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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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Fredrick Tucker
Thanks for the TRANSFER
Thanks so much for the Vinson transfer. Bless you.
Added by Fredrick Tucker on Jan 22, 2017 8:40 AM
Brenda Hudson Compton
Minnie and Slover Lawson
Dear Judy,
Would you please consider transferring Minnie Lawson 4839204 and Slover Lawson 24839208 to me. Minnie is my aunt. I would love to have her in my care.
Thank you,
Brenda Compton
Added by Brenda Hudson Compton on Jan 14, 2017 10:44 PM
Mary Brown
Mary Lucy Bullard Brantley
You say in her bio that she is one of your relatives. According to my info, she was the daughter of Joseph H & Mary Jane Reeves Bullard. One of her sisters, Maude Blanche, was my g-gma. Another Bullard cousin (a g-granddaughter of Vannie Gertrude) told me that she once heard that we were descendants of Pocahontas. I don't suppose you've heard anything about this, have you??

And if you think I might have any info on the Bullards that might be of use to you, I'll be happy to share.

Many thanks in advance!

Mary Brown
Marietta, GA
Added by Mary Brown on Jan 12, 2017 6:21 PM
G. Butler
Hi Judy. Do you know his first name?

Added by rhondajo on Jan 08, 2017 10:00 PM
Rayford Cash 20924560
Thank you so much for the death place information for Rayford
His brother Dillard was wounded in the same battle. He died 5 days after Rayford. Would he have been at the same hospital?

Here is the info you sent me and I added to his profile

Rayford A. Cash died at Gate City Hospital for Civil War wounded and sick. It was located on Alabama & Pryor Streets, which is now downtown Atlanta, Fulton County, Georgia.
Added by LillieLouEllyn on Jan 08, 2017 9:23 PM
L Ferree
edits question
Thanks for the edits. I'm curious about your source for place of death. Did you find death certificates for these babies?
Added by L Ferree on Jan 07, 2017 8:38 AM
L Ferree
RE: D Wadsworth
Thanks! Looks like it could be a great resource. I've communicated with a few others who have used this - usually to correct the burial locations they've posted. I'm guessing that the way of listing the location has changed over time.
Added by L Ferree on Jan 06, 2017 12:21 PM
L Ferree
D Wadsworth
Thanks for all the edits. Question about D. Wadsworth. You said he was in row 6 grave 4. Curious where you got this info. I can add it to the notes. His stone is in row 5 grave 11, which matches what Oakland records say.
Added by L Ferree on Jan 06, 2017 11:40 AM
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james manning goldsmith
I am assisting a friend with her research and came across the death certificate you posted for James Manning Goldsmith. When I make it larger on my computer, it won't print. Do you have any idea how I can get a good clear picture in landscape form? My friend thanks you for whatever help you can give to us. Thanks.
Added by dot donahoo on Jan 04, 2017 10:38 PM
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Carrie S. LaSalle Dunagan
Thank you so much for adding the information. I appreciate it. ~~Carol
Added by Carol's Genealogy Stuff on Dec 31, 2016 8:07 AM
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