The 2004 Noble Reunion

Fort Wayne, IN
Westerfield, OH

July 29-July 31, 2004


The 2004 reunion began in Fort Wayne, Indiana on the evening of July 28th, as descendents began to check into the reunion headquarters at the Holiday Inn in downtown Fort Wayne.  Each family received a binder, prepared by Carol and Bob Benner, containing the agenda, reviews of past reunions, a letter from England regarding research into Thomas Noble's birth and parentage, a list of the descendents of Thomas and Hannah, descendents of Jonathan Noble and wives Mary Barber and Hannah Buell, the story of the Jonathan Noble log cabin in Westerfield, OH, the story of D.C. Noble and his greenhouses, the story of Fort Wayne, IN, Cemeteries in Indiana and Ohio and current known burials, and a Food Guide.  This wonderful work was a great keepsake for reunion attendees.

Day 1 began with attendees meeting in the hotel lobby, and proceeding to the Allen County Public Library, where they were given a guided tour by library staff.  The rest of the day was devoted to research.  The library has one of the finest genealogical collections in the nation, and very helpful staff.  Excellent computer access to various databases augment the collection.  Everyone there praised the facility, and much excellent research ensued.

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Carol Benner

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Carol Benner with Reunion Book

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Helen Peschau

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Helen Peschau

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Reunion attendees

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More reunion attendees

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Helen Peschau, Margaret Joris,
Grace and Tom Kneil examine Noble family documents

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Helen Peschau, Margaret Joris,
Grace and Tom Kneil

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Harold and Carol Byrd


The reunion group assembled for dinner at "The Factory", for good fellowship, and outstanding prime rib, lobster, and other delicious foods.  Following are a few photos from dinner.

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Carol and Bob Benner

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Bill Benner

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Chris and Todd Carlson

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Walt and Lois Reiner and son

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Betty and Jed White

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Helen Peschau, Margaret Jorris, Harold Byrd

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Harold and Carol Byrd

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Susan and Marissa Carlson

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Tom Kneil, Bill, Carol, and Bob Benner

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Grace Kneil

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Jed and Betty White

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Alan Phelps, Melanie Kuhnel, Sandy Phelps, Jed White



Day 2 began with everyone meeting in a conference room for an exchange of information, showing of photographs, some of them historic, and others of the last few reunions.  The location of the next reunion was discussed, which will tentatively be either in Westfield, MA again, or in central Iowa.  We are waiting to see if the book on Noble of the famous Barnes and Noble bookstore is completed before making a decision.  

A discussion was held about creating a Noble - Warriner family association.  It was agreed that this would be desirable, so initial goals, officers, and dues were agreed upon.  The charter members paid their dues, and the association was born.  Carol Benner was chosen as the President and Secretary, plus historian.  Tom Kneil was elected as Treasurer.  Ron Kuhnel will be the Newsletter editor, and Helen Peschau will help maintain the web site.

The rest of the day was spent in more research at the Library, and dinner was held at the Triangle Park Bar & Grill.

Photos from Day 2 follow.

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Bill Benner

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Betty White

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Grace and Tom Kneil

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Group at dinner

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Tami and Betty Jorris & Helen Peschau

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Jed White, Susan and Merissa Carlson

Tami and Barry Jorris

Kris Richey and mother

Susan and Merissa Carlson

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Chris and Todd Carlson

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Sandra and Kimberly Pavey

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Melanie and Ron Kuhnel

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Margaret Jorris, Helen Paschau

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Helen Peschau

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Tom Kneil and Jed White

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Betty White and Grace Kneil

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Kris Richey

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Kimberly Pavey

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Sandra and Kimberly Pavey

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Sandra and Kimberly Pavey

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Jed White

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Carol and Harold Byrd

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Chris and Todd Carlson

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Jayne Noble and Carol Benner

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Margaret Jorris, Melanie Kuhnel

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Tome Kneil, Jed and Betty White
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Day 3 was in Westerfield, Ohio.  We first visited the Jonathan Noble log cabin in Westerfield, OH. When we arrived on a overcast day, the Johnny Appleseed Society was in the process of planting an apple tree next to the cabin.. Inside the cabin we were treated to a very interesting explanation of the history of the house, its log cabin construction, and some artifacts (such as a log splitter and axe). All are shown in the photos below.  Finally the Noble descendents lined up for a group photograph in front on the house.  For a larger version of one of the photos with everyone identified click HERE..  Afterwards everyone left for home or other locales, as a violent thunderstorm descended on the region making the drive out of town exciting.


Jonathan Noble Cabin - Back

Jonathan Noble Cabin - Front


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Walt Reiner digging hole

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Walt Reiner preparing soil

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Walt Reiner planting appe tree at
Jonathan Noble Cabin in Westerfield, OH

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Walt Reiner tamping soil

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Walt Reiner with planted Tree

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Alan Phelps

Bill Benner

Walt Reiner explains cabin

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Walt Reiner

Walt Reiner

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Jed White

Group in cabin

Group in Cabin


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Log splitter

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Old single bladed axe

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Square logs of cabin

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Orrin Noble

Horace Noble

Mary Noble

Hannah Noble

Jonathan Noble