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Brenda Davidson (#46928903)
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Bio Photo The profile photo is of my great-grandparents. It's their wedding photo taken in 1897. When I was a small child, around the age of five, I found this photo in a cedar box where my Mother kept her special memorabilia. I was fascinated by the picture and I would beg my mom to tell me about Othie and Ella, her grandparents. She would reminisce while I stared at the photo trying to imagine what life would have been like so many years ago.

I've had the photograph blown up to an 11 x 17. The frame I used belonged to my grandmother (Ella and Othie's daughter) and it hangs on the wall in my office. It's always within sight reminding me how important it is to remember our ancestors.

I'm married to wonderful man and we enjoy doing projects around the house together. In my landscaping I like to include flowers that my grandmothers, my mom and other members of my family enjoyed or had in their own yards.

I have been doing genealogy for more than 30 years. Most recently I've been involved in the planning of previous Indianapolis Family History Conferences volunteer and support several historical societies, and I'm a member of the National Society of Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR). I'm also working on a book about the Bennett Family. Copies will be donated to the local libraries and historical societies once it's finished.

I am very thankful to those who have worked so hard to create memorials for my family members, whether direct-line or not. Because my ancestors are important to me I will continue to ask for transfers when requesting corrections. I do consider it an honor to be able to maintain their memorials. As I've done research, my departed family becomes very real. . .that's why I ask.

Transferring Management
Although the majority of the sites I've added are my family, I have added a few non-family members.

My personal philosophy on transferring memorials: I'm not one who hides behind Find-A-Grave guidelines of having to be a direct relative. Those are guidelines, not hard and fast rules. I understand contributors have put a lot of hard work in creating memorials and maybe they don't want to "share" their work with others. That's their choice. But if you don't have a history of deleting transferred memorials and you actually respect the transfers you've been given, I have no problem transferring management to you. No need to give me your entire genealogical history to do so.

It's seriously not about the numbers. I haven't added thousands of memorials and I only concentrate on my family. It's hard to believe some contributors when they say "it's not about the numbers" because clearly it is. If it wasn't they would be more willing to transfer memorials to family members, regardless of their relationship. If I have added a memorial for your family, I won't hold their memorial hostage. Just my personal opinion and not intended to offend.

Names I am researching Adams, Allgood, Anderson, Beach, Beck, Bennett, Britton, Brown, Bryant, Bush, Davidson, Dawson, Depue, Good(e), Ham, Hamm, Harvell, Hundley, Ingle, Isom, Johnson, Keim, Lanam, Rosabom, Rouse, Shafer, Stone, Taylor, Tull, Weatherford, Wilcox.


I normally don't delete messages, but one caused a horizontal scroll on this page. Here is the entire message.

Hello, Brenda -

Here is a link:

This is a copy of the marriage license of Sarah I. Jelley Lanam which states her parents as Samuel Jelley and Hannah Crusen. As you know, a wife's name did not appear on a census until 1850. In the 1850 Census, Samuel Jelley, age 68, is shown with an Isabelle, age 63, both born in Pennsylvania.

(1850 Census link was here.)

In this census, I believe Isabella is actually Hannah, whose age should be 60 (not 63) as Samuel's age should be 63 (not 68). As Sarah was born in Pennsylvania, I cannot prove but assume Samuel and Hannah were also married there. It is possible Hannah died after Sarah's birth and before 1850, during which time span Samuel married an Isabella who happened to also be born in Pennsylvania. There is only one record of marriage for Samuel Jelley in either Pennsylvania or Indiana, and that was a marriage in 1856 to Ellen Wheatley. I have Isabella's death as 1855, so this would fit. According to the Census, Samuel Jelley was living in Rising Sun by 1820. If he had married a woman named Isabelle, I can find no record of it. In the US Census' for Samuel Jelley 1820 through 1840, there is a mark in every one for a female that would fit Hannah's age. Sarah's middle name is Isabella - I am also assuming she was given her mother's middle name. After researching with the help of librarians from the Ohio County and Dearborn County libraries, I am assuming Hannah and Isabella are one and the same. If you are not convinced, that is fine. However, I am confident Samuel is the father of Sarah.

If you have any documents you would like to share with me, I would enjoy looking at them.

Samuel also had a son named Samuel (#64204742), who is buried near him and Isabella. The younger Samuel was born in Indiana in 1831.

I'm curious if you are a descendant of either Samuel's or Isabella's? Samuel is my husband's 4th ggf.

Sherri (Hope the above isn't too confusing to read!)


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James Brown
Hello Brenda,

I recently came across Captain James Brown, and saw that you are in control of his page.
(James Brown memorial link.)

I wanted to know if you had any information on his kin, children, parents, etc. I am trying to confirm a connection with my family. Thank you for your help. You can email me at
Added by TCS on Mar 23, 2016 11:48 PM
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RE: Beach Transfers
Thank You for the kind words.
Added by Judy on May 25, 2016 5:32 PM
Jim Martin
RE: Stewarts
Done, no problem. I will, but haven't added a note in my profile that anyone can use any photo with permission.

Have yourself a great year.
Added by Jim Martin on Jan 01, 2016 1:56 PM
Tom Jennings
David Leonardi
He is buried in Calvary Cemetery in Cherry Hill.
Added by Tom Jennings on Nov 05, 2015 3:19 AM
Connie Young Kitchen
RE:Tapp family - Glen
Thanks, Brenda, I don't have a photo of him. I do think that he generally went by Glen and that means it's not surprising he would be listed that way in family created documents like obituaries. And it's also not surprising that he got married under that name.
My connection to his family is that his mother, Naomi Langley, was sister to my great-grandmother Laura Langley Barrow. I'm sure that makes us cousins of some kind. Always fun to meet new cousins.
Added by Connie Young Kitchen on Oct 05, 2015 1:33 PM
Sherri Tapp
RE: Samuel & Isabella Jelly
I'm so sorry my previous message came across as vertical - I have no idea how that happened! My public email is If you do not mind, I would prefer to share future information through that email address.

I have some information for you regarding James Lanam #102337711 and Sarah Jelley Lanam #102337253.


Added by Sherri Tapp on Jun 17, 2015 9:30 PM
Larry Gardner
Orville J. Adkins
Brenda, do you happen to know who Orville J. Adkins was? After a long search for a second cousin I found her buried in Tucson, AZ? That is Mildred (Conder) Adkins. I noticed your memorial for Orville John Adkins in Rose Hill Cemetery and wonder if that is him or his father.
Added by Larry Gardner on May 19, 2015 3:31 PM
Michael S Bennett
Bennett Book
Brenda, you mentioned that you wrote a book about the Bennett family. Is there a way I can get a copy. I am a descendant of the George Arthur Bennett side of the family and would be very interested in reading it. Thanks!
Added by Michael S Bennett on May 08, 2015 11:30 AM
Mary E Heckman Settles
Hi Brenda,

If you come across some whacky edit for #80090400, Mary Settles, please disregard. I thought I was submitting it for someone else, and was actually on her page.

Added by Anne on Nov 22, 2014 7:53 PM
Forget Me Not
RE: Chambers photos
The photos for William and Ella Chambers have been posted to your memorials. I have deleted them from the other memorials and have asked the contributor to delete those. Also asked for her to make a family connection for the son. Vernon C. Chambers. #123704514. Thanks for info.
Added by Forget Me Not on Oct 20, 2014 3:25 PM
Scott Emery
Lorenzo and Daisy Bryant
You are very welcome for the photo of their memorial. I live close to this cemetery, and go there, as time allows, to photograph as many as I can. And as I can I restore/reset/relevel some of memorials.

Find A Grave Memorial# 48518696

Scott Emery
Added by Scott Emery on Jul 16, 2014 6:23 PM
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