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LaDon Brennan (#46902635)
 member for 9 years, 1 month, 24 days
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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.

If a contributor enters a memorial as "unknown", in incorrect cemetery, or with no DOD, and I later find the cemetery or a recent DOD, I do not create a duplicate with updated information and then insist the original contributor delete their memorial (or ask admins to delete it), even though the admins appear to facilitate that. (You know who you are.) I will always send an edit to the original contributor so they can correct their memorial. It seems contrary to the spirit of a co-operative website to do otherwise. It is also surprising that admins give preference to person who knowingly creates a duplicate over person who made an error on original memorial, probably in good faith, without giving them opportunity to make correction. Not sure when guidelines tightened up, but at least in 2007 it was permissible to enter a memorial for any tombstone that had a person's name engraved on it, with or without a DOD, if accompanied with tombstone photo.

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 not pursue 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.

Nov 2015: To those "contributors" who send edits that significantly change a memorial content/links, but provide no profile, email or public message access so I can contact them to verify their source -- GET REAL.
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Messages left for LaDon Brennan (725)[Leave Message]
Linda Dukes
RE: Cahill
Thanks for the heads up, Diana is wonderful!
Added by Linda Dukes on May 23, 2016 11:04 AM
Erin (Barham) DeHart
RE: Maria Colman
I didn't do anything to it and it didn't look like it had been cleaned to me. I realize it is sideways on the Find A Grave site- a lot of the photos are. If you click on the photo it will open it in a new window and it will be the right way. I don't understand it. I tried to turn it sideways on my computer and upload but it will still sideways-- for some reason Find A Grave won't upload it the right way. Trust me- very irritating for me.
Added by Erin (Barham) DeHart on May 23, 2016 7:52 AM
Diane LM
RE: Haney-Reis
Glad to help. They were easy to find.
Added by Diane LM on May 22, 2016 4:26 PM
RE: William Thomas
Thanks for the offer-my interest is seeing things right, and it annoys me that, when you did it right in the first place, the people at findagrave don’t think of the consequences when they merge. It wouldn’t be so bad if they let you know that that they had done this. Sometimes, the other memorial can be so wrong that the revised one has totally conflicting information.
Added by darealjolo on May 19, 2016 9:49 AM
RE: Sarah Taylor
You are welcome. My daughter and I were at Forbes to clean and decorate some family graves there and Sarah Taylor is descended from a sister of my ancestor, Franklin Sipes.
Added by Connie on May 17, 2016 10:09 AM
Frank K.
RE: Kisselstein
Suuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuure thing, if there are any other, just let me know. ☺
Added by Frank K. on May 15, 2016 9:19 PM
Frank K.
thanks for the sponsorship
Let me know if you would like a transfer, please.

Added by Frank K. on May 15, 2016 12:40 PM
rene graverson
?Interactive website for Christ Church
Do you know what happen to Christ Church Cemetery Interactive Website - I used it to help fill the request on Find-A-Grave for people?
Added by rene graverson on May 15, 2016 12:17 PM
Laura Purcell
RE: Root
His father was Johnathan Root
Added by Laura Purcell on May 15, 2016 9:14 AM
SueZanne Dalley
RE: Jennings
Thank you so much!

SueZanne Dalley
Added by SueZanne Dalley on May 15, 2016 7:35 AM
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