1. Hiram Meek
was born about 1835 in Kentucky.
He married Elizabeth Wright about 1866.
They were listed in the 1870 and 1880 censuses of Monticello, Wayne Co., KY.
They were listed in the 1900 census of Pulaski Co., KY as High and Easter E. Meeks.
Note on connection to children: This connection depends largely on records that are not entirely consistent. Samuel and other listed children can be tied to Wayne Co., KY and a father named High Meeks. The 1900 census of Pulaski Co., KY lists High Meeks born March 1835 and wife Easter E. Meeks. It lists children Fronie May 1875, Samuel Apr 1879, Sallie Dec 1880 and William Dec 1885. Samuel in the 1910 census of Knox Co., KY was born about 1881 but other records are conflicting. He has a brother, William, living with him who was born about 1887. Williamís birth certificate says his fatherís name was Hi.
The 1880 census of neighboring Wayne County lists Hiram Meeks age 43 and wife Elizabeth. Of the three children one is Sophrona age 4. This could be Fronie born 1875 in the 1900 census of High Meeks. Of course Samuel in the 1900 census would not be in the 1880 census if he were born after 1800. Fronieís death certificate gives her parents as High Meek and Sallie Wright.
Discrepancies such as these are not uncommon and should not be ignored. Tax, deed and probate records need to be reviewed. However, Samuel and other children can be place in Wayne County which limit the possibilities for their parents.
Note on extended family tree: In the 1870 census Hiram lives next door to George and Mahala Rogers. Living with them is Susanah Meeks age 56 and Viana Meeks age 15. These two Meeks previously lived with Samuel Meeks born about 1788 in the 1860 census. Living next to High Meeks in the 1900 census of Pulaski County was King Meeks. This unique name also ties High Meeks to Samuel Meeks and Wayne County where King Meeks lived with Samuel Meeks at age 11 in the 1860 census. There are no clear records regarding Samuelís children at this point. However, the men named Meeks in Wayne County appear to be related to him.
Note on Y-DNA: A descendant of Samuel L. Meeks born about 1881 has taken the Y-DNA test (Kit #28093). It is only valid for that person until additional test on other related descendants are available. However, it has potential implications for all members of this tree. The person tested is predicted to be in the R1b haplogroup and has no useful matches. He has no matches with the Meek or Meeks surname. This means he is NOT related to several large groups of early American Meek(s) ancestors. A single descendant of Samuel Meek born 1788 through his son Samuel born 1845 also has a Y-DNA test which matches Group C in the Meek DNA Project. Addition participation is required to resolve this conflict. See the Meek/Meeks DNA Project website for more details.