1. John Meek(s) was born between 1790 and 1800. He was listed in the 1830 census of Casey Co., KY (3-1-0-0-0-1///1-0-2-0-0-1) as John Meek. He was listed in the 1840 census of Casey Co., KY (0-1-1-3-0-0-1///1-1-1-0-2) as John Meeks. It is not clear if his wife survived to 1840 as the two oldest females age 20 to 30 are likely daughters. The census suggests he had five sons and five daughters before 1840. In addition to #11 John C. Meeks below William R. Meeks had census notations indicating he was born in Casey Co., KY about 1825.
THIS IS SPECULATION about how the different men in Casey County might match John's early census records.
1820-1825 1 male
1825-1830 3 males
1820-1825 3 males May be James b: @1824, William b: @1825, Robert b: @ 1825
1825-1830 1 male May be John b: @ 1828 #11 below
1830-1835 1 male May be Jackson b: @1835 or Andrew b: @1836
Also in later records was Isaac Meeks born about 1844.
In the 1850 census Jackson Meek age 15 and Isaac Meek age 6 are listed with Jesse Smith age 27 and Amanda Smith age 46. Amanda cannot be ruled out as the widow of John Meek #1 above. In the 1870 census Jesse Smith and Amanda are listed living next to Delia and the children of James Meek born about 1824.
Caution – Not all of these connections are proven.
James Meeks was born about 1824 in Kentucky. He was listed in the 1860 census of Casey Co., KY. His presumed wife was Deathes age 40 born in Kentucky. In the 1870 census James is not listed However 3 of the children are listed with Delia Meeks age 52 born in Ohio. In addition to Joseph (male age 6) listed in the 1860 census is Joanna (female age 15). It appears to be James' family.
Louisa S. Meeks was born about 1844 in Kentucky
Elizabeth Meeks was born about 1846 in Kentucky
Martha R. Meeks was born about 1848 in Kentucky
Joseph Meeks was born about 1854 in Kentucky.
Allen B. Meeks was born about 1857 in Kentucky. He may be the Allen Meek age 21 in the 1880 census of Casey County. Also listed was Margaret age 25, James age 2 and Darcus age 9/12
Foster Meeks was born about 1863 in Kentucky.
James B. Meeks was born about 1867 in Kentucky.
William R. Meeks was born about 1825 in Casey Co., KY according to 1860 census which actually says that place of birth is Casey County. He married Mary ____. She was born about 1825 in Kentucky. They were listed in the 1860-1880 censuses of Casey Co., KY.
Matilda J. Meeks was born about 1851 in Kentucky. Not in 1870 census.
James R. Meeks was born about 1859 in Kentucky.
Malissa Meeks was born about 1861 in Kentucky.
Sarah Meeks was born about 1863 in Kentucky.
Elizabeth Meeks was born about 1865 in Kentucky.
William Meeks was born about 1869 in Kentucky. He was listed in the 1920 census with wife and children.
Robert Meek was born about 1825 in Kentucky. He married Polly _____. She was born about 1828 in Kentucky. They were listed in the 1850 census of Casey Co., KY. Also listed were Sally J. Meek age 28 and Julia A. Wood age 12. (They may be the Sarah Meeks age 45 and Julia A. Meeks age 32 in the 1860 census with Christopher age 5.)
Elvira Meek was born about 1849 in Kentucky.
Christopher C. Meek AKA “Crit Meek”
Sarah _____ was born about 1818 according to census records. Her surname is not known. She may have been married to a man named Meek or her surname may have been Meek. She may have been the mother of Julia A. Meeks. She may be the person named Sallie Meek age 28 living with Robert Meek in 1850 Casey Co., KY. However Julia is listed with Sarah in the 1860 through 1880 censuses of Casey Co., KY.
Sarah married John Luttrell. They were listed in the 1870 and 1880 censuses of Casey Co., KY.
Julia A. Meeks was born about 1838 in Kentucky based on census records. She was named as the mother in Christopher Meeks death record. Her husband and his father are unknown. She is listed in the 1860 census of Casey Co., KY as Julia A. Meeks age 32 with Sarah Meeks age 45 as well as Christopher Meeks age 5. There are no other alternatives for Christopher in this time and place.
She may be the person named Julia A. Wood age 12 listed in the 1850 census of Casey Co., KY living with Robert Meek age 25 and his apparent wife Polly. Also listed was Sally ? Meek age 28. It is not clear that this is the same Sarah Meeks and Julia A. Meeks listed in the 1860 census. If true this record suggests that Sarah was related to Robert Meek but does not tell us what the relationships were between Robert, Sarah and Julia.
Julia and Christopher were listed in the 1870 census of Casey Co., KY under the name Luttrell living with Sarah and her husband John Luttrell. Also listed were Molly N. Luttrell age 5 and Franklin Luttrell age 1. Julia was also listed in the 1880 census of Casey Co., KY with John Luttrell and Sarah this time as Julia Meeks age 43. Also listed were Mollie Meeks age 15 and William F. Meeks age 11. Christopher is listed separately. The 1880 census continues to confuse as relationships are not listed except that William is listed as “brother”. One might speculate that Mollie was the informant. It is not known what the relationship was between Julia and the two younger children.
11. Christopher C. (Crit) Meeks was born 25 Oct 1855 in Kentucky according to his death certificate. He died 29 Jul 1930 in Casey Co KY. His parents were born in Kentucky. His death certificate names his mother, Julia A. Meeks, but not his father. He married Izabella McDonald 28 Dec 1879 in Casey Co., KY. They are listed in the 1880 census of Casey Co., KY. They are listed in the 1900 through 1930 censuses of Casey Co., KY.
1850 census of Casey Co., KY
Jesse Smith 27 KY
Amanda Smith 46 KY
Jackson Meek 15 KY
Logan Lutrell 14 KY
Isaac Meek 6 KY
Jackson Meek was born about 1835 in Kentucky. He was listed in the 1850 census with Jesse Smith age 27/Amanda Smith age 46.
Isaac Meek was born about 1844 in Kentucky. He married Sallie _____. She was born about 1844 in Kentucky. He was listed in the 1850 census of Casey Co., KY with Jesse Smith age 27/Amanda Smith age 46. He married Sallie _____. She was born about 1844 in Kentucky. They were listed in the 1870 census of Casey Co., KY.Mollie B. Meek was born about 1868 in Kentucky.
John S. Meeks was born about 1869 in Kentucky.
Casey Co., KY census records
1850 93-93 John Meek 24 KY Betsy Meek 23 KY 433-433 Robert Meek 25 KY Polly 22 KY Elvira 9/12 KY Sally J? 28 KY Julia A. Wood 12 KY 414-414 Jesse Smith 27 KY Amanda 46 KY Jackson Meek 15 KY Logan Lutrell 14 KY Isaac Meek 6 KY Living near 2 Lutrell Families 1860 (Census taker frequently listed county of birth) 1005/1009 Dist 4 Sarah Meeks 45 KY Julia A. 32 KY Christopher 5 KY 988/992 District 4 Jesse Smith 40 KY Amanda 50 KY Jesse 15 KY 946/950 Dist 3 James Meeks 36 KY Dethes 40 KY Louisa S 16 KY Elizabeth 14 KY Martha R. 12 KY Joseph 6 KY Alen B. C. 3 KY 123/123 Dist 3 William R. Meeks 35 b: Casey Co., KY Mary A. 35 KY Matilda J. 9 KY James R. 1 KY 276/276 Dist 3 John C. Meeks 32 b: Casey Co., KY Elizabeth 33 KY Margaret E. 9 KY Jesse 7 KY Nancy J. 5 KY John B. 3 KY Malinda T. 1 KY 306/306 Dist 2 Andrew Meeks 24 Casey Co., KY Catherine 19 KY Amanda 8/12KY (1850 Wayne Co., KY Andrew Meeks age 9 w/Huffaker family) 1870 115/115 Tate Jesse Smith 53 KY Amanda 65 KY Susan Hawkins 9 KY 116/116 Tate Delia Meeks 52 OH Elizabeth 22 KY Martha 20 KY Joanna 15 F KY Allen B 13 KY Foster 7 KY James B. 3 KY 152/152 Jenkins William R. Meeks 46 KY Mary A. 45 James R. 11 Malissa 9 Sarah 7 Elizabeth 5 William 6/12 229/227 Tate Isaac M. Meeks 25 KY Sallie 26 KY Mollie B. 2 KY John S. 1 KY 228/288 Jenkins Elizabeth 44 KY Margaret E. 19 KY Jesse D. 17 KY Nancy A. 15 KY John C. 15 KY Malinda K. 5 KY William H. 11 KY 166-154 John Littrell 49 KY Sally Littrell 50 KY Julia A. Littrell 35 KY Christopher C. Littrell 14 KY Molly N. Littrell 5 KY Franklin Littrell 1 KY 1880 415/415 Dist2 William R Meek 56 KY KY KY Mary A. 55 KY James R. 21 KY Malissa 19 KY William 10 KY 246-249 John Meek 33 KY Linda 17 KY wife 247-250 Elizabeth Meek 52 KY Malinda T. 21 KY dau William H. 18 KY son Nolan, James 20 KY S-I-L Nolan, Margaret 25 KY dau 78/80 Dist 3 Tate John Lutrell 60 KY VA VA (1820) Sarah 60 KY KY KY Meeks, Julia 43 KY Boarder Cook Mollie 15 KY William F. 11 KY Brother (William Franklin Meeks) (Note: A guess is that Mollie was the informant in this census. She refers to William as a brother which is correct as far as she is concerned. What is interesting is how she sees her mother in the household. She sees her mother as a boarder and a cook in her grandmother's house.) Thomas Meeks 31 KY KY KY w/ Jesse Merrit family 336/336 Dist 21 Allen Meeks 21 KY KY KY Margaret 25 KY James 2 KY Darcus 9/12 KY 23/25 Dist 3 Crit C. Meeks 25 KY KY KY (See Sarah in 1860 census) Isabel 19 Robert Meek 21 KY B-I-L (in 1920 census still single) w/ George Hodges
(There were other Meek families in some neighboring counties)
Boyle County (north)
Lincoln County (northeast)
Pulaski County (southeast)
Russell County (south)
Adair County (southwest)
Taylor County (west)
Marion County (northwest)
Around 1800, in the area surrounding present day Pulaski Co., KY, there lived several men named Meek. Namely Jeremiah, Jacob, William, Nathaniel and Basil, born 1763. Some of them had sons by the same name. At a minimum Nathaniel came from Washington Co., PA. DNA tests on their descendants prove that Jacob, Nathaniel and Basil were related. Jacob moved to Henry Co., TN. Nathaniel and Basil moved to Jennings Co., IN about 1815 and William remained in the area. It is entirely possible that some of Jeremiah’s sons also stayed in the area. Other Meek(s) families began coming into the area after 1830. Also there was a Penelopy Meek born about 1775 and Jane Meek born about 1810 in Clinton Co., KY.
Since it is not known where the men named Meek or Meeks in Casey Co., KY came from one cannot exclude the possibility that some of them came from the men who had previously lived in the surrounding area.