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Neil Loftiss (#47136115)
 member for 6 years, 8 months, 9 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.

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:

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. 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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Margaret Bondurant
Thank you so much for the picture of Margaret's headstone. I truly appreciate the time and trouble you so willingly give to help others.
Added by Janis on Feb 02, 2016 8:54 AM
Nettie Irene Jackson Barber
Neil, I sent you an email about Irene, also contacted Carol Heath on here, seems she's kin to Irene's Barber husband thru his first wife's tree. She said his name was Charles Wesley Barber, that's weird since both grave markers have George W. Barber. I'm sure the Nettie Irene & George W. Barber in Forest Hill Midtown are the ones that belong in my tree, not the ones in Texas. I have no idea who the George W. & Edith M. Barber connect with who are buried in Cedarlawn Memorial Park in Sherman, TX. I'm going to look on Ancestry and see if I can find a connection for them and try to find someone to transfer them to, this is very confusing especially since Nettie Irene died in that area but is buried in Memphis. So thanks for solving part of the mystery and hope you will try and link Nettie Irene, husband's & children together. I don't do much in genealogy right now, waiting on some DNA tests for me and hubby to hopefully solve some mysteries in our direct lines, Kay.
Added by Khillwoods on Jan 28, 2016 7:01 AM
Dale Schaefer
Remarkably unpretentious stones for a family that must have amassed some wealth aren't they?
Added by Dale Schaefer on Jan 25, 2016 4:47 PM
Nettie Irene Jackson Barber
Neil, I'm emailing you about this, you will recognize it due to my name, thanks, Kay.
Added by Khillwoods on Jan 25, 2016 9:28 AM
Elizabeth A Hudson
Thank you so much for the photo Neil, I really appreciate it!
Added by ღCindyMarieღ on Jan 08, 2016 9:14 AM
Cecil Short
Thank a whole bunch Neil!!
S F Gabriel
Added by dnadick on Jan 08, 2016 5:34 AM
Robert & Needham Branch
Thanks again Neil
S F Gabriel
Added by dnadick on Jan 08, 2016 5:30 AM
Willie Mae Shoults
Thanks so much for the monument pic. It means a lot to me.
Added by dnadick on Jan 08, 2016 5:25 AM
Linda Gail Johnson
Henry C. Scurlock
Hello, my name is Linda and Henry C Scurlock, b.1860 d. 1929, is my grt grandfather.
I would like to know the "Perkins" who submitted the memorial info on the find a grave site.
Thank you
Added by Linda Gail Johnson on Jan 04, 2016 2:12 PM
Matt Lucas
Georgia Tann

Hi there, My name is Loren (Matt ) Lucas. I was sold and adopted to a loving couple in Poplar Bluff, Mo. from Jessica Tann. and I am still finding out things about her and the crooks she was involved with. Thank god I was so lucky to be adopted by such a wonderful couple in Mo. I tried for many years to find out more about my adoption but every thing was 'Sealed from me". I have found out that my birth mother was from Mississippi but that's about it. I've done well in the Music biz and had a few world wide hit records and although now 80 years old I'm still recording and touring. Its such a shame that Tann hurt so many people and took their babies away from them to make money..... For years I tried to find out about my mother and who my father 'Might be'? If you would like to contact me, email is always the best as we travel so much but id be happy to send you my land line home number here in Fl. We live in Fl. and New Mexico. Be home till Jan 14th then off to Hawaii for 19 days then back. Thanks Sincerely, Matt Lucas

Matt Lucas
Added by Matt Lucas on Jan 02, 2016 11:29 AM
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