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Vincent Astor (#46857808)
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Bio Photo I am a native of Memphis, Tennessee, an Elmwood Cemetery interpreter and a historic property docent. Local gay historian and writer. Have memorials for the Astor, Garavelli and Hill families related to me and some interesting personages I know about.
I will be posting more photos so my family members will become real people again and not just some leftovers under the grass.
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RE: Abbot or Abbott?
I see s/he spelled the name both ways in the body of the text, too. It's definitely spelled Abbott in the cemetery records. (I checked.) You could try contacting the original poster and asking them to combine both articles and correct the spelling. If you don't get a reply, contact Find A Grave and explain the problem. Sometimes they will try contacting the person and if they don't get a response either, they will transfer control of the memorial to you and then you can combine and delete as you see fit. Thanks for looking into this.
Added by scotdeerie on Oct 13, 2014 6:13 AM
Re: Francis Abbott
Sorry, that link didn't come through the way I expected it to but his memorial number is at the end of the HTML text. If you click on your memorial and then go to the bar at the left and click on "Find all Abbotts at Oakwood" that will also bring up the other memorial.
Added by scotdeerie on Oct 12, 2014 8:15 PM
RE: Francis Abbott
Added by scotdeerie on Oct 12, 2014 8:12 PM
RE: Kyle Anderson
Thank you kindly. :)
Added by September on Jul 07, 2014 9:09 PM
Leroy Higley
tombstone pics
Very much appreciate the great photos for Edward and Bessie Higley's markers. We will never forget your kindness.
Added by Leroy Higley on Jul 07, 2014 3:28 AM
Photo request
Thank you for filling my photo request!
Added by Diehard on Jul 06, 2014 8:59 PM
the Ragityman
RE: Wilson
Added by the Ragityman on Jun 03, 2014 11:05 PM
the Ragityman
RE: Wilson
You are absolutely right. My bad. Will move immediately. Just a mis-click. I'll speak to my mouse about this and see if we can't avoid such problems in future. Thanks for such a quick catch. Good to hear from you, Vincent. Hope everything is well with you and yours.
Added by the Ragityman on Jun 03, 2014 10:17 PM
John Pescia/ Calvary Cemetery
Mr. Vincent, I thought you might be interested in the obituary I found for Mr Pescia. The address on line where I found it is on page 17 of actual pages.

John Pescia,born in Cincinnati 26 years ago last May, died of consumption last Saturday, 5 March 1887. He came to Memphis with his parents while still a child. His parents, worthy Italian people,
died, and he went to work at a tender age to support himself and those partially dependent on
him. In 1877 he was employed by John Pollock of
the 'White House' and remained there until his
death. A young man of gentle disposition and true
heart, he made friends of all the patrons of the house and was a general favorite. Twice he went
to Texas -- the first time in a party of eight; now they are all dead but one. The last time he could find neither health nor employment and came
home. Last Thursday his little nephew Joseph Lagorio, only six years old, died. He took this to
heart and went out to Calvary Cemetery last Friday to select a burial lot for the little lad. That night he was stricken down himself and died
Saturday evening. On Sunday in the midst of a storm, Johnnie and his little nephew were buried
side by side in Calvary. Mr. Pescia leaves a young
brother and two sisters.
-Memphis Public Ledger, 9 Mar 1887
Added by CJSwann on Mar 09, 2014 4:17 PM
RE: Vance Avenue Alma
Hi Vincent,

You're most welcome.
I just watched the show "Deadly Women" on the Investigation Discovery (ID) Channel. I have not seen the death certificate, unfortunately. I did a search on and only found the social security death index, where her dates and last residence came from. No other info exists on that I am aware of. Sometimes, believe it or not, the years engraved on tombstones are incorrect. Although, according to her bio, she died at the age of 74, so something doesn't jive. The SSDI has typos from time to time, so I agree with leaving the birth year at 1895.

I am curious to know what the W could stand for in her middle name as well.

According to the show, Deadly Women, she is indeed buried NEXT TO one of her husbands, and I believe they said her 1st, which would be Halprin Cox, if I am correct in my recollection. I searched for all her husbands' surnames in Elmwood, but couldn't find any. ;-( The show stated that she had a modest tombstone. It's interesting that she actually was a mother, according to her tombstone...
I thought the bio was pretty good!

Here's some google results for stories about her; I have only glanced through them:,388102

Kind regards,

RE: Vance Avenue Alma
Thank you for the additional information. Have you seen the death certificate? I am wondering what the "W" on her marker stands for. Also, what is the source of the photo? There seems to be a real dearth of photos of Alma in the Memphis area. I did not change the birth year since it does not match the marker, I want to find out why first--it could be any number of reasons. The bio was hastily written for a virtual tour of Elmwood so it could use more work when I get more information. I don't have her last husband's name yet. I don't recall if she is buried next to a husband or not.


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Added by Vincent Astor on Nov 22, 2013 6:23 PM
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