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Col Joseph Lafayette Meek
Birth: Feb. 9, 1810
Death: Jun. 20, 1875

In 1829, at the age of 19, Meek signed up to be a Rocky Mountain trapper and worked this trade for 11 years. By 1840 the declining fur trade caused Meek to look for other employment. He was involved with guiding the early wagon trains to Oregon. He settled in Washington County, and became a farmer and political activist, trying to make Oregon part of the United States. He served as sheriff in 1843, under the newly formed Provisional Government. Joseph Meek also served in the legislature in 1846 and 1847. Meek travelled to Washington DC to petition President James Polk for territorial status, and in 1848 Polk appointed Meek the position of Federal Marshal. As such, Meek oversaw the 1850 execution of the Indians found guilty in the Whitmas Massacre. Joseph Meek also served inthe 1855 Yakima War, and earned the rank of Major. Meek stayed involved in politics and helped form the Republican Party of Oregon. (bio by: RB) 
 
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 Parents:
  James Meek (1774 - 1833)
  Spicy Meek (____ - 1821)
 
 Spouse:
  Virginia Meek (1821 - 1900)*
 
 Children:
  Helen Mar Meek (1838 - 1847)*
  Courtney Walker Meek (1838 - 1896)*
  Hiram Craig Meek (1842 - 1858)*
  Olive Louise Meek Riley (1844 - 1928)*
  Josephine Meek (1845 - 1860)*
  Atchinson Dallas Meek (1847 - 1858)*
  Mary Lane Meek Shinn (1850 - 1878)*
  Joseph Lane Meek (1855 - 1920)*
  Stephen Arnold Douglas Meek (1857 - 1943)*
  William Henry Harrison Meek (1860 - 1860)*
  Lizzie Wilkins Meek (1861 - 1876)*
 
 Sibling:
  Stephen Hall Meek (1807 - 1889)*
  Joseph Lafayette Meek (1810 - 1875)
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Old Scotch Church Cemetery
Hillsboro
Washington County
Oregon, USA
 
Maintained by: Find A Grave
Originally Created by: RB
Record added: Apr 15, 2002
Find A Grave Memorial# 6349985
Col Joseph Lafayette Meek
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Col Joseph Lafayette Meek
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Col Joseph Lafayette Meek
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