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Judy K. Brantley/Wilson (#46578531)
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Bio Photo I am very liberal with transfers - if you loved them or they are your friends or relatives or neighbors, just ask. Will keep my relatives, though. But, please do not ask unless you contribute more content and are going to maintain the page.

Make sure you use the EDIT Tab on top right of their page. Click on SUGGEST A CORRECTION - then ask for a transfer.
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Hollywood Cemetery in Atlanta, Georgia has been my project since I began on findagrave. It has now been about 13 years ago and started with looking for my GGrandparents. I had never heard of Hollywood Cemetery. My uncle told me where it was. The area around Hollywood was once a middle-class white area. This is no longer the case. Basically it is run down and slummy now.

Lincoln Properties, who owns Hollywood (and other cemeteries) is located about 5 miles away. I went to Lincoln Properties. I was the only white person there. The lady at the desk waited on a number of people while I waited and she was as nice as she could be to them. She was less than nice when it came my turn--she was as un-helpful as she could be to me. She was short and somewhat hateful toward me. Her attitude was really bad. I left mad & frustrated, vowing to list everyone buried at Hollywood. I had no idea there were over 6,000 graves there. And....there is no telling how many more are unaccounted for. A fair amount of them are unmarked. It is just out of downtown Atlanta and is in deplorable condition. I did not want those there to be forgotten. Lincoln has all the records but will not share with me or anyone else. My son & grandson went up into the roughest part (which is woods) taking pictures for me, many thousands of them. A few years later, James Stephens contacted me, wanting to help. Bless his heart, for three years, he systematically searched every inch of the three huge corners and the tiered section. Everything I had not added, he did. He went through tons of kudzu, briers, vines, falling into holes, digging out markers totally covered in dirt and debris, etc. Walls are crumbling due to neglect. You cannot imagine it's condition until you go there. If your relative at Hollywood does not have a marker picture showing, there isn't a marker for them. Still I work on it, literally every day, linking folks to their relatives. I treat each person there as if they are my relative, working to connect them to family members. If you can help in any way, please contact me. You can also go to James' website - www.stephensroots.com, then go to OTHER to get to the ariel maps of Hollywood. He has set and sectioned it off where you can find relatives with markers more easily. It is a jungle out there and in not such a nice neighborhood. Caution is advised.
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PLEASE.......when you find your relative's page, leave flowers and at least a short note. In that note, state your relationship to that person. This is a great way to find living members of your family. If you leave nothing, no one knows you are out there. Leaving this lets them know that you are also kin to them and they will contact you. This is a win, win situation.
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The Story Tellers...We are the Chosen.

My feelings are in each family there is one who seems called to find the ancestors. To put flesh on their bones and make them live again, to tell the family story and to feel that somehow they know and approve. To me, doing genealogy is not a cold gathering of facts but, instead, breathing life into all who have gone before. We are the story tellers of the tribe. All tribes have one. We have been called, as it were, by our genes.
Those who have gone before cry out to us: Tell our story. So, we do.

In finding them, we somehow find ourselves. How many graves have I stood before now and cried? I have lost count. How many times have I told the ancestors you have a wonderful family - you would be proud of us?

How many times have I walked up to a grave and felt somehow there was love there for me? I cannot say.

It goes beyond just documenting facts. It goes to who am I and why do I do the things I do. It goes to seeing a cemetery about to be lost forever to weeds and indifference and saying I can't let this happen. The bones here are bones of my bone and flesh of my flesh. It goes to doing something about it. It goes to pride in what our ancestors were able to accomplish. How they contributed to what we are today. It goes to respecting their hardships and losses, their never giving in or giving up, their resoluteness to go on and build a life for their family.

It goes to deep pride that they fought to make and keep us a Nation. It goes to a deep and immense understanding that they were doing it for us. That we might be born who we are. That we might remember them. So we do. With love and caring and scribing each fact of their existence, because we are them and they are us.

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Wanda Mehlhoff
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Correction--It should have read, "Winchester, Frederick County, Virginia."

And I want to give you kudos for all your work! I thank you so much!!!
Added by Wanda Mehlhoff on Mar 17, 2017 4:54 PM
Wanda Mehlhoff
Find A Grave Memorial# 64855284
I found the obituary which you are referring to and "Colonel W. S. Thompson" being the brother and that she was Miss Thompson prior to her marriage. I've done some extensive work on the Danner line, and her first child's name is David Danner Strong. In her children's marriage or death records, they list their mother's maiden name as Danner. I am wondering if he might be a half-brother but don't know why he would have said she was Miss Thompson. It is also strange that he only lists himself since she had children who outlived her. She is the daughter of David & Mary Danner who lived in Winchester County, Virginia. They migrated to Knox County, Tennessee. She and her husband went to Georgia and her other siblings went to Macon County and Mobile County, Alabama.
Added by Wanda Mehlhoff on Mar 17, 2017 4:16 PM
Norma Johnson
Malinda Davis #109798096
Judy, Thank you! so much for your time and service adding photos and tombstone information.
I'm researching my husband family Brantley and Davis line. His g-grand mother was Mary Oma Davis Brantley. Now I know her father was Larkin H. Davis. From head stone information believe her mother was Elizabeth E. Morris Davis instead of Malinda Davis. Now to see if I can locate death notice or obituaries for more information. I did add Mary Oma Davis Brantley on Find A Grave.

Norma Johnson
Added by Norma Johnson on Mar 16, 2017 9:39 PM
Larry Luna
RE: Enos Purcell and his daughter
I did give it my best shot today,(cleaning the headstone) It does look much better to me. The light gray part of the stone is kind of porous, so dirt wasn't easily removed but I'm a little more satisfied!

Sinceley,
Larry Luna
Added by Larry Luna on Mar 09, 2017 3:15 PM
Larry Luna
RE: Enos Purcell and his daughter
Hi Judy,
You're welcome! The headstone didnot clean up like I had hoped, so when I get a chance to go back I(I go there pretty often) I'll try and scrub the stone with a brush with soap and water!

Larry
Added by Larry Luna on Mar 08, 2017 8:47 PM
Kathy LJPC
Regarding Transfer
Thank you for the transfer. Happy hunting to you.
Added by Kathy LJPC on Mar 07, 2017 12:21 AM
Elaine Vanderwal
Samuel Gable Slack
Hi Judy, Samuel G. Slack #168027893 and S.G. Slack # 10993446 both in Shadnor First Baptist Church Cemetery are the same person, Samuel Gable Slack. Your information is correct for him but is a duplicate memorial.Since the other one was there 1st, but not very complete I guess you & that submitter will have to come to some agreement as to which one of you just adds your info to the others memorial. The S.G. Slack has 1940 Oct 23 as death date but yours in correct as Oct 24, according to the Georgia death index. Since you have cause of death, you probably have the entire death registration. Any chance you could email that to me at tevanderwal@telus.net? Appreciate all you do and your volunteer hours, keep up the good work. Elaine
Added by Elaine Vanderwal on Mar 05, 2017 3:30 PM
Carole Lilley
Archibald Thomas Smith and Elizabeth Candice Dean
Thank you for the time and effort you put into this work. Just wanted to let you know that the date of Dec 23, 1858 that you posted on their page as her birth date, is actually their marriage date. Thanks again.
Carole Lilley
Added by Carole Lilley on Mar 02, 2017 2:11 PM
Angela Hasbrouck
Pearl Mae Grimmsley Wright Oxford
We talked several years ago about the Wright- Oxford family. My name is Angela Oxford Hasbrouck. My dad was David Rittenhouse Oxford, son of Pearl and Jens Jenson Oxford Sr. The picture you picture you posted of the couple by the old car, was my daddy's sister, Pearl Mae Oxford Tarrant and her husband Woodrow Tarrant. He was her second husband, as her first was killed in WW11. They we my favorite aunt and uncle!
Added by Angela Hasbrouck on Feb 26, 2017 1:18 PM
D Jalbert
Eastview Cemetery
Thanks for all your help with the new batch of photos I just added!
Added by D Jalbert on Feb 26, 2017 11:00 AM
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