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GenealogyByBrenda (#46928903)
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Bio Photo I have been doing genealogy since I was 15 years old. I've been involved in the planning of previous Indianapolis Family History Conferences, and I'm a member of the National Society of Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR). I'm also working on a several books about my ancestors. Copies will be donated to the local libraries and historical societies once theyíre finished. I have also been creating my own tokens (or flowers) since March 14, 2016. Itís been very enjoyable creating these personalize tokens for my family members.

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My Personal Philosophy On Transferring Memorials We have all asked for non-direct line relatives; even those who refuse to transfer them. I have found that most people will transfer a family member regardless of the relationship and only a few wonít. Although the majority of memorials I've added are my family, I have added a few family friends. I won't hold any memorial hostage. If we share a common ancestor that is your direct-line (and not mine) just ask for the transfer. If we share a common direct-line ancestor and you want management when Iím no longer on Find-a-Grave, let me know and Iíll leave instructions for it to be transferred to you. With that saidÖ.

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. Since the early deaths of my brother and sister (they were both in their 20's when they passed) and then the subsequent death of my parents, maintaining family members memorials and being able to set up their memorials to tell their story (and make changes without having to ask someone to do it) does bring a level of comfort. Having a stranger maintain your family member's memorial (regardless of relationship) is akin to having a stranger keep the ashes of a loved one.

On Memorials I manage I have been working on making family connections, adding photographs, biographies and other important information about the individual so that their full story can be told. That's one of the advantages of managing your family's memorials because a stranger cannot tell a family member's story quite like someone who knew them in real life or have heard stories about them.

I welcome all corrections, suggestions and additions.

Edits, Comments, Requests, etc. I try to process edit requests, reply to comments and make transfers within 24 hours (I'll let you know if it's going to take me longer). If you are researching a common ancestor and have any questions, please feel free to ask. I'm willing to share any information I may have and help you with your research.

Some names I have information on: Abram(s), Adams, Allgood, Anderson, Beach, Beck, Bennett, Britton, Brown, Bryant, Bush, Dawson, Gardner, Good(e), Hamm, Hundley, Isom, Jelley, Lanam, Roseboom, Taylor and Wilcox (just to name a few).
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Gary D Gardner
Hannah Clemmens Allgood
Never mind, I found it at last!
Added by Gary D Gardner on Aug 10, 2017 7:41 AM
Gary D Gardner
RE: Hannah Clemmens Allgood
I looked but didn't find your email.
Added by Gary D Gardner on Aug 10, 2017 7:38 AM
Shirley Grant
RE: Your picture
Maybe you can help me. In my family tree I have listed Capt. James Brown married Elizabeth Thompson in 1797. According to my research their daughter (Elizabeth Louise Brown married James Ensley.) She was his 2nd wife. His 1st wife was Sarah Bivins. James Ensley was the father of Adolphus Ensley who married Emaline Wise. Adolphus and Emaline had a son they names James Ervin Ensley. James Ervin married Roxanna Upton and their son (Norman) is my grandfather. I may be wrong but I want accurate information for my family tree. Please help me if you can. I have been researching on and Find A Grave. Look forward to hearing from you. I DO NOT KNOW IF JAMES ENSLEY AND HIS 1st or 2nd wife had Adolphus.
Added by Shirley Grant on Jul 26, 2017 10:10 AM
Shirley Grant
RE: Your picture
The picture on their wedding day. Many thanks.
Added by Shirley Grant on Jul 23, 2017 6:58 PM
Gary D Gardner
Hannah Clemmens Allgood
Brenda, I was trying to find out about Hannah Jane Clemmens who married Phillip Allgood in Boyle County, Kentucky in 1842. I see some reference to her being from Sebree in Webster County, but that far western community wasn't established until 1868. As she married in Boyle County, I would think she'd be related to TJ, Alfred, and Abram Clemmons of that county, all of the same generation. Do you know anything further of this girl's parentage and origins? Thanks so much. Gary Dean (
Added by Gary D Gardner on Jul 07, 2017 10:25 AM
Byron Stuhlman
Patience Brown Hadley
Dear Brenda:

I am a descendent of Patience Brown Hadley through my grandmother Eva Carter Stuhlman, whose grandfather was David L. Hadley. I would be interested on materials that you have on the Brown family. I see that someone else has asked about a native American ancestor. My grandmother claimed a native American ancestor. Would it be in the Brown line?

Byron Stuhlman (
Added by Byron Stuhlman on Jun 25, 2017 6:10 PM
Shirley Hall Lawson
RE: My Grandfather was Joseph Henry Hamm
Hi Brenda, you can email me any information at
I would like to be added to your friends list but I could not find out how to do it.
Added by Shirley Hall Lawson on Jun 08, 2017 4:29 PM
Shirley Grant
Your picture
I LOVE the picture you posted. We are related way back. My great great Grandfather was James Ensley. He was married to Elizabeth Louise Brown Ensley. I would love to have a digital copy of your picture. My email is I am a retired elementary school principal in Swain County. My name is Shirley Grant. We are having an Ensley reunion on May 20th. Your photo would make our day as we do not have many pictures of our ancestor. My great grandfather was Adolphus Ervin Ensley. His son was James Ervin Ensley and my grandfather was Norman Ensley. I hope to hear from you. I am on facebook and ETSY as ShirleysSigns.
Added by Shirley Grant on May 01, 2017 10:23 AM
Scott Emery
RE: Gary L. Bennett
You are welcome, Brenda.
I'm happy to go and take those photos for you and everyone else. It is enjoyable work. And I volunteer with the Monroe County Cemetery Committee, so these are also scouting trips to plan for making repairs to the headstones.
Added by Scott Emery on Apr 29, 2017 7:03 PM
Debbie Milano
Jeremiah Browne
Just a thank you for your hard work. I am from IN and related to Jeremiah through Patience Hadley.
Added by Debbie Milano on Apr 19, 2017 10:43 AM
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