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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."

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 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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Farm Girl from MO.
Flower on this memorial.
Would you mind deleting the flower you left on Rosena Belle (Prather) Davison's memorial and add a new one without the part about her grave being unmarked. I have included the fact that it is, at the present time, unmarked with the cemetery info. There is a chance that once the weather cooperates she will get a stone so then I can just edit her memorial to show that she & her husband have a stone. Thanks, Farm Girl from MO.
Added by Farm Girl from MO. on Jun 02, 2015 8:05 AM
D. L. Lee
RE: Transfer
Thank you so very much. God's blessing, D. L.
Added by D. L. Lee on Jun 01, 2015 8:25 PM
RE: Lucille Elizabeth McDonald
You are welcome - I'm keeping my hopes up for the Chicago graves - more Find A Grave graves are listed everyday...I think Chicago is behind the rest of the state.
Added by Shawdau on Jun 01, 2015 6:39 PM
RE: Lucille Elizabeth McDonald
You are welcome - I'm keeping my hopes up for the Chicago graves - more Find A Grave graves are listed everyday...I think Chicago is behind the rest of the state.
Added by Shawdau on Jun 01, 2015 6:39 PM
D. L. Lee
RE: Transfer
Thank you for your reply. I am related to many of the Wells and related families for whom you have created memorials. My great-grandmother was Mary Elizabeth Wells who was the daughter of William Lemuel Wells. You had created his memorial in 2009, and so graciously transferred it to my care some time ago. I will check to see if there are other memorials that you have created that I would love to maintain. Thank you so much for your generosity, Debbie

Added by D. L. Lee on Jun 01, 2015 12:32 PM
D. L. Lee

Thank you for the transfer of memorial #44730571, but was the transfer requested by me or Jean? Please let me know if I need to transfer it to her. It was wonderful to have contact with you again. School is out and I can't wait to grave! Thanks for all of your wonderful contributions and help, Debbie

Added by D. L. Lee on Jun 01, 2015 8:37 AM
Lucille Elizabeth McDonald
Sorry I have so little info. on her husband, George Stoneking, but I am really happy to find some evidence of Lucille (1907 - 1937). Her parents you have, Emmett Eugene McDonald (1880 - 1947) also died in Chicago and Cornelia Floss Armstrong (1886 - 1948) also died in Chicago.

Now comes my part: Cornelia Floss Armstrong is the sister of my great-great grandfather. Her parents names were Luther William Armstrong (1857 - 1926) and Elizabeth Victoria Putney (my maiden name is also Putney) who was born 5 Nov. 1861 in Olena, Henderson, IL and died 02 Aug 1911 in Galesburg, Knox County, IL. She is in Find A Grave in Linwood Cem, Galesburg, IL. I found her obituary. Her husband, Luther, whom she divorced, remarried to a teenager named Mabel C Golden (Pauline Cem, Scotland County, MO) and he, Luther William Armstrong, is buried in South Dakota. He went to live with the Harr family after his young second wife died. The second wife died pregnant with her fourth child with Luther. We have a letter from her family to relatives telling of her death.

These people, except for Luther William Armstrong, are in Find A Grave. I have a picture of him, on Ancestry, along with a picture of Elizabeth Victoria Putney Armstrong. I hope this makes sense to you.

The Stonekings came from PA. I have back as far as Joseph D. Stoneking (b. 1799) died in Schuyler County, IL. His son, George Washington Stoneking (b. 1831). His son Andrew Stoneking (b. 11 Nov. 1854 in McDonough County, IL - died 15 May 1937 in McDonough County, IL) His son, George Thomas Stoneking (b. 2 Feb 1874 - died July 1930 in Brookfield, MO) and to him the son was George Stoneking who married Lucille Eliz. McDonald. I have their children, Jerry Francis Stoneking (1927 - 1995) married Rita Catherine Peckham (1930 - 2008) and Georgia Stoneking Holguin I have a note that says she lived in Big Bear City, CA. That's all - no dates.

I hope this mess helps you!
Added by Shawdau on May 31, 2015 6:35 PM
Amber Tarver
RE: Bezzie Payne'
I thought I added a comment while I was posting pictures but for some reason it didn't. I went back and added it. I found a website that has lots of pictures and she is the one who did the hard work. I just got it to your page. :-) I will be out looking very soon though.
Added by Amber Tarver on May 31, 2015 1:54 AM
Geraldine Brown
RE: Hannah Presho
Yes, I did add the information again. Have seen so many other entries that have 2 or 3 last names and wondered why it wasn't possible to do that in this instance.
Thank you for your patience!
Geraldine Brown
Added by Geraldine Brown on May 30, 2015 3:07 PM
Linda Emery
Francis Clifford Wells (33540028)
Just found this obit.....

Linda Emery
Added by Linda Emery on May 28, 2015 2:11 PM
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