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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."

Note - Had nerve injury in left arm/hand, with several mishaps 2010, 2011 and 2012, resulting in numerous typos I didn't "catch", 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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Gene Noe
RE: Bailey cemetery
I have several photo's and some other misc info on the members of the Bailey Cemetery. Have no problem sending you all of my data if you are interested. Just send me an email address to and I will share what I have on this cemetery.
Added by Gene Noe on Nov 22, 2014 10:54 AM
Edna J. Ellis
RE: Robert S Smallwood
I have sent a private email regarding the wife of Robert Samuel Smallwood.

I loved the remarks in your bio!

Thanks for all you do!
Edna J. Ellis
Added by Edna J. Ellis on Nov 18, 2014 4:52 PM
Edna J. Ellis
Robert S Smallwood
Thank you so much for updating the memorial for Robert S Smallwood(1862-1948)

Robert Samuel Smallwood is my 1C3R.

It was certainly appreciated! And I so much appreciate the promptness of your response! Again, I appreciate it and all you do to help families find their families!

Thnak you,
Edna J. Ellis
Added by Edna J. Ellis on Nov 18, 2014 12:20 PM
Sandie M
RE: re William R Clary
his # is 39589897 and you don't manage his site, but you apparently added the obituary.

Added by Sandie M on Nov 17, 2014 9:05 AM
Sandie M
re William R Clary
I noticed you show a date of death as Oct 11, 1927. I believe you meant to type November.
The newspaper article was Nov 12th and it said he died the night before. It appears all other records have November as the month.
Added by Sandie M on Nov 15, 2014 1:27 PM
Thank-you for adding the possible spelling as Partrick for this entry. Generally speaking the stones read correctly........but with the name Patrick/Partrick I have seen many, many errors. The eye it seems wants to read and hear Patrick and the first "r" is overlooked as in the case with my second paternal great-grandparents... William McDonald and Sarah Elizabeth (Pigg) Partrick.
Thank-you in advance for your time and consideration.
Added by chevydelray55 on Nov 14, 2014 5:26 AM
John Partrick
Hello. I am researching a relative in my direct line that is believed to be buried in the Corsicana cemetery (Gadfly) in Barry County, Missouri. When accessing this individual I found your entry and later a cemetery listing with the spelling for your John D as Partrick not Patrick.
Can you be sure of the dates that are recorded? Can you help with a pic of the stone?
Thank-you in advance for your time.
Added by chevydelray55 on Nov 11, 2014 3:14 PM
G. W. Merryman #34936553
Would you please transfer this memorial to me? He is my Great Grandfather.
Added by Skip on Nov 11, 2014 3:11 PM
David Blewster Knight
RE: Edward Poling
Thanks LaDon. I'm just about on a first name basis with members of the restoration crew, who seem to be working from sun up to sun down every day to get the Honolulu Memorial back in shape. Take care. David.
Added by David Blewster Knight on Nov 10, 2014 10:29 PM
Echo Renner
Dorsey & Iver Coale
Thank you for the info for Dorsey and Iver Coale's memorials. I've added the info.
Added by Echo Renner on Nov 08, 2014 9:51 PM
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