Barlow Meek

(1805-        )

By Christopher A. Meek

31. Barlow Meek was born about 1805 in Henry Co., KY. He appears in the 1840 census of Henry Co., KY. He appears in the 1850 census of Clay Co., IL with the occupation of farmer. He is also in the 1855 Illinois census. He died before 1860 as Leannah and her two children are in the 1860 census. Barlow and Leannah are mentioned in deed records.

He married (1) Dicy Ann Louden on 10 Apr 1838 in Henry Co., KY based on marriage records. She was born between 1820 and 1825 based on the 1840 census. She was the daughter of Hugh Louden and Nancy McGuire. Nancy McGuire was the daughter of Jesse McGuire who left an inheritance to Sarah Gibson, wife of Benjamin Gibson. Dicy probably died between 1842 and 1844.

He married (2) Leannah Sutton (daughter of Elijah Sutton and Martha Galbreath) on 29 Mar 1845 in Henry Co., KY based on marriage records. She was born about 1815 in Kentucky based on the 1850 census. She is listed in the 1870 census of Crawford Co., AR.


Jesse P. Meek

The information on this family is based on the census records for Barlow and the marriage record for James Gibson and Gilly Meek which lists the parents. Given the unusual use of the initials S. E. in both they census record and marriage record, I suspect that Barlows daughter S. E. married B.F. Gibson.

At issue is who J. P. Meek in the marriage record was. The marriage record for Jesse Meek and Martha Craig does not give middle initials. Barlow had a son named Jesse P. in the census records of the approximate correct age. However, Jesse, son of Bazil, had a son Jesse B. in the census records also of the approximate correct age. One can not be sure which of these men married Martha Craig or indeed if it was some other Jesse.

However, there is some reason to believe that Jesse B. is Barton in the 1770 census still living at his motherís home. If Gillyís father is a son of Barlow then she married her first cousin. This is a possibility and there were no other people named Jesse found in the records. Until additional evidence is can prove or eliminate one of them, the most reasonable connection is to Jesse, son of Barlow.