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LaDon Brennan (#46902635)
 member for 9 years, 4 months, 18 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. 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 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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John Blakemore Sellers
Townley Bellomy
I am of the belief that he deserted from the 22nd Regiment out of Grayson, KY, for the reason that his roots were based in Virginia. My g-g-g grandma (Lucy Neville Blakemore Bragg) out of Vanceburg, KY, told her descendant children, grandchildren, during the Civil War that her uncle George Washington would have sided with the Confederates.
Added by John Blakemore Sellers on Aug 22, 2016 10:01 PM
Cathy Summers
Lewis, LaVon L.
Would you please remove the obituary for Gerald Girard Kavanaugh from that of LaVon L. Lewis, Find A Grave #28208633? Also, Family records and obituary indicate that her middle initial is an L instead of an A

Could you add the obituary below for LaVon instead onto Find A Grave 28208633?

Kansas City Star, The (MO) - November 21, 1993
Deceased Name: LaVON L. LEWIS
LaVon L. Lewis, 76, Montrose, Mo., formerly of this area, died Nov. 19, 1993, at Research Medical Center. Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at the St. Ludger's Catholic Church, Germantown, Mo.; burial in St. Ludger's Cemetery, Germantown. A prayer service will be said at 7 p.m. today at the church. The family suggests contributions to the American Cancer Society. Mrs. Lewis was born in Stanberry, Mo., and lived in this area during the 1950s and moved to Montrose 30 years ago. She was a member of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Montrose. Her husband, William E. Lewis Jr., died in 1987. Survivors include 45 nieces and nephews.
Kansas City Star, The (MO)
Date: November 21, 1993
Page: B4
Record Number: 199765*1
Copyright (c) 1993 The Kansas City Star

Thanks in advance.
Cathy Summers
Added by Cathy Summers on Aug 22, 2016 11:07 AM
Linda Dukes
Coleman Carpenter Edwards
I have a feeling he may be in Mount Zion with his first wife & young daughter. the death certificate just says Clinton. I won't be able to drive down this year, my mother is dying of Cancer. Do you think I should move his memorial to Mount Zion?
Added by Linda Dukes on Aug 22, 2016 8:42 AM
RE: Skaggs
You are welcome. I look forward to seeing the improvements to her memorial.
Added by JayCee on Aug 12, 2016 8:24 AM
RE: Waugh
I don't have and proof positive information other than what is listed on many Ancestry family trees. They have it listed as April 1981. If I find more information, I will definitely let you know!
Thank you!
Added by MJ on Aug 06, 2016 10:53 AM
Red Rose -
Hi LaDon, My pleasure!...Let me know a memorial number of yours & I will place it there for you to add to your scrapbook. Enjoy your day!..Take care, Lin
Added by Lin on Aug 04, 2016 12:28 PM
Fred Grunwald
RE: Anderson
You are most welcome. Glad to help.
Added by Fred Grunwald on Aug 04, 2016 11:35 AM
New Story
Hi, La Don. I thought you might appreciate the story I found in the 1879 Lexington Missouri newspaper on the NARA site. Thomas L White(Pisgah cemetery), and his brother in law James Holwell (Kepner Cemetery) went to visit the father of Thomas, John L White (Pisgah Cemetery) upon hearing that he was ill. All 3 died in short order, and Thomas also had a brother named Alfred J White (Pisgah Cemetery) who also died over the sam 2-3 days) so I imagine - though I do not know- that John L had some illness that was very contagious and lethal. Poor family. The article was published in the Lexington Weekly Intelligencer, Feb 01, 1879. Thomas L was married to Bettie Page, daughter of Joseph H. Page.
Added by Bendajh on Aug 02, 2016 9:38 AM
Tom C
Are you ok
Hope you are ok just been busy I am still working on th house
Going to west house next mouth Tom
Added by Tom C on Jul 28, 2016 10:29 AM
Abbreviations -
Good morning LaDon, You sent abbreviations. However, for accuracy, need to know exactly what numbers referred to. Cemetery records, (online) clarified what you sent, and was added. Enjoy your day!...Take care, Lin
Added by Lin on Jul 27, 2016 9:23 AM
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