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Amelia "Hannah Cordelia Mecham" Meekin
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Birth: unknown
Death: unknown

Of the burials at the Cartersville cemetery, Rev. Henry DeLong could yesterday recall the name of but one person, that of Amelia Meekin, a beautiful young Mormon woman who committed suicide by jumping into Mosquito Creek, near where Green's packing house now stands. Amelia's parents had insisted on her marrying Joseph Young, one of Brigham Young's disciples, who was the leader of the Cartersville colony. Now Joseph already had four wives, and Amelia objected strenuously to becoming the fifth. After a few days at the Young home, where she found that she was not the only one in the affection of her husband, she returned to the household of her parents. The Meekins, however, insisted on Amelia returning to the Young home. She accordingly left the house, but instead of returning to the arms of Joseph Young, Amelia proceeded forthwith to the banks of Mosquito Creek where she took off her wedding gown and plunged into the water. Her body was found a day or two afterward and interred in the cemetery which has just been relocated.

(The above bio is from the 1902 memory of Rev. Henry DeLong who had a very imperfect memory. I have left this memorial up so anyone who runs across his story will be drawn to this memorial and learn that there is a more accurate memorial.
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Hannah Cordelia Mecham Carter 
Carterville Cemetery
Pottawattamie County
Iowa, USA
Maintained by: Robert Givens
Originally Created by: Bev
Record added: Sep 05, 2004
Find A Grave Memorial# 9423905

I'm so very sorry you were put in such a terrible situation and saw no other way out than to leave us.
May the Lord be with you always in Heaven. See you there.
- Mary
 Added: Mar. 24, 2006

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