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Transcription: Wills of Centre County, Pennsylvania.

Transcription: Wills of Centre County, Pennsylvania.

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The following is my transcription of abstracts of Wills of Centre County, Pennsylvania.

Featured image: Farmstead dating from 1858 in Ferguson, Centre, Pennsylvania.

 

WILLS OF CENTRE COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA

 

Will of Centre County, Pennsylvania
Wills of Centre County, Pennsylvania; including that of Captain George Meek.

by

Ira F. Fravel, Col. U.S. Army, published 1/19/1939

Re-copied December, 1967 by Mary Belle Lontz

 

Will Book A

 

Page 1

CHRISTIAN STROM, Oct. 29, 1800-12/8/1800, wife Margt. Son, David, Executor, Dtr. Catarina, Dtr. Anna, grandchild, Sally (not 18).

Witnesses: Philip Danna, Lyons Mussina.

Page 2

CHRISTIAN BECHTEL, 6/3/1800_1/30/1801, son Christian (not 21), wife Mary, Son, David, first born son, Samuel: children already married are not named: Son Jacob, son Christian to have young roan mare. Ex: son David, & son-in-law, Frederick Shank. (Written in German, translated)

Page 4

ADAM LEEVER, Ferguson Twp. 3/26/1801_4/6/1801, wife Cath. Children: Elizabeth, Adam, Peter, George, Barbara, Benjamin, Joseph, Lewis, unborn child, son-in-law Philip Anshuts. Witness: Valentine Fleegle, Wm. Richard, Barnabus Riley, John Rea, John Brisbin.

Page 6

MICHAEL WEEVER, Haines Twp. 4/20/1801_5/11/1801, wife Anna Barbara, children: David, John, Michael, Andrew (absent 14 years), Margaret Row, Barbara Bickel, children of Dtr. Christina Brown, dec’d., children of Dtr. Elizabeth Wolf, dec’d. Dtr. Julianna Stober. Ex: son, John, David. Witness: George Wold, Jac. Hosterman.

Page 7

CHRISTINA RICHARD, Bald Eagle Twp., Aug. 11, 1801_Aug. 17, 1801_ 4 sons: Frederick, Henry, Casper, Mathias. Dtrs: Hannah, Margaret, Rebecca, Susannah: Grandson Mathias (s/o Casper) and Frederick (s/o Mathias) Grandtr. Elizabeth Balt. Ex. Samuel Wilson, John Balt. Witness: John Vinack, Mark Caldwell, David Dunlap.

Page 9

RICHARD MALLONE (Malone), Bald Eagle Twp., Aug. 3, 1801_Aug. 31, 1801_ wife Mary, two youngest children: Frederick, Morgan. Son-in-law Jos. Alexander and his children: My children: Ann Armstrong: Francis Malone: Francis Alexander: Richard & Leslie Malone: Samuel & Hartley Malone: Catherine Boggs; Frederick & Morgan Malone: Rebecca Howard: James Ramsay. Witness: Thomas Memmenger, William W. Miles, Henry C. Gates. Ex: Thomas Hamilton, Samuel Miles, John Miles.

Page 10

DANIEL MILLER, Haines Twp., 12/13/1801_Jan., 1802, wife Catharina, eldest Dtr. Catharine, son Henry, David. Ex: Joseph Miller of West Buggalo Twp. (Then North’d Co., now Union Co., Pa.). Witness: Jacob Kryder, Johannes Krider.

Page 12

GEORGE MEEK, Ferguson Twp., 11/3/1801_1/19/1802, wife Rachel. Friend Jonathan Wales, eldest son Robert, son William, David, John. Youngest Dr. Sarah not 21, Dtr. Mary Steelly, Dtr. Isabella, Dtr. Jean. Ex: Wife, & Thomas Ferguson. Witness: Thomas Ferguson, Joseph Diven, John Barron.

Page 15

CHRISTIAN SPANGLER, Miles Twp., 6/7/1800_1/20/1802, wife Anna Maria, oldest son George Christian, my children according to seniority as follows: oldest son George Christian, my children according to seniority as follows: Margaret, w/o Francis Gramley, John Michael, John Henry, John Christopher, John, John George, George Peter, Susanna, Anna Maria. Ex: son John Christopher, Francis Gramley. Witness: Elam Miller, Jacob Miller.

Page 16

STEPHEN SMITH

Potter Twp., 6/30/1802_Aug. 18, 1802, wife Grace, children, eldest son Charles, youngest son Daniel (in care of Charles), John, son-in-law Patrick McMenomey, son John. Ex: James Whitehill, Robert Moore. Witness: Michael Witheright, Michael Trester.

Page 18

HENRY MCEWEN

Centre Twp., 6/9/1802_Aug. 28, 1802, son William, Frances, youngest son Henry, children of my daughter Elizabeth Petrikin, children of my daughter Anne Petit. My dtr. Mary, Sarah, son James O. and my wife Elizabeth, Dtr. Jane Williamson. Ex. Son Wm. & Frances McEwen, & Wm. Petrikin. Witness: James Steere, Thomas Steere.

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Transcription: Biography of Capt. George Meek and Rachel Meek.

Transcription: Biography of Capt. George Meek and Rachel Meek.

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Transcription: Biography of Capt. George Meek and Rachel Meek.

 

Capt. George MEEK, Mark’s 6th great grandfather, was born in 1741 in Maryland to Robert and Elizabeth (Alexander) MEEK. He married Rachel HERRON (b. 1749; d. after 1810) daughter of David and Elizabeth HERRON, in 1770.

Marriage Record of George and Rachel Meek
Record of the marriage of Rachel Herron to George Meek in the Herron family genealogy recorded in the book “Notes and Queries Historical and Genealogical”; Vol. XVII; page 95.

George spent his formative years in Maryland. It is likely he moved to Centre County, Pennsylvania upon his marriage to Rachel.

George served with the 5th Pennsylvania Battalion under Capt. Thomas Alexander in the Revolutionary War between 1778 and 1781.

In an earlier article, I posted the full transcription of a Watchman Article of May 1, 1931 about George MEEK.

It is recorded that George took up a 1,000 acre tract of land on January 21, 1790, some of which remained with his family for generations. It is reported that the first surveys in Ferguson Township were made in 1766-1767, including tracts west of Pine Grove Mills and extending west to the Ross Farm, as well as tracts formerly belonging to General Patton. Another surveying party in 1784 camped at Stewart’s in Warrior’s Mark area on their way to Moshannon and Clearfield. On that trip, “George MEEK killed one large buck, pretty fat, not unwelcome news to the company.” In 1790, the George MEEK who killed the deer previously purchased a tract of land in Ferguson Township, Centre County.

Capt. George Meek died January 10,1802 and was buried after January 10, 1801 in the mountain gap west of Pine Grove Mills. At the time, this tract of land was used for lumbering. It is unknown whether his wife Rachel was also buried there. All trace of the grave has disappeared over the intervening years.

Meek, George - Revolutionary War Plaque
Meek, George – Revolutionary War Plaque
Meek, George - Revolutionary War Plaque
Meek, George – Revolutionary War Plaque

George Meek’s will written and dated November 3, 1801 in Ferguson Township, Centre County, Pennsylvania, was probated January 19, 1802, also in Ferguson Township.

Will Abstract of George Meek
Abstract of the Will of George Meek.

Transcription of the Abstract of George’s Will

Page 12, GEORGE MEEK, Ferguson Twp., 11/3/1801-1/19/1802, wife Rachel, friend Jonathan Wales, eldest son Robert, son William, David, John. Youngest Dr. Sarah not 21, Dtr. Mary Steelly, Dtr. Isabella, Dtr. Jean. Ex: Wife, & Thomas Ferguson. Witness: Thomas Ferguson, Joseph Diven, John Barron.

[Wills  of Centre County, Pennsylvania, by Ira F. Fravel, Col. U.S. Army, published 1/19/1939, re-copied December, 1967 by Mary Belle Lontz.]

The marriage of Capt. George MEEK and Rachel HERRON produced eight children and they were:

  1. Robert MEEK was born about 1765 and married sometime prior to 1801. His spouse is unknown.
  2. Mary MEEK (Mark’s 5th great grandmother) was born January 28, 1767, died January 25, 1850 in Fountain County, Indiana and was buried at Bend Cemetery, Fountain County. Sometime prior to 1830, she married Gabriel Stehle, son of Ulrich and Anna Stehle. Although George Meek’s will definitely records her as having been this Mary Meek, there was some debate that her last name was Stuart, perhaps resulting from a previous marriage, if indeed it is true.
  3. William Jerome MEEK was born in 1773 in Huntingdon County, Pennsylvania and died in 1806 in Huntingdon County. He was married prior to 1800 near McConnellstown, Huntingdon County to Elizabeth Breckenridge.
  4. David MEEK, born about 1774, married Polly Bailey. (Davie moved with his brother John to Clarion County, Pennsylvania, where their father owned some land.)
  5. John MEEK ; born 1775. John later moved to Clarion County, Pennsylvania with his brother David, and later moved down the Ohio River, settling somewhere in Ohio.
  6. Isabella MEEK was born in about 1779 and married Abel Benton.
  7. Jean MEEK’s birth place is unknown, but she did die in 1859.
  8. Sarah MEEK, born in about 1783, later married Capt. Thomas Holt.

Sources:

  1. Some Early Families of Centre County, Pennsylvania (Mainly from Half Moon, Patton, Ferguson and College Townships); Glenn (1988); Richard C. Glenn; 916-428-7238, Sacramento, CA 95823-7736, East Parkway; Assembled 1980-1988.
  2. There’s Power in the Blood: Celebrating the 200th Anniversary of Gray’s United Methodist Church, State College District, Nov 12, 1989; Gray’s United Methodist Church, Rte 550 S of Rte 322, R.D. Port Matilda, PA 16870.
  3. Linn’s History of Centre and Clinton Counties, Pennsylvania; Linn, John Blair; 1883..
  4. Columbia County Pennsylvania Will Book C, database, Rootsweb (http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~brookefamily/herronjamessr.htm: accessed).
  5. Newtownship, Cumberland County, Pennsylvania, Cumberland County, PA Will Book C pages 83 & 84 Will of David Herron of Newtownship Made 17 February 1778, ; Ancestry.com , http://trees.ancestry.com/tree/14022930/person/1179236744/media/1?pgnum=1&pg=0&pgpl=pid|pgNum.
  6. Meek, George – Wills of Centre County, Pennsylvania: ; Ancestry.com , http://ancestry.com.
  7. Meek George and Herron, Rachel and Marriage Record, “Notes and Queries Historical and Genealogical,” database.
  8. Notes and Queries – XVII; page 95, Ancestry.com (: Internet 14 November 2013), .
  9. Ancestry.com , U.S., Sons of the American Revolution Membership Applications,1889-1970 (Name: Name:
  10. Ancestry.com Operations, Inc.; Location: Provo, UT, USA; Date:2011, Database online.
  11. Columbia County Pennsylvania Will Book C, database, Rootsweb a messr.htm: accessed ).
  12. Meek, Rachel;1810 US Census; Ferguson, Centre, Pennsylvania; Roll: 46; Page: 76; Image: 0193672; Family History Library Film: 00256, 00256; Ancestry.com (http://ancestry.com)
  13. “Find A Grave Index,” database, Find A Grave, Find A Grave : Internet 4 September 2013), .
  14. “US, Federal Census Mortality Schedules Index, 1850-1880, “database, Ancestry.ca.
  15. Bend Cemetery, Covington, Fountain, Indiana, United States.

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Transcription: Biography of Reuben H. Meek.

Transcription: Biography of Reuben H. Meek.

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The following is my transcription of the biography of Reuben H. Meek, taken from pages 124 and 125 in the “Commemorative Biographical Record.

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COMMEMORATIVE BIOGRAPHICAL RECORD

[Last paragraphs of another unrelated biography]

Biography of Reuben H. Meek
Transcription of a biography of Reuben H. Meek.

REUBEN H. MEEK. Among the sturdy Scotch who came from Edinburgh, Scotland, to America before the Revolutionary war, was Rebert Meek and his family, who located in Maryland. From there six of his sons enlisted in the war of Independence, and three of them gave up their lives for their country. John and William were taken prisoners, and while their fate was never definitely known, it was generally supposed they were among the victims that were fed on lime bread. Jonathan Wales, their body servant, as he was called, watched the prison until he saw two boxes of unusual length carried out; then he was convinced they were dead, as the Meeks were remarkably tall, one being six feet seven inches, and the other six feet four inches high. A third brother, Robert, was killed in battle.

Capt. George Meek entered the service with his brothers. The father, Robert Meek, owned property in Cumberland county in 1761. The family of George Meek lived near Lewistown (now Miflin county) in 1780, and he came into Centre county with James Harris on a surveying expedition in 1784. On the 21st of January, 1790, he took up a tract of land in Ferguson township, which is still owned by the Meeks. His children were: Mary, John, Robert, David, William, Sarah, Isabella and Jane.

William married Elizabeth Breckinridge, whose family had settled in Huntingdon county about three miles southeast of McConnellstown, on the road leading from Huntingdon to Bedford, and where the father, eldest sister and younger brother had been murdered by the Indians. He settled on that part of his father’s tract now known as the David G. Meek farm, and died in 1806, leaving his wife and four sons and a daughter born three months after the father’s death. The children were: John B., born June 5, 1797, died in Washington, D. C., November 28, 1868; George W., born September 14, 1799, died May 27, 1877; Reuben H.; William.; and Harriet Jane, who married James McCartney, and died in Bolivar, Penn., in I881.

Reuben Heron, the third child of William and Elizabeth Breckinridge Meek, was born on the 6th of October, 1801, at his father’s home in Ferguson township. His mother, a woman of wonderful energy and ability, coveted for her children a good education, and gave them the best she could; John and Reuben were sent to Lewistown to school, but she compelled her boys, each one, except George, who looked after the farm, to learn a trade. Reuben she apprenticed to a blacksmith. Some time after learning his trade he went to Philipsburg where he taught school, and studied with his brother John, who lived there. He began the study of medicine in the office of Dr. Lorraine; but was obliged finally to give up his cherished plan of becoming a physician, on account of his health, broken by sickness. In 1832 he married Mary Ann Gray, youngest daughter of Peter Gray, one of the pioneers of Patton township, and settled on a part of the old Gray homestead, where he lived until his death, March 7, 1873.

Few men are endowed with a nature so affectionate and lovable, a mind so clear and bright, an exceptional memory, a personality pleasing and attractive, and so great a love of humor. Fond of books, he was a careful and a constant

COMMEMORATIVE BIOGRAPHICAL RECORD.

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Transcription of a biography of Reuben H. Meek.
Transcription of a biography of Reuben H. Meek.

reader, an excellent talker, and his sweet voice and genial presence linger yet in the memory of those who “heard him sing at camp meetings, address an assembly, or relate a good story. As long as he lived he was genuinely kind to every one, and ever considerate of others. His home, ever a pleasant meeting place for his friends, was always open to the needy and distressed. In politics he was an ardent Democrat, and loved his party; but his devotion to its principles were actuated by honest conviction. He never aspired to an office nor would he accept any. Converted at the age of seventeen, he was a thorough and loyal and lifelong Methodist, especially concerned about immortal things, holding both God and man near his heart, and giving himself out in the interest of both. He was instrumental in organizing the first Sabbath-school in Half Moon Valley, and was devoted to the work always.

On April 14th, five weeks after his death, his wife died, in the fifty-sixth year of her age. She was well known for her beauty in her younger days, and all through her life, hospitality, gentleness, unselfishness and devotion to duty distinguished her character.

[First paragraphs of another unrelated biography.]

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