John D. Meeks

John D. Meeks, farmer, Murfreesboro, Ark. John D. Meeks, one of the most     
highly respected and deservedly popular citizens in Thompson Township, was   
born March 8, 1828, in Independence County, Ark., and is the second of five  
children born to John and Elizabeth Meeks, natives, respectively, of         
Missouri and Illinois. The parents moved to Independence County, Ark., after 
their marriage, and there resided until the death of the mother. The father  
then moved to Clark County, Ark., where he resided until his death, at the   
age of seventy-eight years. He was an old line Whig in politics. John D.     
Meeks was reared principally in Independence County, Ark., and on account of 
the scarcity of schools he received but a limited education. At the age of   
eighteen years he began for himself as a farmer, and this has since been his 
occupation. He at present owns 140 acres, with forty acres under             
cultivation. In 1852 he went to California, where he worked in the gold      
mines for three years,and after his fourth year in this State returned to    
Arkansas, and in 1861 enlisted in the Confederate army as a private in       
Company D, Twelfth Arkansas Regiment. He participated in the following       
engagements: Prairie Grove, Pine Bluff, Jenkins' Ferry (on Saline River),    
and was also in numerous skirmishes, but was never wounded. After the war he 
returned to Clark County and engaged in tilling the soil, which he has       
continued up to the present day. He was married in 1869 to Miss Anna Mauney, 
a native of (Arkansas), and the fruits of this union were four children,     
two deceased. Those living are Tessora and Minnie M. The former was married  
in 1889 to C.H. Willett, who is a farmer residing in this county. Mr. Meeks  
is a member of the Masonic fraternity, having joined in 1863, is also a      
member of the K. of H., the Farmers' Alliance, and the Agricultural Wheel.   
He was elected treasurer of Pike County in 1870, and served in that capacity 
for one term. He and wife and children are members of the Methodist          
Episcopal Church, South, and Mr. Meeks is a liberal supporter of all         
enterprises for the good of the county. He is a Democrat in his political    
views, and a worthy man in every particular.                                 
Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Southern Arkansas, 1890, Pike County, 
page 334.                                                                    
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