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Bernice Griffith Knoke (#47524337)
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Bio Photo I have been visiting grave yards for most of my life as my parents were in their forties when I came a long. My parents and I wondered through many different cemeteries in Iowa as we placed flowers on each grave. With the flowers came stories about each person.

In the past 15 or so years, I have become more interested in family history. I had both birth parents and the parents who raised me so there was a lot of family to research. I am happy to share my findings with anyone who is interested. Each time I visit a cemetery, it reminds me that the past is always connected to the present and I enjoy the walk and remember the stories over again. I am also glad to help with research around Belle Plaine, Iowa. My primary researched surnames are: Griffith, Suiter, McCord, Wightman, and Emily.
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Mabel Florence Meeks Kurth Nemechek
Mable Florence Meeks Nemechek

Mable Florence Nemechek (Meeks)is buried near Joseph A. Nemececk.
(Would be her Father-In-Law)

Family links:
Francis Benjamin Meeks (1841 - 1889)
Elizabeth B Meeks (1842 - 1911)

Joseph A. Nemechek (1849 - 1905)*(Not a spouse)
Charles Kurth (1884 - 1912)*
Joseph Nemechek (1880 - 1963)*
(This Joseph also married Mabel's neice Ruth Meeks, she and Joseph later divorced and she married a Rappolt)

(Mabel was not married to Joseph A. Nemecheck,but was married to his son Joseph(born 1880))

Find A Grave Memorial# 114946935
Added by DKM on Jul 25, 2017 2:21 PM
Mabel Florence Meeks Nemechek
Hi Bernice, can I help you clear up some info on her gravesite. Mabel was married to Joseph Nemechek born 1880, not the one born in 1849, that was his father.
Mabel was also married before to Charlie Kurth in 1906. Charlie died in 1912 and Mabel married Joseph Nemecheck also in 1912, and then she died in 1915.
Added by DKM on Mar 09, 2016 10:17 AM
Carol Harper Nalepa
Abel Monroe Harper Gravestone
Hi Bernice,
The gravestone picture you uploaded as the gravestone for my great grandfather, Abel Monroe Harper, is not his. It belongs to Frank Reed Harper, Abel and Belle's 3 year old son. My husband and I made an extensive search of Irving Cemetary in 2010 and could not locate a marker for Abel. My thoughts are that his widow Isabella did not have the money for a marker following his death.
Carol Harper Nalepa
Added by Carol Harper Nalepa on Sep 04, 2015 7:53 PM
Debora Willmot Rosenbaum
114951780 Winfield Marsh
Hi, I can't add it as a child but could you add his parents links...147936943 Levi Lapp March/Marsh and 147938265 Anna McBride Marsh. I love the pictures you took of the stone. I am adding his photo to the memorial, I hope you don't mind...Thank you so much for your work, Deb
Added by Debora Willmot Rosenbaum on Jun 16, 2015 3:41 PM
Suzi Scott
Nemecheck 114946819
Hello Bernice, I think I have a correction that I hope you can check for me.
Your memorial above for Joseph A Nemechek 114946819 born: 1849-1905 buried in Wright Cemetry in Belle Plaine,IA. you said there is no monument for Joseph A, but that there is a plot marked Nemechek & Mable Florence does have a marker in the same area. This is where the correction is:
Mable Florence Nemecheck b: 1888-1915 is buried there because she was the wife of Joseph Jr b: 1880-1963) this Joseph was Joseph A's SON.
This Joseph & Mabel Florence (Curth) Nemechek were m: 1912 but later Divorced. Joseph the son is in Webster co IA. (I havent found him yet)

The original Joseph A was married to: Hannah Elizabeth Green b:1855-( died in 1941 many years after Joseph A in 1905) Hannah Elizabeth is buried in LeHigh Iowa, she was the Mother of Joseph Jr. b: 1880.
I hope I have not confused you, I have spent a couple of weeks trying to get my head around this.
I am working on this family for a cousin in law. Virgil Bostian.
Joseph A. was his Grt Grnd Father.

If you have any questions, please let me know, My email is below. and Thank you for your excellent job of volunteering & getting all these folks in the right place.
Suzi Scott
Added by Suzi Scott on Jan 31, 2015 11:47 AM
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The insignia on his gravestone could possibly be this:
Added by JL on Nov 06, 2013 7:39 PM
Timothy Ory
RE: Joseph Beem
Yes, please take a photo of Joseph Beem's grave marker. If there are any other Beem's in the vicinity, please take photos of those also.
Thank you.
Tim Ory
Added by Timothy Ory on Aug 31, 2013 4:17 PM
RE: Lewis Wilson
Please do if u can , thank u for thinking of me :)
Added by svandee on Aug 31, 2013 3:48 PM
Marcy Smith
RE: Cyrus Suiter
Bernice, I know W D and his wife were in Oklahoma for the 1910 census but back in Iowa for the 1920. I found Robert Grason (spelled different on every census) on the 1910 and 1920. It appears Robert was here for the land rush (or came with family that disappeared). They were living in Sutton Township, 4 miles N of Boynton and only about 3 miles from Okmulgee county. There are four cemeteries that I know of in that vicinity. All are still open for burial, but only two are well maintained. Cyrus could have been buried on the farmland also.

Send me a copy of the picture you have. There is a woman on the Boynton town council that knows a little about everything. I'll see if I can get hold of her. If Grandmother Lang is still alive and well enough to take visitors, the council woman may be able to connect me with her.

Anyway, email me. I don't mind and love a good hunt.
Added by Marcy Smith on Aug 19, 2013 2:45 AM
Marcy Smith
RE: Cyrus Suiter
Bernice, I have to return to this area in the next two weeks. I will try to locate something that will confirm where Cyrus is buried. There were tons of small communities from 1890-1920 in Oklahoma. When they disappeared, a good deal of the land reverted to its original condition. There are at least two known cemeteries in the same area where the Suiters lived that there is no trace of now. I will see if the town of Boynton might have any records. Did your Graysons stay in the area? Is there anything I can help you with in that regard?

Added by Marcy Smith on Aug 18, 2013 2:54 PM
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