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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.

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."

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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Messages left for LaDon Brennan (777)[Leave Message]
RE: Dora Patt
I know, I was shocked, I try by using the first name and add the year to find them at times. Shocked when it had her last name as "Patt" but they added "erson" ??? not sure how that works ! :)
I will stay off when the grass stops growing ! :)
Stay cool the next few days, talk to you later,
Added by JHarrison on Sep 24, 2016 11:34 AM
L. Elmer
RE: William Godwin
The inscription
"Sleep husband dear, and take thy rest.
God called thee home. He thought it best.
It was hard indeed, to part with thee
But Christís strong arm supported me."

Thanks for the welcome.
Added by L. Elmer on Sep 12, 2016 7:41 PM
L. Elmer
RE: Leroy Ewing
The Leroy and Emma double heart monument is gone. The new one is on the base stone in it's place.
Added by L. Elmer on Sep 12, 2016 6:33 PM
Connie Clark
RE: Simon Lindley
You are very welcome, we think a historical society came out and cleaned them uo, maybe replaced them with a new one, also put markers on the soldier's in this cemetery. Very nice!
Best Wishes, Connie and Wayne
Added by Connie Clark on Sep 12, 2016 2:07 PM
Walter Chisholm
RE: Checking in
Greetings LaDon, glad to hear from you again. I enjoyed your profile.
Added by Walter Chisholm on Sep 10, 2016 7:27 PM
Rev John Beverly Scoggin Jr
Would you please correct the info regarding him? He was b. 22 June 1838, Morgan Co, MO; d. 6 May 1862 in Sevier Co, Ark.; m. Mary "Mollie" Jane Young, daughter of Mannon G. and Frances Catherine (Williams) Young.
From the WASHINGTON TELEGRAPH, Washington, Ark, pg 2, col 7, 21 May 1862: "Death in Sevier County (Ark) Died 6 May 1862 at residence of an uncle in Sivsier County on his way home from the army, in 23rd year of his age, son of J. W. (James Walker) and S.G. (Sarah Griggs Greene) Scoggin - - - John B. Scoggin."
Source: Genealogical Serindipity by Sharon Doliante, pg 227
He had no issue.
His wife, Mary "Mollie" later m. Calvin W.H. Haislip 2 Nov 1870
Added by GAYLE BERGAMINI on Sep 07, 2016 12:43 PM
Marie Reynolds
RE: Obits
I agree. I transcribe them, and if requested I remove them. This is why I put my information as Transcriber so that it will fall back to me. And I always include the paper, date, and city of paper. This way, you can always go back and check to make sure that it was a legitimate source in your research. And, like you - the stories are sometimes wonderful about their time on earth. I wonder about my relatives and this is a good way to see what they did that was important to them.

Added by Marie Reynolds on Sep 06, 2016 4:48 PM
Barb Jones
Frank Swope # 103629594
You provided information on his memorial. I just added his obit from our local newspaper. It seems the town of birth is different from your information. Obits can be wrong, they are written under stress, and maybe the person providing the information isn't sure of the facts. Please take a look and compare your notes. I'm leaving it as is. You might want to send me a note to add to the bio to prove the difference from the obit.

Sincerely, Barb Jones
Added by Barb Jones on Sep 04, 2016 7:54 PM
Fred Bradley
RE: Veldon Justis #70911822
LaDon...I didn't add anything so what you see in the photo was how the grave site appeared. I thought it strange that the small upright stone was more at the foot of the grave so I did dowse it. The flowers and statuettes are in line with George Justis' stone and that was where I got a reading for a small child. One statue was fairly old but the flowers didn't look too old. I looked up "JUSTIS" in our phone book and found Forest & Ruth Justis in Appleton City and a Jacklin Justis in Clinton and a M. H. Justis in Clinton.
Added by Fred Bradley on Sep 03, 2016 10:17 PM
Deb McCallister
RE: Charles Kerr
You are welcome. I am trying to figure out who some of the Unknowns are so they can be linked to family,etc. Have a good weekend!
Added by Deb McCallister on Sep 02, 2016 11:43 AM
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