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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.
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 -, 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.
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.
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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nancy alford
RE: Armistead ...and others.
Thank you for a further explanation.I did not know it was still an active burial place.I am sure that the climate of today's society has influence on their cooperation in sharing their records of the past.Perhaps one day it will change when it is just viewed as history and how people lived their lives and the legacy that was left for future generations. I do know there is an active memorial park in the Atlanta area that will not allow find a grave in their grounds. So we work with what we have.
Added by nancy alford on Sep 26, 2016 10:59 AM
Gail and Scott Hannah
Thanks for great attention of edits and adding details. Sure appreciated, gail
Added by Gail and Scott Hannah on Sep 26, 2016 9:43 AM
Gail and Scott Hannah
There is quite a bit of free info at www.familyagrave. Warren family slid in on distant in side and I attached many records to each. Thanks for caring for Hollywood. Shane anyone is rude ! Snarly behavior should not be tolerated in workplace.Thanks again, gail
Added by Gail and Scott Hannah on Sep 26, 2016 9:27 AM
nancy alford
Armistead ...and others.
Judy I just want to say thank you for caring and all the work you do.So many times in searching find a grave I see where you have posted about some one I am searching for or a family member of that person.
Your work on Hollywood is very special. It looks like cemeteries should become public property after so many years especially if it has been abandoned and is in disrepair.Seem everyday people are destroying history so it can be written to suit them. It is so important that the stories be carried forward. Again, thank you.
Added by nancy alford on Sep 23, 2016 10:04 PM
Infant Echols
Thanks for letting me know about the duplicate; I have deleted one.
Added by Birdgirl on Sep 23, 2016 1:27 PM
L Ferree
RE: Julia Ann Thompson
Thanks - I'll change it in the book next time I'm there. Sexton wasn't in today - wasn't able to learn anything further about Dixie.
Added by L Ferree on Sep 19, 2016 5:06 PM
sandra J kelley
Abigail C Tate Wynne
Abigail is listed on Find a Grave as a birthday of August 1827. She died in 1888 according to the grave marker and information.
However she is alive in 1900 living with her son John Berry Wynne. Her birthday on this document is listed as April 1827.
Other than this confusing descrepancy, she is attached to all the right people ( her husband, parents, and son). I can find no other Abigail Wynne.
I deleted the death date on Family Search with the same information.
I thought you might want to make a notation on the grave site that the death date is in error. (Or this is a different person which I can find no evidence of for I have tracked her from 1850 to 1900.) There is a death record of a white female named Wynn who died 3 October 1916 in Jackson, Alabama.) No other information given but I suspect strongly this may be her death date.
Thank you. Any questions, you can contact me.
Sandy Kelley ( I am a Wynne relative.
Added by sandra J kelley on Sep 19, 2016 11:45 AM
Linda Murphy
RE: Winnie Lunsford/Lynn
So, very sorry I don't.
Added by Linda Murphy on Sep 17, 2016 6:56 PM
L Ferree
Dixie Vaughn
Thanks for the note. I'm working at Oakland on Monday, so I'll try to check then. I agree that the century seems wrong, so I'll research it. But an aside - when a record is marked "unassigned" it is simply an indication that the burial location was not recorded. This was true for Potter's Field burials, but also true for many others, for various reasons - everything from scattered remains of cremation to lost records or inept record keeping. You made me curious, though, about when Potter's Field was "full" - I'll ask the sexton on Monday!
Added by L Ferree on Sep 16, 2016 8:22 AM
Eliza J Kilgo
I checked the original cemetery list I used, and it did not show Johnson as her maiden name--just J as a middle initial, so I have changed it back to that. This family is Kilgo, not Kilgore...
Added by RobMinteer57 on Sep 15, 2016 8:27 AM
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