|Isaac Meats II
From: "Biographical Review of Cass, Schuyler and
Brown Counties, Illinois 1892", by Biographical Review Publishing
Company, Chicago, Illinois; pages 459-460, a reprinted by Stevens
Publishing Co., Astoria, Ill., 1971, is sold by the Schuyler County
Historical Society, Rushville, Illinois.
Isaac Meats was born in England, in 1836, December
9, in Herefordshire, son of Isaac and Elizabeth (Lawford) Meats. Isaac,
Sr., was born in 1812 and was a farmer. Marrying in 1842, he turned his
face for the United States, sailing from Liverpool. Landing in New York
he went from there to Chicago, and from there to the Mississippi River,
down which he sailed until he came to St. Louis and landed at
Griggsville. The trip from Liverpool to New York took five weeks. Mr.
Meats brought his wife and four children with him and five more were
added to the family after arrival in this country. Mr. Meats first
rented in Elkhorn township until 1863 and then bought ninety acres in
Hancock county, where he lived until 1868, and then sold out and moved
to Woodford county, Kansas, and bought 300 acres of and partly
improved. He later sold that and traveled in California for a month or
two, then went to Benton county, Oregon, and bought a small farm, where
he lived in retirement until his death, at the age of seventy-four
years. His wife was born in the same place as he, and she still lives
in Benton county, Oregon, with her son, William. Mr. and Mrs. Meats,
Sr., were members of the Methodist Episcopal Church for years. Mr.
Meats was an old line Whig and later a Republican. He first voted the
Republican ticket for John C. Fremont.
Isaac C. Meats, Jr., lived at home until he was twenty-six years
old, working on the farm. He enlisted in 1861, September 5, in Company
I, Thirty-third Illinois Infantry. He was mustered out November 24,
1865, at Vicksburg. Mr. Meats receives a pension for injuries received
which confined him in a hospital and from which he has never recovered.
Part of the time Mr. Meats served in special detached service. After he
was discharged at Fort Butler, in 1865, he returned home and spent the
winter visiting. In the next spring he went to Hancock and resided
there for two years, and in 1869 moved to his present farm and rented
for several years. He was so well satisfied with the land that he
bought 185 acres, known as the old Winslow farm. Here he has lived ever
since. He has been a Commissioner for six years, succeeding Mr.
McDonald. He has also held various other offices, among which was
Trustee for several years.
He was married, March 4, 1866, to Martha Ingram, born in Pike
county, April 17, 1842, a daughter of Henry and Paulina (Kingston)
Ingram. The former was born in Smith county, Tennessee, December 1,
1815. He came with his parents to Illinois and settled in Pike county,
in 1856; from there he moved to Brown county and bought a farm in
Elkhorn township, of 200 acres. Here he died, January 7, 1890. He was a
son of John and Rachel Ingram, also of Tennessee, who came here in 1850
and died when very old people. Mrs. Meats was one of six children. The
family were all mechanics.
Mr. and Mrs. Meats had eight children, Mary E. residing in
Hancock county; George is at home; Fred J. is also at home; Jessie,
deceased; Nellie; Francis; Dollie and Ralph.
Mr. Meats is a member of the G.A.R. of Versailles. The family
are attendants of the Methodist Episcopal Church. Mr. Meats is a member
of the I.O.O.F., Irene Lodge, No. 72, at Versailles, and has held
different offices in the order. He is a Democrat in politics and voted
for S. A. Douglas. He and his wife are highly respected members of the
township in which they live.
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