This Family has made me crazy for years - My ggg grandfather James Meeks apparently used the name Harris for quite a while in his youth That is the name he gave when he married and was even listed on death certificate as "Meeks alias Harris" also Charley Harris is named as his father and simply "Meeks" as mother
His brother Thomas has father unknown and Martha Meeks as mother. I have not yet located any records of the oldest son Jackson beyond the 1870 census . What I have tried to do is gather bits and pieces as I have seen them in the hope that it will someday it will all "Click!" So far , nothing.
Here are some of the notes- they may or may not be accurate, many are message board post. My line is Martha to James to Wm "Paps" to Bessie. any other mentions that say "My" or "I" are probably someone else's statement
...........MEEKS NOTES .....................................
THESE ARE NOTES FROM OTHERS trying to figure out their own MEEKS problems
Given Name: Samuel Meeks
Birth: Abt 1788 in Tennessee/ North Carolina
Father: Asa MEEKS b: 1771 Mother: Rachel WILLIAMS b: 1780 c: 1829
Marriage 1 Polly Ann BERTRAM b: 1825 in Wayne County Kentucky
Married: 13 Jan 1845 in Wayne County,Ky
= there was a Sam Meeks that was involved in some way during the Civil war
F Co. 11th Cav. Reg. Ky. Pvt. (Morgan's Raiders, under General John Hunt Morgan).
and I think he died at prison camp called Camp Douglas in Illinois
(some try to say it is older Sam Meeks but he would have been well into his 79's when the war started
and the younger Sam apparently married because I found this about him
" Anderson HARRIS, all we know is parents were from Va.. He was in Kentucky
and served with Co.F with the 11th Kentucky Cavalry as a Private.
He married Anna S. HORTON 12/01/1847 in Garrard Co. Ky.
and had a daughter Sarah Elizabeth HARRIS
who was born Jan. 1849. She married on 03/22/1870 in Madison Co. Ky.
to Samuel MEEKS, son of Samuel MEEKS and Polly Ann BERTRAM,
of Wayne Co. Ky.. I'm looking for information on both HARRIS, ANDERSON,
and HORTON. Thanks, a lost cousin, Kathleen "
Samuel Meeks July 27-1845 Wayne KY died may 6 1925 Harrison KY
Father Samuel Meeks TN \Mother Vian Bertram Meeks TN
Samuel Meeks is from Tennessee County, North Carolina. Which is misleading
because the county itself is just south of Wayne Co., KY. Tennessee wasn't
a state until after Samuel was born. It was called North Carolina back then.
Issac ( ? Think this is Denny) went to Kentucky where he married Patsey Meeks whose family also came
from South Carolina. Patsey was the daughter of Priddy Meeks. Priddy and his sister, Sarah Meeks
and her husband, Paul Meachum were involved in transporting and freeing slaves from the Carolinas to Indiana
in the early 1800’s.
The Meeks family traces back to William Meeks of co. Westmoreland, England, who immigrated to
Hanover County,Virginia. The family is recorded on the tax list at Middle Plantation ,
Virginia in 1646- 8 Pride Meeks, son of William and Molly (Nolan) Meeks, married Elizabeth Denny.
The Denny family migrated from Albemarle County, Virginia. (TL NOTE my Thomas Meeks married a Nancy Denny)
19 Oct 1876 Zachariah Hampton married Susan Meeks
19 Oct 1876 Res. WCK age 57 4th m blacksmith Res. WCK age 53 1st m
b. RCK; pb RCK b. unk; pb unk Susannah?
bond: Zachariah Hampton and Elijah McDaniel
AND THIS might be a hint
about missing unknown father of the three boys or the missing Meeks brother Jackson
"and somewhere in there was a Meeks who was a RIVERBOAT PORTER, he was supposed to be
a blacksheep of the family and apparently spread the family name up and down the river -
don't know which river."
Elizabeth was married to Hiram Meeks.
George Baldwin Meeks lists her as his mother on his marriage certificate to Nannie Johnson:
James C. Meeks also lists her as his mother - under her nickname, "Bettie" - on his marriage
certificate to Allie Johnson:
However, Samuel Lathiat's older sister, Sophrona, lists her father's name as "Hiram Meeks"
and her mother's name as "Jane Meeks" on her marriage certificate.
and here is ANOTHER
On Samuel's Marriage Certificate he states his mother's name is "Catherine Meeks".
On Fronie's Marriage Certificate she states her mother's name was "Jane Meeks".
On James C.'s Marriage Certificate he state his mother's name was "Bettie Meek".
On George's Marriage Certificate he states his mother's name is "Elizabeth Meeks".
And as of 1892, Hiram and Elizabeth were still alive and living in Wayne Co., KY.
1900 Pulaski Co., KY Census Point Precinct:
#132. Meeks, King Head 2/56 M KY KY KY Day Laborer (TL NOTE Could this be missing King Soloman?)
Mary Wife 3/52 M 11 KY NC AL
Etta J. Dau 7/93 S KY KY KY
William M. Son 8/95 S KY KY KY
Rebeca Mother 2/29 S KY KY KY
#133. Meeks, High Head 3/35 M KY KY KY Day Laborer
Easter E. Wife 3/39 M8 KY KY KY
Fronie Dau 5/75 S KY KY KY
Samuel Son 4/79 S KY KY KY
Sallie Dau 12/80 S KY KY KY
William Son 12/85 S KY KY KY-----
.Hiram's(MEEKS) birthday is sometime in March of 1838, and he was still alive in
> 1900, in Burn Town, as was Elizabeth. Elizabeth also was born March,
> 1839, and went by the name "Easter E." Meeks on the census. Hiram went
> by the name of "High." He was a day laborer - occupation unspecified.
> Hiram, Easter, my great grandmother Sallie - all but one child - Samuel
> - could read. Samuel could read, but he could not write.
> If I remember correctly, my great grandmother Sallie traveled quite a
> bit before she passed away 22 October 1958.........