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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 "rural" 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, with no DOD or a memorial that predates actual DOD, I do not steal their memorial (tho I can name a few who have amassed huge numbers doing just that). If 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, nor do I ask admins to delete memorials so I can "create" a new one, 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 2007-2010 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.

I am glad to transfer my upstate New York memorials, other than the Haney line, as I have no connection to most of them.

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."

Another contributor has also written a profile that expresses my attempt to provide stories for those I have memorialized. If you have a few minutes, do read what she wrote.

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: I am unlikely to accept edits that make a significant change to a memorial if there is no email, profile or public message access to make contact to obtain source.

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Laura Purcell
RE: Root
Thank you for your work on Guy Root memorial I have appreciated it greatly.
Added by Laura Purcell on May 18, 2017 5:58 AM
Phil Cook
Nellie Mae (Teter) Cook
Hi LaDon,
Nellie Mae Teter, the dau. of Olivar N. and Emily Teter married John Franklin Cook in 1894 in Crawford county, Kans. He died in 1918 in Walnut Kans and is buried there. Nellie stayed in that area until 1959 when she moved to Whatcom county in Washington. She died six months later and is buried there.
She is registered on Find a Grave under the Subject heading above. Can you assist in connecting her to her parents and siblings?
Thank you,
Phil Cook
Added by Phil Cook on May 17, 2017 11:16 PM
Robert E. Page
Thank you for adding my husband direct g-grandfather correct information regarding his valuable service to our great country. I do not understand the negative comments made about him and who his father is. I am a retired teacher and research very carefully my family line, and my husband family line. The large picture is extremely inappropiate and I hope you can get it removed real soon as he needs a special symbol. If you would like to transfer him to me I would gladly take care of him, but if you don't I understand. I am BJS #48745848. I am having a hard time with a fellow Find A Grave member who refuses to transfer my direct great grandparents on my fench side and I hate to turn her in. However I live to add more infor so people can really know our ancestors, their parents, their children, their siblings, when they came to America, but I just can't give that much information to someone who is not related to them! Any suggestions???
Added by BJS on May 04, 2017 1:35 PM
Debra Anderson
Leabo, Jeremia
Hi I added the information for you and a little more as well. I hope that it helps you. Thanks you for being kind enough to send the information to me.
Please feel free to let me know if there is any other information that i might need to change. I f you are a relative, I have no problem, transferring over to you.
Added by Debra Anderson on Apr 27, 2017 4:31 PM
Judy Young
hazelwood cem
The land was privately owned prior to the City purchasing it in May, 1867.  The cemetery was named/dedicated in October, 1867.
I was always told the land was purchased from the Hazeltine & Wood families, hence the name Hazelwood (however I have seen a document at Greene Co Archives office that mentions another owner name instead of Hazeltine & Wood).  We have both Hazeltine’s and Woods here, but I don’t have any Hazelwood’s or Hazlewood’s.   A reference to the first sexton being Mr. Bishop; however, I do not have his first name.
Added by Judy Young on Apr 24, 2017 12:44 PM
Gwen Doreen Kubberness
RE: Mary Ritschel
All done and all fixed her maiden is Schmidt, took some digging but I did find it and verified it with others.

God Bless

Added by Gwen Doreen Kubberness on Apr 20, 2017 5:43 PM
Gwen Doreen Kubberness
Mary Ritschel
Are you related???

I am but distantly, If you're related I would be willing to transfer the memorial to you. If not I have updated it best as I can it is linked to her husband and someone else has that memorial and I am reluctant to change the spelling of the because of that but I did make a note on the memorial.

Thank you so much for your help.

Added by Gwen Doreen Kubberness on Apr 19, 2017 2:48 PM
Gene Traver
My Knisely family in 1910
Dear Mr Brennan,
Might you have any idea how I would find more information of my Knisely family in Henry County, MO in 1910. Alfred Albertus Knisely (1875 - 1908: Find A Grave Memorial# 34915004; died of tuberculosis in 1908, in Brownington. You have listed his obituary.
My mystery is how his surviving family is listed in Bethlehem, Henry, MO in the 1910 census! All five of his children (13-5 years old) are "boarders" on a farm without their mother, Cora Lee Pepper Knisely. Their uncle Ry: Urias C. Knisely (1866 - 1944)is listed on his farm in the nearby pages of this same census. Might she have been in a TB sanitarium in the region? Her name is likely misspelled and is not being found by the search engine. I have browsed through all of the pages of that census for Bethlehem and the neighboring districts of Osage, Clinton and Deepwater. I have also checked all of the other Knisely household of her Alfred's family in the area, as well as her mother's.
She shows up in Hugoton, Stevens, KS by 1913 where her daughter Ethel Knisely meets my grandfather Paul Monroe Traver and his family.
Sincerely, Gene Traver
Added by Gene Traver on Apr 19, 2017 8:06 AM
Debi Jenkins
RE: Julia Ann Hackler Reynolds
If you somehow come across a death certificate for: LONELLIOTTE KYLE Beeson
Birth 20 JUL 1924 • Cook County, Illinois, USA
Death 10 AUG 2004 • Independence, Jackson, Missouri,

I'd appreciate it. He's my grandfather and I'm having a hard time finding much on him. His Find a Grave # is 72426754 but he's only linked to my step-grandmother. He's the son of Robert Lincoln Beeson and Nellie S Reynolds.

Thanks again!
Added by Debi Jenkins on Apr 14, 2017 3:42 PM
Debi Jenkins
Julia Ann Hackler Reynolds
Hi, thank for all the work you do on Find A Grave. I'm trying to confirm if one of the people on the pages you worked on is my relative. Find A Grave Memorial# 43007969 You mention near the bottom of that page, a death certificate that says the informant was Robert L. Beeson. Do you know where I can see an image of that certificate? The death certificate document I found shows different information about her parents, etc.

Thanks for any help you might be able to give.

Added by Debi Jenkins on Apr 14, 2017 9:57 AM
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