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Karen Brewer (#46823815)
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Bio Photo I am eighth generation Iowan. My mother's side of the family has been in Iowa since 1841. I have been working on my family history since 1980.

I began contributing to Find A Grave as a means to record the headstone inscriptions I had transcribed from walking many cemeteries back in the day, mostly Audubon, Cass, Clarke, Madison, Polk and Warren counties in Iowa and mostly relatives. This was before Find A Grave and way before Find A Grave turned into a genealogical site. My parents have also contributed headstone photographs they have taken. My main goal is to preserve what was written on the headstones, to learn about the people and to honor the deceased.

Please contact me by clicking the edit tab on the upper right hand corner of the memorial. I will not add highly detailed information such as census transactions. This data is more suited for sites like, or your virtual cemetery, etc.

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Richard K Thompson
Cleo Johnston
Karen -
Thanks for letting me know about my error in the spouse link for Cleo - I've deleted that link.

I'm suspecting that she was the daughter of Roy Johnston, whose parents Cleo is buried beside. It wouldn't be unusual for an infant to be buried beside one set of grandparents. Perhaps we can find out where Roy (and wife Margaret ??) is buried and then be able to confirm that relationship.

Added by Richard K Thompson on Jul 26, 2015 10:20 AM
Dan Tripp
William Brown # 54281448

Hello Karen,

Thank you for the information regarding William Brown. The data has been added to his memorial.

Best wishes in you family search, and enjoy "Find a Grave"

Added by Dan Tripp on Jun 19, 2015 12:31 PM
Thank you for Walt Zich transfer
I appreciate this very much.
Added by MrsB on Feb 15, 2015 2:20 PM
RE: Find A Grave Memorial# 142192746
Good morning, Karen, I appreciate you giving me a heads up on little Oscar Neff's memorial and your contribution of his obit. What a splendid find! I especially like the language: "He was buried on Tuesday in the Cemetery about three miles from town, where all that remains of Oscar, who last Sunday morning was the pride and hope of a happy family, will rest until the day comes for the grave to give up its dead." -- I see that you too scour newspapers from long ago. Thanks so much for sharing it. Oscar is the nephew of a woman whose adopted daughter married my great-grandfather, had two children, and then divorced him. He never spoke of them. We only learned of his first marriage last decade, long after his 2nd family had died. I often imagine the shock/horror my G-Aunts/Uncles might have felt upon learning of their beloved Papa's secret. Isn't research full of surprises! Again, thank you. --Sandy
Added by Norton on Feb 11, 2015 10:00 AM
RE: Find A Grave Memorial# 36935973
Thanks for your kind words. It's good to know that the biographies are actually being read and appreciated! My dad taught me well... ALWAYS look for objective original documentation before accepting something as fact, no matter how reliable a third party source may seem. I spent many summer vacations rummaging through dusty documents in courthouse basements with him, and am now the custodian of those family records. Research has come a LONG way in this digital age, but I've also found that a large dose of misinformation comes with each piece of newly available correct information. You would certainly think that a headstone would be reliable, but in this case, even "cast in stone" can't be relied upon! I just hope that the next generation of researchers understands the importance of preserving those original documents and not just the summaries.
Added by EveyBl on Feb 02, 2015 3:25 PM
William & Mary Kelly
Sarah Melissa McNichols McCullough (115821373)
Thanks for the suggestion. She was a half-sister to my 2nd great grandpa. I have been to the cemetery and did not find her marker. As you see on her memorial I mentioned I found her two husbands though.
Added by William & Mary Kelly on Jan 31, 2015 2:37 PM
re: Stephenson
Our first Stephenson arrived in America in about 1830. If I can believe family stories, his uncle came to America to fight with the British during the war of 1812. When he returned to Ireland, he had such good things to say about America, that his nephew determined he would go to America to further his education (because even though his family were Brits living in Ireland for several generations, he could expect to be treated as an Irishman in Britain proper).
Added by CC-Genealogy on Jan 05, 2015 11:39 AM
re: Stephenson in S Iowa - Clarke Co
Karen -
To my knowledge, there are no relatives to my Stephenson ancestors who lived in Clarke Co Iowa. There is a complete family 'story' for our line dating back t, o the 1600s. However, this story is proven to be riddled with so many mischaracterizations, misconceptions and outright exaggerations, that it is hard to find any grains of truth in it. Even the family bible record show the record of on daughter that is an absolute deviation from the facts (and I'm somewhat lucky to have found that info). Our earliest Stephenson ancestor to the US (Samuel) is said to have had no brothers. The family record seems to show few siblings, children of this first man, living past 20 except my line. All those lines descended from my line are accounted for until at least 1920 or so. Samuel came to America to become a doctor, and enrolled at The Medical College of Ohio. Some family stories say he left a family in Ireland (unclear if this is just his sisters, or if it was a wife and children). Also persistent attempts by another family to link him as the father of two children born in Ohio (but I think I finally proved that this is a different Samuel Stephenson).
Added by CC-Genealogy on Jan 05, 2015 9:33 AM
Mark A. Merritt
RE: Mahlon G. Johnston
Karen, you are most welcome. The photo was sent to me by your cousin Nik Johnston. His connection is described in his own hand at the bottom of the photo. I'm connected to Johnston by my grand aunt Beulah Irene Bush, who m. George Dayton Johnston.

All the best!
Added by Mark A. Merritt on Dec 16, 2014 1:16 PM
RE: Mary A. Diehl
I'm soooo glad to hear from you. It was exciting when I got home and reviewed my photos finding that I had a photo of a tombstone that was missing for years. Over time it was being uncovered. This graveyard is getting some care. The elderly couple who own the land were mowing it but a neighbor has taken over the care. There is some overgrowth that could be removed. I commend that neighbor for assisting as much as I believe she is able to do.

Thanks for replying.

Sandra Morris
Added by simor on Aug 24, 2013 5:37 AM
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