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Minor Meeker

Birth
Orange County, New York, USA
Death 10 May 1865 (aged 69)
Fayette County, Indiana, USA
Burial Connersville, Fayette County, Indiana, USA
Memorial ID 49922863 · View Source
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Minor was a prominent pioneer settler and citizen of distinction and at the age of two years was left in the world without parents. When ten years old he went to Seneca County, NY and in his eighteenth year he was drafted into the United States service and in the fall of 1813 shouldered his gun and marched to Niagara under the command of Col. Swift, an officer who had served in the Revolutionary War. Young Meeker was honorably discharged after three months of service, when he went to Steuben County and there learned the tanning business with Allen Boardman. After completing his trade he was for a period, engaged as pilot on boats in the lumber trade between Elmira, NY and Harrisburg, PA, the distance being 150 miles, which he walked on return trips and at one time made the journey in three days. In 1819, in the company with Elder Minor Thomas and others, Mr. Meeker started for the West, going by the way of Olean on the Allegany River, thence by flat-boat to a point some five miles above Cincinnati, Ohio, where they remained until July, when they made their way to Fayette County, Indiana, where Mr Meeker located permanently. He engaged in tanning business for a time for a Mr. Rees. January 15, 1820, he married Rachel, daughter of Elder Minor Thomas. To this marriage were born in Fayette Co., IN, Marcella October 23, 1823 and Chester C July 27, 1828. After his marriage, Mr Meeker, for a time resided on the farm with is father-in-law; subsequently he purchased eighty acres of land on Williams Creek, in Harrison Township, on which he reared a cabin home and where he lived the rest of his days. He died May 10, 1865; his widow died March 1, 1881. Besides being a farmer, Mr Meeker operated a tan-yard on his place for a time and with it conducted a boot and shoe business. For many years he was engaged extensively in the pork trade, in connection with several large firms operating in that line in Connersville. He was for a time, one of the directors of the old Canal Company and always took an active part in the public improvements of the county. He was elected to and served three terms in the State Legislature, and two terms in the Senate. He was never defeated for office. He was a member of the Second Baptist Church, Williams Creek.


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  • Created by: IvaSueShepardSmith
  • Added: 19 Mar 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 49922863
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Minor Meeker (5 Jul 1795–10 May 1865), Find A Grave Memorial no. 49922863, citing Williams Cemetery, Connersville, Fayette County, Indiana, USA ; Maintained by IvaSueShepardSmith (contributor 47216375) .