The main focus of this text is Nathaniel Meek Senior. During the process of gathering genealogical data on this man, records for other men by the name of Meek were found in the same areas of residence. These men will also be discussed. During his lifetime Nathaniel Meek is know to have resided in the states of Pennsylvania, Kentucky, and Indiana. His will was signed in Pulaski County, Ky. in 1826 and was entered into probate in the same county in 1827 at the time of his death. The name of Nathaniel's wife is unknown but his children were: Nathan Jr. b1775-1781, Samuel b1784, Jeremiah b1775-1783, David b1780-1790, William b1788, Richard b1801, Lewis b1800, Mary "Polly" b1781-1785, Priscilla b1781, Elizabeth and Sarah. The records that exist for Nathaniel in Kentucky and Indiana refer to him as; Nathaniel, Nathan, and Nathan Meek Sr. I also hope that the genealogical data pertaining to Nathaniel presented here will prove that he is indeed the parent of the children listed above and that Jeremiah Meek and Sarah are not. Ed. Note: Source of the Children's ages; census, tax rolls, and marriage records.
Throughout the genealogical network I see Jeremiah Meek and his wife Sarah named as the parents of Nathan Jr., Samuel, Jeremiah, David, William, Richard, Lewis, Mary "Polly", Priscilla, Elizabeth, and Sarah. The basis of this misconception I believe is in the Carleton Meek Genealogy. Carleton published his genealogy in 1962 and it is based on the H.B. Meek genealogy published in 1902. Carleton basically accepted all of the H.B. Meek genealogy and added his own research to it. In both of these genealogies Nathan (Nathaniel) and Jeremiah Meek are said to be brothers and sons of Jacob Meek b.1698, son of Adam Meek b.1640. I mention Jacob and Adam here only as a point of clarification as to which Nathan and Jeremiah are being discussed. It is not the intent here to discuss the validity of Adam and Jacob.
The H.B. Meek genealogy names Nathan (Nathaniel) Meek as the father of the children as named above. The Carleton Meek genealogy also names Nathan (Nathaniel) as the father of the children on every page of the book that refers to them except for the very first one. Carleton assigned a letter and number designation for every person in his book. Nathan (Nathaniel) was assigned C6 and Jeremiah C5. On the first page that lists the children, page 33 there is a bracket arrow pointing from them to their father. The bracket arrow on this page points just below C5, Jeremiah and above C6, Nathan. On pages 34 through 39 the children are listed and the bracket arrow points directly at C6, Nathan on every page. I believe that the printer's error on page 33 has inadvertently led people to believe that Jeremiah Meek is the father of the children named above.
Nathaniel Meek can be placed as a resident of Pennsylvania during the years of 1781, 1784, and 1788 by the birth years of three of his children, Priscilla b. 1781, Samuel b. 1784, and William b. 1788. Census records for these three children, Priscilla 1850 Jennings County, In., William 1860 Jennings County, In., and Samuel 1850 Andrew County, Missouri, list their birth state as Pennsylvania. It is not known at this time which county of Pennsylvania that Nathan resided in but there are records of a Nathan Meek who resided in the county of Washington during the years of 1782 to 1794. This Nathan Meek may have resided in Washington County earlier than 1782 but records to prove this have not been found by this researcher. Included on the 1782 rolls of The First Battalion Washington County, Pa. is Nathan Meek. This Battalion was recruited at Castile Run. In the 1783 Washington Co., Morgan Township tax rolls Nathan Meek is listed as paying tax on 400ac., 3 horses, and 3 cows. Nathan is still residing in Morgan Township, Washington County in 1790 and is listed as the head of a household with one male +21 years of age, 6 males under the age of 16, and 3 females. In 1794 the men of Washington County were required by the United States Government to sign an oath of allegiance to the United States of America as a result of the Whiskey Rebellion. Nathan Meek's name appears on the list of names from Bethlehem Township. Bethlehem Township is close to Morgan Township. 1794 is the last year that this researcher has been able to find any records for Nathan Meek in Pennsylvania. While it is highly probable that the Washington County Nathan Meek and Nathaniel Meek Senior are one and the same it still has not been proven. By the year 1799 Nathaniel Meek Sr., subject of this text, is a resident of Pulaski County, Kentucky.
During this same time frame and earlier there are other men by the name of Meek residing in this same area of Southwestern Pennsylvania. The area includes the counties of Westmoreland, Washington, and Allegheny. Washington County was formed from Westmoreland County in 1781 and Allegheny County was formed from Washington County in 1788.
Joshua Meek b1731 served in the Revolutionary War and is said to have come to Southwestern Pennsylvania around 1769. Joshua resided in Westmoreland County in 1773 according to that year's Tax Roll, Washington County, Robinson Township in 1783 according to that year's Tax Roll and Allegheny County where he died in 1818. Joshua married twice, his first wife's name is unknown but his second wife was Margaret Mitchell whom he married in 1789.
Jacob Meek b1755 in Elkridge Maryland served in the Revolutionary War in 1775 and 1776 and again in 1779. Jacob's Pension records lists the above information and also that he resided in Westmoreland and Washington County, Pa. The 1781 Tax Roll lists Jacob Meek as a resident of Washington County, Robinson Township. The 1790 Census lists Jacob in the same area as a resident of Moon Township, Allegheny County. By 1794 Jacob had moved to an area of Shelby County, Kentucky. This area would later become part of Henry County. Jacob moved to Wayne County, Indiana by 1810 and he died there in 1840. Jacob's will listed his wife as Eleanor.
Jacob Meek listed above had a brother name John. John Meek was b1754 in Maryland. This John is believed to be the same John who is listed in records pertaining to the same areas of Pennsylvania as that of his brother Jacob. John served in the Revolutionary War and received a pension from 1789. John Meek is believed to have resided in Washington County, Robinson Township in 1781 and 1783 according to deed and tax records. A deed recorded on September 24, 1787, bk2, p.113 Allegheny County, Pa. names John Meek and his wife Margaret as the sellers. By 1794 John Meek is a resident of an area of Shelby County, Ky. that later became Henry County. John Meek died in Henry County, Kentucky in 1803. His will was dated May 2, 1801 and was probated in December of 1803. The will names his wife Margaret as executor along with Jacob Meek.
Samuel Meek b1732 served in the Revolutionary War and according to the 1781 Tax Roll he resided in Bethlehem Township, Washington County, Pa. A deed in Washington County dated Jan. 27, 1785 lists the names of Samuel and his wife Charity. Samuel and Charity married around 1750. Samuel signed a will in Washington County dated Feb. 27, 1793. He died on Feb. 12, 1799 in the same County. Charity signed a will on February 6, 1803 and she died on Feb. 10, 1803 both in Washington County.
Jeremiah Meek lived in Morgan Township, Washington County, Pa. as recorded in the 1783 tax rolls. Jeremiah was also a member of the First Battalion of Washington County in 1782 recruited at Castile Run. This Jeremiah does not appear in the 1790 Census for Washington County.
Isaac Meek lived in Westmoreland County, Pa. and is listed in the 1773 tax list as a resident of Tyrone, township. He is listed in the 1783 tax list as a resident of Washington County, Pa. in Bethlehem Township with 1 horse, and 1 cow. He was a member of the First Battalion of Washington County recruited Castile Run. He married Rachel Hedges January 31, 1792. Ed. Note: Information concerning Joshua, Jacob, John, Samuel, Jeremiah and Isaac was obtained from the Chris Meek web site "Meek Genealogy Beginning With Basil Meek".
Elisha Meek: born ca. 1765 lived in Greene County, Pennsylvania. Nathan Meek resided in Morgan Township, Washington County. Morgan Township became part of Greene County in 1796. Elisha married Mary Short. His will was written December 20, 1837 and was entered into probate in Greene County on October 21, 1840. Elisha Meek and Mary Short had the following children: John b. ca 1791 Greene Co. Pa. died Feb. 3, 1878, Elizabeth W., b. 1793 Greene Co. died Jan. 13, 1858 died in either Lewis or Clark Co. Missouri, Delilah b. June 6, 1796 Greene Co. died there Sept. 6, 1876, Sarah b. ca 1798 Greene Co., Elisha Jr. b June 17, 1802 Greene Co. died June 21 1884, Mary b ca 1803 Greene Co., Jane b June 10, 1805 Greene Co. died Jan. 20, 1899 Pike Co., Illinois, Susanna b ca 1807 Greene Co, and Jacob b Dec. 24, 1810 Greene Co. died June 13, 1897 Cherokee Co., Kansas. John Meek b ca 1791 and his wife Elizabeth Boyd are both buried in The W. Bethlehem Baptist Cemetery, Greene County. Ed. Note: Information regarding Elisha Meek and family was obtained from Meek Genealogist Vionna Fee Shanks. I have also seen an undocumented IGI record that states Elisha Meek is the son of Nathan Meek and unknown Barnes. This record is totally unsubstantiated by this researcher.
Pulaski County, Kentucky
Part of the Kentucky land grants included an area designated as "Grants South Of Green River". According to Willard Rouse Jillson's book "Kentucky Land Grants" vol. 1 these lands were encompassed by a line from the head of Green River to the Cumberland Mountains and with these mountains to the Carolina line, thence to the Tennessee River, to the Ohio River, and with the Ohio to the Green River. Before Kentucky became a state this land belonged to Virginia and was reserved for her soldiers. Until 1797 no person could enter a survey here except a soldier of Virginia. After 1797 Kentucky allowed any person over the age of 21 years with a family to enter land here in 100 and 200- acre lots. These people had to live on the land for one year before taking possession of it. The land that was to become Pulaski County in 1799 was included in this area. On December 10, 1798 the Kentucky General Assembly created Pulaski County from parts of Lincoln and Green Counties to become effective June 1, 1799. It was to this land, near the town of Somerset that Nathaniel Meek Sr. came with his family.
The first record of Nathaniel Meek in Pulaski County is found in the 1799 Tax Roll. Nathan was enumerated in September with 1w/m+21 and, 1w/m+16, and 1 horse. He is paying tax on 200 acres of land located on Wolf Creek. Nathaniel appears on these tax rolls continually through the year 1816 under the names Nathan, Nathan Sr. and Nathaniel. The land that he is taxed on is always located on Wolf Creek. The 1802 tax roll lists, Nathan Meek along with Nathan Meek Jr., Samuel Meek, and David Meek. Nathan Meek Sr., head of household with 1w/m+21 is paying tax on 100 acres of land originally granted to Jeremiah Meek. Nathan Meek Jr., head of household, is paying tax on 100 acres of land located on the waters of Wolf Creek that was originally granted to Nathan Meek. Samuel Meek, head of household with 1w/m+16-21, is paying tax on 200 acres of land originally granted to Samuel Meek. David Meek, head of household with1w/m+21 and 1 horse. Nathan Sr., Nathan Jr., and Samuel were enumerated on May 21, while David was enumerated on May 22. In 1803 this entry, as written, was recorded on the tax roll, "Jeremiah Meek, son of Nathan". Jeremiah is listed as head of household with 1w/m+21. William Meek appears on the 1810 Tax Roll as head of household with 1w/m+21 and is paying tax on 100 acres of land originally entered to Priscilla Meek. The last year that any of the above Meek men appeared on the Pulaski County Tax Rolls was 1816. Ed. Note: Source for Pulaski County Tax Rolls: Handwritten copies 1799-1828 obtained from Ann Auburg, Meek genealogist. Also a personal viewing of these tax rolls on FHL film #0008209 1799-1822 and FHL film #0008210.
The first Pulaski County, Ky. land record found that involves Nathaniel Meek Sr. is Kentucky Land Office Certificate #374. This certificate was originally assigned to Charles Tuell on August 14, 1798. On August 14, 1800 Charles Tuell assigned this certificate to Nathan Meek. The witnesses to this assignment were Marey Meek and Jackub Meek as recorded on the document. These 200 acres of land were located on the headwaters of Wolf Creek. Nathan Meek Sr. assigned this land to Meredith Archer on October 15, 1800 and on September 14, 1813 Meredith Archer assigns the same to Samuel Meek. Survey #13467 was performed for Samuel Meek by virtue of certificate #374 for these same 200 acres on September 14, 1813. Samuel Meek, son of Nathan, and Samuel Meek, son of William were named as the chainmen for this survey.
June 23, 1801 certificate #102 was granted to Nathaniel Meek for 100 acres of land located on the waters of Wolf Creek lying in Pulaski County, Kentucky. On December 8, 1806 survey #7924 was performed for Nathaniel Meek by virtue of certificate #102 for the 100 acres described above. The survey chainmen were named as Nathaniel Meek Jr. and Jeremiah Meek. On January 27, 1814 Land Grant #7924 was issued to Nathaniel Meek for the same 100 acres.
November 22, 1802 certificate #141 is granted to David Meek for 122.5 acres of land lying in Pulaski County on the waters of Wolf Creek. On November 21, 1807 survey #7929 was performed for David Meek by virtue of certificate #141 for the same 122.5 acres. The chainmen were named as Nathan Meek and John Roberts. On November 7, 1816 Land Grant #7929 is issued to David Meek for the same 122.5 acres.
January 27, 1806 certificate #890 is issued to William Spear for 400 acres lying in Pulaski County. In November 1807 William Spear assigns this land to Amasa Spencer. December 10, 1812 Amasa Spencer assigns certificate #890 to Nathan Meek. The witnesses were Daniel Weddle and Samuel Spencer. September 21, 1814 Nathan Meek assigns certificate #890 to Greenbury Middleton.
September 14, 1813 survey #16127 is performed for Joseph Wheeler, assignee of Julias Burton for 100 acres by virtue of certificate #409 lying in the county of Pulaski on House Fork on Wolf Creek Bottom. The survey chainmen for this survey were named as Samuel Meek, son of Nathan and Samuel Meek, son of William. Ed. Note: Source for the Pulaski County land records: Willard Rouse Jillson's book "Kentucky Land Grants" v.1 "Grants South Of Green River", and The Kentucky Land Office copies of the Certificate, Survey, and Grant records. Some of the land records listed above were not recorded in Willard Rouse Jillson's book but the researcher at the Kentucky Land Office was so kind to send me all records that pertained to the Pulaski County Meek.
The Pulaski County Historical Society Publication "Pulaski County Marriage Records Book I 1799-1850"is the source for the Meek marriages listed below. Copies of the marriage bonds were obtained from the Pulaski County Historical Society.
December 13, 1801 Nathaniel Meek issues certificate of parental consent for his daughter, Mary "Polly" Meek to marry Amasa Spencer. December 15, 1801, Amasa Spencer and Abner McWhorter take out a surety bond. Baptist Minister Thomas Hill performs the marriage on December 17, 1801. The parental consent "This is to certify that I am willing that Amasa Spencer should marry my daughter Polly. This given by me Nathaniel Meek."
Nathan Meek and David Meek take out a surety bond on April 13, 1802 for the upcoming marriage of Nathan to Sally Roberts. Editor's Note: This is the marriage of Nathan Meek Jr. as proven by probate records of Jennings County, Indiana in1822. John Roberts issues certificate of parental consent for his daughter Sally to marry Nathan Meek. Baptist Minister Thomas Hill performed the marriage on April 15, 1802.
David Meek and Samuel Meek take out a surety bond for the upcoming marriage of David to Candis Eadour. Baptist Minister Thomas Hill performed the marriage on January 27, 1803.
William Cummins and William Meek take out a surety bond for the upcoming marriage of William Cummins to Sarah Meek. Adams Banks performs the marriage on December 25, 1803.
The marriage of Jeremiah Meek and Nancy Roberts is dated in the Pulaski County Marriage Book I 1799-1850 as January 1803 the surety bond is clearly dated January 16, 1804. Jeremiah Meek and Samuel Meek take out a surety bond on January 16, 1804 for the upcoming marriage between Jeremiah Meek and Nancy Roberts. John McWhorter performed the marriage in January 1803. Note date discrepancy above.
May 15, 1808 Nathan Meek issues a certificate of parental consent for his daughter, Priscilla Meek to marry Elijah Fitzjerrell. Elijah Fitzjerrell and Amasa Spencer took out a surety bond on May 16, 1808 for the upcoming marriage of Elijah to Priscilla. John Chesney performed the marriage on May 19, 1808. The parental consent "Sir I am very unwell or I should not have___to you my daughter Priscilla is agreeing to get married to Elijah Fitzgarrel and you may give them___at my request. Amasa Spencer stands in my place." Signed Nathan Meek.
February 17, 1810 Nathan Meek issues a certificate of parental consent for his son William Meek to marry Sally Spencer. William Meek and James Spencer took out a surety bond for the upcoming marriage of William to Sally Spencer. On February 20, 1810 Amasa Spencer issues a certificate of parental consent for his daughter Sally Spencer to marry William Meek. John Chesney performed the marriage on March 1, 1810. The parental consent for William "This 17th day of February 1810 I do certify to you that I give my son, William Meek this___From under my hand to be married unto Sally Spencer." The parental consent for Sally "Let William Meek and my daughter Sally Spencer appear as tho they were intended to be joined in matrimony___To I___To said William Meek for said purpose and oblige your humble servant." Amasa's mark is the signature.
One Pulaski County Court record that refers to Nathan Meek is dated October 3, 1809. It is an action of William Spear Vs. Amasa Spencer. The court record states "Nathan Meek of Pulaski County comes into court and testifies and undertakes for the said defendant that if he shall be ------ in this action aforesaid that he shall satisfy and pay the consideration of the court or render his body to prison in ----- for the sum or in failure therof that he the said Nathan shall do it for him." Ed. Note: Source: FHL #0800722; Pulaski Co. Ky. Circuit Court Orders v.1&3 1804-05.
By the year 1817 Nathaniel Meek Sr. and most of his children had left Pulaski County and were in the process of migrating to Jennings County, Indiana. This transition period will be discussed later in this text.
When Nathan Meek Sr. first came to Pulaski County, Kentucky there were other men by the name of Meek residing there. One of these men Basil Meek is of particular interest. Basil Meek is the Great-Grandfather of H.B. Meek the author of the book " A Meek Genealogy". Basil lived in Pulaski County from 1798 to 1816. Basil and Nathan Meek Sr. moved with their families to Jennings County, Indiana in 1816-17 and lived in a area known as the Meek Settlement along the Muscatatuck River about six miles southwest of the town of Vernon. Basil was born March 7, 1763 and he married Eleanor Roberts. Basil and Eleanor's children were: Joseph, Daniel, Henry Basil, Nancy, Joshua, Noel, Jackson, Polly and Amanda Jane. Basil died January 12, 1844 in Woodford County, Illinois. He served in Captain Hugh Stevenson's company from August 1775 to October in the Revolutionary War. He is buried in Olio township cemetery, near Eureka, Illinois. The Peoria Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution marked Basil's grave.
Basil Meek is granted certificate #32 on August 7, 1798 for 200 acres lying on the main fork of Kings Creek, waters of the Cumberland River in Lincoln County, Ky. Editor's note: This land in Lincoln County became part of Pulaski County in 1799. On September 16, 1798 survey #490 is performed for Basil Meek by virtue of certificate #32 for the same 200 acres. The survey chainmen are named as Micjagor Hogan and David King. Basil Meek assigns this certificate to his son Joseph Meek on November 18, 1816 and Joseph is issued Land Grant #490 for the same on December 1, 1816.
An Article titled "A Kentucky County Begins 200th Anniversary Pulaski County 1799-1999" appeared in the Pulaski County Historical Society Publication, May 1999 edition. The article mentions that the first five Justices of the Peace for Pulaski County, appointed July 25, 1799, were Samuel Gilmore, Robert Modrel, John Francis, Nicholas Jasper and Basil Meek, gentlemen. The article continues and states that Basil lived just west of the main fork of Kings Creek now known as White Oak Creek. Basil Meek also served as Sheriff of Pulaski County. This is documented in the Pulaski County Court records of 1808 and 1809. The 1808 records refer to Basil as Sheriff while the 1809 records refer to him as late Sheriff. Ed. Note: Source: FHL film #0800722 and FHL film #0800723 Pulaski Co. Ky. Circuit Court Orders v4&5 1816-23.
The 1799 Tax Roll names Basil Meek, Nathan Meek, Thomas Meek, William Meek, and James Meek as tax payers for that year. Thomas Meek was enumerated in August as head of household with 1 w/m of 21, 1w/m16-21, and 2 horses. William Meek was enumerated in August as head of household with 1w/m of 21, 1w/m16-21, and 3 horses. James Meek is a head of household with 1w/m of 21, 1w/m16-21, and 1 horse. Thomas Meek appears again in the 1800 Tax Rolls this time with 1w/m+21, 2w/m+16-21 and 6 horses. He is paying tax on 300 acres of land located on Pitman Creek. Thomas Meek does not appear again. James Meek does not appear on the Pulaski County Tax Rolls except for 1799. The name William Meek does not appear again on the tax rolls until the year of 1810 when William Meek, son of Nathaniel is listed. From this point until 1823 there is a William Meek listed almost every year. William Meek, son of Nathan Meek Sr. is last listed in 1816. The name Samuel Meek appears on the tax rolls from 1802 to 1825. Samuel Meek, son of Nathan Meek Sr. is one of those listed.
The names Jeremiah Meek, Jeremiah Meek Jr. and Jacob Meek also appeared on the Pulaski County, Tax Rolls. Jeremiah Meek appears on the tax roll from 1801 to 1804. Jeremiah Meek Jr. appears on the tax rolls from 1802 to 1804 and Jacob Meek appears from 1802 to 1805. Jeremiah Meek Jr. paid tax on 289 acres of land located on Kings Creek in 1802-03 and 1804. Jeremiah Meek paid tax on 200 acres of land located on Goose Creek in 1803. Jacob Meek paid tax on 200 acres of land located on Kings Creek in 1804.
Jeremiah Meek Jr. is granted certificate #706 on October 22, 1804 for 400 acres of land lying in Pulaski County on the waters of Forbes Creek beginning on Majors claim lying between the Long Branch and the Wolf Pen Fork of said creek. Jeremiah Meek Jr. assigns certificate #706 to Joseph Thomas on August 27, 1808. "Jacob Meek, attorney in fact for Jeremiah Meek Jr.", witnesses the assignment. Patent #11676 was issued to Joseph Thomas for this property on May 10, 1814.
Jeremiah Meek is granted certificate #796 on May 27, 1805 for 300 acres of land lying in Pulaski County on the Alligator Fork of Wolf Creek. This land adjoins the property of Betsy Roberts. Jeremiah Meek assigns certificate #796 to Nathaniel Wilson, date unknown. A patent was issued to Nathaniel Wilson for this property on June 17, 1813
Jeremiah Meek and Jacob Meek are named as chainmen for a 53- acre parcel of land belonging to a Thomas McKinney lying on the waters of Kings Creek in Pulaski County. The survey is dated January 22, 1807. One side of this parcel shared a common line with Basil Meek's property the other side adjoined Micajah Hogan's property.
Two land entries recorded in the "Grants South of Green River" records were made by a Jacob Meek and a Jeremiah Meek. These entries were made in 1798 for land located in Green County, Ky. This land was incorporated into the newly formed Cumberland County in 1799. The easterly boundary of Cumberland County was the westerly boundary of Pulaski County, Ky. also formed in 1799. I originally thought these two land entries were close to Pulaski County but in 1801 Wayne County was formed from Cumberland. This put Wayne's easterly boundary against Pulaski County and its westerly boundary against Cumberland County. This in effect put one whole county between Pulaski County and Cumberland County. In the year 1816 Jacob Meek sold his land claim of 1798 and the land still was located within the boundaries of Cumberland County. The deeds for this land described it as lying in Cumberland County. This shows that the Cumberland County land owned by Jacob and Jeremiah Meek was never very close to the Pulaski County Meek land. The Cumberland County 1799 tax roll also names a Jacob Meek Sr., Jacob Meek Jr., and Jeremiah Meek. At the time Jacob Meek sold his Cumberland County land in 1816 it was noted on the deed that he was a resident of Bledsoe County, Tennessee. At this time it appears that the Cumberland County Meek are a separate group from the Pulaski County Meek. I do find it curious that Jacob Meek of Bledsoe County, Tennessee didn't come back to Kentucky to sell his land until the year the Pulaski County Meek left for Indiana. Here are the two land entries made by Jeremiah Meek and Jacob Meek.
David Roberson was granted certificate #687 on August 25, 1798 for 200 acres of land lying on the Clear Fork of Spring Creek waters of Spring Creek Obeys River in Cumberland County. Editor's note: Ed. Note: One part of this document refers to the fact this land lies in Green County, which it did in 1798). Survey #1966 was performed for David Roberson by virtue of certificate #687 described this time as 200 acres of land in Cumberland County on the Clear Fork of Spring Creek waters of Wolf Creek River waters of Obeys River. On October 26, 1799 David Roberson assigns certificate #687 to Jacob Meek and a land grant is issued to Jacob Meek for the same on January 3, 1815. On July 23, 1816 Jacob Meek sells this 200 acres through two separate deed transactions that are recorded in Cumberland County. Jacob sells 130 acres of this tract to Alexander Beaty with the following special provisions; "That if said land is taken from said Alexander Beaty or his heirs by a Military or any other prior claim the said Jacob Meek is to pay unto said Alexander Beaty or his heirs one hundred pounds in young horses at their value. Jacob sells 81 acres to Solomon Hollett. At the time of these deed transactions Jacob Meek is a resident of Bledsoe County, Tennessee.
Jeremiah Meek was granted certificate 772 on August 25, 1798 for 200 acres of land located on Smith's Creek to join Samuel Dickson's claim on the south side of his claim and the claim of Jacob Meek on the west. Survey #1355 was performed for Jeremiah Meek by virtue of certificate #772 for 200 acres in Green County on the head of Smith's Creek the waters of Obeys River. On January 14, 1799 Jeremiah Meek assigns certificate #772 to Edward Beck.
The association between these other men named Meek who resided in Pulaski County and Nathaniel Meek Sr. is unknown at this time. This researcher believes that the Pulaski County Meek are all associated with one another in some manner. The most logical choice of association would be one of family, and although unproven it is highly probable that it is the correct one. This is unfortunately only a theory at this time. The Cumberland County Meek appear to be a separate family from the Pulaski County Meek as was stated earlier.
Nathaniel Meek Sr. and Basil Meek lived in close proximity to one another in Pulaski County for 16 to 18 years. Then in 1816 they moved with their families to Jennings County, Indiana and settled within two miles of one another. They lived as neighbors until 1822 or so, when at that time, Nathaniel Meek Sr. returned to Pulaski County, Ky. Basil stayed in Jennings County, living near the children of Nathaniel Meek Sr. until 1832 or 1833 when at that time he moved to the state of Illinois where some of his own children had moved earlier.
There was some sort of association between Nathaniel Meek Sr. and Jacob Meek as proven by the witness names of Jackub (sic) and Marey (sic) Meek on the August 14, 1800 land certificate assignment to Nathan Meek. The Jacob Meek, Jeremiah Meek, and Jeremiah Meek Jr. who resided in Pulaski County paid taxes on land located on Kings Creek and at least one of them owned land on Wolf Creek, the two watercourses that Nathaniel Meek Sr. and Basil Meek along with their families resided. I have not been able to prove Jacob Meek, named above is the one who, along with Mary Meek witnessed Nathaniel Meek's land assignment in 1800 in Pulaski County but I believe there is a strong possibility that he is. After 1807 Jacob Meek, Jeremiah Meek, and Jeremiah Meek Jr. no longer appear in the Pulaski County Ky. records and I do not know where they went but in 1817 and 1818 a Jacob Wm. Meek appears with the Pulaski County Meek men on the Henry County, Ky. tax rolls. This Jacob Wm. Meek apparently accompanied the Pulaski County Meek to Henry County Ky. because he only appears on the tax rolls in 1817 and 1818 not before or after their time there and in both years he is enumerate with the Pulaski County Meek. This Jacob Wm. Meek also is a witness to the marriage of Richard Meek b.1801 and Catherine Riddle in Henry County, Kentucky. We also see that Samuel Meek, son of Nathan and Samuel Meek, son of William are on record, as working together as survey chainmen on at least two separate occasions so quite obviously these two families knew one another.
Shelby and Henry County, Kentucky
As noted earlier by the year 1817 Nathaniel Meek Sr. and most of his children had left Pulaski County, Kentucky and began their migration to Jennings County, Indiana. Nathan Meek Jr. last appeared on the Pulaski County Tax Rolls in 1812. Sometime in 1812 he and his family moved to Shelby County, Kentucky. The 1813 Shelby County Tax Rolls list Nathan Meek 1w/m+21 with 3 horses and a member of Drane's Company (Ed. Note: I believe this was the local Militia). The 1814 and 1815 tax rolls list Nathan Meek as a member of Maddox's Company. The 1816 Shelby County tax rolls list Nathaniel Meek as a member of the 37th Regiment, Atwood's Company. During these years Nathan Meek Jr. does not own any land. This seems odd for a man who has owned land for many years in Pulaski County, Kentucky and will own land again in Jennings County, Indiana. The 1815 and 1816 Shelby County, Ky. Tax Rolls list Samuel Meek both years as a member of the 85th Regiment. He was in Reed's Company in 1815 and Turhouse Company in 1816. Samuel does not own any land during his stay in Shelby County either. Ed. Note: Source: FHL film #0008227 Shelby Co. Ky. Taxation Tax Books 1792, 1794-97, 1799-1809, 1811-1815. FHL film #0008228 Shelby Co. Ky. Taxation Tax Books 1816-1829.
In the year 1816 David Meek is listed on the Henry County, Kentucky Tax Rolls as paying tax on 122 acres of land lying on the waters of Wolf Creek in Pulaski County, Kentucky. Henry County shares a common border with Shelby County. By 1817 the Henry County Tax Rolls list David Meek, William Meek, Jeremiah Meek, Nathan Meek, and Jacob Wm. Meek. William Meek is listed as paying tax on 100 acres of land located on Wolf Creek in Pulaski County. The 1818 Henry County Tax Rolls list William Meek, Jacob W. Meek, Nathan Meek Jr., and Jeremiah Meek. None of the others are taxed for land holdings during their time in Henry County. Ed. Note: Source FHL film #0008037 Henry Co. Ky. Tax Books 1800-1809 and 1811-1827.
It appears that the Pulaski County Meek used Henry County as a staging area for their trips into Indiana to stake their land claims. The Jeffersonville Land Office in Indiana has claims for land located in Jennings County, Indiana made by Nathan Meek of Shelby County, Kentucky in 1816 and 1817. There are claims made by Nathan Meek of Henry County, Kentucky in 1817 for land in Jennings County. There are also land claims for land in Jennings County, Indiana recorded for David Meek and William Meek of Henry County, Kentucky. The Jeffersonville Land Office records show land claims in Jennings County, Indiana in 1817 for Samuel Meek, Basil Meek, and Joseph Meek all listed as residents of Jennings County. Ed. Note: Source FHL film #1445504 United States BLM Tract Books-Indiana v.8 T5N-7N R7E & T8N-9N R8E.
The location of Henry County, Kentucky is a relatively short distance south of Jennings County, Indiana across the Ohio River. Henry County would be a convenient place for the Meek families to stay while the men made trips into Jennings County. The curious part is where did these families stay while living in Henry County? There aren't any deed records of any kind that show the Pulaski County Meek buying of selling land in either Shelby or Henry Counties during their years as residents. The Shelby and Henry County tax records for those years show that the Pulaski County Meek were not taxed on land that lay in either county. It seems more than just a coincidence that Shelby and Henry Counties were chosen. These are the counties that John Meek b 1754 and his brother Jacob Meek b1755 came to from Pennsylvania back in 1794. Records for John and Jacob appear in the Henry and Shelby County archives. John b. 1754 had sons John b. 1772, Bazil b. 1774, Joshua b. 1781, and Jeremiah b. 1776. John's brother Jacob, b. 1755, had sons John b. 1778, Jeremiah Lee b. 1780, Isaac b. 1784-1794, and William b. 1787. By about 1812 most of these families had moved to Wayne and Hancock Counties in Indiana. Bazil b. 1774 and his oldest son Jeremiah b. 1794 remained in Henry County until 1829. Bazil's other sons stayed until 1840-1850. The remainder of Bazil's sons are: Jonathan b. 1798, Joshua b. 1800, James b. 1802, Barlow b. 1805, Jesse b. 1814, Jacob b. 1815, and Joseph b. 1816. Ed. Note: (The information about John Meek b. 1754 and Jacob Meek b. 1755 and their families, was provided by Chris Meek, descendant of John b. 1755)
Another Meek family also resided in Henry County while the Pulaski County Meek were there. This family belonged to Basil Meek b.1740 in Maryland. Basil was a Revolutionary War Veteran (Source: National Archives Washington D.C. Veterans Records) who, according to his pension records, came to Henry County about 1809. Basil was a resident of Fredrick County, Virginia at the time of his enlistment in 1777 and he served in the area around Fort Pitt, Red Stone Fort and Martins Fort. This area is located in southwestern Pennsylvania where John Meek b. 1754 and his brother Jacob b. 1754 lived along with the other Pennsylvania Meek men who were mentioned earlier in this text. Whether the Pulaski County Meek knew the Henry County Meek is not known for certain but it seems highly unlikely that they did not.
There is one last note of interest regarding the Pulaski County Meek during their time in Henry County, Kentucky. Richard Meek b abt.1801 married Catharine Riddle Johnson in said county on January 27, 1818. Catharine was the widow of a Major D. Johnson and 10 years or so older than Richard. A letter of written consent was given to Richard to marry Catharine by his father Nathan Meek. Ed. Note: It is not known for certain if this Nathan is Sr. or Jr. Nathan Jr. was a resident of Henry County in 1818 but the Pulaski County Meek were in transition at the time so it could be Nathaniel Sr. The witnesses named on the marriage consent were Lewis Meek and Jacob Wm. Meek. Ed. Note: Source: Copies of the Marriage Bond and Parental Consent Statement provided by Marilyn Merritt Meek Genealogist. Ed. Note: This almost has to be the same Jacob Wm. Meek who appears with the Pulaski County Meek on the Henry County tax rolls of 1817-1818.
Of the Pulaski County Meek clan only Nathan Meek Jr. and probably his brother Samuel resided in Shelby County, Kentucky. As noted earlier Nathan is on the tax rolls from 1813 to 1816 and Samuel from 1815-1816. It should be noted here that there was a Samuel Meek living in Shelby County in 1809 and 1811. In 1809 this Samuel is paying tax on land that lies in Bullit County, Kentucky. He is not listed in 1813 or 1814 tax rolls.
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