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LaDon Brennan (#46902635)
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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.

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 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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patricia hook
Samuel Stoneking 1756-1820
I am trying to find information on Samuel Stoneking Born 1756 Greene County, Pa.,& Died 1820 in Whitely, County, Pa., He was married to a Frakes. Nothing else know about wife.
Where buried etc.
Son of Johann Jakob Steinkonig, and Summer Eve Ali-quippa (reported to be a Seneca Indian).

He was the brother of Jacob Johan Stoneking
Find A Grave Memorial# 26498753

Any help would be appreciated.

Samuel is my great-great-great-great grandfather on my mother's side of family.
Added by patricia hook on Jul 04, 2015 1:55 PM
RE: Charlotte Woodyard
You are very welcome. I was fortunate to be able to get the photo. The cemetery is located in the middle of a neighborhood and is completely fenced in with barbed wire around the top of the fence. The gate is locked and according to a note near the entrance is only open on Fri, Sat, and Sun, and holidays from 8-5. When I was there around 1:30 yesterday the gates were still locked. As I drove around the outside of the cemetery I saw the marker. I was able to get the photo from looking through the fence. I live about 45 minutes from there, but hope to get back when the gates are open to check the cemetery better.
Added by RickC on Jul 04, 2015 7:25 AM
Vickie BYRUM Schley
RE: Riverside Cemetery
Thank you for the information.
Added by Vickie BYRUM Schley on Jul 01, 2015 12:34 PM
Geri Hemp Mercer
RE: Sarah Babb
Sarah Babb was not listed in the cemetery records, nor in the old Macomb Cemetery transcriptions complied by the Genealogical Society. I also checked the old Macomb Journal newspaper general abstracts that were compiled by Janet Pease, published by the McDonough County Genealogical Society several years ago, thinking there might have been mention of Sarah. There was no mention of her. A Samuel Babb (Co C, 7th Wisc. Inf.) was mentioned Oct 5, 1882, he attended a reunion of Civil War soldiers in Macomb. And there is a Samuel Babb buried at Stoneking Cemetery near Colchester. Don't know if it is the same one.
Added by Geri Hemp Mercer on Jun 30, 2015 4:44 PM
Vickie BYRUM Schley
Riverside Cemetery
Hi LaDon, do you know the contact person, email address or phone number for Riverside Cemetery? Thanks Vickie
Added by Vickie BYRUM Schley on Jun 30, 2015 12:32 PM
Jerry Coffman
Ely/Eli Family
I am interested in this family as my great grandmother was Amanda Ely Coffman married to Jacob W Coffman and both are buried in Manhattan, Kansas.
Would you be willing to share info/pictures of the family?
Jerry Coffman
Added by Jerry Coffman on Jun 30, 2015 9:26 AM
Gayle Maldonado
Eliza Mock
Hello LaDon,

Thank you so much for updating Eliza's memorial with
the photos. It is nice that Find A Grave has such a great team of volunteers who work together so well. Thank you for the information on Mary Maude Carver too. I appreciate your skill in creating these family memorials.

With much gratitude!
Added by Gayle Maldonado on Jun 29, 2015 12:39 PM
Fred Bradley
RE: Flora Dimmitt Keil
LaDon, I posted the marker photo because it was located in grave 6 as shown in cemetery record as "Flo Keil". There was no other marker to indicate her name. I have posted a "Keil" photo that sits atop Louise's above ground mausoleum. Let me know if you think that's not appropriate. I submitted an SAC to Lela that the baby born about 8 months before Flo's death was possibly named Flora L. Keil (sources: HCMO 1883-1890 birth records and 1920 census with her living with grandmother, Louise Keil). I also created memorials for Jesse & Della Kemper that are buried in the same KEIL lot but can't find the the connection to the Keil's.
Added by Fred Bradley on Jun 28, 2015 9:25 PM
Fred Bradley
RE: Kimball Plot
LaDon, I revisited Lula Rose's grave and dowsing reveals an adult female in the grave with her headstone. I notice the obit states there were graveside services at Englewood.
Added by Fred Bradley on Jun 28, 2015 9:04 PM
Chuck McKinley
Mary and Arthur Carver were close to Eliza I did take the two pictures for you .

Chuck McKinley
Added by Chuck McKinley on Jun 28, 2015 6:27 PM
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