Group B is a large complex group. It is divided into two major subgroups by DNA analysis. It is impossible to know for sure but the two subgroups appear to have split, in terms of DNA, before the year 1500. Since they carry the same surname it is assumed that the split came after the introduction of surnames in England in the 1200ís. The two subgroups will be treated separately and have been given arbitrary names of Group B1 and Group B3. This article discusses the structure of the Meek(s) families identified as Group B in the Meek/Meeks DNA project. See the article The Group B Introduction for more details.
Group B is the largest group in the DNA project and represents ten known Revolutionary era ancestors born before 1800 as well as a number of more recent ancestors who have not been connected further back in time. The list of early ancestors resembles a portion of the list of men named in the 1902 book by H. B. Meek as sons of Jacob Meek born 1698 in Lincolnshire, England. This story was expanded by Carleton Meek in his 1962 book. However, other researchers, notably Joseph L. Meek, claimed that the same set of sons belonged to Jacob Meek born 1717 the son of Guy Meek. This conflict has been resolved to a certain degree. The DNA project has proven that the total list of sons came from at least three unrelated Meek family. Therefore there is no reliable source as to how the Group B ancestors were related or who their father(s) may have been. There is no reliable information on where they came from. Readers should be very cautious with any source that claims to know this information. See the article The Progenitor Myth.
Subgroup B1b includes John Roberts born about 1776 in Maryland. New Group 4 includes men with the surname Thomas from North Carolina.
Following are the ancestors born before 1800 identified in Group B. See the main menu for all genealogies related to this group.
Washington Co., PA 1774-1800
Samuel Meek b: 1732Tennessee/Arkansas 1800>
Jeremiah Meek b: 1771 to 1779
Slightly different DNA
Jacob Meek b: 1760Born after 1800
John T. Meek b: >1800
Born after 1800
William Meeks b: 1808
Edward Meeks - (1680-1768)
Pitt Co., NC
John Meeks b: 1700
Thomas Meeks b: 1768
George B. Meeks b: 1785