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LaDon Brennan (#46902635)
 member for 9 years, 2 months, 22 days
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Bio Photo I will be away from computers June 21-29, edits will be attended to after that date.

"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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Carolyn (Smith) Szafran
Elizabth Cashbourn Noble
Hello LaDon, I am hoping you can help me. Can you let me know how to get a copy of her death records. You list death by drowning and I am hoping to learn more. Thank you so much.
Added by Carolyn (Smith) Szafran on Jun 23, 2016 4:49 PM
Diane LM
I sometimes read the comments posted on people's profile pages (when I am bored) and was very interested in the $5.00 inheritance. Doesn't sound like much but it would be $112.27 in 2015. Still doesn't sound like much but he had to spread it around ;-)
Added by Diane LM on Jun 15, 2016 2:00 PM
rebecca douglass
Hi LaDon. We would be honored if you would transfer Mary Douglas Dunham's husbands Find A Grave memorial; 42109624 to us for maintaining as well.

Contributor # 48361397

Thanks for your consideration LaDon.

Have a blessed afternoon,

Rebecca Douglas Jackson
Ramona Douglas Renfro
Darrel Douglass
Added by rebecca douglass on Jun 14, 2016 12:54 PM
rebecca douglass
Good afternoon LaDon. Would you be so kind to consider transferring the Find A Grave memorial for our aunt, Mary A. Douglas Dunham; 42110178 to our family for maintaining of Mary's memorial?

Contributor #: 48361397

Thank you. Have a blessed day!

Rebecca Douglas Jackson
Ramona Douglas Renfro
Darrel Douglas
Added by rebecca douglass on Jun 14, 2016 12:50 PM
Diane LM
RE: Profile photo
I only saw flowers or flags; no pinwheels and no statues of angels etc. Since much of the cemetery is flat in the ground markers I imagine it is a bit of both.
Added by Diane LM on Jun 13, 2016 5:28 PM
Kristen Lewetzow
Ernest Raymond Creason
Are you related to Ernest Creason? I'm piecing our family tree together and he is my Great Great Uncle.

Added by Kristen Lewetzow on Jun 11, 2016 6:44 PM
Shirley Wadell
RE: Nancy Vernon
Yes, I agree. Each grown child of Drury received only $5, what a rip; and the rest was given to his new wife Nancy and her son from her previous marriage. Just weird. I'm wondering if there are any newspapers which would carry any information on this.

I found somewhere that Drury 'might be' buried at Dripping Springs, but FINDAGRAVE does not have him listed.
For Elijah, Nancy or her 3rd husband Henry Brazaell, I haven't found anything as yet.
If you find anything, please let me know.
Thanks, Shirley :)
Added by Shirley Wadell on Jun 03, 2016 3:49 PM
Shirley Wadell
RE: Memorial 74450128 Elisha Vernon
Here is the WILL of Drury Gooch:
Per Rootsweb:

WILL of Drury P. Gooch
Will Book E pg 229, Jefferson County, Missouri

"Believing as I do, that it is the will of All Mightly God that I shall be taken hence soon, and wishing to make this my last Will and Testament being (as I consider) in full possession of my natural reason -- I do hereby give, and bequeath the farm containing 280 acres, the same on which I now reside, as also a track of land, containing 10 acres purchased from Giles Strickland, to my beloved wife Nancy for her maintenance, as also for the maintenance of her son Elijay Vernon, as also for the maintenance of my two daughters, and one son (Viz) Robert, Eliza, Ann, and Sarah Gooch.

In case of the death of my wife Nancy, the lands above mentioned will belong jointly to the four children mentioned above -- I also give, and bequeath all my personal property consisting of the following articles, to wit: 7 head of horses, 7 head of cattle, 33 head of hogs, 3 sheep, all my farming utensils, household, and kitchen furniture, etc., to my wife and the 4 children above forementioned, and for the same purposes, to be kept or disposed of as my wife in her judgment may think proper, for her own use, and the use, and benefit of the minor heirs above mentioned.

I also give, and bequeath to my son William, the sum of $5. Also to my son Samuel, the sum of $5. Also to my son John, the sum of $5. And to my daughter Jane, now Jane Ogle the sum of $5. Also to daughter Nancy Gooch, the sum of $5. Also to my daughter Malinda, the sum of $5 to be paid by my wife out of the property above bequeathed.

In Testimony whereof, I do hereunto set my hand seal this 18th day of March 1839. In present of J.H. Alford, Joseph T. McMullin, and Joseph Fink, Jr. ".

Is it true that Drury Gooch was poisoned by his 2nd wife Nancy Vernon? If so, she is taken well care of through his will. Then she moved on and married Henry W. Brazeall who was a Justice of the Peace [he married Elisha Vernon and his wife Julyann Frazier [per marriage record]. I did notice on one of the census that Elisha Vernon was a county jailer. He had been a farmer previously.

Thank you again for the information.
Thanks, Shirley :)
Added by Shirley Wadell on Jun 03, 2016 10:09 AM
Shirley Wadell
RE: Memorial 74450128 Elisha Vernon
Just found this information:
Marriage Vol C 1849-1871 Index p42 -- Elisha Vernon & Julyann Frazier married Sep 19, 1852 by H.W. Brazealle JP [this is the 3rd husband of Nancy, the mother of Elijay Vernon listed on the 1850 Census] at Jefferson County, Missouri.
Do you think this proves that Nancy had two sons - Elijay and Elisha??
Thanks, Shirley :)
Added by Shirley Wadell on Jun 02, 2016 9:33 PM
Shirley Wadell
RE: Memorial 74450128 Elisha Vernon
Drury's WILL was dated March 18, 1839 not Oct 11. Sorry.
Added by Shirley Wadell on Jun 02, 2016 9:16 PM
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