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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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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
John William McCoy
You have a nice picture of the McCoys on his memorial. Do I have your permission to add this to my family tree on Wikitree?

Thank you for considering my request.
Vicki Norman
Added by VNorman on Apr 11, 2015 12:53 PM
How nice of you! what a surprise! I will add info make links and take good care of your memorials and this family!
Added by genieresearcher on Apr 10, 2015 5:58 PM
Lucy Reynolds Powers
136560876 is the same person as 71523006.
Lucy Reynolds Powers' body was sent back to
Rensselaer County, New York, for burial
in the Maple Grove Old Cemetery.
Added by Alice on Apr 06, 2015 3:20 PM
Steve Seim
Henry County Farm Cemetery
I'm trying to find GPS coordinates for this site. I see you've taken some photos there - can you help? If you can find the spot on Google Maps, right-click on it and select "What's Here?" That will give you the coordinates.
Added by Steve Seim on Apr 06, 2015 9:09 AM
Chuck McKinley
Perrie, Charles
I found him in another area of the cemetery so I took his picture if you want to memorialize him I will put the picture up.
Added by Chuck McKinley on Mar 30, 2015 3:59 PM
Vickie BYRUM Schley
RE: Jones Cemetery
I found a new way of reading old stones with water and flour, it works real good. Two is all I found yesterday. I plan to go back and find the other(s). I was working by myself and ran out of time and energy. My brother lives only 200 or 300 hundred ft. from the cemetery. But is not on his property. He thinks there may be 4 headstones. Do you know where Elizabeth Jones, Thomas W. Jones wife, is buried? Also where John P. Turner, Rosa Jane PARKS Turner's husband, is buried? I like to go to these old private cemeteries. The condition is not good. All headstones broken and in the dirt and brush. The cemetery used to have large flat stones around it. Most of the stones were used by the CCC to build bridges in the area. Most of the ones that are there have been moved. Vickie
Added by Vickie BYRUM Schley on Mar 24, 2015 2:50 PM
RE: Cornet/Cornett in Cass Co. MO
Thank you very much for doing this. I was planning a trip this spring but if you can get these photos for me I would appreciate it so much. I believe many of the people buried there are relatives on my Mother's side. All the Cornett's, Gregg's and Page's are related to me in some manner. I would like to have photos of all their headstones if they exist. Do you live near there? I live near Tulsa, OK.
Added by OkieDokie on Mar 18, 2015 1:33 PM
Ron Gragg
RE: Gragg- Urich Cem
You're welcome for the obits... Just keep on digging, and finding new stuff all the time. :)

I wonder if someone, somewhere has a listing of the interments at lost creek??? It sure would be nice. All we have is hear-say family stories to corroborate were ancestors are buried when we don't have the headstones.

Its good to hear you had such a delightful time snow-birding :)
Added by Ron Gragg on Mar 18, 2015 10:14 AM
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