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Col Joseph Lafayette Meek
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Birth: Feb. 9, 1810
Washington County
Virginia, USA
Death: Jun. 20, 1875
Washington County
Oregon, USA

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) 
Family links: 
  James Meek (1774 - 1833)
  Spicy Meek (____ - 1821)
  Virginia Meek (1821 - 1900)*
  Courtney Walker Meek (1838 - 1896)*
  Helen Mar Meek (1838 - 1847)*
  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)*
  Stephen Hall Meek (1807 - 1889)*
  Joseph Lafayette Meek (1810 - 1875)
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Old Scotch Church Cemetery
Washington County
Oregon, USA
Created by: RB
Record added: Apr 15, 2002
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Col Joseph Lafayette Meek
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- Steve Berg
 Added: Apr. 10, 2016
To my 2nd Cousin 4 X removed. Sure wish we could have met. Our lives are paralleled. I too am a retired military Major, and Law Enforcement Officer. I also am a modern day Mountain Man. RIP my Cousin.
- Leon T. "Rocky" MEEK
 Added: May. 16, 2015
Hello 3rd Great grandfather
- Wynona Cisco McDonald
 Added: May. 3, 2015
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