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Neil Loftiss (#47136115)
 member for 6 years, 4 months, 8 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, 33A, 34A. 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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Dale Schaefer
Bessie Weber
Neil....Ms. Weber's grave has no marker. She is buried in Chapel Hill Public Lot #4 Sp. 544. I'll send you an edit. I posted a pic of the Section. Many of the graves there are unmarked. Feel free to delete it if you don't want it.
Added by Dale Schaefer on Oct 08, 2015 12:03 PM
J Moore Wardlow
Effie (#76748207) is my maternal great-grandmother's sister. I am trying to determine if she was married prior to her marriage to Samuel A OVERTON. Samuel A is buried in Madison Co, TN next to his first wife. Would it be possible to provide the information about the other graves around Effie's (section 16 A of Forest Hill Cemetery Midtown)?


Added by J Moore Wardlow on Sep 26, 2015 2:20 PM
Jeff Hall
Thank you
Hi Neil, thank you for the excellent headstone photo added for Sgt Jack G Maurer, great work!
Added by Jeff Hall on Sep 15, 2015 5:41 PM
Tess Theis
Samuel Schiltz/Schultz
Thank you so much for correcting this and removing the duplication. Your contributions to the site are appreciated.
Added by Tess Theis on Sep 13, 2015 1:49 PM
Dan Curd
RE: Havilah Price and Ruth McClure Curd
Thank you!
Added by Dan Curd on Sep 13, 2015 7:42 AM
Dan Curd
Havilah Price and Ruth McClure Curd
He is my 2nd cousin 2x removed ... thank you for these photos!
Added by Dan Curd on Sep 12, 2015 4:08 PM
Thank you so much for the pictures of John and Mary Bradley's headstones! Kathy McLean
Added by Kmclean on Sep 11, 2015 2:52 PM
Sue Lee Johnson
"Lizzie" & John Smith
Neil, thank you for the additional information. They were an interesting family to me. I don't usually put the death certificate on the memorial page, but Lizzie being kicked by a cow was a first. And particularly that they lived at Central and Buntyn which was close to where my grandparents lived and I lived as a child. We went to church at Buntyn Street Baptist Church. When the Smith's lived there it must have been consided "in the country" because of having a cow.
Thanks again!
Added by Sue Lee Johnson on Sep 03, 2015 2:45 PM
Frances Donnelly
William Boone
I appreciate the photo. Thank you!
Added by Frances Donnelly on Aug 23, 2015 8:13 PM
Ties That Bind
Fred T. Murry gravestone photo
Thank you so much for fulfilling my request for a gravestone photo for Fred Thomas Murry. I truly appreciate your time and effort!!
Added by Ties That Bind on Aug 23, 2015 3:41 PM
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