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 Virginia Meek

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Virginia Meek

  • Birth 1821 Idaho, USA
  • Death 5 Mar 1900 Washington County, Oregon, USA
  • Burial Hillsboro, Washington County, Oregon, USA
  • Plot L31-1
  • Memorial ID 70308456

"Virgina" whose given name is not known, was of the Nimiipuu, or Nez Perce tribe, whose people occupied the area now known as Idaho, northeast Oregon, and parts of neighboring Rocky Mountain states. She was probably born around 1820, possibly near the Clearwater River near the present site of Kamiah, Idaho. She may have been the daughter of a sub-chief, variously reported as Thunder's Eye, James or Kowesote.
In 1838 fur trapper Joseph Meek negotiated with her father for her marriage. Joe called her "Virginia" after his home state. Her sister (Nez Perce name not known) had married trapper Robert "Doc" Newell, about four years earlier, and she was called "Kitty." On Dec 7, 1838, Virginia Meek bore the couple's first child, a son named Courtney Walker Meek, near Fort Davy Crockett (poss. South Pass). Joseph and Virginia, their newborn son, and Helen Mar Meek, Joe's 2-year-old daughter by a previous wife, departed for Ft. Hall, arriving eventually at Whitman Mission, where Helen was left in the care of missionaries Rev. Marcus and Narcissa Whitman in late 1840.
Virginia and Joseph Meek continued on to the Willamette Valley by wagon, arriving at the Tualatin Plains with the Newell family party on December 15, 1840 after swimming their animals several times across the Columbia and Willamette rivers and surviving for weeks on dried salmon. Their wagons were the first to reach the Columbia River by overland route, and they opened the final leg of what became known as the Oregon Trail to wagon traffic. They took up subsistence farming on their donation land claim less than a mile from here. Virginia bore at least 11 additional children. They were: Hiram Craig (died age 17); Olive Louise Meek, Josephine Meek (died age 15); Atchinson Dallas Meek (died age 10); Mary Lane (Meek) Shinn, Jennie Jane (Meek) Newell, Joseph Lane Meek, Stephen Arnold Douglas Meek, William Henry Harrison Meek (died in infancy), Elizabeth 'Lizzie' Wilkins Meek (died age 14) and an infant (name not known).
Her husband Joe preceded her in death in June 1875 at the age of 65 at their farm. Virginia survived her husband by almost 25 years, passing away on March 5, 1900 in the home of her son, Stephen Arnold Douglas Meek. She was survived by her children Olive (Meek) Riley, Stephen, Joseph Meek and Jennie (Meek) Newhard.
Her husband was originally interred on their donation land claim, but was later moved to the Old Scotch Church Cemetery after the church and cemetery were built. Virginia is interred next to her husband, as are some of their children. A cenotaph here gives the names of four children who died before this church and cemetery were constructed. Surviving children, daughter Jennie Meek Newhard and son Joseph Lane Meek had moved to land on or near the Nez Perce Indian Reservation near Lewiston, Idaho where they settled. Virginia's sister, "Kitty" Newell preceded her in death at Champoeg, Oregon. See: http://www.champoeg.org/phocadownload/Kitty%20Newell%20web.pdf


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Inscription

Virginia wife of J.L. Meek died Mar 5, 1900 Aged 78 Y's.
'whereas she was blind she now can see'


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  • Maintained by: J Edwards
  • Originally Created by: P Fazzini
  • Added: 24 May 2011
  • Find A Grave Memorial 70308456
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Virginia Meek (1821–5 Mar 1900), Find A Grave Memorial no. 70308456, citing Old Scotch Church Cemetery, Hillsboro, Washington County, Oregon, USA ; Maintained by J Edwards (contributor 47249869) .