Saturday, January 21, 2012

Mystery Meeks Family Part three

The Meeks family has been so difficult to understand. If Martha  married, no one seems to have a record (she does claim later that she was widowed) ,Three illegitamate boys may not be unheard of  but the odd occurence of Charles Harris  on Thomas's death certificate and James using Harris as his own name?  Was Charles his uncle , perhaps the only father figure they knew?  One wild theory is I had was-  Mormon. I know that is a bit out there but there  was a  "Priddy Meeks, an early Mormon pioneer, and himself a botanic physician" . He was born in SC 1795 and died in Utath 1886.  He converted to the Latter-Day Saints in 1840 while in Illinois.  It is not likely but not impossible , I have saved a bit about the Harris family, again trying to find that magic piece that will explain who they were.

HARRIS, Charles and Dicey DAVIS. Surety, John Harris. Bond dated
22 Jan 1811, Minister return missing. Endorsement on Bond: "Lady of
age-gentlemen parent present and consented by Micah Taul."
Above from Marriage Records compiled by June Baldwin Bork
(TL NOTE The following I am not sure of sourceLooks like 2nd marriage for both or Elam is odd middle name )
On 16 May 1841 he (Charles Harris) remarries to widow, Elizabeth Elam Meeks.
According to the IGI: Dicey DAVIS b. Abt 1790 in Wayne Co, KY film # 2034607
There is also an IGI Listing: Charles HARRIS male born 1793 TN Film # 1903767 Is this the same
Charles? No parents listed for either.

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Found this at the Harris Hunter mailng list
Seeking info on parents and children of Charles HARRIS (b. ca. 1792, TN).
Married Dicey DAVIS 22 Jan 1811 in Wayne co., Kentucky. Had at least 4 boys
by 1820, including Walton A. (12 Nov 1812-24 Aug 1897) and Westley (who
married Susan FRY). Other likely children of Charles and Dicey are Nancy
(who married Richard ELAM 11 Mar 1841 in Wayne Co., KY) and Hiram who was
born ca. 1836-37. They may have also had a daughter Patsey born ca. 1820.
(She is listed with the family in 1850.) After Dicey died, Charles married
Elizabeth MEEKS. They had Lafayette (b. ca. 1845), Milla (b. ca. 1847) and
Siatha (b. ca. 1848).
Charles Harris' father was a John Harris who died sometime in October or
November of 1814. (Consented to daughter's marriage in September and there
was a court order in December 1814 for the children to appear in court in
January 1815 to see if there was any objection to the probate or whatever.
Records show that Charles was born in Tennessee about 1792. It may have
been along the KY/TN border though. I have no idea where John Harris was
born - best guess is Virginia with NC being second choice. It is likely that
 Father John HARRIS signed for Charles on the marriage license.
Seeking info on this family - ancestors or descendents:
John HARRIS (est. b. 1755-1765; d. prob Oct or Nov 1814, Wayne Co., KY - will proved Jan. 1815;
 wife apparently deceased at that time)
1. Catharine
2. Nicholas (b. abt 1788; marr Salome/Sally ELROD 12 Oct 1810 Wayne Co., KY; d. abt 1838 Cannon Co., TN)
3. Charles (b. abt 1792 TN; marr
 1--Dicey DAVIS 22 Jan 1811 Wayne Co., KY; marr
     (Children by Dicey: Walton A. b. 1812, marr. Margaret MOSELY abt 1840 Giles Co., TN,
d. 24 Aug 1897 Itawamba Co., MS; Westley b. 1813, marr Susan FRY 13 Oct 1836 Wayne Co., KY;,d. Livingston Co., KY;
2 other males born bef 1820; Nancy marr. Richard ELAM 11 Mar 1841 Wayne Co., KY;
 2--Elizabeth MEEKS m 16 May 1841 Wayne Co., KY; d. aft 1860 prob Wayne Co., KY)
  possibly Hiram b. 1836-37 although he might be a grandson or nephew;
Children by Elizabeth: Lafayette b. abt 1845; Milla b. abt 1847; Siatha/Sciota b. abt 1848)
4. Sally (marr. James COTTEN 26 Sep 1814 Wayne Co., KY)
5. Susannah (marr. Jeremiah ELROD 18 Apr 1813 Wayne Co., KY)
6. Darky (this was the name in the will - could be Dorcas?)
7. John
8. Thomas

(2008)  search Dicey Davis
.....Grantee: Harris, Charles
Acres: 50  
Book: Y ---Survey Date: 23 Sep 1828
County: Wayne ===WaterCourse: Cumberland R
Volume 1  Part 1---CHAPTER VI KENTUCKY LAND WARRANTS (1816-1873)
More Info: Grantee: Harris, Charles
Acres: 50
Book: Y   Page: 234  Date Survey: 9-23-1828
County: Wayne      Watercourse: Cumberland R
Grantee: Harris, Charles
Acres: 50 Book: M-2
Survey Date: 11 Apr 1837 County: Wayne
WaterCourse: S Cumberland R
Volume 1  Part 1
page 578

More Info: Grantee: Harris, Charles
Acres: 50
Book: M-2
Page: 3
Date Survey: 4-11-1837
County: Wayne
Watercourse: S Cumberland R


Elizabeth Elam married UNKNOWN Meeks
 sometime between 1817 and 1837. She may have had  to Hiram in 1838.
UNKNOWN Meeks died sometime before May of 1841, when she remarried to Charles Harris.
She might be related to Richard Elam or Burwell Elam (Burrel) Elum on 1810 Wayne County Census?)
 The 1820 Census only lists an Edward Elum as head of household. So where is Burwell/Burrel?
 He is listed in the 1830 Census. There is one female in the household in the same age range
 that Elizabeth would be in. In 1840 He is listed as Barrel Ealem.
>William Elam to Hisya Blevins, 30 Mar 1807, Wayne
>James Hunter to Winnaford Elam, 22 Nov 1810, Wayne
>Edward Elam to Jemima Ellis, 05 Sep 1816, Wayne
>Bennett Elam to Rachel Coffey, 18 Jul 1820, Wayne or
>Bennet Elam to Rachel Coffey, 23 Jul 1820, Wayne
> Burrell Elam to Elizabeth Davis, 19 May 1827, Wayne (must be a son?? )
Burrell Elam, Richard, Watson and Benjamin were all brothers.
Their three sisters were named Patsy, Jane and Elizabeth.

in 1830 census there were 3 elams/elums listed: bertram, bennett, and edmund
# ID: I91682
# Name: Edward ELAM
# Sex: M
# Birth: 20 JAN 1769 in Mecklenburg Co., Virginia
# Death: 15 FEB 1830 in Williamson Co., Tennessee
# Burial: Family Cemetery, Wilson Creek, Williamson Co., Tennessee
# Reference Number: 91682
# Note:
Frank Elam

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