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LaDon Brennan (#46902635)
 member for 7 years, 10 months, 23 days
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Bio Photo Note, will have little to no access to internet from Feb 22-Mar 3 2015 -- will attend to edits as I can, or after Mar 4.

"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."

Note - Had nerve injury in left arm/hand, with several mishaps 2010, 2011 and 2012, resulting in numerous typos I didn't "catch", 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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Donna Rich
RE: Carter Farm Cem
What documents brought you to the conclusion that James Frazier might be buried at Carter Cemetery?
Added by Donna Rich on Feb 21, 2015 7:43 AM
RE: George Hood
If you need help just holler. Jarrott
Added by JARROTT P. COX on Feb 19, 2015 9:31 PM
Linda Dukes
Michael Ely/Eli
There were 2 or 3 Michael Ely/Eli's...
once you start digging in it can get very confusing! I noticed you have some new input on Find A Grave, are you related?
Added by Linda Dukes on Feb 17, 2015 4:16 PM
Ann Maree
RE: E. Sammons
Looks good, thanks so much!
Added by Ann Maree on Feb 17, 2015 10:23 AM
Ron Kovalak
Vera Jane Page
Weley Or Wesley Page (Weslie) Page married Vera Birge on 15 Aug 1909 in Monroe County, Kentucky, USA. Vera's father was Jesse Birge and her mother Dermeris Flether. (from
Added by Ron Kovalak on Feb 13, 2015 6:27 PM
Fred Bradley
RE: John Mix Sr
Great job, LaDon!
Added by Fred Bradley on Feb 13, 2015 8:19 AM
Jo Ann Kelly
Solomon P. Dunning -question
I was wondering if Solomon P. Dunning is in your ancestry line, or your Grandfather? He was my husband's 4th great grandfather, and his line goes back to Shadrach Dunning and the Dunning's of Trigg and Graves Co, Ky, Missouri, Lake and Obion Co., Tn.

I have just begin working on my husband's Dunning line, and descendants.

Jo Ann Kelly
Added by Jo Ann Kelly on Feb 12, 2015 8:27 PM
Florence Phillips
Gilbert family
I would like to connect with you about Gilbert family that lived in Henry County MO in 1860. I am wondering if this Margaret is my gggrandmother. Thank you, Florence
Added by Florence Phillips on Feb 11, 2015 8:18 AM
RE: Page photos
There was space in the area for more plots but no markers, not even simple stones.

I do photograph all stones with the same last name in the same general area when completing request. There were no markers in the same general area with the same last names.

These stones were at the very edge of the cemetery, which ends on an incline at a barb wire fence. I even looked in the "ditch" in case the stone slid down but I did not see one.
Added by Thomas on Feb 06, 2015 7:38 AM
Laura J. Stewart
RE: Old Green River
You are very welcome! You have done all the edits I sent. Thanks much for being so prompt & for the nice acknowledgement, that was kind of you!
Added by Laura J. Stewart on Feb 03, 2015 8:42 PM
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