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Judy K. Brantley/Wilson (#46578531)
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Bio Photo My most important projects are Hollywood Cemetery & Oakland (Atlanta City) Cemetery in Atlanta.

Thousands of hours have been spent working on Hollywood alone. The cemetery is in terrible condition due to the owner just not caring about those buried there. Much of it has re-forested itself to prolific growth conditions since 1970 when it was once again sold.

I add names to many cemeteries, but mostly work on Oakland and Hollywood. I research the names as if they were my own family, trying to add full names, maiden names, full dates, birth and death places and linking them to family members. I also search for parents when they are buried elsewhere, so they can be linked to them. I knew many of them had to be kin to each other of those buried there.

If I have added your family members (or friends) and they are not mine, I will gladly transfer them to you to maintain. Right now, I am not transferring Hollywood names, as I am still working on it. I will be happy to add anything that you wish to their pages, though.

Note: Unless you use the Edit button to ask for transfers (please do not ask on my bio page), your request will be ignored. Please do it correctly, as it makes your request much easier to fulfill. Also, if you are a member for a few days, do not ask for groups of transfers. The idea is to maintain the pages, not simply gather relatives and then forget about them.
Direct line surnames are: Brantley, Ansley, Payne, Jarrett, Sherrill, Peacock, Smith, Springfield, Wilson, Langston, Styles, Sturdivant, Smithwick, Linder, Duncan, Costler & Stallings.
Many we love have passed away too soon.....without reason.

We remember them often in a thousand different ways....In the the night, when we look at the stars.....a date....a song.....a place. In memory of all those who left us all too soon. We will get to see you again some day.

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.
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, they do not know you are out there somewhere. 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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Gloria Tune
J. J. Toon grave photo

Thanks so very much for the wonderful photos of Joshua James Toon's resting place & all your efforts at this website.

Gloria J. Tune
Member # 46777289
Added by Gloria Tune on Sep 18, 2014 4:31 PM
Rita Watson
RE: William F. Atkins
I read your answer. Is there a record somewhere of where some who were killed at this battle were buried and therefore since he is not on that list his body is considered lost or destroyed?
Also, he had 2 brothers who were also killed in the civil war. How could I find out information on where they are buried?
Added by Rita Watson on Sep 18, 2014 6:28 AM
Rita Watson
William F. Atkins
On Find a Grave you show that for William F Atkins, killed Sept., 17, 1862 in the civil war that his "body was lost or destroyed".
He was one of my ancestors and I've tried to find where he would have been buried. Do you have documentation you could share that proves his body was lost or destroyed.
Thanks so much for any information.
Rita Atkins Watson
Added by Rita Watson on Sep 17, 2014 9:07 PM
Demaris Miller
Mary Jane Duncan Hudgins
Sorry, the earlier message got away before I finished.
In examining Duncan graves in Enon Baptist Church Cemetery, I find Mary Jane Duncan Hudgins listed as a daughter of Samuel Wesley Duncan and Fereby Caroline Brock Dundan. I do not doubt that she was one of their grandchildren, but she was born after Fereby's death and when Samuel's second known wife was 57 years old. I suspect that she was the child of one of Samuel's children, who must have died when she was young, after which, she was reared by Samuel and his second wife, Nancy Caroline Thompson Duncan.

Please correct me if I am mistaken.

Demaris Guest Humphries Miller
Added by Demaris Miller on Sep 12, 2014 6:21 PM
Demaris Miller
Mary Jane Duncan Hudgins
I rule appreciate all the work you have done for Atlanta area cemeteries. I have many relatives in many of these cemeteries, but live more than 500 miles away. I manage one tiny family cemetery on the grounds of the Atlanta airport.
Added by Demaris Miller on Sep 12, 2014 6:14 PM
Dear Mrs Judy,

Thank you so very much for the transfers of Nellie and Joseph Parkerson. By all means, I will "ask for transfers using the Edit option" :). And, as mentioned before, I will do my very best to honor the responsibilities of a Find A Grave memorial manager, by maintaining and updating these memorials. I don't take this responsibility lightly. I'd greatly appreciate a visit with you to East View. Hopefully, there are headstones for Nellie and Joseph, that I can take a photo of to add to their memorials; as well as anyone else's headstone that may need a photo uploaded to their memorial. Thank you so very much for deciding to add all internments of this Cemetery. You've inspired me to consider doing this with the Cemeteries in my area, if they haven't been done already.

I too, look forward to meeting you as well :).

God bless you and yours.

Added by Frosty on Sep 12, 2014 1:37 AM
Stacey Herman
Alice Watson Browning #106632391
In the bio for Alice Watson Browning you say that Alice is the daughter of Add Watson and Elizabeth Mays Watson. I think that the Add Watson (b 1850) that married Elizabeth May is actually Alice's half brother. I think Alice's parents are Add Watson (b Abt 1823) and Nancy Ann Stanley. On the 1880 census Alice is with Add Watson age 61 and Nancy age 51. Add Watson (b 1850) married Elizabeth May 23 March 1872. Alice was born 1868. And to make that more confusing Elizabeth May was the daughter of Nancy Ann Stanley and her 1st husband Isaac Lafayette May. Add Watson's (b Abt 1823) 1st wife was allegedly Lucinda Taylor.
If you have any evidence showing that I am wrong I would be glad if you let me know.
Added by Stacey Herman on Sep 11, 2014 8:27 PM
Sonja Yount
John Ephriam Kuykendall and Francis Tyson
John and Francic are my 2nd Great grandparents on my fathers side would you please share any other information you may have on them you can send it to Sonja Yount (Thomason)

Thank you
Sonja M. Yount (Thomason)
Added by Sonja Yount on Sep 11, 2014 5:24 PM
RE: You deserve appreciation!
When down that way, I'll be near Hahira, Valdosta, and Adel. Just a hop, skip, and a jump from you :). So, we'll definitely have to visit! My email should remain the same for many years to come. If yours changes, just let me know so I'll have a way to contact you when I'm down that way :). I would be honored to take the Parkerson's Memorials! I appreciate that you even suggested such an offer! I'm still very much an amateur at this, and would not dare offend someone by asking for a transfer. I've found some individuals make it very clear to not even ask! Of which, I find difficult to understand. I will cherish these transfers and do my very best to honor the purpose of Find A Grave. A little background: I descend from Mary "Polly" Ann Parkerson, d/o Cordial Parkerson and Elizabeth Brock; she married my 2nd Great Grandfather Benjamin Tolbert Moore Sr. I don't know, exactly, how many of the Parkerson's Memorials you have, but I will look through them and send the appropriate request. Should it turn out to be a lot, I'll just send a few at a time, as not to overwhelm you. I thank you for taking the time to look in the Oakland Cemetery for possible Parkerson's. If I should find any relatives there, I'll do my very best to let you know. Thank you again for all you do! It pleases me to know that my simple "thank you" has brought us both so much joy!

With many hugs and prayers,
Added by Frosty on Sep 10, 2014 8:04 AM
You deserve appreciation!
I agree, those who have passed on should not be forgotten. They are partly the reason that we even exist today. But, it's also important that good hearted individuals such as yourself be recognized and appreciated (while still living), for all that you have done to help make this website what it is today. You have most assuredly been busy in your "little corner of the world", making it possible for the rest of us to locate our loved ones Memorials. There is a lot to say about the many ways you have contributed. One is: I can just imagine what a task it was, before the days of digital cameras, to go the Cemetery, take the photo, pay to have it developed, scan it, and then upload it! And, that's just "part" of your contributions! You should be receiving many, many "thank you"s! Should you find yourself in a position where you need a little boost of inspiration, please feel free to contact me, using my email address on my profile page. I can think of hundred's of ways that you've contributed to Find A Grave, to inspire you to keep doing what you enjoy.

May The Lord continue to bestow many blessings upon you,
Added by Frosty on Sep 10, 2014 5:37 AM
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