Charles Ogle Meese

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Charles Ogle Meese

  • Birth 22 Mar 1827 Somerset County, Pennsylvania, USA
  • Death 25 May 1909 Saunders County, Nebraska, USA
  • Burial Ithaca, Saunders County, Nebraska, USA
  • Memorial ID 58412951

Charles Ogle Meese was born March 27, 1827 in Sommerset County, Pennsylvania and married Leah Millhouse of Berlin, Pennsylvania June 29, 1848. In 1855 the family moved west to Iowa and three years later to Jefferson County, Missouri. At the outbreak of the Civil War, being in Confederate Territory, the family was forced to leave a farm of growing crops, putting in all the family belongings that could be stowed in a horse-drawn wagon, and crossed into Iowa and on to Dixon, Illinois where the family resided until 1867 when seven families comprising about 30 people migrated by covered wagon to Nebraska. The caravan crossed the Missouri via ferry at Plattsmouth, Nebraska and located around Ashland, Nebraska.

Mr. Meese homesteaded and purchased from the Union Pacific Railroad about 400 acres, ten miles north and west of Ashland, Nebraska in Green Precinct which at that time was Indian country, the Otoe tribe camping and following the Wahoo Creek. Mr. Meese resided on this land until his death May 29, 1909.
In 1870, Mr. Meese was instrumental in organising a Sunday School, using a small school house half-way between the J.F. Colbert farm and the C.O. Meese farm. It increased in interest and grew in numbers for three years; then was moved to a new school building one-half mile north of the Meese farm and became known as District 16 in Green Precinct. This little church Congregation later was known as the Iliff Church and finally located in Memphis, Nebraska. Four generations of Mr. Meese's family were reared and schooled in this neighborhood.

On the 19th of April, 1967, the Charles O. Meese farm was awarded the Nebraska Centennial Distinguished Pioneer Family Award in recognition of a pioneer family who settled in the great State of Nebraska and had maintained continuous ownership since 1867. This award was presented by Governor Norbert T. Tiemann to Pearl Meese Stover, a granddaughter of Charles Ogle Meese.

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  • Created by: OmaHanke
  • Added: 9 Sep 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 58412951
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Charles Ogle Meese (22 Mar 1827–25 May 1909), Find A Grave Memorial no. 58412951, citing Indian Mound Cemetery, Ithaca, Saunders County, Nebraska, USA ; Maintained by OmaHanke (contributor 47239568) .