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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 copy the entire memorial which includes my name, date entered and the memorial number at the very bottom -- a LOT of time and research has gone into many of these memorials. Please do not copy/post my "people" photographs on sponsored pages.

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.

Note - Had nerve injury in left arm/hand, 2010 surgery; smashed left hand in door 2011, broke two fingers; broke left wrist in 2012 - typos during each recovery process - please call them to my attention. 2013 - nerve damage prevents holding a camera, so my enjoyable hobby of photo-indexing cemeteries is over. Am using that time to enhance and link memorials.

When entering information from census records I use the spelling as it appears, even knowing it is wrong -- those aren't typos.
Happy graving - and remember to thank our Veterans and Active Service men and women.
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Nikki Partain Ramsey
Lewis L. Burgess
I'm searching for a Lunsford Lewis Burgess and ran across your memorial for Lewis L. Burgess. I'm curious if this could be the same man. Do you have access to Lewis' death certificate?
Added by Nikki Partain Ramsey on Jul 11, 2014 2:59 PM
Shaver, Carrie in Oakwood, Chittenango
I found a headstone for Carrie Shaver and have replaced the original photo. She is interred in one of the other Shaver plots
Added by clevelandpole on Jul 10, 2014 1:49 PM
Fred Bradley
RE: William Cowan
LaDon, thanks for the link submissions and/or corrections re William Cowan and his family in Colorado. I believe Rosita, Co. is considered a ghost town near Westcliff, Co. in the beautiful Wet Mountain Valley and I went there more than once while living in CO. No, I wasn't able to trace Margaret (Maggie) Cowan either. Fred
Added by Fred Bradley on Jul 07, 2014 8:09 PM
Diana Bridges
RE: Allen C. Bridges
Your Welcome, glad I could be of some help. :)
Added by Diana Bridges on Jul 07, 2014 5:42 PM
Stewart/Edwards, Margie Jane
Thank you for posting the information for our grandmother. Since you posted her information about the same time we visited the graveyard, I was wondering if you happened to find her stone. How are you related to the Stewarts?
Added by Barb4066 on Jul 01, 2014 7:32 PM
RE: Simmons
You are very welcome. I think their are 2 different memorials for this person. I don't know if it could be fixed or not.

Added by Jansue44 on Jul 01, 2014 4:35 PM
RE: Webbs
You're very welcome. They aren't far from my grandparents! :)
Added by KsCityKim on Jun 29, 2014 2:05 PM
RE: Shaver
You are very welcome. The location at the western "back" margin of the plot is my best guess by default, as the Henry Shaver family appears to be occupying the eastern "front" end. If I learn anything different, I will post a correction. And thank you for all your good work!
Added by clevelandpole on Jun 28, 2014 9:24 AM
Brandy Wells Murray
Thank you!
Hey! Thank you so much for the unexpected transfers! I will take care of them all! Hope you are doing ok.

Thank you again!!
Added by Brandy Wells Murray on Jun 26, 2014 11:22 PM
NJ Rogers
RE: Neill Parke
I have a picture go Margaret's broken stone. It is in poor shape. I will post it today.. I posted a picture of the burial site if FindaGrave will accept it. We had to climb a barbed wire fence to get to the site which is in bad shape.
Added by NJ Rogers on Jun 26, 2014 5:19 AM
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