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Neil Loftiss (#47136115)
 member for 7 years, 11 months, 28 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, 34B, 34C, 34D. 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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Donna Smith
unwanted person mentioned
Neil, My husband, Paul E. Smith is buried in Northridge Woodhaven. He passed away on August 21, 2016. I of course read the obituary again as I always do. I noticed Nancy
Goodrum was mentioned. She lived with Paul for 22 years. She asked him to marry her many times. She was drumk many times; I know this because he took pictures of her in that state. He never considered marrying her and in fact during those last years of her life he asked her to leave his house. They were little more than room mates per Paul. When I saw her name mentioned under his obituary I resented that a previous girlfriend would be mentioned. I am his wife and I always will be. I resent having her name mentioned and a picture also. Surely you can understand why I resent her name or any other woman's name and picture. Paull was my steady in high school and after graduation he went to college and I married someone else. After 45 years Paul called my mother. As it turns out I was on my way to Memphis to visit my mother. Paul came over to her house and it was like no time had gone by. He wanted me as his wife and I wanted him as my husband. I thought about him every day for all those years. We had 4 wonderful years together before he died. Nancy was rarely mentioned. Please remove her name. I appreciate you. Mrs. Paul Smith

Added by Donna Smith on May 23, 2017 7:26 PM
Sandi K
Memphis Mayors
I am interested to learn that you are a Memphis history buff. My grandchildren are descended from two mayors of that city, Seth Wheatley 1831-32 and David Hadden (Haddon) 1883-1891, who served during the period of disincorporation. We have researched some of the articles commonly available on the internet, but if you have special info or can lead us to more detail or reading suggestions they would be truly interested! My email addy is available on my profile in case you have time or have something of interest on this topic. Thanks for all you do! Sandi K Wheatley
Added by Sandi K on Apr 26, 2017 7:35 AM
Family Searcher
James Madison "Mooney" Raines
Any chance you might be able to retake the photo of Mooney's headstone with out the shadow? Is the sun is the problem then stand on other side, take photo upside down. Make the image right side up on computer then post.

Thank you.
Added by Family Searcher on Apr 21, 2017 4:39 PM
deborah hunt
Update on Mittie Lee Hunt Galloway
Dear Mr. Neil Loftiss
I sent you a privte e-mail yesterday to inform you of the info I had on my Grandfather who is also buried in forest Hill Midtown and his family. I hope you recieved it and was able to read the information. Please let me know if you did not get my E-mail... I also am a part of Mittie Lee Hunts Galloway's family and I have more info if you need it... I asked about the personal Bible of Mittie Lee Hunt and if you had any information. Please let me know... I believe that the Porter Leath Children Asylam was also involved in a scandle but would like to do research on Edgar Hunt who was 9 at the time of his death and was buried in Forest Hill Midtown at the midnight hour and his name appear on the wall. My Grandfather never believed he was buried there but we believed he was murdered there.... my phone numbe and email have been sent to you and it is always nice to meet a member of the Hunt family... I hope you got the e-mail and please e-mail me and let me know
thank you so much
deborah hunt
Added by deborah hunt on Apr 11, 2017 9:38 AM
Grammy Mac
RE: Georgia Kellett
Neil, thank you. I'll check her page right now!! So many puzzles..........Debbie
Added by Grammy Mac on Apr 09, 2017 12:33 PM
Bonnie Burkett-Attebery
Thank you
Thank you very much. I appreciate it.
Added by Bonnie Burkett-Attebery on Apr 07, 2017 6:51 PM
Bonnie Burkett-Attebery
Re: William Thomas "Junior" Maness
Would you please transfer this memorial to me. This is my grandmother's brother and I would like to add family links and more bio info. Thank you very much, Bonnie Memorial # 112067301
Added by Bonnie Burkett-Attebery on Apr 07, 2017 2:49 PM
Grammy Mac
RE: Georgia Kellett
Oh, that makes sense. Poor lady died young from TB. She is the great grandmother of one of my friends.
Added by Grammy Mac on Apr 06, 2017 4:06 PM
Grammy Mac
Georgia Kellett
Find A Grave Memorial# 77810431
Are there records of Forest Hill Cemetery? Georgia was buried with her marker only showing her maiden name. Could she be buried with the Kellett's? I know her father-in-law is buried in this cemetery.
Added by Grammy Mac on Apr 05, 2017 5:53 AM
Natika Sigler
Hugh and Polly Roberts55443710 and 55443711
Hi Neil. Hugh and Polly Roberts are my great grandparents through their daughter Elizabeth Phillips. I'm writing to ask if you were able to access the Death Certificate of Hugh as you were Polly. The reason I ask this is because I can find no record of Hugh's parents except as a mention on his draft card that his father was born in New Madrid Missouri. I've been able to trace quite a few of my ancestors back to the mid and early 1700's but Hugh's records are leaving me stumped. If you can help or guide me in a different direction than the circles I'm wandering in, I would appreciate it. In any case, I do thank you for taking pictures of my great grandparent's resting place.

Natika Sigler
Added by Natika Sigler on Feb 22, 2017 11:18 PM
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