Bio: Meek, George (History - 1830)

Contact: Janet Schwarze




----Source: Biographical History of Clark and Jackson Counties, Wisconsin, by The Lewis Publishing Co., 1891



GEORGE MEEK mail contractor and stage man from Withee to Greenwood, was born in Macomb County, Michigan, April 3, 1830, the son of Andrew and Margaret Meek, the former a native of Pennsylvania, and the latter of Ohio. They had seven children, five now living: George, John, Kate, Alexander and J. Thomas. George came with his parents to Rock County, Wisconsin in 1837, where they settled on a farm, and remained until 1846. They then removed to Green County, same State, thence to Jackson County, in 1851, where they soon afterward settled, in Trempealeau Valley. The father died at the later place in April 1871, and the mother at Black River Falls in August, 1881. Mr. Meek, our subject, served in the late war, in Company I, Fourteenth Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry, remaining three years, and was in the battle of Shiloh. On account of disability he was on detached duty mostly as cook in a hospital. He now draws a pension of 10 a month. He came to this county in August, 1887, locating in Greenwood, where he has since lived.

Mr. Meek was married September 30, 1866, to Sarah J. Harmer, a daughter of Charles Harmer, of Albion, Jackson County, Wisconsin. They have had six children, four of whom survive: Charles H., Hattie A., Hugh and Ralph, all at home.  Socially Mr. Meek is a member of the G.A.R. Post, and politically a Republican.  Genealogy



New Clips


Will You Marry Me?


The Civil War will be represented, for instance, by the old flag which belonged to the G.A.R. post of Neillsville and which usually hangs in the W.R.C. hall.  This G.A.R. flag was carried by a local unit in the Civil War. Also displayed will be the powder flask and an ink well owned by M. N. Wells, father of Burton Wells.  M. N. Wells carried the flask and ink well during the Civil War.  Another exhibit will be a framed clipping form a Vicksburg newspaper, together with a little piece of candy, upon which appears the legend, "Will you marry me?" The candy was wrapped in a piece of newspaper by a little girl and given to George Meek, the grandfather of W. B. Tufts, when the Federal troops entered Vicksburg.  The Civil War exhibit is in charge of Burton Wells, who states that many trophies will be shown.  Source: Clark County News November 1946


Census Records



1880 Federal Census Alma, Jackson County, Wis.

 Name Relation M/S/D Sex Race Age Nativity Occupation Father's Nativity Mother's Nativity
George Meek  Self  M  M  W  50  Mich.  Farmer  Pennsylvania  Ohio
Sarah Meek  Wife  M  F  W  29  Wisconsin  Keeps house    England  England
Charles Meek  Son  S  M  W  11  Wisconsin  At Home  Michigan  Wisconsin
Hattie Meek  Daughter  S  F  W  5  Wisconsin    Michigan  Wisconsin
Sarah A. Stafford  Sister    F  W  54  Ohio    Pennsylvania  Ohio


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George Meek, Civil War Soldier

1830 - 1897



George Meek was born April 3, 1830.  He enlisted with Co. "I" in the 14th Regiment of the Wisconsin Infantry on October 29, 1861 serving as a Private and was discharged January 30, 1865.  He died April 28, 1897 and is buried in the Greenwood, Wisconsin City Cemetery.  His widow of Withee, Wisconsin was listed as his next of kin on his grave registration.

George Meek, Pvt. Co. I, 14th Wis. Inf. Civil War 1861/65


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Related Links


Cemetery Record
  Meek Family File, Contributed by Angie Whitney.
  Obit: Meek, Sarah Jane (1849 - 1941)
  Bio: Meek, George (History - 1830) & Family File
  Bio: Meek, Sarah (3-Mar-1900)

George Meek is also featured in the book, "Civil War Soldiers in the heart of Clark Co., Wisconsin."





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