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Neil Loftiss (#47136115)
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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.


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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:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/Stephensonchapel/

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, 1,2,3,4,5,6,8,9,11,12,15,14,16,16A,19, 19B, 20, 25, 31, 31 West, 31 East, 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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diane elkins
RE: Clarence Judson Boswell
Thanks again. Diane
Added by diane elkins on Aug 21, 2014 9:10 AM
diane elkins
Clarence Judson Boswell
I really didn't expect you to transfer Clarence' memorial. Thanks for responding to me. I am researching this Boswell family as my great grandmother, Ella Jane Boswell's family isn't well known to me. She died in 1927 in Brighton, TN. I never got to know her. I grew up in Brighton so I go back to see my 93 year old mom weekly so I do get to visit the cemeteries there in Tipton County. Thanks for the work you do. I am sure I am not the only one who appreciates the work it takes to document cemeteries. Diane Tanner Elkins
Added by diane elkins on Aug 20, 2014 7:49 AM
Tess
RE: Memorial# 75962332
It's not for me, I was just going through them a saw a couple of them. The other one was for someone else that it happened to also. I am not related and so I do not need the photo.

Tess
Added by Tess on Aug 19, 2014 1:23 PM
Tess
Memorial# 75962332
Memorial# 75962332 is of Thomas Wilson Moore born 1894 died 1953 But the picture you have is of Marion Fisher Aldridge date Nov. 8, 1920

at one time if you put a picture up for someone it went to someone else it was a program error. This is probably a program error.

But thought you would want to fix it.

Tess
Added by Tess on Aug 19, 2014 11:36 AM
J_A_nyce
Elizabeth Little Lindsey
Thanks for the info about her spouse :-) I was in the process of updating when your edit came in so it's completed :-) Thanks again!
Added by J_A_nyce on Aug 10, 2014 3:17 PM
Pamela
Hunter Phillips
Thanks your for my uncle's transfer Hunter Phillips :)
Added by Pamela on Aug 10, 2014 11:30 AM
Shannon
Ferguson, Tempfer, Sayle, Cockrell transfers.
Neill, your work and generosity are greatly appreciated. Thank you for the transfers.

Shannon
Added by Shannon on Aug 08, 2014 7:18 PM
Mary & Kent
Just...
Thank you. For everything. :)
Added by Mary & Kent on Aug 05, 2014 3:10 PM
Dennis Norwood
Ethel Denia Hawkins
Thank you so much for transferring my Great Aunt and Uncle. I've been searching for them for about a year now.
Added by Dennis Norwood on Jul 31, 2014 4:41 PM
Janet Boling Nelson
Transfers
Thanks for transferring Carrie and Robert Estre Terry to me. Much appreciated.
Added by Janet Boling Nelson on Jul 29, 2014 1:35 PM
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