|Neil Loftiss (#47136115)|
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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, 1,2,3,4,5,6,8,9,11,12,15,14,16,16A,19, 19B, 20, 25, 26, 31, 31 West, 31 East, 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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B Holland, Brenda Powell, Brian J. Schiff..., Carole McCaig, Carolyn Whitake..., Dale Schaefer, Forever loved: ..., Gayle Holland, Kate Wheeless, Linda Wayman, Margie Collins, Mary & Kent, Patrick Whitney, Shirley Krampf, Southerngal
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|Susan Matheney||Claude Browning|
I'm originally from Memphis, and after some time I have moved to Washington State. I have lost some pictures, and one that means alot to me is a picture of my grandfathers grave. He is also not listed in the cemetary records that Find a grave has. He is Claude Browning. He is buried at Memphis Memorial Park. It was just a few years ago that I knew that he was buried there. He passed away in March of 1964, and I was just 2 1/2 years old. So, I didn't know him.
If I could possibly get you to get a picture of the grave, I would be so happy. Just to also get him listed on find a grave.
|Sandra||This and that|
Thank you so much for your fascinating research.
Your thoroughness is amazing.
I've enjoyed reading your posts as a person who grew up in Memphis in the 50's on to '74 (when I left for good).
I have one (death) that may interest you and has stymied me for years. My friend, Michael Alexander and his brother (whose name I can not remember) both committed suicide(by shotgun) one year apart at the Alamo Plaza Motel, in Memphis, EXACTLY one year apart. The irony means something, surely? I think by that time Mike was about 27 years old. Mike's father was president of Union Planters Bank and his mother was headmistress of some private school. I think the suicide of Mike occurred in 1970, '71, or '72, I was living in New Orleans at the time and someone sent me his death notice. I think maybe my sister or mother sent it, both have passed away. I was not on close terms with his family or friends and have never been able to find out "what happened?". Mike is buried in Blytheville, AR, apparently that was his mother's place of birth and it is a family plot. His brother is not shown as being buried in that plot.
I find it shocking that both brothers committed suicide the same way, at the same place, exactly one year apart. The family was considered society of Memphis but something is horribly amiss for this to happen. I'm simply not smart enough to do the research to find out a motive for what happened. Mike was a very sweet person and was decent to me. I'm sure there were lots of pressure put on the Alexander kids to be "social". I mentioned to Mike that I had seen his photo in the newspaper (Commercial Appeal) attending some fancy ball...his reply was that "it was expected of him and not a personal thing".
I would be more than grateful if you could find out anything that would put some light on what happened. If it isn't too much trouble.
PS I did call the funeral home on Union Avenue near Bellevue Blvd some years back but they wouldn't even consider answering any questions. My assumption was that his body was prepared by I
think it's called Memphis Funeral home? I knew Mike as attending Memphis State at the time, I think that was 1965.
Added by Sandra on Apr 12, 2015 10:07 AM
|Linda Wayman||Reba and Calvin Dixon ransfers|
Neil, thank you for the transfers. I wasn't expecting them, but I do appreciate them. I hope to find more information to add to the bios. The library in Hernando may have what I'm looking for.
Thank you so much for the transfers!!!!!
|Dale Schaefer||RE: Nelllie Dawson|
Too often when the second spouse dies the grave doesn't seem to get marked if the person hasn't arranged it themselves before they died....especially if there are no children.
|Dale Schaefer||Nelllie Dawson|
Hi Neil...sorry, but Mrs. Dawson's grave has no marker. She is buried next to her husband though.
|Charles Wilkinson Jr||Shelby County Birth Records|
Wanted to also correct you on the Date of the Adoption records being opened. As early as 1975 my father took the State of Tennessee to court and opened his adoption record.Where he found his mother and brother. To my Knowledge this was the beginning of a long and legal battle in the State to open the Adoption records of every Georgia Tann baby. And if not for a Judge with A heart and a court clerk that looked the other way while he got A look at his file we would never have known of the Great family we belong to. Thanks Again for the great dedication you have brought to the Worlds attention this travesty and abuse of our legal system.
|Charles Wilkinson Jr||Georgia Tann|
I Happen upon your entry of my Grand Father and Grand Mother. And wanted to say my father was a Georgia Tann baby. And has spent years researching his real parents. I did get to meet my parenteral Grand mother years ago and visited he many times. You are so right in your description of this WITCH.If most people knew how many generation's that were effected by her. I would love to share with you how everyone is effected by this but to much to tell in this forum. Thanks again for your dedication.
Charles R Wilkinson Jr
AKA Harry Ellis Hendrix Jr
|Aaron Titus||Thank You|
Thank you so much for documenting my 2nd Great grandparents here: http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=pv&GRid=57180144&PIpi=32097541
Your work has inspired me to take side road trips to small, under-documented cemeteries every chance I get.
Thank you for bringing my family closer.
|Louise Huffstutler Vannoy||Morris (Drew/Elsi Jane)|
Thank you so much for the Memorial Transfers of my Paternal Grand Uncle/Aunt.
It is grateful appreciated. : )
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