1. William Meek was born about 1792 according to family legend. Census records indicate that he was born between 1781 and 1790. He died about 1834 according to family legend. He may be the person in the 1820 census of Bedford Co., TN age 26-45 with 1 male under 10, 1 male 16-26, 3 females under 10 and 1 female 26-45. There was a person named William Meek listed in the 1830 census of Bedford Co., TN age 40-50. (Males 2 under 5, 1 age 10-15, 1 age 40-50. Females 1 age 10-15, 2 age 15-20, 1 age 20-25 and 1 age 40-50.) Although this data is not entirely consistent with Home in the Wilderness It is believed that there was only one person named William Meek in Marshall County during the time in question.
There are several deed records in Marshal County with the name William Meek dating from 1811 to 11 May 1833. Some of the land that he owned was part of the Adam Meek land grant previously owned by James Meek. James was the son of Adam Meek and Elizabeth Miller. The will of James Meek was destroyed and it is not known how William obtain the property within the land grant or what William's connection to James was.
Adam Meek was born about 1729 and resided in Mecklenburg, NC. He married Elizabeth Miller. They likely came from Cecil Co., MD in 1754. Adam obtained a land grant in Marshall Co., TN 17 Dec 1794. Adam gave his Power of Attorney for the land grant to James Meek son of Adam, Joseph Wallace, and John Wilson on 14 Jul 1808. James obtained ownership of the land when his father died. DNA tests on descendants of Adam Meek and James Allen Meek son of William proves that they were related. However, DNA indicates that James Allen Meek was not closely related James son of Adam. For instance it is unlikely that he could have been a grandson of James son of Adam. William Meek's connection to James son of Adam and the 1000 acre land grant is unknown.
William married Mary _____. She was born 9 May 1789 according to the Eli Hopkins bible. She died 20 Nov 1867. She may be the person listed in the 1840 census of Marshall Co., TN age 50-60. Also listed is an unknown male age 10-15. The identity of the person in the census is not certain. She left a will naming her son James and daughters Mary Hopkins and Sarah Robinson.