I have determined that my GGG-GF is William J. Meeks, Sr., he was born on March 2, 1800, in Fairfield County, Ohio and died on 9/8/1875 in Fulton County, Ohio.
I am attempting to determine his father.
He was married to Rachel Carr in 1819, Rachel was born on 12/17/1798 in Fayette County, PA and she died on 8/15/1884 in Fulton County, Ohio.
William J. Meeks' father may have been Joshua Meeks that died in Fairfield County, Ohio in 1801.
Joshua Meeks is listed in the book;
Pioneer Period and Pioneer People of Fairfield
County with Ralph and Ann Cherry, when they arrive in
Fairfield County, Ohio in 1799 and tells of his death around 1801.
Information from the book:
Pioneer Period and Pioneer People
of Fairfield County, OH by CML Wiseman.
Father: Jeremiah Meeks
Daughter: Ann Meeksb. June 17, 1750d. 9/27/1822
Husband: Ralph Cherryb. July 10, 1744d. 7/22/1820
Ralph Cherry had lived in Mt. Pleasant TWP, Westmoreland County, PA-Married 10/10/1765
(Ralph's Parents are Thomas and Rachel Cherry)
Ralph and Annie's Children:
Moses Cherry b. July 10, 1766d.1/1/1782
Jeremiah Cherryb July 24, 1772d.8/16/1801
Wife: Elizabeth Meason
(Her Parents-John Meason and Hannah(FROST) Meason)
Ralph Cherry, Jr. B 2/23/1795
married Ruth Martain- d. 1826
and married Mrs. Sallie Comer
daughter of John and Elizabeth Bear.
Sarah Cherryb. May 14, 1797
married George Bear in 1816
and moved to Allen County OH (Van Wert, OH area)
John Meason Cherryb. March 16,1800
Rachel Cherryb. January 17, 1774
Husband: Issac Meason (Son of John and Hannah Meason)
Married in 1794
There is a John Meeks in the Fairfield County Ohio area close to the 1800's.
Several Family Members are buried in the
Old Wells Cemetery, at Hooker, in
Fairfield County, Ohio.
Back to the family of William J. Meeks:
Their son, George Meeks, my GG-GF, was born in PA in July of 1824.
Their other children were:
Sarah, who was born in York County, PA on 3/8/1827
Hannah, who was born in OH around 1830
William J. Meeks, Jr., who was born 4/4/1832 in Salt Creek Township, Wayne County, OH.
Eliza, who was born in OH around 1834
Margaret, who was born in OH around 1837
Maria, who was born in OH on 6/11/1842 and died 1/15/1862 in Wauseon Ohio and 3 other children.
The family moved to Wayne County, Ohio in 1830 and then
moved to Fulton County, Ohio in 1857.
This is the information from Rachel CARR Meeks will.
RACHEL MEEKS of Clinton tp. signed Mar. 14, 1882
Pro. Auf. 20, 1884. She died Aug. 16, 1884, Her heirs:
son, George MEEKS of Murray, Ind.
" William " of Wauseon, O. (one WM. MEEKS of Clinton tp.
d Sept. 14, 1885 at age 53 yr, b Saltcreek Tp. Wayne Co)
dau. SARAH SCOTT, of Wauseon, O.
To granddau. Mrs. BETT WATSON , my best bed and bedding
To granddau Mrs. Minnie Scott $60.00
Wit. by H.S. MOSELEY & ADDIE B. MOSELEY
son, WM MEEKS brought the Will into court.
This information is from an obit from William Meeks Jr.-(William J. Meeks' son)
Sep 19 (1885)--William MEEKS died in Wauseon Sep 14th. He was born at Salt Creek, Wayne Co., OH, Apr 4, 1832, married Helen M. RUSSELL, Oct 4, 1855, in Wooster, and moved to Wauseon in 1856. His wife died Jan 7, 1857, and on Dec 2, 1858, he married secondly in Wauseon, Mary J. CORNELL, who died Jan 15, 1882."
From another source, a copy of the obit of William, Sr. and Rachel's, daughter, Sarah, who had married James SCOTT.
"Sarah MEEKS was born in York, York Co., PA Mar 8,1827. In early childhood she moved with her parents to Wayne Co., O, where she continued to reside till grown to young womanhood, when on the 9th day of Nov 1846 she was united in marriage to James SCOTT, and moved to the place where Wauseon now stands."
William J. Meeks, first shows up in the 1820 census in Salt Creek Twp
William Meeks b. 4 April 1832 in Salt Creek Township, Wayne Co, OH; m. Helen M Russell on 4 October 1855; d. 14 Sept 1885 in Wauseon
I have found an Isaac Meeks, Jeremiah Meeks (Yough Co. VA) Ralph Cherry, Isaac Meason and Joshua Meeks together in the area of Westmoreland County, VA.
Any information would be appreciated!