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Karen Brewer (#46823815)
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Bio Photo I am sixth generation Iowan. My mother's side of the family has been in Iowa since 1841. 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.

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.

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William & Mary Kelly
Sarah Melissa McNichols McCullough (115821373)
Thanks for the suggestion. She was a half-sister to my 2nd great grandpa. I have been to the cemetery and did not find her marker. As you see on her memorial I mentioned I found her two husbands though.
Added by William & Mary Kelly on Jan 31, 2015 2:37 PM
re: Stephenson
Our first Stephenson arrived in America in about 1830. If I can believe family stories, his uncle came to America to fight with the British during the war of 1812. When he returned to Ireland, he had such good things to say about America, that his nephew determined he would go to America to further his education (because even though his family were Brits living in Ireland for several generations, he could expect to be treated as an Irishman in Britain proper).
Added by CC-Genealogy on Jan 05, 2015 11:39 AM
re: Stephenson in S Iowa - Clarke Co
Karen -
To my knowledge, there are no relatives to my Stephenson ancestors who lived in Clarke Co Iowa. There is a complete family 'story' for our line dating back t, o the 1600s. However, this story is proven to be riddled with so many mischaracterizations, misconceptions and outright exaggerations, that it is hard to find any grains of truth in it. Even the family bible record show the record of on daughter that is an absolute deviation from the facts (and I'm somewhat lucky to have found that info). Our earliest Stephenson ancestor to the US (Samuel) is said to have had no brothers. The family record seems to show few siblings, children of this first man, living past 20 except my line. All those lines descended from my line are accounted for until at least 1920 or so. Samuel came to America to become a doctor, and enrolled at The Medical College of Ohio. Some family stories say he left a family in Ireland (unclear if this is just his sisters, or if it was a wife and children). Also persistent attempts by another family to link him as the father of two children born in Ohio (but I think I finally proved that this is a different Samuel Stephenson).
Added by CC-Genealogy on Jan 05, 2015 9:33 AM
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
Justina Vickerman
RE: Sarah Johnston
She was married to Hamilton S. Johnston 1817-1899. Sarah was his second wife. His first wife Margaret Brownfield passed away in 1852. I believe Margaret and Sarah were cousins. Margaret was the daughter of Robert Brownfield and Sarah (Price) Brownfield.. Mary Ann (Price) Downard's sister.

Sarah and Hamilton had 4 children.

Lucretia who married George Miller .. she is supposed to be buried in Mt. Sterling (but I could not find her grave when I went looking for it.) This was based off of her obit.

Charles W Johnston... I think he headed towards Des Moines.. no idea what happened to him

Ida Belle Johnston married John W Topping died in Burlington.

John F Johnston - no idea where he went.. I think he also went towards Des Moines.

Hope this helps...
Added by Justina Vickerman on Jul 23, 2012 2:08 PM
George E White
Yes, you have my permission to use the photos of George E White at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery. Please use this line:

2011 LKat on Find A Grave. Used with permission.

Thank you very much for being considerate in asking if you could use the photos.

Added by LKat on Apr 09, 2012 3:23 PM
Wendy Roberts
RE: Bell Rock Cemetery, Malden, MA
Aloha Linda,
The two boxes on memorial 12530115 say "Memento Mori" (Remember your mortality) and "Fugit Hora" (Time Flies). If you want, I can give you a copy of the original at larger resolution. frog_addict "at" hotmail .com Just put those together with no spaces and change the "at" to the email @ symbol, and I will reply with the original photo attached. I am glad it was something you enjoyed! You'll have to read more about the escutcheons (skull symbols)and their symbolism. They are fascinating!
Added by Wendy Roberts on Feb 07, 2012 1:08 PM

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