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LaDon Brennan (#46902635)
 member for 8 years, 10 months, 4 days
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Bio Photo Jan 26 - sorry for lack of response to edits or inquiries that require any research, our server has become unresponsive to the point that while I can see the list of emails, and sometimes open them, I cannot open any websites. In addition I will be traveling the next couple of weeks. After Feb. 15 I hope to be where there is internet service and will attend to your inputs after that date.

"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 also 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.

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 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: 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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Bonnie Shirley Amery
Henry Shirley Jamerson #45770881
Dear LaDon,
Although we do not know the location of the final resting place for his parents, Henry's parents are David Jamerson and Martha Jane (Shirley) Jamerson.

Henry's maternal grand parents are William and Ann Shirley buried in Old Pleasant Park Cemetery in Carroll County, Missouri.

Hoping you would consider sharing the information on Henry's memorial page.
Bonnie Shirley Amery
Added by Bonnie Shirley Amery on Feb 06, 2016 11:05 PM
Robot test
"Hate to admit it, but I have actually failed the robot test on occasion."

Still laughing. Some of those pictures are rather questionable. I've failed it on purpose just to see what happens. As you know it gives you another chance to prove you are NOT a robot. Having said that, I wonder how many robots send edits?!!
Added by SMG on Jan 26, 2016 9:09 PM
Allan Joyce
correction made. Thanks!
Added by Allan Joyce on Jan 24, 2016 12:39 PM
Cynthia Kenny
RE: Sarah Farmer
You are welcome. I totally missed that she was on the stone when I applied it to her mother. It is so sad, these stones were all gathered up by members of the historical society, and they are all lying beside the church in their own little plot. Most are illegible. We may never know who they are.
Added by Cynthia Kenny on Jan 24, 2016 11:31 AM
Joni (Hedrick) Dietz
RE: Lasswell
My pleasure, as always!
Added by Joni (Hedrick) Dietz on Jan 20, 2016 5:15 AM
Thank you ~
I wanted to take a moment to thank you for the additional information. It is sincerely appreciated. Take care.
Added by kellybean on Jan 19, 2016 6:55 AM
peggy bailey
Rose [Anders] Box
no i didn't go to this cemetery yet; I will be glad to send a photo if there is a stone. I have found in my research,many date errors on stones;too many changing hands and writings and sometimes years after death before stones are placed[if at all]
The death certificates, I believe- for accuracy, as they are certified by an official coroner at the time of death. thanks
Added by peggy bailey on Jan 17, 2016 10:37 AM
Vickie BYRUM Schley
RE: death certs spelled incorrectly
I' looking for a person (child) that seems to of just vanished, Minerva Combs daughter of Merrel D. and Effie R. (Davis) Combs. I going to the Henry County Clerks office to look at the old school records (grade cards). She was with her parents in the 1910 census at the age of 1 year old. But not in the 1920 census at the age of 11. She is listed in the Combs cemetery, but not sure if she is.
Added by Vickie BYRUM Schley on Jan 13, 2016 8:48 AM
Georgie Ann Hankins
Elizabeth M. Hankins fag 42520792
I have recently come in contact with descendant of Elizabeth M. Hankins. Please add her maiden name as Peak. Her husband was William Hankins Jr. b 1819 Va died Indiana, Jefferson Co around 1870-1880. She later moved to Mo with her sons, John, Silas Edwin "Fitch", and Robert.

Their children were, 1)John William Hankins m Georgiana Elston and had the following children:
Lavina, Marie, James, Samuel, Carrie Jane and Robert
2) Silas Edwin "Fitch" Hankins
3) Thomas
4) Moses
5) Melissa
6) Carrie Jane
7) Robert

You can obtain more data ind info for this site from descendant of John William Hankins, his name is Jim Scanlon and email at
This way you can start connecting the family members.
I come from a different Hankins line that just happened to be related to Carrie Jane Hankins Wise through my line of an ancestor, Amanda Jane Hankins m Henry Clay Lutz. I believe we will find the family connection through the Wise line instead of the Hankins for a closer kinship.
Thank you, if more info is needed I will check my data and send it to you, however Jim would be a good source as he has wills, etc to proof data.
Added by Georgie Ann Hankins on Jan 11, 2016 5:42 PM
RE: John Williams
You are welcome, LaDon, I thought it was sad, as well. could not imagine. Thank you for posting it.
Added by JHarrison on Jan 11, 2016 5:27 PM
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