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Maj Jesse Meacham
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Birth: Dec. 10, 1791
Burlington
Otsego County
New York, USA
Death: Jul. 29, 1868
Troy
Walworth County
Wisconsin, USA

Major Jesse Meacham was one of the first pioneers to settle in the township in 1836. It was his determined stand which retained the name "Troy" for this township. This determined pioneer had earned the title of Major in the War of 1812. He was prominent in all activities of the township. In 1844 he built the first dam and flour mill in this part of the country. Meacham also built the largest barn in the area. It was 44 x 100 feet.This barn was used for recreational as well as practical purposes. In 1837, Maj. Jesse Meacham also helped establish the first post office in the town of Troy, and he was named the postmaster. In 1839 Meacham helped organize the first school district in the township. He was the husband of Patience Wallace Meacham.
HISTORICAL SKETCH: just prior to the formation of the "Ouisconsin Territory" - in the fall of 1835. Major Jesse Meacham and A. Spoor accompanied Sewall Andrews {founder of Mukwonago, Waukesha Co., WI. -ed.} from Chicago {then, a mere 3,000 souls -ed.} to Milwaukee Village {which was being settled -ed.}, where Milo Jones joined them, proceeding with a team, to the southwest, they tented-out on the open prairie, now the site of the city of Janesville, returning via Chicago, to his native State, remained until the spring of 1836, came to Milwaukee, met Henry H. Camp, and with him, reached the Indian village of "Mequonago", in May, 1836. Major Jessie Meacham was one week ahead of them, a present of two barrels of flour induced the Indians to allow them to build a bark roofed shanty, 10x12 feet, in their village, prior to this, they built, but did not occupy, a similar hut on Sec. 22, these were very first log buildings ever erected by a pale-face in Mukwonago, the "Logs" {as they were then called -ed.} were removed in 1837, but many returned and staid for years, the village plot was surveyed by Martin Field and Ira Blood, in the fall of 1836, in the spring of 1837, Mr. A. built a store and brought-in the first goods from New York City, this was the trade center for twenty-miles around, and the hardy frontier merchant reaped rich rewards, after relinquishing mercantile business, Mr. A. owned the grist mill five-years, but of late, has given his attention to cultivating his farm on the outskirts of the pretty village, in which, he is now the oldest settler, his substantial brick residence was built in 1842, and was one of the first of that material erected in Waukesha County.

SOURCE (Google Books): "The History of Waukesha County, Wisconsin", 1880 (1006 pages), page 965.
Source [link]: http://books.google.com/books?id=vQ4rAQAAMAAJ&pg=PA965&
 
 
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 Spouse:
  Patience Wallace Meacham (1794 - 1875)
 
 Children:
  Edgar Meacham (1818 - 1856)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Greenwood Cemetery
Troy
Walworth County
Wisconsin, USA
 
Created by: Al Gruling
Record added: Sep 17, 2007
Find A Grave Memorial# 21617769
Maj Jesse Meacham
Added by: Al Gruling
 
 
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R.I.P. - EARLY SETTLERS - The two men who first visited the region of Honey Creek, appreciated its beauty and natural advantages for a permanent location, and decided to make it "their home, and the home of their kindred", were Jesse Meacham and Adolphus ...(Read more)
- Robert Kuhmann
 Added: Aug. 5, 2014

- God bless you & your loved ones, Cindy
 Added: Jun. 2, 2012
 
 
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