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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."

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 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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Roberta Walker-Reser
Duplicate Memorial
LaDon, I deleted my duplicate memorial for Elizabeth Yeager-Reser, and connected 2 of her sons I had to your memorial to her. Her son Josiah Washington Reser is my husband's gr. grandfather thru his son John Jacob Reser . Thank you so much for calling this error to my attention! Roberta Walker-Reser
Added by Roberta Walker-Reser on May 02, 2015 8:44 AM
Paula Norris Pierce
John Givens -1930
...#23083279 would you mind transferring please, thanks, Paula Norris Pierce 47111543....I also want to thank you for posting the history and circumstances of this cemetery....appreciate all of your time spent....
Added by Paula Norris Pierce on Apr 30, 2015 1:17 PM
Undertaker's Gr-Granddaughter
RE: Rockwell
Not date, but 69 y with month and day but couldn't read that. :o)
Added by Undertaker's Gr-Granddaug... on Apr 28, 2015 4:46 PM
Undertaker's Gr-Granddaughter
RE: Rockwell
One stone had a date, but the big stone I couldn't budge. Usually I just brush off the crud with my hand, but i bought a soft brush so it won't hurt the stone. :o)
Added by Undertaker's Gr-Granddaug... on Apr 28, 2015 11:59 AM
RE: Corsicana/Old Corsicana
I have uploaded all the headstones that were readable and not broken or illegible. I don't believe I will be going back anytime soon. Sorry.
Added by GotAClue13 on Apr 27, 2015 8:51 AM
Lisa Dottl
Letitia Catherine McClenning Suttles # 25974013
Hi LaDon,

I was wondering if there was any other information for her relatives. Trying to see if she ties into my McClennings. I can tie into the other McClennings here and seems she should tie in also.

Added by Lisa Dottl on Apr 23, 2015 8:42 AM
Richard Parker
Frank Elliott

If this tombstone was redone, I'm not aware of it.

However, it's my opinon and experience with a camera, that the biggest different I see between our photos is that you shot yours in the shade and I shot my in full sunlight. I learned the some tombstones' inscriptions comes out better if shot in full sunlight.

When I do a cemetery, I try to make two trips to the cemetery. Once in the moring for tombstones facing east and the afternoon for those facing west.

If the inscriptions on old tombstones facing the north, your out of luck. Sun never shines on the north side of a tombstone. It does on the south side depending on the time of the year.

Added by Richard Parker on Apr 21, 2015 9:18 AM
Charlotte Palmer
I recently photographed the headstones of Alexander and Leah Wells. They are not located in the cemetery where they are buried. I took photographs of the cemetery but sadly not much is left, just the stone of George Plummer.

Added by Charlotte Palmer on Apr 20, 2015 9:05 AM
Fredrick G. "Fred" Engelhart
I was wondering if you could please transfer me Fredrick G. "Fred" Engelhart Memorial# 62781662. I would deeply appreciate it!
Added by Angela on Apr 14, 2015 1:00 PM
Deb L.
RE: Benson
I live about a mile from this cemetery so wasn't a problem to run out the to get John Benson. I am posting it now.
Added by Deb L. on Apr 13, 2015 2:52 PM
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