1. Samuel Meek was born 27 Sep 1781 in Washington Co., PA. (The source for the place of birth is unknown.) He died 17 Aug 1865 in Hamilton Twp, Lee Co., IL at the age of 85 years, 10 months and 21/24 days. This indicates a date of birth of 1779. He is buried in Stevens Cemetery, East Grove Twp, Lee Co., IL.
He enlisted in the War 1812 on Aug. 22, 1812 at St. Clairsville, Belmont Co., OH as a private, 3rd Reg., Ohio Militia, 1st Brig of Ohio, commanded by Col. Charles Miller. Served in Capt. Joseph Kirkwood's Company from October 22, 1812 and discharged Feb. 22, 1813. (Source; Roster of Ohio Soldiers in War of 1812, Vol. 1, pg.23.)
He arrived in Lee County, IL in 1840. He Owned many flour mills and was a Justice of the Peace. One such mill was mentioned in "Recollections of the Pioneers of Lee Co." It says Meek's mill "was near the road from Princeton to Dixon that passed by the tollgate. It was a log building two stories high." He was listed in the 1840 census of Lee Co., IL. He was listed in the 1850 census of Hamilton TWP, Lee Co., IL
He married Sarah Meek about 1814. She was born 1796 in Maryland, and died after 1865 in Lee Co., IL. Samuel's will lists the heirs as Nathan Meek, Nancy Mellick, Richard Meek, Samuel Meek, Polly Meek Burge, Harriet Meek Johnson, children of George Meek, deceased.
Significance of DNA: Descendants of two different son have a 37/37 marker match which includes DYS390=23. They Match Group B1 which includes ancestors who lived in Washington Co., PA between 1775 and 1800. DYS390=23 deviates from the Group B modal values. This MAY indicate that Samuel carried the same mutation which would distinguish his descendants from those of other Meek families that came from Washington Co., PA. However, more testing is required to confirm this.
Children of Samuel Meek and Sarah Meek were: