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                                                                 Neher Plot
                                                                                  AKA  Moody Plot
                                 Forest Township, Richland County, Wisconsin  USA

                                             HERE THEY SLEEP Narrative

NEHER CEMETERY     A.K.A.  Moody Cemetery

As of September 26, 1974, a most interesting find by workers of the current old cemeteries project is now on its way as a matter of record with the State Historical Society concerning Richland County and its related values. Location of 118 year old plot is on the Earl Moody Section 34, Town of Forest, east of junction of county trunks I and G, where G enteries from the south. The surrounding land is on a hillside pasture area found to be presently unkept. Gravestones are of the old slab variety. Of the six stones, one has a double inscription. Five can now be truly identified, although a few are almost illegible. All markers can now be cataloged as follows: This plot, as located, appears to be within an early neighborhood settled by these representative families. The year 1872 saw the last burials here according to all available data. It appears that future burials were continued in the nearby Hopewell Cemetery, which has a new section plus the original one. The old section lies about 80 rods north and is not visible from County Trunk I. The old church, long a familiar landmark, is no longer standing. J.  P. Neher (also Nehr) farmer and minister, took up land on July 8, 1853 in Sections 34-35 in the Town of Forest. The same acreage is now owned by Earl Moody. Mr. Neher started a family site in 1856 at the death of his first son, Martin D. on May 14, 1856, aged 22. In 1862 a second son Solomon J. died on July 16, 19Yrs and 14 days.  In 1872 a typhoid fever epidemic struck this small community. Within a six week period it had struck down a daughter, Mrs. Mary Ann Morrow, wife of Samuel; and M. A. Morrow, her infant child. This occurred Oct. 6. The mother was 30 years, 10 months and 12 days of age. The yet surviving son, Gilbert M., died on November 15, Age 6 yr. 11 Mo. 24 days. In the meanwhile the father of a neighboring family, Jacob Harrison Kanable, had died in their native state of Indiana and was buried on the Kanable lot in a Russiaville cemetery. No mention was made in this bit of data of Mrs. J. H. Kanable. However, she and the children came to live with the Samuel and Mary Ann Morrow family. The Kanable family consisted of four children at home, three sons and one daughter, namely, Harmon, Forest, James, and Florence. Harmon died at an early age while the remaining three were listed in the old Kanable School register. The "Neher Tragedy", as it was then called, had now taken the last two known children.
         1.  Florence M. died Oct. 10, 1872, aged 13 yr 10 mo 2 da.
         2. James H. died Oct. 16, 1872, aged 12 yrs., 6 days.
The burial site as it appears today does not identify Harmon and Forest Kanable as having been buried there, yet there is some evidence in No. 6 spot of at least one unidentified burial. It is possible that there is considerable more recorded elsewhere, however the above data is fairly conclusive as given by one Gerald E. Kanable of Willingsboro, New Jersey, 1 Minstrel Lane, zip code 08046.  ADDENDA: Stewart, two young daughters of Charles Stewart, unmarked graves. One Margaret J. Neher, wife of J. C. Neher, was found to be buried in Sand Prairie Cemetery, section 34 - Town of Richwood, 1851 - 1882.



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