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Judy K. Brantley/Wilson (#46578531)
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Bio Photo My most important projects are Hollywood Cemetery & Oakland (Atlanta City) Cemetery in Atlanta.

Thousands of hours have been spent working on Hollywood alone. The cemetery is in terrible condition due to the owner just not caring about those buried there. Much of it has re-forested itself to prolific growth conditions since 1970 when it was once again sold.

I add names to many cemeteries, but mostly work on Oakland and Hollywood. I research the names as if they were my own family, trying to add full names, maiden names, full dates, birth and death places and linking them to family members. I also search for parents when they are buried elsewhere, so they can be linked to them. I knew many of them had to be kin to each other of those buried there.

If I have added your family members (or friends) and they are not mine, I will gladly transfer them to you to maintain. Right now, I am not transferring Hollywood names, as I am still working on it. I will be happy to add anything that you wish to their pages, though.

Note: Unless you use the Edit button to ask for transfers (please do not ask on my bio page), your request will be ignored. Please do it correctly, as it makes your request much easier to fulfill. Also, if you are a member for a few days, do not ask for groups of transfers. The idea is to maintain the pages, not simply gather relatives and then forget about them.
Direct line surnames are: Brantley, Ansley, Payne, Jarrett, Sherrill, Peacock, Smith, Springfield, Wilson, Langston, Styles, Sturdivant, Smithwick, Linder, Duncan, Costler & Stallings.
Many we love have passed away too soon.....without reason.

We remember them often in a thousand different ways....In the the night, when we look at the stars.....a date....a song.....a place. In memory of all those who left us all too soon. We will get to see you again some day.

The Story Tellers...We are the Chosen.

My feelings are in each family there is one who seems called to find the ancestors. To put flesh on their bones and make them live again, to tell the family story and to feel that somehow they know and approve. To me, doing genealogy is not a cold gathering of facts but, instead, breathing life into all who have gone before. We are the story tellers of the tribe. All tribes have one. We have been called, as it were, by our genes.
Those who have gone before cry out to us: Tell our story. So, we do.

In finding them, we somehow find ourselves. How many graves have I stood before now and cried? I have lost count. How many times have I told the ancestors you have a wonderful family - you would be proud of us?

How many times have I walked up to a grave and felt somehow there was love there for me? I cannot say.

It goes beyond just documenting facts. It goes to who am I and why do I do the things I do. It goes to seeing a cemetery about to be lost forever to weeds and indifference and saying I can't let this happen. The bones here are bones of my bone and flesh of my flesh. It goes to doing something about it. It goes to pride in what our ancestors were able to accomplish. How they contributed to what we are today. It goes to respecting their hardships and losses, their never giving in or giving up, their resoluteness to go on and build a life for their family.

It goes to deep pride that they fought to make and keep us a Nation. It goes to a deep and immense understanding that they were doing it for us. That we might be born who we are. That we might remember them. So we do. With love and caring and scribing each fact of their existence, because we are them and they are us.
PLEASE.......when you find your relative's page, leave flowers and at least a short note. In that note, state your relationship to that person. This is a great way to find living members of your family. If you leave nothing, they do not know you are out there somewhere. Leaving this lets them know that you are also kin to them and they will contact you. This is a win, win situation.
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Col Josiah Julius J.J. Peacock and Delilah Ann Jeanette McKeown Peacock duplicate memorials
Judy, we did receive your private email request to remove the duplicate of "your" memorial for Mr. Peacock on Feb 18, 2015 which was less than two weeks ago rather than a month ago as your public message stated. We were by no means ignoring your request to remove it but wanted instead to verify his interment by viewing the site and it's location. If you noticed, the duplicate was actually listed in the Burnet City Cemetery rather than Odd Fellows as "your" memorial was interred. Many Findagrave memorials are created from listings taken from published county cemetery books (or similar publications) which is how contributers with 1,000's of memorials created to their names are able to build such enormous numbers; but I'm sure you are aware of this practice having built such an incredible amount of memorials yourself. If you had walked the Burnet cemeteries as we have adding memorials and taking photos for those missed in the latest updated cemetery books you might understand why sometimes there is confusion as to which cemetery an interment may fall within. In this case, the Burnet City, Old Burnet and Odd Fellows Cemeteries flow into one another making it difficult to distinguish placement of some interments. There are numerous duplicates created in one or more of these adjoining cemeteries by no fault of the many contributors in this area who add memorials, fulfill photo requests and who work together to improve this valuable site! They are the ones who will continue to bless many without expectations of control or recognition! We should all keep in mind what this site and the memorials created do not belong to anyone but everyone! This response is in no way intended to demean all of your work here on Findagrave but just to open your eyes and realize it's not all about the numbers! I have transferred two Peacock memorials that were duplicated by my husband and I in error based on the confusion of our local cemeteries as state above. I am certain you will maintain them with respect while making sure the photos, information and family connections are appropriately transferred to "your" memorials. Thank you again for your time and contributions to Findagrave!
Added by Richard Gumbert & Brenda ... on Mar 02, 2015 12:41 PM
Russell Fields
Thirza Shirley Thompson
Judy, I saw your posting for "Thurza" Ann Shirley Thompson on find-a-grave. She is buried at Oakland Cemetery, #91358496. Her death certificate shows "Milton Shirley" as father. She did have a brother, Joel Milton Shirley, but her father was John Riley Shirley, the first tax assessor of Milton County, Georgia. His find-a-grave # is 60921007. He is buried in Bethlehem Cemetery, Alpharetta, Georgia. Thurza's mother was Ascenath "Seney" Kay. Seney Kay Shirley died in Abbeville District, South Carolina in 1841, and is buried there. John Riley Shirley remarried to Mary Elizabeth Kay, a cousin to Seney Kay.
Thurza was my 2nd great grand aunt, and John Riley Shirley is my 3rd great grandfather. The Shirley's and Thompson's are on my maternal side, and my research is a work in progress.
Thank you for your hard work. P.S. I have information on Hollywood Cemetery from research I did for Erma Furr Anderson.
Sincerely, Russell K Fields (
Added by Russell Fields on Feb 27, 2015 7:22 PM
Dawna Carlton
Dove Hales Cain Brown
Dove Cain married A.G. Brown 10-16-1922 I believe this Dove is daughter of John Thomas Hales and Julia Wells . John Thomas was my husbands Greatgrandfather . Julia was first wife of John they had 2 daughters the other was a Cora Mae Hales .
Added by Dawna Carlton on Feb 27, 2015 7:21 AM
RE: Driskell family
I know!!! I'm having a hard time finding any of them. The search will continue. Thanks so much for the info.
Added by jenleidris on Feb 26, 2015 6:31 PM
Driskell family
I was curious to find out what you might know about Dr. William Driskell and the Henry Driskell that is buried at Pleasant Grove Church in Villa Rica, Ga?? I am doing family research for my husband. Thank you, Jennifer Driskell
Added by jenleidris on Feb 25, 2015 11:48 PM
Elaine Gregory
RE: Ben Hill Livingston & Amber H. Livingston
oh thank you so much..i will go on the site that gave me # in order to join and follow your good to know your out there..Elaine
Added by Elaine Gregory on Feb 24, 2015 1:28 PM
Elaine Gregory
Ben Hill Livingston & Amber H. Livingston
I am not sure how to request for the Livingstons, Amber H.; Ben Hill; Cecil; and Mary Livingston to be transferred to me. They are buried in Magnolia Cemetery near the Hollywood Cemetery in or near Centerhill, Ga. just west of Atlanta. I just recently signed up for another relatives grave to add and edit the information but don't know how to request this one. Ben and Amber are my grandparents. I live in Mobile, Al. and go there when I am in Atlanta. My name is Elaine Gregory and my e-mail is any information on how to do this would be so helpful. Thank you for all the work you have done on my family's gravesites..Elaine Gregory
Added by Elaine Gregory on Feb 24, 2015 12:22 PM
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Just wanted to say THANK YOU for all your good works!

Most sincerely,

Added by WILLIAM K. Bowen on Feb 23, 2015 6:27 PM
Debra Wells-Walker
RE: Eliza Wells
Oh, how exciting! I would absolutely LOVE to have them. That would be wonderful. Thank you!
Added by Debra Wells-Walker on Feb 21, 2015 8:56 AM
Debra Wells-Walker
RE: Eliza Wells
I just noticed that the note at the top of her page was written by my father, apparently when Grandother Wells passed away. How neat!
Added by Debra Wells-Walker on Feb 21, 2015 8:30 AM
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