Meek Family

of Clinton Co., KY

By Christopher A. Meek

11. James Meek died in 1815 during the War of 1812. He married Penelope Eleanor Nash after 1794 and before 1801. She was born about 1775 in Tennessee. She died 25 May 1863 in Albany, Clinton Co., KY. They came to Cumberland Co., KY after May 1801 from Sullivan Co., TN. This is based on a deposition in Clinton Co., Ky. and Fentress Co., TN in 1853 for the widow of Alexander Beaty.

Penelope was listed in the 1840 census of Clinton Co., KY. She was listed in the 1850 censuses of Clinton Co., KY with Jane Meek age 40. Living next door was John Meek below. She was listed alone in the 1860 census of Clinton Co., KY.

See genealogy on neighboring Casey Co., KY and Wayne Co., KY

Statements in the Bounty Land applications of Alexander and Catherine Beaty suggest that the father of Andrew and Alexander was Billy Beaty. In several sworn statements included in the applications, Eleanor Meek says she was living at the house of Alexander Beaty about 1794 when he served as a soldier against the Indians under his brother Captian Andy Beaty. She helped fix his clothes before he left and she remained there with his father and mother until he returned home. She continue to live there until she married some years later. In another statement, she says that she "lived at the house of Billy Beaty in Sullivan County, Tennessee at the time Alexander volunteered and had from a small child".