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LaDon Brennan (#46902635)
 member for 9 years, 3 months, 22 days
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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.

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: To those "contributors" who send edits that significantly change a memorial content /links, but provide no profile, email or public message access so I can contact them to verify their source -- GET REAL.
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Bertha Coonrod
Much appreciated. THANK YOU! Take care, Lin
Added by Lin on Jul 29, 2016 8:33 AM
Tom C
Are you ok
Hope you are ok just been busy I am still working on th house
Going to west house next mouth Tom
Added by Tom C on Jul 28, 2016 10:29 AM
Abbreviations -
Good morning LaDon, You sent abbreviations. However, for accuracy, need to know exactly what numbers referred to. Cemetery records, (online) clarified what you sent, and was added. Enjoy your day!...Take care, Lin
Added by Lin on Jul 27, 2016 9:23 AM
Will Carrick
RE: Tomberlin
You're welcome (the headstone is pretty beat up).
Added by Will Carrick on Jul 26, 2016 9:59 PM
Cynthia Kenny
RE: Walker
Thank-you for your kind words!
Added by Cynthia Kenny on Jul 26, 2016 8:45 AM
Andrea Still
Daughter of Heinrich Putthoff
Thank you for your work on the Find a Grave profile for Heinrich Putthoff (#28225357) b. 1829, d. 1902 in Germantown, Missouri. I believe I have finally found the parents of Theresa Putthoff Jurgens. Theresa was the first wife of my great-grandfather, John (Johann) Jurgens. They married in Germantown in 1898 and moved to Canada. Sadly, Theresa died not long after arriving in 1903. I could not find any documentation proving that Theresa belonged to any of the Putthoff families in the area but this appears to be the clue I need.

Theresa is buried at St. Joseph's RC cemetery in Fulda, Saskatchewan, Canada (

I'm now on the hunt for the burial place of John and Theresa's son, John Jurgens Jr., who was left behind with family and died about age 2 in 1903.
Added by Andrea Still on Jul 22, 2016 11:01 AM
Alice Cheesman
Good job. Thanks, Jo Ann
Added by jograndma on Jul 22, 2016 7:24 AM
Eldred Pickett
RE: Gilbert
You're very welcome - glad to help!
Added by Eldred Pickett on Jul 21, 2016 6:30 AM
Stephen Moore
A M VanWinkle

If you are the person who figured out who A M Vanwinkle (Amanda Melvina Winders-VanWinkle) (at Combs cemetery) was, thank you very much!

I'm attempting to chronicle the history of the Vanwinkle family across the US and my paternal grandmother was a Vanwinkle. So as a part of this, I attempt to understand and properly place ALL Vanwinkle's Find A Grave memorials. I've tried a number of times to figure out who this person was and never got anywhere, until last night, when I realized someone else had figured it out.
I've submitted links to properly link Amanda and her husband, who passed away years later in Helmut CA. If it was you, thanks!

Stephen Moore

Added by Stephen Moore on Jul 19, 2016 6:35 PM
Fred Bradley
RE: Huston-Belton
You're welcome! One would wonder if there were markers at Tebo! I did post a photo for Richard B. Huston's (1822-1899) marker that was in same lot and it was definitely old.
Added by Fred Bradley on Jul 18, 2016 5:25 PM
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