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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.
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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 - www.stephensroots.com, 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.
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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.
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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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Thank you for looking after our relatives. That is truly a calling and takes much time and dedication. Thanks for your work and for caring.

Connie Cox
Added by Constance Crews on Nov 30, 2016 10:49 PM
Constance Crews
RE: Martha Beatrice
How are we related? She was my great great grandmother on my mother Clara Louisa Love's side of the family. Glad to meet you and I would love getting more information about them.
Added by Constance Crews on Nov 30, 2016 10:38 PM
Meredith Huling
Betty Smith Martin
I saw on your memorial for Charles and Myrtle Smith that you had not found where their daughter Betty was laid to rest. I believe I found her (Find A Grave Memorial# 68327558) in Morgan County, Alabama. I'm related through Malissa Clementine Smith she was my GGG-grandmother.
Added by Meredith Huling on Nov 30, 2016 2:28 PM
rhondajo
John J. Martin
Hi Judy,

John is buried next to a Fannie Martin Cook. She was born 20 years after he was. Do you know if she was his daughter?

Rhonda
Added by rhondajo on Nov 26, 2016 12:45 PM
amy knight
Self
Judy,

Are you my mother's cousin? Her name was Brenda Self Knight? I am searching for family history. Please let me know.
Amy Knight
Added by amy knight on Nov 21, 2016 6:17 PM
Juanita Arnold
John D. Voiles/ Voyles
John D. Voyles and Myrtle are on the 1900 census with Oney Thomas Voyles. His brothers are Oney Thomas Voyles, Henry Harrison Voyles, Robert Rankin Voyles. Their parents are Perry Voyles and Nancy Clark. Perry Voyles I believe is the son of Jehu born 1769 and Malinda Voyles. Malinda is quite a bit younger than Jehu. Perry and Nancy are on Find a grave.

There are two Perry's about the same age from Georgia. Yours is buried in Georgia, the other Perry is buried in Florida. They are both on Find a Grave. People have these two Perry's mixed up and they have two different sets of parents. In Henry Harrison Voyles obit they his brothers are listed as initials. It's taken a while to figure all of this out.
Added by Juanita Arnold on Nov 17, 2016 9:24 AM
Karyn Buckner Garvin
RE: Finding John Boggs
Yes, I had located that entry also and felt it was him based on the information on his death certificate. Things like this need a second set of eyes sometimes to help confirm.

Thanks, Karyn
Added by Karyn Buckner Garvin on Nov 15, 2016 9:07 AM
Ann R
RE: Ansley Family Cemetery
Here's hoping I do hear from the one I contacted. If he responds, I will then try the others. Again, sorry. Ann
Added by Ann R on Nov 14, 2016 12:53 PM
Ann R
RE: Ansley Family Cemetery
Sorry, I truly did not know I was duplicating. I will attempt to correct this situation.I transferred because I was asked by a relative...still not realizing it was a duplicate.
Added by Ann R on Nov 13, 2016 2:02 AM
Ann R
Thomas Ansley, Sr
I noticed there are duplicates of this memorial at the Ansley Cemetery in McDuffie Co, Georgia. Since the two Find A Grave members who submitted seem to be related you may want to combine your data. You are welcome to the photos I submitted and I also have one of the famous "Rock House" on the property.
Added by Ann R on Nov 12, 2016 10:48 AM
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