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Below is a family biography included in The History of Miami County, Ohio published by W. H. Beers & Co. in 1880.  These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details of a family tree. Family biographies often include far more information than can be found in a census record or obituary.  Details will vary with each biography but will often include the date and place of birth, parent names including mothers' maiden name, name of wife including maiden name, her parents' names, name of children (including spouses if married), former places of residence, occupation details, military service, church and social organization affiliations, and more.  There are often ancestry details included that cannot be found in any other type of genealogical record.

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ISAAC S. MEEKS, M. D., physician and surgeon, Troy; David Meeks, the father of our subject, was born in Washington Co., Penn., April 23, 1776, and was there married, in the fall of 1797, to Diana Evans, who was born in the same county, Jan. 18, 1779. They had nine children, to wit: Mary, born Feb. 4, 1799; Jesse, born Nov. 18, 1800; John, born July 22, 1804; David, born Oct. 30, 1807; Nancy, born Oct. 27, 1809; Sarah, born Oct. 31, 1811; Eli, born Jan. 14, 1814; Isaac S. born Oct. 25, 1816, and Stephen, born Nov. 25, 1818. In the spring of 1804, they removed from Pennsylvania to Fairfield Co., Ohio, where they remained about two years and then moved to Franklin Co., Ohio, near the city of Columbus, where they resided some eight years; in the fall of 1814, they removed to Miami Co., Ohio, where they spent the remainder of their days; their married life extending over a period of about sixty-six years, fifty of which they spent in old Miami. David Meeks died Oct. 2, 1863, aged 87 years 5 months and 9 days; and five months later, on the 10th day of March, 1864, his aged wife followed him, at the age of 85 years 1 month and 21 days. They left living, six children, twenty-two grand-children, and thirteen great-grandchildren. Father Meeks was of English parentage, and Mother Meeks of Welsh. They were devoted members of the Regular Baptist Church. Father Meeks served as a soldier in the war of 1812, and in politics was always a strict Democrat. Isaac S. Meeks, the subject of our sketch, was born as above stated, on the old homestead in Bethel Township, Miami Co., Ohio, and was brought up as a farmer’s boy. On the 24th of March, 1833, he became a member of the Staunton Baptist Church, Elder Willis Hance, Pastor, which church has since become extinct, after which he joined the Casstown Baptist Church. Having obtained a common-school education, he resolved to advance still higher, accordingly, on the 31st of March, 1834, he entered school at Piqua, Ohio, where he continued about a year, working mornings, evenings and Saturdays to pay his board, in the family of the Elder Charles Hilliard. He then took board in Piqua, but, in February, 1835, left Piqua and returned to the home farm, where he, with the kindly aid of his father, soon earned enough money to pay his delinquent board bill. Oct. 19, 1835, he began teaching school, which occupation, together with study and travel, occupied his time until Sept. 20, 1837, at which time he entered Granville College, where he pursued a select course for about a year; on the 24th of April, 1839, he began studying medicine with Dr. R. Sabin, of Troy, and continued his studies, with slight interruptions, until Oct. 27, 1841, when he entered upon a course of lectures at the Ohio Medical College, of Cincinnati; during the vacation he traveled some in Indiana, seeking a favorable location, but, not finding what he desired, he resumed teaching until in the fall of 1844, when he returned to Miami Co.; here, on the 6th of December of that year, he entered upon the practice of his profession in Bethel Township, where he continued until May 26, 1847, at which time he removed to Casstown, and practiced until the fall of 1849; he then returned to Cincinnati, and completed his course at the Ohio Medical College, obtaining the decree of Doctor of Medicine, March 4, 1850; returning to Casstown, he entered extensively into practice. He was married Dec. 11, 1851, to Alice, daughter of William C. Knight, but she subsequently died without issue. He was again married Sept. 11, 1853, to his present wife, Ensebia, daughter of Rev. John Blodgett. In November of 1859, he removed to Troy, Ohio, and has remained there ever since, actively engaged in the duties of his profession.

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This family biography is one of 964 biographies included in The History of Miami County, Ohio published in 1880 by W. H. Beers & Co.  For the complete description, click here: Miami County, Ohio History and Genealogy

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