William Meek

(1793-        )

By Christopher A. Meek

12. Joseph Meek was born on 3 Mar 1795 in Henry Co., KY. He died on 22 Aug 1883 in near Abington, IN. He is connected to his father through a 1920 letter written by his brother Basil Meek. He married Gulielma Smith (daughter of John Smith and Tishe Lutitia Trueblood) on 24 Mar 1816 in Wayne Co., IN. She was born 30 Nov 1800. She died in 1883 in Wayne Co., IN. They are listed in the 1850 census of Abington TWP, Wayne Co., IN. They are listed in the 1880 census of Abington TWP, Wayne Co., IN. (Gulielma's name is documented in family records and her tombstone.)

History of Wayne County, Indiana; Volume II, (1884)Abington Township p. 264

James Rariden Meek was born in Wayne County, Ind., in 1823, a son of Joseph and Gulielma (Smith) Meek. His early life was spent on a farm. He obtained a good education, and taught twenty-five years, mostly in Wayne County. He was married in 1848 to Catherine E., daughter of Alexander Adair, and settled in Abington Township, where he has since resided. He owns a good farm of 180 acres, all well improved. Politically he has always been a Republican. He has been Township Assessor two years, and Constable several years. Mr. and Mrs. Meek are members of the Methodist Episcopal church. They have had eight children---John W., Joseph, Marcus L., Alexander, James, Jr., David C.E., Charles A., and an infant (deceased).

Mr. Meek's grandfather, John Meek, was a native of Henry County, Ky., and settled in Wayne County, Ind., in 1807, entering a quarter-section of land west of Richmond. He afterward removed to Abington Township, and subsequently to Owen County, Ind., where he died. He married Margaret Irwin. They had nine children---William, Joseph, Sarah, Mary, John, Jeptha, Jesse, born in Kentucky, and Elizabeth and Lorenzo, born in Wayne County. His wife died, and subsequently he married Selena Stinson. They had five children---Bazelle, James, Lorenda, Cynthia and Barlow. His son, Joseph Meek, married Gulielma, daughter of John Smith, in 1816, and settled in Wayne Township. He afterward removed to Randolph County, Ind., and eighteen months later settled on the farm now owned by our subject. To him and his wife were born eleven children, seven of whom are living---John A., James R., Nathan, Mrs. Margaret Ruley, Allen W., Jesse, Mrs. Sarah E. Zigler, Samuel S., William, Mary J., and Alfred are deceased. Mr. Meek died Aug. 22, 1883, aged eighty-nine years. Mrs. Meek is living with her son, in the eighty-fourth year of her age. She is probably the oldest member of the Methodist Episcopal church of Wayne County.