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Apr 09, 2002
10:09 AM
My father has an old book about Whiteside county which features my Great-Great-Grandfather, Nathan Meek (I haven't seen the book since I was a child, so I don't know specifics). Since the time frame and place are correct, and the Nathan Meek that you wrote about had a son named John (my great grandfather's name), it makes me think that they were probably the same people. Unfortunately, I don't know anything about My Great-Grandfather John's history except that his wife was Tena Johannah Wessels and between them they had my Grandfather, Glen Wessels Meek, at some point during the first decade of the 20th century. John's story is a mystery. My Great Grandmother, Tena Meek ended up living in Silsbee, Texas, with my Grandfather Glen Meek, but that's really all I know about that side of the Meek family... I have no idea why they moved or when (or maybe if they continued to live in Illinois until he died). I'm hoping to find some of my living reletives on this side of the Meek family, to compare notes on our geneology! My father said that I should track down the decendants of a Ruth Meek (who was some sort of cousin of my Grandpa Glen Meek) because she kept the family tree together for that side of the family, but I can't find anything about her, or her decendants either.

My email address is: kidneyshaped@yahoo.com

Thanks! ---Jessica Glynis Scull(nee Meek)---
14 posts
Apr 11, 2002
7:03 PM
Nathan & "Mrs." Meeks are listed in the CEMETERY DIRECTORY. Mrs. Meeks died 5/23/1899 and Nathan died Dec. 10, 1911. Denise
Jessica G. Scull
Apr 15, 2002
10:43 AM
I'll have to look up John (Richmond?)... it says in the article that he runs the Meek farm now. If any kin of the Meek family reads this: I'm posting my family tree on Ancestry.com... you can look up Glen Wessels Meek to see everything I've come up with so far, and please contact me so we can trade stories! (I found the article on Nathan Meek by using a search engine, myself, so I wouldn't be surprised if more Meeks just happen to surf in)

Thanks again, Denise :)

---Jessica G. Scull (nee Meek)---
Jun 05, 2002
10:55 AM
Here is Nathan MEEK's obituary from the Tampico Tornado Newspaper:

December 14, 1911
Nathan MEEK Answers Call
Nathan MEEK, and old soldier and one of the well know old timers of Tampico township, died at his home three miles south of Tampico Saturday night about 12:30. Death resulted from senile diabetes and gangrene which affected both feet and was spreading to his limbs. The disease had manifest itself sometime ago and only for the past three weeks had his condition been such that he was confined to his home. The funeral services were held Tuesday noon at the Methodist church, Rev. H.A. SNYDER officiating. Music was rendered by Mr. and Mrs. Jack HELLIER, E.W MEREDITH and Mrs. Lovinia BOOTH. Internment was in Whittington cemetery southeast of Tampico.
The pall bearers were: John S. JOHNSON, J.C. ADAMS, Robt. ADAMS, A.J. GRAHAM, Frank COLLINS and Asa BURDEN.
Nathan MEEK was born in Hardon County, Ohio, Feb. 23, 1839, and when a mere child came west to Illinois with his parents who first settled near Amboy, later going to Iowa, then to Wisconsin and finally locating near Walnut where he resided a number of years. He was married Dec. 21, 1865 to Catherine B. ADAMS at New Bedford who died May 23, 1899. About thirty-seven years ago he located on a farm southeast of Tampico and then a few years later moved to the place three miles south of Tampico where he lived until his death. He joined the Methodist church when nineteen years of age and taught school previous to serving three years in the Civil War as a private in the ranks of Co. 8, 93rd, Ill., Vol. Inf. He was a good, quiet citizen, a man of good principle, and held in high esteem in the community which had been his home for so many years. Four sons, William P., of New Bedford, Samuel, Richard and John of Tampico, survive, also two other brothers, William of Walnut, Samuel of Carlton, Neb., and three sisters, Mary RENNER of Davenport, Neb., Betty RENNER of Walnut and Melissa of Carlton, Neb.
17 posts
Jul 03, 2002
7:14 AM
Thank you so much for posting the obit on Meeks, Les.
21 posts
Oct 24, 2002
11:35 AM
I ran a search on "Meeks" in Illinois. I got over 20 pages of returns. If you are interested, email me and I will send you the list.

Last Edited by Guest on Feb 12, 2004 12:44 AM
Anne Winters
Apr 03, 2003
8:26 PM
I was in contact with Ruth Meek Hall, keeper of her family's tree for some years in the mid 1980's. She was a dear! Consequently, I have a bit of info for you.

Catherine Adams, daughter of William F. Adams, was the wife of Nathan Meek. From "The Echo" 1982 ADAMS REUNION "The direct descendants of William Franklin Adams and Isabel Bushong Adams who moved to Bureau County, IL in 1840 held a family reunion Sunday , July 4th at the Tampico park, Tampico, Illinois."

Letter from Ruth Meek Hall of New Bedford, IL, Dec. 11, 1985. ""William Adams was my great-grandfather. He was said to have been born near Wheeling, Va, (now W. Va., of course...) Hannah broke her hip and her daughter took her and cared for her about 6 yrs? So When Wm. Adams got sick he went to his son Jake Adams who then lived close. There are biographical skethes of some of the Love and Leonard men in Whiteside Co. histories."." "I (Ruth Meek Hall) was born 7 January, 1904.".

He had sons Samuel, Jacob, and Frank, daus. Margaret Jane (married a Joseph Rhinehart) and Katie who married Nathan Meek as per obit. of Harriet Love Craddock (Daughter of his 2ndwife Hannah) in 1938.

From Ruth Meek Hall in 1985: Mrs. Thomas (Margaret Adell Adams) Wroten was a sister of my great-grandfather Wm. F. Adams whose 2nd wife was Hannah Rhinehart Leonard Love.

HIs obit states he died at his son Jacob's house, he left a brother, Robert Stewart Adams and 5 children.
MARRIAGE: From the Illiinois Statewide Marriage Index, 1763-1900, available online from IL State Archives

1880 Census Fairfield, Bureau, Illinois
Family History Library Film 1254177
NA Film Number T9-0177
Page Number 97C

William ADAMS Self M Male W 72 VA Farmer VA VA
Hannah ADAMS Wife M Female W 74 PA Keeping House PA PA
Francis ADAMS Son M Male W 36 IL Farmer VA PA
Caroline ADAMS DauL M Female W 29 NY Keeping House IRE IRE
Charles ADAMS GSon S Male W 7 IL IL NY
Mary ADAMS GDau S Female W 4 IL IL NY
Jane ADAMS GDau S Female W 1 IL IL NY
Swen PETERSON Other S Male W 23 SWED Laborer SWED SWED
Peter PETERSON Other S Male W 20 SWED Laborer SWED SWED
Ida LINDBLOOM Other S Female W 21 SWED Laborer SWED SWED

Nathan Meek was born 23 Feb 1839 in Delaware Co., OH. He died 10 Dec 1911. He married Catherine B. Adams 21 Jan 1866. She was a daughter of William Adams. She died 23 May 1899. On the 13th of August 1862 he enlisted in Co. I, Ninety-third Illinois Volunteer Infantry. He was discharged 5 Jul 1865.

I am so glad to be able to share what Ruth had told me in regards to your family!

1 post
Feb 05, 2004
4:40 AM
I am researching my grgrandmother Mary Jane Meek. I believe born in NC. Married William Crowder Wooley in 1848.Both are buried at Mt. Tabor Cabot Ark.Had a son Edwin Buchanan Wooley my grandfather. Maybe more children.
One researcher told me she might be related to the Buchanan from Va.
She is a mystery to me and have been trying to find her parents for a long time now. Thanks for any help.Juanita Wooley Booth
Mar 14, 2005
6:50 PM
More MEEK:

Tampico Tornado
March 1, 1907
Are Married At Dixon
Sam MEEK and Maggie T. DIR of Tampico were married at Dixon last week. There ceremony was performed by Rev. H.H. PETERS, pastor of the Christian church. Both of the young people are well known here as they reside south of Tampico.
The groom is the son of Nathan MEEK, a well-to-do farmer residing south of here, he is an industrious, sober man and with his bride who is a member of another prominent family will reside on the MEEK farm. Congratulations are extended..
3 posts
Aug 19, 2017
6:45 PM
Does anyone know who William Adams and Robert Stewart Adams parents were? I think they had another brother Frank Adams, who was also a early pioneer in Como and
Hopkins Township. My ultimate goal is to connect these Adams to the presidents John and John Quincy. It's family lore and I want debunk this myth. Any info is much appreciated. Thank you, Kris
1099 posts
Aug 24, 2017
8:30 AM
I'll see what I can find out, Kris.
6 posts
Aug 25, 2017
9:01 AM
I have an inkling that Frank, Robert Stewart and William Franklin Adams mother and father were Margaret Stewart and Samuel Adams, pretty sure that's not the famous Samuel Adams. This only speculation that I found through Ancestry, no reliable documentation was located. Thanks again, Kris
1109 posts
Sep 01, 2017
8:06 AM
I posted this on the ADAMS message thread, but will repost here: https://www.google.com/url?hl=en&q=http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~kell/mom/adams.html&source=gmail&ust=1504363128066000&usg=AFQjCNEtHV0qqT7lgtELHz_GUtGn2q-ddg

Many thanks to Anne Winters for sending it.
1111 posts
Sep 08, 2017
9:06 AM
To Kdempster - This should answer your question about Robt. & Wm. Adams parents:
Caroline Adams

Tampico Tornado Thursday, August 11, 1932

Mrs. Caroline Adams Passed Away Last Saturday at Sheffield

Mrs. Caroline ADAMS, a highly respected citizen of this community for many years, passed away Saturday, August 6, after a short illness, at the home of her daughter Mrs. W E. LONG in Sheffield where she had made her home for the last few years. Mrs. ADAMS over 81 years old.

Funeral services were held Monday at the home of Mr. and Mrs. LONG. Rev. MADDOX, past of the Tskilwa Episcopal church, officiating. The casket bearers were Edward GRAHAM, H. H. CONKLINZ, Thomas BURDEN, Dan HABER, John DeMAY and Thomas DUNCAN. Burial was in the family lot in the Greenville-Fairfield Cemetery.

She leaves to mourn her passing five children, Charles F., who is critically ill in a hospital in St. Louis, Mo., Mary E. and Mrs. Isabel LONG of Sheffield, and Robert and William of Tampico. Her husband, Francis ADAMS preceded her in death Sept. 22, 1894. A son James W. died in 1927 in Blytheville, Ark., and a daughter Ollie died in infancy.

A complete obituary will be printed next week.

Thursday, August 18, 1932


Mrs. Caroline Graham ADAMS, aged 81 years, died Saturday afternoon, August 6, at the home of her daughter, Mrs. W. E. LONG, on Reed street., Sheffield, after a week's illness.

Mrs. ADAMS became ill at the home of her son Robert ADAMS and was taken to Sheffield Sunday, July 31. She lapsed into unconsciousness Tuesday morning from a heart attack.

Caroline ADAMS was the daughter of James and Mary A. Sterling GRAHAM. She was born in Ithaca, New York, March 17, 1851. She came to Illinois where seven years of age with her parents. They came to Sheffield by train, then by ox-team to Fairfield Township where the greater part of her life was spent.

She was married to Francis ADAMS on March 28, 1872, in the Episcopal church in Princeton, Mr. ADAMS died Sept. 23, 1894; a son James W. died in 1927 in Blytheville, Ark.; one daughter, Ollie, died in infancy.

She leaves to mourn her loss, five children, Charles F., who is critically ill in a hospital in St. Louis, Mo., Mary E. and Mrs. Isabel LONG of Sheffield, Robert B. and William S, ADAMS of Tampico; and one brother, A. J. GRAHAM of Tampico; there are 21 grandchildren.

Mrs. ADAMS has spent most of the later years with her daughter in Sheffield. She was an Episcopalian in faith and one of the honorary members of the Sheffield Woman;s Club.

Funeral services were held at the W. E. LONG home in Sheffield, Aug. 8 at 10 o'clock, the Rev. Fr. MADDOX of St, Judes Episcopal church in Tiskilwa officiating.

Fred Scheythe sang "Lead Kindly Light" and "Rock of Ages." Burial was in Greenville-Fairfield Cemetery.

Last Edited by Denise on Sep 08, 2017 9:07 AM

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