Meis family, Plymouth Co., IA, photographs donated by Anthony Zilly

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1st row - Henry Meis - mother/Angela (Tauke) Meis - father/Frederick Wilhelm Meis
2nd row - Anthony Meis - Margaret (Meis) Kemp - Herman Joseph Meis, Joseph Ignatius Meis, Josephine (Meis) Neubel
Here's an outline of family members in the picture and how they're related.  I'm a descendant of Joseph Ignatius Meis.
 6.  Friederich Wilhelm Meis (b1845-0614 Siddinghausen,PRU - d1924-0707) His Obituary
      m1867-0604 New Vienna,IA -- Maria Angeline (Angela)  Tauke (b1847-0908 Dubuque,IA - d1929-1210)
Both Fred and Angela were Roman Catholic (St.Boniface,NewVienna,IA) and are buried at St.Joseph Cemetery (LeMars,IA).
          7.  Henry Meis  (b1869/1876-0900 IA)
               mABT1905 Bellvue,IA -- Anna (bABT1884)
          7.  Anton (Anthony) Meis (b1868-0100 Dubuque,IA)
              m1893-0606 Plymouth,IA -- Clara Pletschette (b1872-0500 Jackson,IA - 1908-0516 IA)
          7.  Margaretha (Maggie) Mary Meis (b1879-0200 Dubuque,IA - d1957)
              m1899-1018 LeMars,IA -- Hubert B. Kemp (b1876-0900 IA - d1956)
          7.  Herman Joseph Meis (b1883-1209 Plymouth,IA - d1930-0616)
          7.  Joseph Ignatius Meis  (b1882-0304 LeMars,IA - d1951-0912 LeMars,IA)
               m1909-0928 LeMars,IA --   Katherine Gertrude Roerig (b1888-0330 Galena,IL - d1984-0516 LeMars,IA)
          7.  Anna Josephine Meis  (b1885-0905 LeMars,IA - d1987-0800)
               mABT1906 IA -- Frank R. Neubel (b1881-1207 IA - d1970-0800)

 6.  Hermann Joseph Meis (b1835-1105 Siddinghausen,PRU - d1900-1231 LeMars,IA)
came to NewVienna,IA in 1865
1875_ordained Roman Catholic Priest
occupation: Roman Catholic priest - from St. Boniface (NewVienna,IA) pastor of St. Joseph's Catholic Church, LeMars,IA for 20 years

Scanned photos of Father Hermann Joseph Meis from the St.Joseph Catholic Church Golden Jubilee book.

Obituary posted for Mary Clarina Meis

Obituary posted for Mary Paula Meis

Click on the above linked lines to see the additional information.

The following article appeared in the LeMars Sentinel following the marriage (1909-Sep 28) of Joseph I. Meis and Katherine Roerig:
"A large gathering of friends and relatives witnessed the marriage of Miss Katherine Roerig and Mr. Joseph I. Meis at St. Joseph's Church in LeMars at 9:00 on Tuesday morning.  The Rev. Father F.K. Feurstein performed the ceremony.
The bride was most daintly dressed in a gown of white Persian lawn trimmed with Brussels lace.  Her blushing face was half hidden by the folds of the gausy veil which was held in place by a few fair white rose buds.  She also carried a bouquet of brides' roses.  The bride was accompanied by her sister, Miss Mary Roerig, who was also attired in white and carried a bouquet of pink roses.
The groom was accompanied by his brother, Herman, who acted in the capacity of the best man.
Immediately after the friends and relatives had showered upon the happy couple their many and since congratulations, the happy company took to the home of the bride's parents, Mr. and Mrs. M. Roerig, living on Franklin Street where a delicious breakfast was served."
photos and link to the Roerig family page
A - wedding portrait - Joseph Meis sitting and (l-r) Mary Roerig, Herman Meis, Katherine Roerig
B - Rev. Father F.K. Feurstein

This is the family of Joseph Ignatius Meis who lived in the family farm in LeMars,IA.

1st row - Janet (Norton) Meis, Joseph Meis (father), Ruth (Marienau) Meis, Katherine Gertrude (Roerig) Meis, Joan (VanSteenwyk) Meis
2nd row - Clarence "Huck" Meis, Margaret (Grau) Meis, Richard "Bud" Meis, Herbert Meis, Marian (Abdalla) Meis, Edward Meis.
3rd row - Raymond Meis, Clotilda "Tillie" (Wolf) Meis, Leonard Meis

1959 in LeMars,IA - Diane Van Steenwyk (about 6yrs old) (b1952)


Here is a report I wrote about my (mis)adventures of my first Meis Family Reunion in LeMars,IA, in 1995. [Link to Anthony's family reunion report.]

I had flown in with my Grandmother and her twin sister to see for my first time the family homestead and family members that I had never known before. 



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