1. James F. Meeks was born about 1821 in Tennessee according to census records. He was listed in the 1850 census of Marshall Co., TN. He was listed in the 1870 to 1880 censuses of Marshall Co., TN.
In 1850 James Meeks age 27, occupation is listed as farmer, no value for property listed. He cannot read or write.
In 1870 James F. Meeks age 50, occupation is listed as farming. He cannot read or write.
In 1880 James Meeks age 59, is listed as a laborer. Both parents were born in Tennessee. He cannot read or write.
The name James F. Meek first appears in deed records for Marshal Co., TN in 1830. His boundry was used as a landmark in another persons deed. On 30 Nov 1839 James Franklin Meek and Margery Meek sell 130 acres to Thomas O. Hunter. This land was inherited from James Meek according to the deed. James Meek was the son of Adam Meek born about 1729 and inherited the land from his father who never lived in Tennessee. James F. Meeks who married Polly Hardin was born between 1820 and 1823 according to three census records James would have been less than 10 years old in 1830 and one would not expect to see him as the owner of property although this cannot be ruled out. There may have been two men named James F. Meek(s) in Marshall County. who were not necessarily father and son
Also residing in Marshall County was William Meek born about 1792 and his son James Allen Meek born 1816. William also sold land previously owned by James Meek without there being a record of him purchasing it. DNA test show that William Meek and James F. Meeks born about 1821 were related. Unfortunately the DNA tests suggest they were not closely related and additional testing is needed. Considerable uncertainty exists as to how the different men named Meek(s) were related.
He married (1) Polly Ann Hardin 13 Jan 1843 in Marshall Co., TN according to marriage records.