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LaDon Brennan (#46902635)
 member for 9 years, 7 months, 26 days
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Bio Photo ALERT: 11/2/16 software issue. If you submit edit to add spouse and parents are already linked, the edit will show spouse but has "UNKNOWN" in red for parents (without submitter knowing that). When you accept, the parents are removed from the memorial. Probably also true if adding parent when spouse already linked. Bad deal.
11/16/16 response from admin: "..regarding parents links being removed when spousal links are added through the edit tab on a memorial. This is a known issue. It has been reported to our developers and they are working hard to resolve it."

11/18: Well, turns out if you submit edits for parents and the spouse is already linked, the spouse will become unlinked if you accept edit for parents. Can you imagine how many links are being removed without contributors knowing it is happening???

"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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Charles West
Lester F Jackson
LaDon, It appears you have Linked a Lester A Jackson that is not related, as a child of my Grandmother Bessie Leona Gregg Jackson. As being a part of this family I know that Chester D Jackson and Lester F Jackson are twins They were born the same day and year, the 18 of Feb. 1923, not in1924. Below you will find a link for the correct Lester F Jackson. Could you please make the necessary changes to this memorial.
Thank You, Charles West
Added by Charles West on Nov 23, 2016 10:50 AM
Ron Vest
RE: Unknown
Thanks Ladon! That particular person had sent me over 60 edits in 2 days which took massive amount of time. I just lost my patience.
Added by Ron Vest on Nov 17, 2016 4:46 AM
Brenda Ashford
Cora M. Walker #68081330
You left a note on this memorial page that this young mother died of complications with birth of daughter Cora. I am tryng to determine if Cora was the wife of my great grandfather Thomas M. Walker (Find A Grave #98516929). The name and the birth and death dates are right, but the burial location seems way off. They lived in Dunklin County, Missouri. Cora's maiden name was Waters. They married in 1885 and she died before Jan. 1892. Do you have access to any information that might be helpful? Thank you so much, Brenda Walker Ashford #47878162
Added by Brenda Ashford on Nov 16, 2016 9:18 PM
Richard H. L. Chichester, III
RE: Edson Stannard
You are welcome and thank you.

I submitted a link to his mother as well.

Added by Richard H. L. Chichester,... on Nov 09, 2016 9:32 PM
RE: Your edits
I see, kind of confusing, isn't it?
I think what I ended up doing was copying the numbers, accepting the edits and then putting the numbers back in to make it correct.

Anyway, I hope it is right.
Thanks so much for the info.
So appreciated.
Best wishes!!
Added by PShannon on Nov 08, 2016 3:00 PM
RE: Your message
Have you sent this information to Find a Grave administrators regarding software problem.
Added by DeeDee on Nov 03, 2016 10:48 AM
L. Elmer
RE: Mt Zion
This cemetery is very nice. It was my first trip. The lighting, colors and cooler temperature this time of year made the visit very pleasant. They seemed to have cleaned out a lot of the plantings, but there was 1 area that had a couple monuments completely covered in iris. I was not brave enough to "burrow" in. {chuckle}
Added by L. Elmer on Nov 03, 2016 10:32 AM
Johnny C Mink
RE: Perkins Cemetery
ya,i know it`s addicting.i got ahold of the owner of hammer Bradley cemetery this going to fulfill 6 of your also going to document this cemetery.i got hooked after my first undocumented civil war soldier that I tripped over in a overgrown field.
Added by Johnny C Mink on Nov 02, 2016 7:29 AM
Karen S. Lee
Sarah Peyton 126779969
LaDon, The Cemetery that I cleaned up and take care of is the Nelson-Peyton Cemetery which Sarah's husband is buried in, Edward Nelson Peyton. He has a beautiful old iron fence around his grave which I have repainted and I planted hundreds of bulbs one spring which still bloom. The squirrels unfortunately took their share. It is interesting that she wasn't buried there but she is buried with the Flood family.
Added by Karen S. Lee on Oct 29, 2016 8:09 PM
Wayne Foster
RE: A Heider
Thank you for the info and for your efforts. We will note in our records that there are two sites. Wayne
Added by Wayne Foster on Oct 26, 2016 2:08 PM
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