The subject of this record was born March, 1836, in Floyd county, Indiana. His parents, neither of whom are living, were Charles H. and Rebecca Y. (Hymes) Meekin. He was united in marriage, in 1864 in this county, to Jennie W. Russell. His wife was also born here, in 1842; her father, James B. Russell has gone to his great reward; her mother, Sarah J. (White) has also passed away. The issue of this union is two children: Charles H. and Jouett Meekin. Comrade Meekin was a pilot on the Ohio and Mississippi rivers when the late war of the Rebellion broke out. He was 25 years of age when he enlisted, Aug. 15, 1862, in Cairo, Ill., in the U.S. Navy; he served on the gunboat “Tyler” as pilot, was then transferred to steamer “Baltic” as pilot in the Mississippi Marine Brigade serving as such until May, 1863, when he was granted an honorable discharge by the medical board in consequence of injured eyesight, the result of varioloid. His father, Charles H. Meekin served as Capt., on the steamer “Baltic” of the Mississippi Marine Brigade for about twelve months. Comrade Meekin has served two terms as township trustee, beginning in 1886, he is living in retirement and his address is New Albany, Indiana.
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