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John "J-Cat" Griffith (#46568383)
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Bio Photo Hello I'm John T. Griffith, born in Oceanside California, a Viet Nam War US Army MP Veteran and a former CHP Officer. In September 2002, I assisted the National Archives Center, Missouri, in replacing lost and destroyed US Army files. It was during that research project I discovered Find A Grave, wanted to be a part of it's concept and became a member. I have always had a passion for history and the people who have lived it. People in everyday life who through the needs and demands of their times shaped the world. I believe each day is a gift and the best part of any day is that day. I'm also a professional musician, still performing and haved shared the stage with many named artists. In addition, I'm a vintage guitar expert have contributed, plus co-wrote for many vintage guitar books and articles in Vintage Guitar magazine about the subject. Plus a photographer, writer and historian, for the San Diego Reader. I will gladly transfer any of my bios to relatives or folks with a concerned interest. I, my wife Mary and our Dachshund "Timmy", reside in Vista, California. Thanks and best regards, John
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Joseph Mackey Brown
Errata: Oops! I just noticed I left out something below. This clause should include Browns name:

"In 2000, a list of 26 of the known lynch mob members, broken down into "planners" (including BROWN AND Clay).... "
Added by Linda on Mar 06, 2015 4:54 AM
Joseph Mackey Brown
I would like to add a major addition to the bio of Georgia Gov. Joseph Mackey Brown. However I can't see a way to do that via "edit" - I assume because you wrote the original bio. So I am contacting you I hopes that you will add this important information. He was way more than just a Governor - and not in a good way!:

Joseph M. Brown was a two-term Governor of Georgia, who in 2000, was found to be one of the organizers, ringleaders and conspirators in the KKK-like group, the "Knights for Mary Phagan" which planned and carried out the infamous and heinous kidnapping and lynching of Leo Frank in 1915 in Marietta, Georgia.

The lynch mob included Brown and at least 25 (possibly up to 40) other prominent, state and local politicians, businessmen and community leaders - including those at the very highest levels of local and state government - the most prominent ringleader being, Eugene Herbert Clay (Mayor of Marietta and later US Senator).

As Governor of Georgia, Brown was the immediate predecessor of Gov. John M. Slaton who commuted Frank's sentence from death to life in prison. “Little Joe” Brown became a vociferous
critic of Governor Slaton for his commutation of Frank.

Brown was also a strong political ally of anti-Semitic, Populist politician and newspaper publisher, Tom Watson. During and after the Frank trial, Watson published "graphically vicious remarks" about Jews in his newspaper, "The Jeffersonian," and other Georgia newspapers - they became wildly popular anti-Semitic screeds that incited the public to mob violence. Just days before Frank's lynching, Brown published an article in "The Macon Telegraph" in which he railed that the time had come for "the people to form mobs," and his friend Watson called for and later celebrated Frank's lynching in the pages of "The Jeffersonian" and intimated that the Ku Klux Klan should be reorganized to restore home rule (it had been disbanded in 1869) - which it was only 3 months later.

In 2000, a list of 26 of the known lynch mob members, broken down into "planners" (including Clay), "field commanders" and "foot-soldiers," was compiled and published by several renowned Frank researchers, although it is by no means yet complete. There may have been up to 40 who methodically conspired in the Frank kidnapping and lynching. This article by Dr. Donald E. Wilkes Jr. Univ. of Georgia, Professor of Law, Emeritus contains the list:

Sadly, neither Brown, nor any of the other ringleaders or members of the "Knights" lynch mob were ever indicted or brought to justice, and it would be decades after their deaths before any of them would be publically "unhooded," shamed and relegated to their nefarious place in history.


I would appreciate it if you could add it or incorporate it with the bio you've written. Thanks! :)

Added by Linda on Mar 06, 2015 4:48 AM
William Bjornstad
RE: Bi re-writes,

I can't remember if I responded to your post or not but in the event I didn't, I will be sure and notify you if I make any future rewrites to your famous memorials.


Willaim Bjornstad
Find A Grave Member ID #47016546
Added by William Bjornstad on Feb 25, 2015 6:47 AM
RE: Thank you!
What a great companion and friend he was - a treasure to remember forever. Steve
Added by Steve on Feb 23, 2015 8:21 PM
Carrie George-Nichols
Elmer Lincoln Fulton
I wanted to ask permission to use the photo of Elmer Lincoln Fulton that you posted on Find A Grave.

Thank you for all that you do!!
Added by Carrie George-Nichols on Feb 21, 2015 7:01 AM
Ron Guilmette
James L Bates
I read your post on breveted Brigadier General James L. Bates. General Bates was also a Commissioner of the Massachusetts State Police appointed in 1871 and served through 1874.
The state police is celebrating its 150th Anniversary this year. 1865-2015.
Thank you for your efforts to keep those who served alive.

RIP General Bates

Ron Guilmette
MA State Police (Retired
MA State Police Museum
Added by Ron Guilmette on Feb 10, 2015 5:17 PM
Kathy Robinson
RE: Gen. Hobart Hap Gay
Thank you so much!!
Added by Kathy Robinson on Feb 02, 2015 4:36 PM
Kathy Robinson
Gen. Hobart Hap Gay
Hi John,
Thank you for adding the awesome bio to Gen. Hobart Gay's memorial. I am a genealogist in Pike County, Illinois, (where Gen. Gay was from originally) and would like to ask for your permission to use your bio on a free (all volunteer) genealogy website called:

I am currently working with the volunteer webmaster of the site to get our Pike county military veterans acknowledged and place as many biographies as possible on the website. I would love to include your biography of Gen. Gay and would naturally credit you for your hard work creating it.

Kathy Robinson

Added by Kathy Robinson on Feb 02, 2015 12:06 PM
Carol Schott
John neilson
Thank you for all your work. I wonder where Colonel Neilson's sword is now?
Carol Schott
Added by Carol Schott on Jan 31, 2015 10:57 PM
Jay Lance
Thanks for your good work, thanks for your service (both military and LE)! Good people like you are one reason I am here and joined...thanks again!
Added by Jay Lance on Jan 29, 2015 4:51 PM
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