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Neil Loftiss (#47136115)
 member for 8 years, 1 month, 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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Carol Hudson
Photos
Hi Neil, Thank you so much for allowing use of your photos in my family tree. I will be happy to give credit. I certainly can't claim it because I cannot walk the cemeteries and must rely on the generosity of folks like you.

Thanks again!!!

Carol Barber Hudson
Carol Barber Family Tree
Added by Carol Hudson on Jul 20, 2017 3:52 PM
sshelby922
Transfer Request
Thank you!
Added by sshelby922 on Jul 15, 2017 8:42 AM
sshelby922
Transfer Request
Thank you so much for documenting my family headstones. I really appreciate it!!

Do you mind transferring the graves of my grandmother and great grandparents to me?

120210168
120210169
120210171


Thank you!
Added by sshelby922 on Jul 14, 2017 8:54 PM
Peabody
Cates
Thank-you so very much for Susan Cates
I greatly Appreciate it.
Peabody
Added by Peabody on Jul 01, 2017 6:03 AM
Connie
Thank you!
Thanks for transferring and for all the work you do!
Added by Connie on Jun 15, 2017 7:44 AM
Connie
Transfer 57973448 and 57973449
Could you transfer the White's to me? I am their great-great-granddaughter! My id is 48487941. Thank you!
Added by Connie on Jun 14, 2017 11:59 AM
Dena Marshall
Samuel Joseph Blackwell MD Memorial
Would you please transfer this memorial (#126450157) for me to maintain. He is related to my Blackwell surname line. I would like to add information.

Thank you.

Dena Marshall
(#46786820)
Added by Dena Marshall on Jun 04, 2017 10:56 AM
Karen Mickel Bennett
Whitmore Family
Thank you so much for taking time to send wonderful information and edits for their memorials. Sharing with others is what we are about, you went beyond with your kindness. Others will certainly appreciate your contribution and this will be a huge asset for future generations. Thanks to you they will have very important information! Appreciate your sharing and contribution!
Added by Karen Mickel Bennett on May 31, 2017 2:36 PM
Donna Smith
unwanted person mentioned
Neil, My husband, Paul E. Smith is buried in Northridge Woodhaven. He passed away on August 21, 2016. I of course read the obituary again as I always do. I noticed Nancy
Goodrum was mentioned. She lived with Paul for 22 years. She asked him to marry her many times. She was drumk many times; I know this because he took pictures of her in that state. He never considered marrying her and in fact during those last years of her life he asked her to leave his house. They were little more than room mates per Paul. When I saw her name mentioned under his obituary I resented that a previous girlfriend would be mentioned. I am his wife and I always will be. I resent having her name mentioned and a picture also. Surely you can understand why I resent her name or any other woman's name and picture. Paull was my steady in high school and after graduation he went to college and I married someone else. After 45 years Paul called my mother. As it turns out I was on my way to Memphis to visit my mother. Paul came over to her house and it was like no time had gone by. He wanted me as his wife and I wanted him as my husband. I thought about him every day for all those years. We had 4 wonderful years together before he died. Nancy was rarely mentioned. Please remove her name. I appreciate you. Mrs. Paul Smith



Added by Donna Smith on May 23, 2017 7:26 PM
Sandi K
Memphis Mayors
I am interested to learn that you are a Memphis history buff. My grandchildren are descended from two mayors of that city, Seth Wheatley 1831-32 and David Hadden (Haddon) 1883-1891, who served during the period of disincorporation. We have researched some of the articles commonly available on the internet, but if you have special info or can lead us to more detail or reading suggestions they would be truly interested! My email addy is available on my profile in case you have time or have something of interest on this topic. Thanks for all you do! Sandi K Wheatley
Added by Sandi K on Apr 26, 2017 7:35 AM
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