I was going through photos with my mom and came across a photo of my grandpap Beals standing beside this really tall guy and asked mom who this was...she told me it was her mom's dad, James Thomas Meckley. My grandma was Fay LaRue Meckley and she married James Edward Beals.
I remember my grandpap Beals, he was tall 6'6" and James Thomas Meckley was almost a full head taller! I now knew where my son, Brian got his heighth. He's over 6'10" tall.
Who were the Meckley's and where did they come from?
I live a mile from where James Thomas Meckley and Mary Stagner Meckley raised their family until the mine closed and Mary died. He left the area with his two youngest daughters and not much was known after that.
I was curious about my family genealogy and that was the start of my research.