February 2, 2015

Solomon Meek - Son of James and Anna (Cooper) Meek

The Children of James and Anna (Cooper) Meek

Samuel Meek (great-grandfather) 1824 - 1902
*David Cooper Meek (Samuel's twin) 1824 - 1901
Enoch Meek #1 1825 - 1901
                     Hiram   1826/7 - 1909  (Elizabeth's twin)
Elizabeth  1826/7 -1907 
Seth     1827 - 1845
Sidnah  1830 - 1872
James  1833 - 1865
Ednah  1834 - 1910
John  1836 - ?
Beulah  1837 - 1912
Enoch #2   1840 - 1864
*Solomon  1842 - 1917

Solomon Meek was born on September 24, 1842 in Columbiana County, Ohio, to James and Anna Meek.  He lived with his mother until her death and he never married.  After that, he and his sister, Elizabeth, came to Defiance County, Ohio, to join the other siblings who had already moved here.  He was the last survivor among his brothers and sisters, passing away on February 28, 1917.

Was Driving Rig to Farm on Defiance Avenue When Last Call Came

Citizens were greatly shocked Wednesday morning to learn that Sol Meek had died suddenly while on his way to his farm.
The death occurred about nine o'clock, and when the rig was about at the former Adam Good farm on the Defiance Avenue.
He was driving at the time, James Sensenbacher being with him in the buggy.  He practically made no struggle, death coming to him in the flash of an eye.
Mr. Sensenbacher at once turned about and took the remains to the Sensenbacher home on West Edgerton street where funeral arrangments are now being made.
Deceased was a splendid citizen and possessed a host of friends.  He was seventy-five years old last September and had always lived single, possessing no family."

(James was his nephew, son of Solomon's sister, Beulah.)

 Solomon's obituary best tells his life story.  Published in the Hicksville Tribune on March 8, 1917:

Solomon Meek was born in Columbiana county, Ohio, September 24, 1842, and departed this life at Hicksville, Ohio, February 28, 1917, aged 74 years, 5 months, 4 days.  
His father was James Meek and his mother, prior to her marriage, was Ann Cooper.  He was the youngest of a family of 14 children, all of whom are now dead.
When but three years old, he lost his father by death.  He came of a sturdy, rugged, big-brawned, law-abiding, self respecting people who walked in the ways of righteousness and feared no man.  When but 12 years of age in the family of his widowed mother, he assumed the arduous duties that belonged to a good father and loving husband of a pioneer farm home of three score years age.  He and his mother resided together on a farm in Columbiana County until her death in 1876.  
He and his mother reared three children of a deceased sister.*
Although he never married in the performance of service which he so well rendered to his mother and his sister's children, he fulfilled duties performed by husband and father.
Four of his brothers were in the Federal army during the Civil war, two of whom died while in such service.  Upon his mother's death, he came to Hicksville township and purchased an 80 acre tract of land which was heavily timbered.  This farm he cleared, tiled, fenced and improved, converting it into a productive farm.  This farm he owned at the time of his death. It was while on the way to this farm that he died.
He was a kind, frank, sincere man, open, manly and honorable in all his dealings in life.  His devotion to his mother and the motherless children of his deceased sister was a worthy example of family love to those in the community where he lived.  In the conversion of his farm from thick wood into a well-improved farm, he rendered the world an excellent service.
He was preeminently a modest and God-fearing man.  The world is better by his having lived.  The lesson we inherit from his life in this community was his industry, frugality, poise, silence, performance of duty and kindness of heart.  Many nephews and nieces and friends mourn the departure.
Funeral services were held Saturday, Rev. C. A. Moore delivering the funeral address.  The remains were placed in a vault at Forest Home Cemetery, burial to be in the spring.

We take this means in a small way (to) express our gratitude to our friends and neighbors for their kindly sympathy and help in our sad bereavement.  Also to the quartet for their sweet songs and Brother Moore for the comforting words.
Nephews and Nieces of Solomon Meek."

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