B. MEEK, M. D., the fifth of a family of ten children, five boys and five girls, is a native of Kentucky and was born in Henry County, April 22, 1826. His father, John Meek, was a native of South Carolina. His mother's maiden name was Temperance Lowden, and she was a Kentuckian by birth.
The family came to Missouri in the fall of 1851, and in the following spring located in Holt County. Young Meek received his primary education in his native county and accompanied his parents to Holt County. The days of his youth were spent on a farm, and in October 1854 he began the study of medicine, subsequently graduating from the St. Louis Medical College at the winter term of 1856-7.
Dr. Meek soon began his practice in Mound City, and has since been engaged in following his profession in Holt County except for eighteen months during the war, when he was in Clay County, Illinois. At the time he came to Mound City there was but one business house in the town, and he was the first physician. In 1858 he became interested in the drug business as one of the firm of Meek & Rigdon, but the latter partner was only associated with the firm a short time. This was the first drug firm in the place. Dr. Meek afterwards continued the business till 1863.
During the period from 1869 to 1873 he was a resident of Craig. He is a member of Mound City Lodge No. 294, A. F. & A. M. He was married April 19, i860 to Miss Elizabeth A. Sharp, a daughter of William A. Sharp, who was a native of Kentucky and a pioneer of Holt County. Her mother's maiden name was Caroline Elliott, of Missouri. Mrs. Meek was born in Holt County, Missouri, October 23, 1841. Mr. and Mrs. M. have had four children : John W., born January 30, 1861 and died April 1870; Gertrude, born January 29, 1864; Leonitas, born October 25, 1869; •Francis C, born April 27, 1872.
Source: "History of Holt and Atchison Counties, 1882" transcribed by Karyn.
One of the oldest physicians in Holt County, started practice in Mound City when the town consisted of a store, blacksmith shop and a single dwelling-house. His father, John MEEK, was born in South Carolina and, when 4 years old, moved with his father to Duck River near Nashville, Tenn., and when 18 came to Kentucky. He married Temperance LOUDON, whose family was from Virginia and whose grandfather was one of the pioneer settlers of Kentucky, and gave his name to Loudon's Station, one of the earliest settled places in the state. Dr. MEEK was born in Henry County, Kentucky on April 22, 1826, being the sixth of ten children. He was raised in Henry County; the ordinary subscription schools afforded his means of obtaining an education.
His father moved the family to Mo. in 1852, settling in Holt County a mile-and-a-half southeast of Mound City. Dr. MEEK began his studies of medicine in 1856 with Dr. Jabez ROBINSON, a practicing physician of Oregon. He afterward attended lectures at the St. Louis Medical College under Dr. Charles A. POPE and graduated in the spring of 1857; he established his practice in Mound City later that year. On April 19, 1860 he married Elizabeth A. SHARPE, the daughter of William SHARPE, one of the earliest pioneers of Union township, after whom and his brother, Sharp's Grove received its name.
Dr. MEEK practiced in Clay County, Ill. from spring 1865 to Oct. 1866, but otherwise has been residing all the time in Holt County He resided in Craig from March 1869 to March 1873, but returned to Mound City and resumed practice at the place where he first began his professional career. He is regarded as an excellent physician and is highly respected for his civic qualities. He has had four children: John W., now deceased; Gertrude; Leonidas S.; and Francis C.
Dr. MEEK has always been a member of the Democratic party and cast his first vote for President for James Buchanan in 1856. He became connected with the Masonic fraternity in 1854 and is one of the oldest Masons in the county. He originally belonged to the Oregon lodge, has been a charter member of three different lodges, and is now a member of the Mound City lodge. For ten years, Dr. MEEK practiced medicine at Mound City without a rival and was the only physician in that part of the county. He erected a brick dwelling-house in Mound City which at the time was considered quite a wonder for the elegance of its appearance, there at the time having been no such building constructed in that part of the county.
Source: "An Illustrated Historical Atlas Map, Holt County, MO," published by Brink, McDonough & Co., Philadelphia, 1877
Provided by Dave Roberts of Lyon County, Kentucky, a former Holt County resident.