|Neil Loftiss (#47136115)|
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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.
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 loves to go 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.
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, 19A. 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!
|Find A Grave Friends|
B Holland, Beatrice Bennet..., Carole McCaig, Carolyn Whitake..., Gayle Holland, Kate Wheeless, Linda Wayman, Margie Collins, Margie Daniels, Patrick Whitney, Shirley Krampf
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|B Holland||John C Robbins, Jr|
|Linda Wayman||Re: Billy Dearing|
I added the DOB. Thank you so much for providing the information and for taking the photo.
Thanks SO much!
Added by MSL on Jun 12, 2013 5:22 AM
Thank you so much for the photo of my great grandmother's grave. It will mean so much to my Mom when I show her the photo - she absolutely adored her grandma and was not able to make it to her funeral in 1952 because she was expecting at the time and couldn't travel.
Added by Melinda on Jun 11, 2013 1:58 PM
|Rita Osborne||RE: Memorial# 38235660-Georgia Tann|
Oh wow. Truly amazing. I did some reading about that after I found the memorial and your profile.
|Rita Osborne||Memorial# 38235660|
Amazing facts about her life. WOW. I would love to try and help find where the little children are. That would be an amazing find WOW. Truly amazing. Thank you for your much extended research.
|Kelly Hall||velma k. Gibson|
thank you for the photo of velma kathryn gibson's headstone.(my great grandfather's sister) I was unaware she had a headstone (Another infant that died there was buried in a potters field as i assumed velma had been as well) what a nice surprize to get this picture today. thank you!
|Molly Ann Lindsey||John Knowles|
Thank you for the links to John's parents which I have added.
|Mark Faulkner||George Sheats|
As always, thanks for the updates!
Thank you for the transfer of the memorials for Pearl and John Ogletree.
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