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Neil Loftiss (#47136115)
 member for 7 years, 1 month, 26 days
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Bio Photo Please feel free to copy and use any of my photos, for non-profit use. Credit would be nice, but that is up to you.

I am a history buff, especially Memphis history. I have an interest in Memphis entrepreneurs, philanthropists and notorious citizens.

People often ask why I enjoy graving:
1. I love history. Beneath every headstone is a story, and someone worthy of remembering.
2. Cemeteries are rarely crowded.
3. Cemeteries never charge admission.
4. Cemeteries are generally nice, clean and well kept. Like a very nice walk in the park.
5. Genealogy should be free. I hope the stuff I post is helpful to others.

My favorite FindaGrave project was finding all the co-conspirators associated with the Memphis Chapter of the Tennessee Children's Home Society (1927-1950). Georgia Tann, the infamous "Baby Thief" and Black Market kidnapper, seller (and killer) of children was the head of one of the darkest parts of Memphis history. She, and her story are not ‘famous' according to Find-A-Grave, although she stole, sold, trafficked and caused the deaths of over 5,000 children. (More lives effected than Al Capone even thought about).
Mary Tyler Moore won an Emmy award for her portrayal of Tann in the television movie, "Stolen Babies," 1993.
Georgia Tann
Judge Camille Kelley Juvenile Court Judge who removed parental rights, and gave Georgia the papers needs to traffic children.
Abe Waldauer Memphis City Attorney under Boss Crump who changed laws to keep the Home running. Also, Georgia Tann's personal attorney.
Boss E. H. Crump The Political Clout, and Memphis Mayor.
Ann Atwood Hollinsworth Lesbian lover and adopted daughter of Georgia Tann, and Part Time helper at the home.

I have recently retired and will be spending more time in the cemeteries around Memphis during the day. The picture includes Pepper, who adopted me in 2002. She Passed away December 27, 2013, and loved to join me graving too.

With the help of Margie Collins, we have tried to capture all burials at Stephensons Chapel United Methodist Church Cemetery. I grew up attending church there, and have lots of family at the cemetery. If you, or your family have connections with Stephenson Chapel, join our FaceBook group:

My current project is Forest Hill Cemetery-Midtown. I have been working on one section at a time. The sections complete at this time: A, AA A Ext, B,B Ext, C, D, 1,2,3,4,5,6,8,9,11,12,13,15,14,16,16A, 17,19, 19B, 20, 25, 26, 31, 31 West, 31 East, 32, 33, 33A, 34A, 34B, 34C, 34D. If you are working there, let me add your sections to the list, so we don't duplicate efforts.

If you have info on anyone I have added, please let me know. If you are kin or friends to anyone, I will gladly transfer, on request. Happy Graving!
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James Earl and Alice Davis
Thank you for sharing these memorial with me. My family deeply appreciates.
Added by TPAllen on Jul 01, 2016 4:43 PM
john KIZER
Cecil Haroll Abernathy
Thanks for the information. I went to FindAGrave and found the picture of the Headstone. The young boy was killed by a hit & run driver @ 11 years of age. Would be interesting to know if they ever found the driver. He was killed on March 5th , 1927. Thanks for the burial information. John Kizer
Added by john KIZER on Jun 24, 2016 5:25 PM
Candace Wilkins
Georgia Tann
Georgia Tann Was Won that also love to my grandmother back in the nineteen forties when she still my Uncle Paul and told her that he had died at Birth. My grandma knew better since she was a nurse and had heard his cries moments before it took almost 40 years for us to be reunited with my Uncle Paul do to Georgia Tann stealing babies from their rightful mothers.
Added by Candace Wilkins on May 27, 2016 11:18 PM
Wayne McClain
John & Carry McClain, Tiptonville TN Cemetery
Thanks for the feedback. Also, Carry's maiden name is Brantley not Bradley. As an aside, I'm related to the late Carl Perkins (the country/western singer) through the Brantley line.

Thanks again for the follow-up and all the great work you do.

Wayne D McClain
Added by Wayne McClain on May 24, 2016 11:42 AM
Baxter photos and memorials
Thanks for adding the additional memorials and family photos for my relatives to Find A Grave. Patricia
Added by Patricia on May 24, 2016 7:45 AM
Mrs Fenton
RE: Alice Woods
Oh I'm sure you have some... I just don't know who they are yet! Ha Ha

Thanks again!
Added by Mrs Fenton on May 23, 2016 6:28 PM
Wayne McClain
John James McClain, Tiptonville TN Cemetery
First, thank you and so many others so much for your efforts to register the graves of our ancestors. You are a great boon to us amateur genealogists.

I am the great grandson of John and Carrie McClain of Lake Co TN. You registered their grave on August 17, 2010. Of all the family oral traditions that have been handed down, told and retold and the documentation I have found regarding marriages and death, this grave record 'page title' is the only mention of the middle name James for John McClain. It is quite perplexing and potentially a quite significant find.

It has been a long time since this submission and I know this is a long shot, but if you have any record of where this middle name is sourced or a direction I might pursue to recover the source I would be most appreciative to know of it.
Added by Wayne McClain on May 23, 2016 7:38 AM
Mrs Fenton
Alice Woods
Neil, thanks so much for the transfer. Love reading your profile, gonna explore a bit. Thanks for all you do here!
Added by Mrs Fenton on May 22, 2016 8:00 PM
Kara Sammons Spoon
Thank you
Thank you, Neil for the transfer!! Very appreciated

Kara Sammons Spoon
Added by Kara Sammons Spoon on May 14, 2016 9:56 PM
Ethel Baxter's headstone
Thanks for adding my relative's headstone to Find A Grave. Patricia
Added by Patricia on May 12, 2016 8:27 AM
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