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Judy K. Brantley/Wilson (#46578531)
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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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carol ritter
james moses mann
James Moses was identified as a nephew of my greatgrandfather Moses Mann, not his son.

there is a geneology tree showing James Moses Mann was the son of John Gibson Mann and Elizabeth Scott.

The father of John Gibson Mann was John Mann and Margaret Smith.

James Moses Manns siblings were:
Aman Mann
Joshua Mann
Franklin Mann
Rachel Mann
Amanda J (mann) Bolton
Sarah Elizabeth Mann
John Gibson Mann
and Nancy Mann
Added by carol ritter on Aug 30, 2016 10:24 AM
Aaron Langston
I am confused. This site has that Aaron Langston died in MO but is buried in Mississippi. How was he transported? I know of a man that took his son's body from Missouri to Oregon in a lead container. Just curious as to where he was in Missouri more than how he was buried in MS. Thanks for your work. I wish I had more time to do find a grave myself.
Added by Karen on Aug 29, 2016 8:57 PM
Amy Suzanne Martin
George Bremer
Thank you so much for your work at Hollywood Cemetery. I had not heard of it either, until finding the obituary for the brother of my husband's great-grandfather. We thought he died in obscurity, unmarried and childless - lo and behold, the obit stated he left a wife and three children! How wonderful to know that this cemetery has been so carefully worked on. I really enjoyed reading your narrative. God bless!
Added by Amy Suzanne Martin on Aug 28, 2016 12:07 PM
Gwen Bell Darby
Your FAG site commentary
I got tears in my eyes as I read your comments on your devotion in working to fill out the personalities and the "bones" of these ancestors of ours. I feel likewise and try to get others in the family to realize how important it is for the family! It is nice to connect to those who feel so much the same.

Thanks again for searching the Reben Day family site.

Gwen Bell Darby
Find A Grave Member # 48150388
Sandy Springs, GA
Added by Gwen Bell Darby on Aug 27, 2016 1:12 PM
Gwen Bell Darby
Added by Gwen Bell Darby on Aug 27, 2016 1:09 PM
Gwen Bell Darby
Reuben Day
Thanks for looking into the gravesite. Sorry I sent you on an unfruitful mission to take a picture. I will mark it as an unmarked grave in this cemetery.


Gwen Bell Darby
Findagrave member # 48150388
Atlanta, GA
Added by Gwen Bell Darby on Aug 27, 2016 1:04 PM
RE: Withrow Graves
Thanks Judy. Blanche Withrow went to our church so I am just trying to get her connected to her family. Appreciate all you do.
Added by pdeneen on Aug 25, 2016 11:59 AM
Janet McBride
Abandoned Baby Boy
I saw the message on your Find A Grave site and I wonder if you will give me the number for the Baby Boy. I would like to send flowers and a note for him.


Jan McBride
Added by Janet McBride on Aug 24, 2016 10:53 PM
L Ferree
Wood / Shugart
Thanks, Judy. I've sent the other contributor a message.
Added by L Ferree on Aug 23, 2016 8:39 AM
Grady Reynolds
Now I see the citation--thank you so much!
Added by Pamela on Aug 22, 2016 7:06 PM
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