Jesse Meek


By Christopher A. Meek

32. Jesse Meek was born about 1814 in Henry Co., KY. He died 24 May 1861 in Clay Co., IL according to cemetery records. He appears in the Henry County tax records from 1837 to 1843 but is not in the 1840 census. Jesse and Louisa appear in the 1850 census of Henry County. Jesse and Louisa appear in the 1860 census of Clay Co., IL.

He married (1) Lucretia Henderson on 25 Feb 1836 in Henry Co., KY. according to marriage abstracts. Charlotte Henderson is mentioned, probably her mother. Lucretia died between 1842 and 1844. Probated records indicate that E.T. Meek and Jno W. Meek are heirs of Charlotte T. Henderson, Willis Henderson is thier gaurdian.

He married (2) Louisa Wiley on 4 Jan 1845 in Henry Co., KY according to marriage records. She was born about 1820 in Kentucky. She listed in the 1870 census of Clay Co., IL living with a son. Information provided in part by Glennis Webb Horn

Note: Jesse is a very common name in all Meek families. There are no records to connect Basil's son with the Jesse in the Henry County records. There was an older Jesse who resided in Henry County at the same time. Clay Co., IL cemetery records list Meek, Jessey. died May 24, 1861, age 49 yr, 6 mos. Two or three of his brothers moved to Clay County.

Note: The 1870 Clay Co., IL Oskaloosa Twp lists Thomas Meek born about 1840 in KY, Louisa born about 1820 in KY and Barton born about 1848 in KY. This may very well be Jesse’s wife and sons Edmond L.(T) and Jesse B. All ages and place of birth match.

Note: Records from Coffee Co., KS establish the connection of the people in the marriage abstracts to Jesse Meek.

Henry Co., KY probate records
11-213 As gdn for E.T. Meek & Jno W. Meek orphans of Lucretia Meek decd Oct Term 1858. RE: C.T. Henderson
11-470 15 Oct 1859 Willis E. Henderson gdn of E. T. Meek & J. W. Meek orphans of Lucretia Meek amt due wards by himself as adm of Charlotte Henderson decd.