Moses Meekins and his family moved from Marlborough
District, S.C. to Polk County,
Texas in January, 1854 according to the inscription on his tombstone. He was the son
of Jonathan Meekins and Drada (John) Meekins. Moses Meekins married Lucy Wells
about 1830. They had ten children who were all born in South Carolina. They were: Mary,
John Aaron, Martha Ellen, Lydia Ann, Thomas Jefferson, Henry Clay, Susan, Benjamin
Franklin, Sarah Jane, and an unknown daughter. Moses Meekins purchased property east
of downtown Moscow, Texas in the John Dickerson League and built his large homestead
on August 31, 1854. He was a planter and owned the first sawmill in the Moscow area.
The Meekins were very devout Methodists. They gave the lot and built the Methodist
Episcopal Church, South in Moscow in 1857. All four of Moses Meekin's sons were
soldiers in the Confederate States Army as well as four sons-in-law. Moses Meekins was
a prominent wealthy businessman and leader in his community.
The cemetery is located on the top of a hill under
large oak trees. It is a family cemetery that
is enclosed with a chain-link fence. According to information found in the courthouse records
there are probably many unmarked graves of the Meekins family and relatives buried in this
cemetery. While the cemetery is surrounded by private property today, Mrs. Lucy Meekins
designated by deed (Book Y, pp. 515-518, July 5, 1886) the land for the Meekins Cemetery.
It is not known if all the land for the cemetery designated by deed is within the fenced area.
Location: At the intersection of U. S. Highway 59
and Rock Island Road in Moscow, Texas,
go East on Rock Island Road for .2 miles. Turn Left on Old Stag Ridge Road and go .2 miles.
Turn Left on private property for .1 miles to the cemetery at the top of the hill.
Permission from property owner is needed to visit the cemetery.
Adams, Josephus W., born Feb 18, 1855
died Feb 16, 1916,
son of S. H. & Mary Adams
Adams, Mary Meekins, born Aug 25, 1832 died Aug 14, 1900,
age 67 years, 11 months, and 20 days; Married on Sep 8, 1847 to Shockley H. Adams.
Adams, Shockley H., born Dec 11, 1830, S.C., died May 2, 1909,
Sergeant, Co. F, 4th Texas Cavalry Regiment, C.S.A.
Dunnam, Lucy Ellen, born Apr 14, 1869 died Dec 3, 1870,
daughter of A.J.C. & Martha E. Dunnam
Dunnam, Martha Ellen Meekins, born Dec 4, 1837 in Marlborough District, S.C.
died Apr 26, 1869, wife of Alexis Joseph Chorine (A.J.C.) Dunnam
and Mother of Lytton, Ellen, & Emmett Dunnam. Married on Jun 24, 1856.
Jones, Hattie Kennedy, born Nov 5, 1861 died Jun 30, 1886,
Married on Jun 7, 1882 to Joseph H. Jones
Jones, Vera, born Jun 2, 1886 died Aug 6, 1886,
daughter of Joseph H. & Hattie K. Jones
Kennedy, Annie Jones, born Feb 22, 1879 died Sep 12, 1911,
wife of Joseph Meekins Kennedy
Kennedy, Joseph Meekins, born Sep 20, 1872 died Mar 10, 1941
Kennedy, Lydia Ann Meekins, born Jan 19, 1839, died Jun 20, 1912,
married on Jan 28, 1858 to William M. Kennedy
Kennedy, William Marion, born Apr 23, 1838, died Jul 19, 1920,
Private, Co. E, 7th Texas Cavalry, C.S.A.
Meekins, Lucy (Wells), born Dec 29, 1806, Marlborough District, S.C.
died Jan 24, 1888, married in 1830 to Moses Meekins
Meekins, Moses, born Mar 30, 1803 Marlborough District, S. C. died Dec 9, 1874,
"Moved to Texas, Jan. 1854".
Meekins, Thomas Jefferson, born Oct 15, 1843, died Jun 16, 1901,
married to Alice A. Adams on Jul 23, 1867;
First Sergeant, Co. K, 14th Texas Infantry, Clark's Regiment.
(Served two terms as State Representative from Polk County to the Texas Legislature).
The following members of the Meekins Family are probably buried
in this cemetery without markers:
Adams, Alice A. Meekins, born Jun 1850 died after 1904
Adams, Kit Carson, born 1856 died Nov 8, 1937, son of S. H. & Mary Adams
Kennedy, Sarah, born 1869 died prior to 1880, daughter of William M. & Lydia M. Kennedy
Meekins, Infant daughter, died prior to 1876, daughter of Moses & Lucy Meekins
Meekins, Mrs. Thomas J., Jr. died Jun, 1912
Meekins, R. Earnest, born 1879 died Aug 7, 1906, son of Thomas J. & Alice Meekins
Meekins, Susan, born 1852 died prior to 1876, daughter of Moses & Lucy Meekins
Children of Moses & Lucy Meekins buried in other locations:
Sarah Jane Meekins McKinnon was buried in the Moscow Cemetery in Polk County.
Henry Clay Meekins and Benjamin Franklin Meekins were buried in the Wheat Cemetery,
Millican, Brazos County, Texas.
John Aaron Meekins was buried at the Willowhole Cemetery, Madison County, Texas.
A family history book on the Meekins Family was written
by the late Mrs. Evelyn Bergman Evans
of Devers, Texas. She was a Meekins descendant. The book can be found in the D.A.R. Library
in Washington, D. C.
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