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Karen Brewer (#46823815)
 member for 10 years, 3 months, 24 days
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Bio Photo I am eighth generation Iowan. My mother's side of the family has been in Iowa since 1839. 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.

You will find the link to this page on the left side of each Find A Grave page under Actions. If you have been a contributor on Find A Grave for an extended amount of time you might want to reread this page. Most of the rules and guidelines have changed since bought this site.

Please be aware as of May 24, 2016, I take screen shots of search results when creating a memorial (as proof the memorial I am creating was not entered) as one person in particular is creating memorials in "Friends and Family" with only a name and then moving them into cemetery after the obituary is published and claiming mine as a duplicate.

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.

Please use the edit tab to request links. I DO NOT LINK TO UNKNOWN BURIALS.

Please use the edit tab to request transfers. I will then receive a link to the memorial in question.

I have meet so many nice people on Find A Grave.

Thank you!!

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Messages left for Karen Brewer (13)[Leave Message]
RE: Memorial# 163099418
I didn't do this intentionally. I did enter it this morning with his name and DOB and DOD and checked earlier this afternoon to see that the funeral home did not have the cemetery information yet. Tonight, the information was there so I updated my burial location. I'm sorry that you feel that I somehow did this to create a problem, but the number of my memorial does not lie. Sorry for any hard feelings you may have.
Added by cmpress on May 24, 2016 7:37 PM
Bellemont Cemetery
I have photographed most of the cemetery and added a lot of the memorials before adding photos. we recently suffered a death in the family my mother-inlaw who has been ill several months so we are dealing with that right now and it has slowed down my adding photos. But need to get back at it because iv learned if you don't others will. I will see if I can come up with something on the person you mentioned but I have no personal knowledge of them except what is on the memorial. If there is a death date including day of death usually indicates an obituary ,weather I can obtain that depends on several things. Jarrott
Added by JARROTT P. COX on Apr 17, 2016 4:00 AM
Cynthia Duris Hirst
RE: Loomis, Memorial# 120148603
Thanks Karen. And thanks for the all the work you do on findagrave! Cindy
Added by Cynthia Duris Hirst on Mar 22, 2016 1:23 PM
Pat Lambert
RE: what families in Clarke and Warren Counties are you connected to?
We may be distant cousins.

John Farthing Field and Nancy Smith Field are my ggg great grandparents. John Farthing Field donated the land for the Fields Cemetery in Clarke County Iowa where they are both buried.

William Hadden Bennum and Mary E Jewett Williams Bennum are also my ggg great grandparents and are also buried at the Field Cemetery.
Added by Pat Lambert on Mar 05, 2016 9:43 AM
Jim Allred
Margaret Towne Tullis
Thank you for caring and making a difference. You are very much appreciated.

Added by Jim Allred on Feb 11, 2016 10:31 PM
Jim Allred
RE: # 119843785, Margaret Tullis
Karen,yes, thank you for asking.

In my research of Winfield Taylor Sharp, from my line, I noticed that he had married two Tullis sisters, Rachel and Mary, both daughters of James Wesley Tullis and Margaret Towne. The record that gives Margaret's maiden name is Winfield Sharp's second marriage in Iowa to Mary A Tullis just after her sister, Rachel's death. The transcription is below or if you have an Ancestry account, you can find the original photocopy.

Iowa, Marriage Records, 1880-1937
Winfield T Sharp age 36 of Marion County, Iowa
Parents: A C (Andrew C) Sharp and Almira Daly
Marriage on Oct 2, 1882 in Clay, Marion, Iowa
Mary A Tullis age 36 of Lucas County, Iowa
Parents: J W (James Wesley) Tullis and Margaret Towne

Added by Jim Allred on Feb 10, 2016 1:11 PM
Gerald Deckard
RE: Ewing Family
I would be interested only in the Ewing's born or lived in Ohio. Could you tell me how mny of those you have/
Added by Gerald Deckard on Feb 07, 2016 6:44 PM
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
Family of Mary A Diehl
Dear Karen,

Yesterday I found the stone for Mary A Diehl. It had been missing. I was lying flat but covered with 3 inches of soil. There was only a small portion at the top of the stone visible. I uncovered it. The first photo wasn't very good as the stone was soiled and discolored. Today it rained. As you will see the inscription is very clear now but the discoloration remains. I am hopeful that with time this will clear. I found what I think is the base but did not attempt to set it up as the bottom of the upper part has a jagged edge as you will see in the photo.

I sent an email to the family but have had no response.


Sandra Morris
Added by simor on Aug 23, 2013 12:17 PM
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