49. Athe Meeks was born on 7 Apr 1793 in Greenville, SC. (Date according to a family bible). He died 1 Apr 1843 in Spencer Co., IN. He is likely the person listed in the 1830 census of Spencer Co., IN age 30-40. He is likely the person listed in the 1840 census of Spencer Co., IN age 40-50. He married Mary Vest. She was born 17 Apr 1797 Cloverport, Breck Co., KY. Her father was William Vest b: 1771. She died 3 Mar 1843 in Spencer Co., IN. One source gives her name as Anna Vest. Children and thier DOB from bible records. Ancestral File #: 22DK-KP DNA=SMGF#1
CONQUERORS OF THE WEST - Stalwart Mormon Pioneers
Compiled by Florence C. Youngberg
Agreka™ Books ISBN 188810631X 14 April 1999
At age 22, William married Betsy, who was 18. During 1840, William's uncle, Priddy Meeks, introduced the Meeks family to the LDS Church. Part of the family was converted, including William's family, William's grandmother Meeks, and a couple of other Meeks families. Most of these converts left Indiana in the spring of 1842 and joined the main body of saints in Nauvoo. William was one of the 300 men who volunteered to rescue Joseph Smith, who had been kidnapped on the pretense of legal proceedings. In February 1846, when the saints were forced out of Nauvoo, William went with the first group, the Pioneer Company, as a member of the police. He returned for his family in May 1846, and they left Nauvoo with the final wave of saints from the Poor Camp, those poor or ill people who were not adequately prepared to leave. They traveled to Winter Quarters and William continued as a policeman under Hosea Stout. In 1848 the saints had to leave Winter Quarters, so William moved his family to Kanesville (Council Bluffs), Iowa, because they, like others, were not yet prepared to go to the Salt Lake Valley. Finally in 1852, they crossed the plains under Captain William Mendenhall. They arrived in the valley on October 1, 1952. The Meeks family settled in Springville, and within a year, they moved to Salt Creek (Nephi). During this time, William was a U.S. Deputy Marshall. In February 1856, Brigham Young called William and his family to go to Fort Supply, Wyoming. They arrived in late spring of 1856. With the advancement of Johnston's army, the family relocated to Provo Valley (now Heber) for a time. William was involved with cattle ranching, and he and several others established the first lumber mill in the area. It is reported that William and his family moved to St. George in 1862, and on to Pine Valley near the end of the 1860s. In 1870, William went to the Paria area northeast of Kanab to work with the Indians. He died at the age of 63 as the result of an accident while riding his horse. His wife Betsy moved to Thurber (Bicknell) and lived with her daughter Melissa. She died at the age of 80, surviving her husband by 22 years.