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Judy K. Brantley/Wilson (#46578531)
 member for 13 years, 5 months, 5 days
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Bio Photo I am very liberal with transfers - if you loved them or they are your friends or relatives or neighbors, just ask. Will keep my relatives, though. But, please do not ask unless you contribute more content and are going to maintain the page.

Make sure you use the EDIT Tab on top right of their page. Click on SUGGEST A CORRECTION - then ask for a transfer.
Hollywood Cemetery in Atlanta, Georgia has been my project since I began on findagrave. It has now been about 13 years ago and started with looking for my GGrandparents. I had never heard of Hollywood Cemetery. My uncle told me where it was. The area around Hollywood was once a middle-class white area. This is no longer the case. Basically it is run down and slummy now.

Lincoln Properties, who owns Hollywood (and other cemeteries) is located about 5 miles away. I went to Lincoln Properties. I was the only white person there. The lady at the desk waited on a number of people while I waited and she was as nice as she could be to them. She was less than nice when it came my turn--she was as un-helpful as she could be to me. She was short and somewhat hateful toward me. Her attitude was really bad. I left mad & frustrated, vowing to list everyone buried at Hollywood. I had no idea there were over 6,000 graves there. And....there is no telling how many more are unaccounted for. A fair amount of them are unmarked. It is just out of downtown Atlanta and is in deplorable condition. I did not want those there to be forgotten. Lincoln has all the records but will not share with me or anyone else. My son & grandson went up into the roughest part (which is woods) taking pictures for me, many thousands of them. A few years later, James Stephens contacted me, wanting to help. Bless his heart, for three years, he systematically searched every inch of the three huge corners and the tiered section. Everything I had not added, he did. He went through tons of kudzu, briers, vines, falling into holes, digging out markers totally covered in dirt and debris, etc. Walls are crumbling due to neglect. You cannot imagine it's condition until you go there. If your relative at Hollywood does not have a marker picture showing, there isn't a marker for them. Still I work on it, literally every day, linking folks to their relatives. I treat each person there as if they are my relative, working to connect them to family members. If you can help in any way, please contact me. You can also go to James' website -, then go to OTHER to get to the ariel maps of Hollywood. He has set and sectioned it off where you can find relatives with markers more easily. It is a jungle out there and in not such a nice neighborhood. Caution is advised.
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, no one knows you are out there. Leaving this lets them know that you are also kin to them and they will contact you. This is a win, win situation.
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.

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Peter Henley-Gould
Peter Holland "Gold" Gould Memorial# 50583886
Miss Judy,

I have been searching for my family conection in the Scottsboro AL area as to who was Jonathan Eli Gold's father, and having done research on the internet and through census reports have found a link. Peter H Gould (Gold), as listed in "Traces of Gold" a book by James Ray Gold, was the father of 12 children,as follows: Thomas Levy, Elijah Phillip, David Zachariah, James Monroe, Nancy Jane, Benjamin Franklin, Richard Jemima, Susan Catherine, Sarah Holland, Andrew Johnson, Hiram Newton, and Johnathan Eli Gold. These are also listed as descendants of Thomas Gold Peter Holland Gould/Gold in the Family Bible of Hiram Newton Gold one of Peter's sons. Can you please list Peter H Gold children in his bio information.

Peter Kimsy Henley-Gould (great great grandson of Peter Holland Gould, who I was named after)
Added by Peter Henley-Gould on Oct 16, 2016 5:34 PM
Wood family of GA
You ask in your Find A Grave site for some of the Wood family of GA in 1800's to contact you if we had any info on these people. I am a genealogy researcher for over 35 years and my Family name is Hutson but most spelled their name Hudson. I have been looking into John Wesley Wood and the Wood family for many years but to date have been unable to find my Elizabeth Wood of Atlanta GA born around 1825 She married David Hudson in Dekalb Co GA "Casey Dist" around 1844 and after bearing 2 children in 2 years she passed in 1847. David is a DNA level one match to me. He remarried to a lady with last name of Luckey and moved to AL a few years later. I am trying to find Elizabeth Wood. I am suspicious one of the 2 children born is my gr gr grandfather James A Hutson. There are Wood and Hudson families that live close to each other in the Casey Dist of Dekalb Co Census in 1850. David is living here with siblings and mother. This Wood family is related to Elias Wood, James G Wood, James A Wood and John Wesley Wood of Paulding Co GA
Added by Doc on Oct 16, 2016 5:32 PM
Karen Mickel Bennett
Katherine Britschgi
Thank you Judy for taking time to send valuable information for her memorial. I appreciate it very much and so will future generations. Thanks for sharing.
Added by Karen Mickel Bennett on Oct 16, 2016 2:59 PM
Thanks for the Holland corrections and updates. I can't believe that I took such a bad photo. My back must have been hurting. I have since let Westview know when I will be working in a particular section and they trim the markers for me in advance. Such a help! They are open till 5pm during the week. Thanks for your help!

Added by rhondajo on Oct 15, 2016 5:13 PM
melissa pollard
RE: Marvin & Peggy Brantley
Yes knew my Aunt Peggy passed thank for making her a page l'll take a look place a flower
Added by melissa pollard on Oct 15, 2016 9:35 AM
Gail and Scott Hannah
Super duper volunteers ! Thanks, gail
Added by Gail and Scott Hannah on Oct 13, 2016 5:03 PM
Gail and Scott Hannah
Thanks for making prompt edits. All of your efforts are appreciated. gail
Added by Gail and Scott Hannah on Oct 05, 2016 3:21 PM
Inherit the Wind
RE: George Washington Walker
Thanks for getting in touch.

A father and mother have to be born before they can have a child together. Someone born in 1848 (George Washington Walker, #23091642) is NOT the son of a man born in 1878 (Jeremiah M Walker, #23092521) and a woman born in 1881 (Millie Lee Thomas Walker, #23092612). Not possible

And the 1860 census does NOT refer to Jeremiah M Walker (#23092521), because he was born 18 years later in 1878. This means that the 1860 census is talking about a different Jeremiah Walker.

George Washington Walker (1848-1916) is probably a relative from an earlier generation. Believe that he's the son of Jeremiah Walker (1800-1865) and his wife Sarah Martindale Walker (1805-1861). I'll try to find out where they're buried for you, if you like.

Added by Inherit the Wind on Oct 05, 2016 8:02 AM
Alice Pierson Miner
RE: Springfield transfer
Judy, on your bio you indicated a willingness to transfer to family. So I asked. Thank you for transferring my grandfathers memorial to me. I have worked like crazy locating vital records and attaching them to my ancestors and teaching others to do the same on a free web site FamilySearch.
Added by Alice Pierson Miner on Oct 02, 2016 9:59 PM
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Theresa Kloeckler
I have added your items, thanks so much
Added by Bertha Avery-Hood on Sep 30, 2016 10:13 PM
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