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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, 26, 31, 31 West, 31 East, 33A, 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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Dale Schaefer
RE: Nelllie Dawson
Too often when the second spouse dies the grave doesn't seem to get marked if the person hasn't arranged it themselves before they died....especially if there are no children.
Added by Dale Schaefer on Mar 26, 2015 2:42 PM
Dale Schaefer
Nelllie Dawson
Hi Neil...sorry, but Mrs. Dawson's grave has no marker. She is buried next to her husband though.
Added by Dale Schaefer on Mar 26, 2015 1:53 PM
Charles Wilkinson Jr
Shelby County Birth Records
Wanted to also correct you on the Date of the Adoption records being opened. As early as 1975 my father took the State of Tennessee to court and opened his adoption record.Where he found his mother and brother. To my Knowledge this was the beginning of a long and legal battle in the State to open the Adoption records of every Georgia Tann baby. And if not for a Judge with A heart and a court clerk that looked the other way while he got A look at his file we would never have known of the Great family we belong to. Thanks Again for the great dedication you have brought to the Worlds attention this travesty and abuse of our legal system.
Added by Charles Wilkinson Jr on Mar 23, 2015 7:50 AM
Charles Wilkinson Jr
Georgia Tann
I Happen upon your entry of my Grand Father and Grand Mother. And wanted to say my father was a Georgia Tann baby. And has spent years researching his real parents. I did get to meet my parenteral Grand mother years ago and visited he many times. You are so right in your description of this WITCH.If most people knew how many generation's that were effected by her. I would love to share with you how everyone is effected by this but to much to tell in this forum. Thanks again for your dedication.

Charles R Wilkinson Jr
AKA Harry Ellis Hendrix Jr
Added by Charles Wilkinson Jr on Mar 23, 2015 7:33 AM
Aaron Titus
Thank You
Thank you so much for documenting my 2nd Great grandparents here: http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=pv&GRid=57180144&PIpi=32097541
Your work has inspired me to take side road trips to small, under-documented cemeteries every chance I get.
Thank you for bringing my family closer.
Added by Aaron Titus on Mar 21, 2015 11:49 PM
Louise Huffstutler Vannoy
Morris (Drew/Elsi Jane)
Thank you so much for the Memorial Transfers of my Paternal Grand Uncle/Aunt.

It is grateful appreciated. : )
Added by Louise Huffstutler Vannoy on Mar 17, 2015 11:48 AM
Vivian Moon
RE: Forest Hill Cemetery
Thanks Neil
LEEMIS?...well I guess that explains why I couldn't find Carrie Z Lummis.
I have been working on the hand written records of Middletown Cemeteries for 10 years and I'm not sure I will get them completed in my life time...but I love the work of bring these families together.
Good Luck
Vivian Moon
Middletown, Ohio
http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ohcmiddl/
Added by Vivian Moon on Mar 06, 2015 12:36 PM
Vivian Moon
Forest Hill Cemetery
Neil
I believe Carrie Z Lummis was buried May 31, 1919 in the Forest Hill Cemetery however she is not listed.
Would you please check the records for me.

I did find the grave of her mother Sarah Lucinda Sutphin Holmes in the Forest Hill Cemetery.

Thank you for your help
Vivian Moon
Middletown, Ohio
Added by Vivian Moon on Mar 06, 2015 2:45 AM
elizabeth henley
henley
sir
besides lum henley who was my greatgrandfather, while you are tripping around there could you look for my grandfathers grave i believe it is forrest hills his name is Dennis R. Henley his sister is also buried in memphis her name was lum henley, yep a daughter named after her father. my great grandmother was lola montez henley i am not sure where she is buried. i am trying to do a tree and this information helps. i am assuming all the children are buried in memphis. there was a brother ross who might be buried at forrest hills also
thanks
beth henley
Added by elizabeth henley on Mar 04, 2015 4:50 PM
wolflady
Andrew Spurlock
And again, thank you for the transfer. It is appreciated more than you know.
Kris
Added by wolflady on Mar 03, 2015 6:00 PM
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