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Neil Loftiss (#47136115)
 member for 7 years, 9 months, 23 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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Natika Sigler
Hugh and Polly Roberts55443710 and 55443711
Hi Neil. Hugh and Polly Roberts are my great grandparents through their daughter Elizabeth Phillips. I'm writing to ask if you were able to access the Death Certificate of Hugh as you were Polly. The reason I ask this is because I can find no record of Hugh's parents except as a mention on his draft card that his father was born in New Madrid Missouri. I've been able to trace quite a few of my ancestors back to the mid and early 1700's but Hugh's records are leaving me stumped. If you can help or guide me in a different direction than the circles I'm wandering in, I would appreciate it. In any case, I do thank you for taking pictures of my great grandparent's resting place.

Natika Sigler
Added by Natika Sigler on Feb 22, 2017 11:18 PM
Connie
Memorial 100151467
I am Herbert's great-granddaughter. Could you transfer ownership so that I can add a bio?

Thank you,
Connie Dawson
Added by Connie on Feb 13, 2017 11:52 AM
Dan & Karen Read
Hi
I happened on to one of you memorials # 39065225, because he was married to one of mine. After reading you profile I had to say hi, pretty much everything in yours i could put in mine, only changing Memphis for Lake Worth, FL. I do not know why your guy is buried in Memphis and his wife in Lake Worth, but now they are linked back together again in Find a Grave.
Added by Dan & Karen Read on Jan 30, 2017 10:36 AM
Candi
Charles Elbert Brown
Charles Elbert Brown #155075202 is my grandfather. Can you please transfer him to me? Thanks for the work you do and the info my mother was adopted through Georgia Tann and although we have her original birth certificate I have had no luck in finding her birth parents. Thanks again for your help.
Added by Candi on Jan 07, 2017 1:51 AM
renee boehnen
john casaretto
I was wondering if when you were out there photographing louis casaretto if you saw a grave for his father john casaretto or his mom Carolyn? I have hit a wall when it comes to researching them. They are my great great grandparents. From family tradition they arrived in galviston ( don't know when ) bought a wagon and headed for Memphis were there was already a Italian settlement with people they knew. Any help would be appreciated!!!



Added by renee boehnen on Dec 12, 2016 3:53 PM
Paula
Billy Hyman
Thank you Neil. pc
Added by Paula on Dec 12, 2016 9:49 AM
Paula
Billy Zane Hyman #113839151
Billy Hyman is my uncle and he passed away this afternoon. Can you please transfer this memorial to me? Thank you. Paula Campbell #47020109
Added by Paula on Dec 11, 2016 6:49 PM
Eileen Wooten
Forest hill
Thank you so much for all the photo's of this cemetery. I really appreciate what you do. I've found a lot of family graves because of you.

Best regards,
E. Wooten
Added by Eileen Wooten on Nov 22, 2016 8:41 AM
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
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