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Mike Bell (#46815835)
 member for 9 years, 11 months, 25 days
Anita O. Kinard
Knickmeyers and O'Neales
(Sorry, I posted before I was finished.) On the night of February 26th, 1898 a terrible fire gutted a building at 160 Church Street located at the Southeast corner of Church and Cumberland. it was just a standard 3-story wood frame tenement building commonly seen in this time period and could easily be replaced. What could not be replaced were the nine people who perished in the flames. Nine people of the same family... the Knickmeyer Family.

Those who died were Mrs Rebecca Knickmeyer aged 36, Josephine Knickmeyer aged 17, Katie Knickmeyer aged 15, Leonora Knickmeyer aged 8, Francis Knickmeyer aged 6, Lilly Knickmeyer aged 3, Anna Knickmeyer aged 1 month, Albert O'Neale aged 17, and Caswell O'Neale aged 15, both brothers of Rebecca. Mr. W.T. O'Neale, father of Mrs Rebecca was able to escape the inferno with minimal injuries.

The father Theodore Knickmeyer, a carpenter by trade, was working his job... that job was a fireman with the Charleston Fire Department. He responded with the thought that the fire was near his home. Unbeknownst to him the fire was in fact in his apartment.

He arrived to the horror of fire roaring from the third floor windows. His family nowhere to be seen. He grabbed a ladder and rushed up the wall to the third floor. He frantically swept the room for any sign of his family. He quickly found his infant daughter Anna, not barely a month old. He exited the window and scaled down to the ground. He thought to himself "She is alive, I know it!" At the bottom her looked down at her, his heart sank. He had seen this before at other jobs. She lay lifeless with smoke stains around her mouth and nose not breathing... she could not be saved.

The family was brought out one by one and removed to the bakery across the street from the scene. This business belonged to Fire Chief O.G. Marjenhoff and his family lived above the workings.

The funeral was held the next day at Bethany German Cemetery and the nine were laid to rest in three separate graves.

Afterwards Theodore moved permanently into the fire station at Meeting and Wentworth. A few years later he would move to Augusta, Georgia. A few more after that he moved back to the Lowcountry, this time settling in Goose Creek Township. He would pass away on April 27th, 1920 having never remarried. He is buried in Strawberry.

Added by Anita O. Kinard on Nov 29, 2015 7:34 PM

Anita O. Kinard
Knickmeyers and O'Neales in Bethany Cemetry in Charleston, SC.
Hi there Mike. I saw this article on a group I belong to on Facebook and I thought you might like to add it to the memorials you created for these family members. Have a great day and GOD Bless! Anita

Added by Anita O. Kinard on Nov 29, 2015 7:29 PM

Bob Gantz
RE: Elizabeth Gantz..#59502333
I'm sorry...I see I left a "3" off the number.
Should be: #59502333. This is the memorial that's wrong.

Added by Bob Gantz on Nov 07, 2015 9:18 PM

Bob Gantz
Elizabeth Gantz..#5950233
Can you please "remove" my mother (Elizabeth B. Gantz #5950233) from the Graveyard in New Brunswick, NJ.
She is and has been always buried in the Blawenburg Cemetery in Blawenburg, NJ.
I have no idea where you got the information to place her in New Brunswick?

***I have managed her grave there since she passed.

Thank you,
Bob Gantz

Added by Bob Gantz on Oct 29, 2015 9:05 PM

Angie Ethridge McIntyre
Floyd Ethridge
Thank you for the photo of his headstone.
Peace and good health,

Added by Angie Ethridge McIntyre on Oct 03, 2015 10:52 AM

Thomas J. Knowles
I just noticed there IS a memorial for Thomas in this cemetery, so you could post that gravestone photo there Memorial# 113218272. thanks very much for correcting.

Added by genieresearcher on Oct 02, 2015 12:31 PM

Charles H. D. Knowles
Memorial 2518415, it appears you have posted an incorrect gravestone will see the dates on your photo do NOT match the memorial dates and now there is a correct stone photo posted. Would you be so kind to remove yours please? thanks!

Added by genieresearcher on Oct 02, 2015 12:29 PM

edmund H. Robinson

Added by VALERIE on Sep 08, 2015 9:20 AM

Albert(Bert) Joseph Zidlick, Jr.
RE: vera howell
Hi Mike, Glad to here from you. I want to thank you for all you have done for me. I am adding more and more to my family on Find A Grave. Have been out of the loop with heart problems, but new medication is helping a lot.I have numerousfamily graves to ask you to transfer, if you are OK with that. Hope you are doing great, and I appreciate all the transfers.Wishing you well, Bert Zidlick Sept 6, 2015.

Added by Albert(Bert) Joseph Zidli... on Sep 06, 2015 11:08 AM

Mary Ann Bagwell
Anna Margarethe Adeline Castens
Anna Margarethe Adeline Castens was born in Nenndorf, in the district of Wittmund in Lower Saxony, Germany. She was baptized in Vilsend. She married Johann Semken who was born May 10, 1837 in Worpswede, a municipality in the district of Osterholz in Lower Saxony, Germany. This information comes from the local family database of Teufelsmoor

Added by Mary Ann Bagwell on Sep 01, 2015 5:10 PM

Leland S Greene
You took a photo of Leland S Greene's gravestone. I wonder if I could bother you for another take, as the stone is partially covered by flowers. Its okay to move them, so that we can see the complete stone. Leland's father would be my Great Great grandfather, so Leland is my Great Uncle. Would like management of his memorial unless you're a relative. Thank you for your time and volunteer efforts. It is truly appreciated!

Added by Mike65141 on Aug 21, 2015 7:43 PM

B Dingle Matt
Joseph and Pearl Singleton

Mr. Bell, how can I modify the profile you created for the above persons, who are buried at Sunset Memorial Gardens Cemetery, No. Charleston S.C

Added by B Dingle Matt on Jul 20, 2015 9:05 PM

juana manzana
Henry Apple
Thank you for making the attempt to find Henry's gravestone. I appreciate the time and trouble you went to. J. Apple

Added by juana manzana on Jul 15, 2015 8:47 AM

Peggy Bargen Duey
Find A Grave Changes
A friend told me about this change a couple days after this was deployed. I have sent an edit/s to you so I thought maybe you didn't know about it. You might want to pass it on to your friends. thanks!!! ~Peggy

New "Automated" system for "Suggest a Correction/Submit an Edit"

******Please Note******
New System for Memorial Edits deployed by FindAGrave on 12/5/2013

Go to your Contributor/Profile page. Look in the upper right corner. You should now see a tab called "Edits" - check there to see if any have been submitted to you. Then just review and accept.

Way easier for doing updates to names/dates/places/plot numbers/links. If you don't approve within 21 days it will automatically accept it.

You still will get e-mails to add info to bio section.

Added by Peggy Bargen Duey on Jul 15, 2015 6:55 AM

Terri Rickert
RE: James Earl Allen Drayton
But there was nearly $1.2 million to benefit the families of the fallen firefighters. Plus $100,000 from Leary Firefighters Foundation. And The store owner set up an Education Scholarship for the 7 Firefighters children.

Why didn't Charleston pay for all nine headstones? OR the State?
The headstone that looks homemade is so sad. Also the lack of maintenance on one grave is horrific.


Added by Terri Rickert on Jun 15, 2015 7:28 AM

Terri Rickert
James Earl Allen Drayton
You commented on James Drayton’s headstone:
“You would think this individual would have received a better headstone, what a shame"
Added by: Mike Bell
Check out these other Fire Officers that died in the same Furniture Store Fire:

Rodney Bradford “Brad” Baity Find A Grave Memorial # 19977196

Mark Wesley Kelsey Find A Grave Memorial # 19977182

Why do some of the 9 Firefighters have elaborate headstones and other have nothing or basic?


Added by Terri Rickert on Jun 15, 2015 6:27 AM

Sue Seeterlin Rice
RE: Gerald J Maguire in New Cathedral
Only if you want....thanks so much for helping.

Added by Sue Seeterlin Rice on May 31, 2015 1:57 PM

Sue Seeterlin Rice
Gerald J Maguire in New Cathedral
HI Mike,
I just discovered a Vietnam KIA who is buried in New Cathedral Cem. I see that you have taken photos there. If it is convienent, next time you are there could you please help me out. His # is 146558212, and I called and got his burial location. Your findagrave contributions are so wonderful. My need for Gerald's stone, helps me complete a memorial book for the men who survived in his Company during the Vietnam Era. Gerald has another memorial which has not been updated to include the cemetery, but I plan to ask for a merge after I get the stone photo. If he is buried ext to parents or other Maguires, please advise.

Thanks so much for any help you can give.
Sue Rice
Waterford, Michigan

Added by Sue Seeterlin Rice on May 31, 2015 8:08 AM

holly k
naomi pessier
hi mike, can you please send thru my edit. i am trying to link up others and i cant without this. thanks

Added by holly k on May 27, 2015 12:46 AM

Chance "Squirrel" Hudson
Captain John Martin 1730-1790
Mr. Bell I am requesting a transfer of the memorial for Captain John Martin in Camden, South Carolina. He is my maternal 8th great grandfather and I have a lot of information I could add to his memorial. Thank you.

Added by Chance "Squirrel" Hudson on May 24, 2015 6:57 PM

John Ainsworth
Max Albert Dick
Memorial # 27267846

New to this, not sure that worked.

Added by John Ainsworth on May 15, 2015 5:32 PM

John Ainsworth
Max albert Dick

Thank You so very much, I truly appreciate your kindness
and work.


Added by John Ainsworth on May 15, 2015 5:30 PM

John Ainsworth
Max Albert Dick
Hi Mike, I had not heard back from you concerning the transfer of my Father in laws Max Albert Dick's memorial to myself. As you can see I went ahead and added his grave marker. I hope in the future you will consider transferring his memorial. I have several other bits of information to add, plus pictures. I also wanted to let you know where his death was. It was at his home in Gloucester VA. Thanks John Ainsworth

Added by John Ainsworth on May 15, 2015 5:15 AM

RE: Fischer
Thanks for the reply. Grace

Added by cawalrus on May 08, 2015 7:24 PM

Hi. Do you have a family connection with the Frederick Fischer family or was he just one of the graves in Bethany Cemetery? My cousin is a descendant. Thanks. Grace

Added by cawalrus on May 08, 2015 5:37 PM


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