14. Isaac Meek was born about 1785 in Pennsylvania according to the 1880 census. He paid taxes in 1804 in Henry Co., KY. He is listed in 1810 census Henry Co., KY. He moved to Indiana about 1812, later to Illinois where his wife died, He returned to Fountain Co., IN, where he married his second wife, then moved to Woodford Co., IL before 1832. He appears in the 1850 census of Shawney TWP, Fountain Co., IN living with his son, Joseph.
History of Wayne County, Indiana; Volume II, (1884) Boston Township p. 292
Isaac Meek, deceased, was a native of Kentucky and a son of Jacob and Nancy (Warcins) Meek, who removed from Maryland to Kentucky and thence, in 1805 or 1806, to Wayne County, Ind., and settled in Wayne Township a mile south of Richmond, and subsequently moved to Boston Township, where the father died in 1843 and the mother several years later. There was a family of eight children---John, Martha, Effie, Ruah, William, Isaac, Jeremiah and Joshua. The latter died prior to the removal of the family from Kentucky. Isaac Meeks was reared in Kentucky and was married there to Mary Perkins. They accompanied his parents to Indiana, and some years later removed to Illinois, where the wife died. They had a family of eight children---John, Joseph, William, Allen, Alfred, Nancy P., Ellinor and Mary J. Nancy P., now Mrs. Nathan Druley, is the only one living. After the death of his wife Mr. Meek returned to Indiana and settled in Fountain County, where he died. He married Mary (Grimes) Davidson, by whom he had one child---Armstrong.
Joseph S. Meek listed in the 1850 census of Shawnee TWP, Fountain Co., IN was age 36. He had a wife Lidia age 32, son Alonzo age 3, daughter Jane age 1/12 and other older children. Also listed was Isaac Meek age 65 PA who is presumed to be his father.
Joseph S. Meek applied for a marriage license for Elizabeth Jane Huston in Vermilion Co., IL on 5 Oct 1851.
Joseph Meek listed in the 1860 census of Mound TPW., Warren Co., IN was age 40. His wife was Elizabeth age 26. Also listed is son Alonzo age 12. Daughter Jane is not listed. Also listed are two daughters Malissa age 7 and Colista age 6.
Despite the different ages reported in the census it is noted that both men had the occupation of show maker. In addition both locations are in close proximity to each other as well as Vermilion Co., IL.
A marriage license was issued in Vermillion Co., IL on 8 Dec 1875 for Mellissa J. Meek and John O. Moore. The application was made by Armstrong Meek, a half brother of Joseph S. Meek.
It is believed that Joseph S. Meek in the 1850 census is the same person as Joseph Meek in the 1860 census.