I do not believe that William Meacham (d.1808) served in the Revolutionary War because of his age.However, he had at least 2 sons that served - This is what I have on them.Hope that it helps.
JOSEPH MEACHAM: (1761-1838)
"In Perrin's History of Christian county he is referred to as one of the patriots of the Revolution who came early to Kentucky. He settled in the wooded section near Antioch church, and his grandchildren were often shown the military uniform with its knee-buckles that he wore during the Revolution and kept as long as he lived. The following certificate shows that his name was carried upon the colonial records of North Carolina:
DEPARTMENT OF THE STATE AUDITOR, RALEIGH, N.C. This certifies that there appears upon the Revolution records of this state the name of Joseph Meacham. Said name appears in Book A,' No. 11, Voucher 3437, army accounts, Volume 12, Page 42. Said name also appears on Page 100, Army Accounts, Volume 6, Book 24, Voucher 3482. [seal] B.F. DIXON, Auditor "
1790 Census - Chatham ( Orange) Co., NC -1 male 16 years plus;3 sons under 16; 1 daughter; wife
Migrated to Christian Co., Kyabout 1807 (per his applications for pension (copy in my files - BBM)with his brother John.
9 children(Last 2 are twins)
DAR has his birth year as 1761 and his rank as Pvt. Pension was granted. Wife as Molly West born in NC.
Notes from his pension applications: (Copy of application courtesy of Lacy Ballard)
Applied for pension in Christian Co., KY on Sept. 3, 1832 in open court to obtain benefits of act of Congress made June 7, 1832. He was drafted and entered service in the militia at Col. Lettiel's (??) Barracks in Chatham Co. NCfor six months in 1781. In regiment of the horse commanded by Co. Edward Douglas.Stationed at said Barracks for his whole tour.Called out for several skirmisheswith the Tories.One of his witnesses was John Bobbitt, Clergyman.
(Note: His pension was approved.BBM)
--------------------- JOHN: (1764-1823)
Served in the Revolutionary War.From the DAR - Rank : Soldier -No pension.Listed birth date and wife as Lucy Brewer. Served in Second Virginia Brigade, 8th Continental Line.
The 2d Virginia Regiment (the spelling most commonly used in period references) was authorized by the Virginia Convention, July 17, 1775, as a force of regular troops for the Commonwealth's defense. It consisted of seven companies, 476 privates and the usual regimental officers. William Woodford, of Caroline County, was named colonel, along with Lieutenant Colonel Charles Scott and Major Alexander Spotswood were the regiment's initial field officers. Virginia had been divided into 16 military districts which took their name from the predominant county in the grouping. For instance, Prince William District included Fairfax and Loudoun Counties as well. Col.Gregory Smith 1777-78 Col Brent 1779(Valley Forge?) Note from:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2nd_Virginia_Regimenthttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2nd_Virginia_Regiment
1790 Census - Chatham (Hillsboro Dist) Co., NC -2 daughters and wife. Name spelled "Meekan) (Source - Ruth Meachamof Fort Mill, SC -Oct. 17. 1978)
1800 Census - Chatham Co., NCWith wife &7 Children
About 1802 settled inChristian Co., Ky. with his brother, Joseph.
----------------------- These boys came to NC. with thier father and Mother - later moved to KY and had huge families there. ----------------------- William F. Meacham of Hong Kong if off the Kentucky branch and has done some very nice work om that part of the family.Have you read it??