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Neil Loftiss (#47136115)
 member for 7 years, 3 months, 29 days
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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, 1,2,3,4,5,6,8,9,11,12,13,15,14,16,16A, 17,19, 19B, 20, 25, 26, 31, 31 West, 31 East, 32, 33, 33A, 34A, 34B, 34C, 34D. 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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E. M. Byrd
Thank you!
Thank you so much for the quick transfer of the 3 memorials and for all your hard work on Find-A-Grave!
Added by E. M. Byrd on Sep 16, 2016 1:36 PM
Cathy Liles-Hooper & Daniel Lee Hooper
In regards to rastus Otto Liles
I'm searching for ANY AND ALL Liles family descendants.rastus is the son of my great uncle John Frank Liles. John Frank was greatgrandfather Josiah Lee Liles. This is a hole in our family tree. Please any information, is priceless! Thank you, hooperc1958@yahoo.com
Added by Cathy Liles-Hooper & Dani... on Sep 02, 2016 1:40 PM
Constable_Cascaden
# 75142281
Hello,

I've updated Amanda's maiden name and linked her to her Parents. Would you kindly link her to her Husband, John Wesley Morgan # 76757469.

Thank you!
Added by Constable_Cascaden on Aug 18, 2016 4:30 PM
Jeanine Kwasnik
Alvin Erwin
Thank you, Neil, for the transfer of these memorials!
Added by Jeanine Kwasnik on Aug 08, 2016 9:03 AM
Jeanine Kwasnik
Alvin Erwin
Hi, Neil.
I have recently joined Find A Grave, so I'm a newbie.
You have set up a memorial for my great uncle Alvin Erwin #119211075.
Right next to him is his mother, my great grandmother Kate "Katie" Lee Edmonds- Erwin. I have set up a memorial for her #159236273. Buried with her is a brother of Alvin's, another great uncle, James William Erwin. I will be setting up his memorial, too. I'd like to link these memorials. I'll mssg back with # for James.
Thanks,
Jenny
Added by Jeanine Kwasnik on Aug 07, 2016 8:52 AM
Karen A.
Alonzo Finton, Memphis TN
Thank you for that transfer. I certainly wasn't expecting it, but have added additional info. to his memorial. I hope to contact the cemetery where his mother (Virginia Harris Finton) is buried to see if their records show his father (David Marion Finton) as buried there too.
The Memphis papers may well have had an obit. for David indicating where he's buried -- being more specific than just Memphis, as his death cert. indicated. Thanks again for all the work you've done and continue to do.
Added by Karen A. on Jul 30, 2016 11:35 PM
Teri Perez Allen
James Earl and Alice Davis
Thank you for sharing these memorial with me. My family deeply appreciates.
Added by Teri Perez Allen on Jul 01, 2016 4:43 PM
john KIZER
Cecil Haroll Abernathy
Thanks for the information. I went to FindAGrave and found the picture of the Headstone. The young boy was killed by a hit & run driver @ 11 years of age. Would be interesting to know if they ever found the driver. He was killed on March 5th , 1927. Thanks for the burial information. John Kizer
Added by john KIZER on Jun 24, 2016 5:25 PM
Candace Wilkins
Georgia Tann
Georgia Tann Was Won that also love to my grandmother back in the nineteen forties when she still my Uncle Paul and told her that he had died at Birth. My grandma knew better since she was a nurse and had heard his cries moments before it took almost 40 years for us to be reunited with my Uncle Paul do to Georgia Tann stealing babies from their rightful mothers.
Added by Candace Wilkins on May 27, 2016 11:18 PM
Wayne McClain
John & Carry McClain, Tiptonville TN Cemetery
Thanks for the feedback. Also, Carry's maiden name is Brantley not Bradley. As an aside, I'm related to the late Carl Perkins (the country/western singer) through the Brantley line.

Thanks again for the follow-up and all the great work you do.

Wayne D McClain
Added by Wayne McClain on May 24, 2016 11:42 AM
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