860 Lafayette Co., Missouri or Johnson Co, Missouri
her parents
Rev Joseph Warder Sr 17521832
Esther Ford 17551816
anyone wanting to get in DAR or SAR--could use Rev War record of Rev Joseph Warder Sr

her brother
Robert S Richey
Birth: 1822

her brother
Joseph W Richey
BIRTH 1823 Barren County, Kentucky
DEATH 18 MARCH 1871 (most trees say 18 MAR 1874) Columbus, Johnson County, Missouri
Burial: Columbus Christian Church Cemetery
Columbus, Johnson County, Missouri
Find A Grave Memorial# 94173857
Elisabeth L Martin Richey
B: ABT 1823 in Kentucky
D:12 Oct 1862 in Deepwater, Henry County, Missouri
Burial: Liberty Baptist Cemetery
Warrensburg, Johnson County, Missouri
Find A Grave Memorial# 84254122

her brother
William Simpson Richey
BIRTH 26 AUGUST 1824 in Barren Co, Kentucky
DEATH 26 AUGUST 1910 in Keller, Tarrant, Texas
Burial: Bourland Cemetery
Keller, Tarrant County, Texas
Plot: Section C, Row 6, Lot 31
Find A Grave Memorial# 6217176
married Nancy Jane mnu
Birth: Oct. 4, 1830
Death: Apr. 18, 1904
Find A Grave Memorial# 6217177
same cemetery

Added by Myrtle Ennis on Jan 16, 2017 7:47 PM
RE: Scoville
Thanks for your quick response and for making the correction. I appreciate your taking time for this.
Added by EEBJ on Jan 15, 2017 9:41 AM
Cornelius Thomas Deepwater Mo
Cornelius parents are not Cornelius and Sarah Thomas. His death certificate states his parents as William and Caroline Mace Thomas
Added by izzybee on Dec 31, 2016 11:28 AM
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you LaDon, my Find A Grave friend! Take care, and please let me hear from you!
Added by KATHY on Dec 25, 2016 6:59 PM
Old Joseph
RE: Wells photos
I have sent to your email address an 1899 newspaper article about the misfortunes of the Wells family.

Added by Old Joseph on Dec 23, 2016 7:26 AM
Harry Hood
Thanks for the help and getting the info correct on Nancy and Martha
your work is appreciated by me and probably many more,, keep up the good work and thanks again for helping me

Harry Hood
Added by Harry Hood on Dec 22, 2016 11:42 AM
Judith Arnn-Knight
Sophrona Chitwood Wilson #19571751
Hey LaDon

Sophrona Chitwood Wilson is an ancestor of mine. I noticed you had posted at the Carrsville Cemetery a note that she is also listed as a burial in the Chitwood family Cemetery. The memorial number I have listed is from the Carrsville Cemetery.

I am not picking up a 2d hit for her when I try the findagrave index function. I did not know which Chitwood family cemetery you might be referencing -- my branch is down in Ellington, Reynolds County and there are several Chitwood cemeteries there with different given names. Do you suppose it got cleared up?

Hate to be pessimistic as there are errors on the Wilson family through duplicate entries at the Carrville Cemetery.

Appreciate any insight.

Thanks, judy arnn-knight
Added by Judith Arnn-Knight on Dec 19, 2016 11:53 AM
Dawn Curtis
Gone h
Hi LaDon,

You can go to form.htm and print an order form for the Gone Home books.

Book 1 is $150 plus $16 shipping

Book 2 is $120 plus $16 shipping

I was given Book 1 by Polly Raiser Kee after visiting her and her husband Dean. I went to help her with her tree and to put her on Family Tree Maker. She was using a LDS program and when she updated to a new computer she could not print her family tree any more. We got that fixed with Family Tree Maker.


Dawn Curtis
Added by Dawn Curtis on Dec 16, 2016 8:42 PM
Cameron Herrell
RE: Saint Ludger's
Germantown parish records begin with the baptism of John Freyrik on Dec 3 ,1832 by Deken Tof. the next baptismwas Mary An Thieman born on Jan 12, 1835, and baptized on Mar 10 1835 by Rev. J. Verreydt, S.J.
Germantown was established as a parish under the Archdiocese of St. Louis in 1840. The congregation called the church St. Anthony until 1857. The second church was built on a site near the first church in the early 1840s on land that was donated by the Schmedding brothers. There had been a small cemetery on the church land; in later years John L. Cook & Joe Haynes moved the remains to the Catholic Cemetery.
Another land transaction took place on Aug 23 1853. John & Katherina Elizabeth Schmedding sold to Archbishop Peter Richard Kenrick the following 40 acres for $40 for use as a cemetery "in trust for the use and benefit of the Catholic congregation of Deepwater, Henry County, MO: The North West quarter of the South East quarter of Section No., four, Township No. forty, Range no. twenty-eight, containing forty acres." An exchange of land with John Witzel resulted in the present day location of St. Ludger cemetery. On the same date land was obtained from the Schmedding family, where the present church and rectory are located.
That is all it says about the cemetery in this book. Concerning Peabody Coal Co. it says:
On Sep 22 1954 Father George Spaeth became pastor. By this time Peabody Coal Co. had been established in Henry County. Peabody began buying up land for its strip mining operations. Father Russel is perhaps most remembered for his courageous leadership in getting the Missouri legislature to pass a Land Reclamation Bill. Peabody Coal Co. discontinued digging in Henry County in 1989.
Added by Cameron Herrell on Dec 14, 2016 8:08 PM
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