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Chief Joseph Cemetery
Nespelem, Okanogan County, Washington

T31N R30E Sec 24
Lat: 48° 10' 11"N, Lon: 118° 58' 64"W

Contributed by Maggie Rail, © Jun 01, 2000, last edited Oct 12, 2010 [mrail@asisna.com]. Total records = 140.

To reach the cemetery, turn onto the Keller Rd from Hwy 155 one block, then left which will proceed uphill winding around to the cemetery.

Chief Joseph Cemetery is a Nez Perce cemetery in the town of Nespelem, on the Colville Indian Reservation. Buried here are many participants of the Nez Perce War of 1877, including younger Chief Joseph and Yellow Wolf. Chief Joseph and many of his people came here to live about 1885. This cemetery is still an active cemetery.

In the center of the cemetery you will find the tall upright headstone which has the inscription on it, listed first below. A few blocks away, just off of Hwy 155, a monument has been erected to honor Chief Joseph.

I transcribed from my headstone readings, then compared this work with the Okanogan Genealogical Society's Cemetery book pub. 1991 and have added an asterisk to the end of the entry, if it came from only their book. For these additional entries, it means most likely there is no headstone. If a mistake is found or an entry missing, please contact me and I will be happy to make the correction.

Matt Morris and I surveyed this cemetery on Apr 07, 2000. I have photos of most headstones.

-Maggie Rail

Abbott, Winnie M, b. 1930, d. 1966
Alalumti, b. 1846, d. 1931
Amera, Lizzie, b. 1886, d. 1928 *
Andrew, Thomas Bailey Jr, b. Mar 29, 1915, d. Mar 08, 1930, 'She-Milp', We Walk by faith, not by sight
Andrew, Thomas Bailey Sr, b. Sep 01, 1887, d. Oct 18, 1964, 'Ukshanat', Grandfather-Great Grandfather
Andrews, Albert b. Nov 25, 1912, d. Mar 27, 1951, Wash GM3 WWII
Andrews, Alice Moyese, b. Nov 05, 1891, d. Sep 08, 1975, Our Mother, Tomawali, Member Chief Joseph's Band
Andrews, Annabelle L, b. 1930, d. 1967
Andrews, Douglas, b. Sep 28, 1932, d. Jun 29, 1996, Cpl US Army Korea
Andrews, Hattie, b. 1891, d. 1980
Andrews, Isaac, b. Feb 02, 1921, d. Jan 19, 1968, Wash Pfc 87 Air Trans Sq AAF WWII
Andrews, Mearle d. 192?
Andrews, Virginia W, b. 1918, d. 1986
Andrews, Warren I, b. 1969, d. 1970
Bierle, Narcisse Cyril Jr, b. Nov 30, 1955, d. May 24, 1993, L Cpl US Marine Corps
Billy, Annie, b. 1867, d. 1965 (*had Abbie)
Bob, Matilda 'Tillie Red Elk', b. Nov 01, 1909, d. May 26, 1983, Nez Perce-Colville Ordained Mionister, Indian Shaker Religion
Broncheau, Mary Catherine, b. 1932, d. 1932
Broncheau, Nancy W, b. 1904, d. 1955, Rest in Peace
Broncheau, Phillip, b. Jun 24, 1914, d. Jan 19, 1945, Wash Pvt 506 Prcht Inf 101 Abn Div WWII
Broncheau, Thomas Jr, b. 1939, d. 1940
Broncheau, Thomas L, b. 1894, d. 1952
Carter, William Herbert, b. 1938, d. 1939
Cawston, Isaac C, b. 1932, d. 1975, Cpl US Army Korea
Charley, Dolores C, b. Aug 02, 1939, d. Jun 18, 1951
Cheer, Francis T, b. May 13, 1930, d. Jul 06, 1998, 'Ei-Ma-Tee'
Chief Joseph, d. Sep 21, 1904, 60 yr, "Hin-Mah-Too-Yah-Lat-Kekt, Thunder Rolling in the mountain, He led his people in the Nez Perce War of 1877"
Chief, Edward, b. Dec 24, 1907, d. Jun 19, 1967, Wash Pfc Co C 1276 Engr C Bn WWII
Cleveland, Clayton N, b. 1978, d. 1978
Cleveland, Lucetta L, b. 1946, d. 1946
Cleveland, Ned, b. 1922, d. 1983
Covington, Delia G, b. 1917, d. 1986 *
Davis, Howard, b. 1942, d. 1993, Strate FH
Davis, Lenita, b. 1954, d. 1954
Davis, Milton Arnold, d. Dec 16, 1986, 36yr 10mo 30 da
Davis, Vernadene, b. 1955, d. 1993, Strate FH
Desautel, Dallas Jamal, b. Nov 18, 1983, d. Sep 27, 1987
Desautel, Ida W, b. Mar 10, 1910, d. Nov 19, 1994, Mom, Gran, Aunty
Doctor, Coyote, b. 1867, d. Apr 12, 1930, 'Pow-U-Ton-Ow-It'
Felix, Young, b. 1860, d. Jun 20, 1952
Flett, Norma J, b. Feb 25, 1947, d. Mar 20, 1980
George, Chief Nespelem, b. 1863, d. Jan. 29, 1929
George, Frank, b. Oct 21, 1912, d. Oct 31, 1968, The sound of drums through the ages
George, Maggie Weipah, b. 1912, d.1961
George, Mary W, b. 1890, d. 1949
George, Russel R, b. Nov 27, 1925, d. Apr 16, 1988, Pfc US Army WWII
George, Timothy W, b. 1961, d. 1961
George, William D, b. Feb 22, 1966, d. Sep 18, 1966
Grant, John A III, b. May 13, 1963, d. Sep 15, 1988, US Navy Grenada, Claimed by Columbia River, never found
Grant, Thomas P, b. Feb 01, 1933, d. Feb 23, 1999, 'Pak-At-Ma-Tot', Pfc USMC Korea
Gray, Joseph E, b. 1908, d. 1985, Tec 5 US Army WWI
Hall, Ranae R, b. 1982, d. 1982
Hatats, b. 1864, d. 1964
I-A-To-We-Non-My, d. Jun 05, 1917 *
Jackson, Charles T, b. 1916, d. 1981 *
Johnson, Amelia, b. 1869, d. 1961, Mother
Johnson, Lee Lynn, b. Oct 30, 1967, d. Jun 21, 1998
Judge, Arlene Ann, b. Apr 21, 1940, d. Dec 26, 1957
Judge, Martha Owhi, b. Jan 07, 1922, d. Jan 10, 1941
Kamiakin, Alalumti C, b. 1885, d. 1977, Barnes FH
Kamiakin, Alfred Abraham, b. Feb 12, 1928, d. Jul 05, 1953, Calif Cpl Co F 224 Inf 40 Inf Div Korea
Kamiakin, Arthur T, Rev, b. May 26, 1906, d. May 28, 1991, photo
Kamiakin, Cato T, b. Mar 19, 1916, d. Feb 28, 1974, Wash Pvt US Army WWII
Kamiakin, Josephine L, b. Oct 06, 1916, d. Feb 04, 1984
Kamiakin, Mary, d. Mar 26, 1920 *
Kamiakin, Otwesonmy, b. 1877, d. 1957
Kamiakin, Teddy T, b. 1896, d. 1936
Kamiakin, Tomeo, b. 1856, d. 1936
Lee, Leatrice Raelene, b. Apr 15, 1951, d. Feb 21, 1953
McDonald, Carrie E, b. 1881, d. 1962, Brower FH
McDonald, Joetta Darlene, b. Feb 01, 1973, d. Aug 12, 1973
Ni-Ka-Not, b. 1869, d. Aug 17, 1937
Owhi, Annie Poween, b. Nov 15, 1893, d. Dec 12, 1989, 'U-Pah-Pi', Loving wife, mother & grandmother
Owhi, Harry Joe, b. Jul 26, 1959, d. Jul 20, 1961
Owhi, Roscoe B, b. 1919, d. 1976 *
Owhi, Rosville B, b. 1919, d. 1976, Sgt US Army WWII
Patrick, Ida, b. 1933, d. 1960
Paul, Stanley M Jr, b. 1973, d. 1977
Peel, Hattie, b. 1911, d. May 31, 1930 *
Peo-Peo-Ka-Ow-Not, b. 1870, d. 1958, 'Cleveland'
Poween, Minnie, b. 1870, d. 1955
Poween, Tom, b. 1852 at Almota on Snake River, d. 1940
Quiltenenock, Tommy T, b. Jan 03, 1913, d. Jun 02, 1957, Wash Tec5 1945 Ord Ammo Co Avn WWII
Redthunder, Baby Boy, b. 1980, d. 1980
Redthunder, Jay, b. 1931, d. 1932
Redthunder, Joseph Jr, b. 1939, d. 1940
Redthunder, Levi A, b. 1935, d. 1958, The Lord is My Shepherd
Redthunder, Lucy Weipah, b. Nov 1915, d. Dec 1985, Mother *
Redthunder, Lyle D, b. May 29, 1956, d. Jun 01 1956
Redthunder, Marcellene d. Jan 17, 1950
Redthunder, Morris J, b. May 18, 1938, d. Oct 06, 1990
Redthunder, Rudolph, d. Dec 04, 1939
Samuels, Fredick Abel, b. Jul 07, 1958, d. Nov 15, 1958
Saxa, John R Sr, b. 1921, d. 1970, husband, dad & uncle
Simon, Paul Jr, b. Jan 27, 1958, d. Mar 30, 1958
Simpson, Lillian W, b. Mar 1908, d. Jun 1974
Soom, Ray, b. 1918, d. 1997
Stone, Eugene Russell, b. 1972, d. 1972 *
Sturgis, Katie S, b. 1898, d. 1975
Sturgis, Sam, b. 1887, d. 1968
Tas, Chief Que Que, Sr, b. May 1822, d. 1908
Tatshama, Christine, b. Jan 23, 1925, d. Aug 17, 1926
Tatshama, Ferris, b. Aug 28, 1919, d. Dec 18, 1974, SP Army Air Forces
Tatshama, Gilbert, b. Feb 09, 1928, d. 1931
Tatshama, Henderson, b. 1896, d. Aug 29, 1938 *
Tatshama, Henderson, b. 1935, d. 1998
Tatshama, Reginald, b. Jul 05, 1926, d. Mar 05, 1941 *
Tatshama, Viola, no dates, age: 6 yr old *
Te-We-Talkt, b. 1866, d. 1930 *
Thomas, Renford, b. Jun 13, 1953, d. Jan 19, 1990, 'Chinky'
Thomas, Rosalia Broncheaii, b. Jul 18, 1926, d. Feb 26, 1998, beloved sister, mother, grandmother
Tomeo, Hayes P, b. Feb 13, 1927, d. Sep 10, 1961, US Army Korea
Tomeo, Joseph M, b. Feb 21, 1945, d. Aug 15, 1947
Tomeo, Kamiakin, b. 1856, d. 1936
Tomeo, Mamie J, b. Nov 30, 1942, d. Aug 12, 1952
Tomeo, Sharon M, b. Dec 14, 1948, d. May 17, 1953
Wapato, Juliane, b. 1956, d. 1988
Wapato, Sarah Tatshama, b. Jul 11, 1921, d. Aug 09, 1995
Waters, Irine I, b. Mar 26, 1939, d. Oct 09, 1939
Waters, Louise S, b. 1916, d. 1978, Mother
Waters, Thomas, b. 1881, d. 1931
Waters, Tommy Joe, b. 1903, d. 1968, Father
Wa-Win-Te-Pe-Tal-E-Ka-Sat, d. Jan 27, 1929
Weidah, Masiat J, b. 1883, d. 1942, Precht-Harrison FH
Weipah, Jake, b. 1882, d. 1949, Precht-Harrison FH
Weipah, Lewis, b. Nov 22, 1922, d. Dec 27, 1968, S2 US Navy WWII
Weipah, Smith, b. Jan 02, 1917, d. Jun 27, 1968, Wash Pfc 210 FA 33 Inf Div WWII
Williams, Abel J, b. Jan 01, 1920, d. Apr 13, 1944, Wash SSgt 789 Bomb Sq WWII
Williams, Albert S, b. 1915, d. 1964
Williams, Annie, b. 1905, d. 1978 *
Williams, Charley K, b. 1879, d. 1969, 'Te-Meh-Yew-Te-Toot'
Williams, Clayton, b. Nov 02, 1922, d. Feb 29, 1976, Pfc US Army WWII, Barnes FH
Williams, Edward, b. Feb 12, 1908, d. Sep 21, 1966, Wash Pfc Inf WWII
Williams, Harry T, b. 1949, d. 1976, AB US Air Force
Williams, Scott, b. 1966, d. 1995, FH marker
Williams, Susie C, b. 1888, d. 1971, FH marker
Williams, Walter, b. May 17, 1912, d. Sep 05, 1961, Wash GMC USNR WWII
Wilson, Annie, d. Nov 20, 1908, age: 30 yr *
Yellow Wolf, Billy, b. 1886, d. 1966, Ball & Dodd FH
Yellow Wolf, b. 1855, d. 1935, Patriot Warrior of the Nez Perce "Lost Cause" 1877, Marker placed by White Friends

Numerous unmarked graves and unmarked crosses are found throughout the cemetery in addition to those listed above.


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