Oliver Perry Meeker (1828 - 1860)

Oliver Perry Meeker
1828 - 1860
updated June 29, 2020
Oliver Perry Meeker, father to 1 child, was born on July 23, 1828 in Monroe, Ohio. He was born to Jacob Redding Meeker and Phoebe (Baker) Meeker, with siblings John, Ezra, Hannah, and Usual. He married Amanda Clement in 1854. They gave birth to Frank Oliver Meeker. Oliver died on January 6, 1860 in California at age 31.

A brutal Iowa winter and the lure of free land enticed Ezra and Eliza Jane to make the journey to Oregon in 1852. They were accompanied by Ezra's older unmarried brother Oliver Perry Meeker.
The 1850 census shows the family of Walter and Melinda Clement living in Eddyville, the very town the Meekers departed from in 1852. One young daughter, Amanda, was just thirteen years old that spring, too young to marry even by the standards of that time. But it seems Oliver took notice. Ezra, Eliza Jane, their infant son Marion and Oliver eventually reached Puget Sound in the spring of 1853 and built a cabin on McNeil Island just across the sound from the village of Steilacoom. Here they received a letter from their father, Jacob Meeker, stating, "Boys, if Oliver will come back to cross with us, we will go to Oregon next year." Oliver jumped at the opportunity. A journey west would go very near Eddyville. Unmarried Oliver no doubt thought of Amanda Clement. She would be two years older by the time he got to Iowa and of marriageable age. Perhaps a letter was sent discussing the subject. Later events suggest that this was likely. Oliver's grandson chronicles what happened next. "Oliver took the steamer down the coast to Panama, walked across the Isthmus of Panama & from the Atlantic side took a steamer to New York, thence by train west to where the old folks lived. It was then that Oliver's & Amanda's romance took place. On their way to the "jumping off spot" [on the Missouri River], where the wagons and ox teams were outfitted and the wagon trains organized for the trip, over night stops were made at farm houses, and where there had been some prior acquaintance, this was utilized where possible. At any rate, the Meekers stopped over night at the home of the Clements and Oliver and Amanda, the 15 year-old daughter of the Clements fell in love in the one evening they had. In the morning Oliver went to the girl's parents and proposed that they be married and he offered to leave her at the altar and make the trip west & when he had a suitable home established for her, he would then come back for her. The Parents asked Amanda if she was willing to be married & then wait for him & she said "yes". Then the parents decided that the best thing would be for them to marry, but for Amanda to go west with Oliver & help with establishing that home." Oliver and Amanda settled in Steilacoom, WA where they had one child, Frank. A general store was started in Steilacoom in conjunction with his brother Ezra and his father Jacob. On January 6, 1860 while returning to Steilacoom from San Francisco on the steamship Northerner with supplies for the store, a rock was struck off Cape Mendocino, The ship sank and Oliver drowned while trying to make it to shore. There is a marker and a cross at Centerville Beach where the recovered bodies were buried.
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Oliver Meeker was born on in Monroe, Butler County, Ohio United States
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Oliver Meeker died on in Humboldt County, California United States
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Parents:

Dec 28, 1804 - Oct 30, 1869
Jul 10, 1801 - Jun 18, 1854

Siblings:

Jul 13, 1824 - Dec 24, 1910
Dec 29, 1830 - Dec 3, 1928
Jan 23, 1834 - Nov 14, 1902
Mar 2, 1837 - Jul 6, 1854

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1854

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Jan 26, 1839 - Feb 1, 1917

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May 3, 1855 - Mar 25, 1946

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Oliver Perry Meeker, father to 1 child, died on January 6, 1860 in California at age 31. Oliver was born on July 23, 1828 in Monroe, Ohio. He was born to Jacob Redding Meeker and Phoebe (Baker) Meeker, with siblings John, Ezra, Hannah, and Usual. He married Amanda Clement in 1854. They gave birth to Frank Oliver Meeker.
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In 1828, in the year that Oliver Perry Meeker was born, Hungarian inventor and physicist, Ányos Jedlik - a Benedictine priest - created the world's first electric motor, which he called an electromotor. Currently, the motor still works.

In 1839, Oliver was just 11 years old when in The Boston Morning Post, on March 23rd, the first recorded use of the word "OK" appeared. A columnist in the paper said this: "The "Chairman of the Committee on Charity Lecture Bells, is one of the deputation, and perhaps if he should return to Boston, via Providence, he of the Journal, and his train-band, would have his 'contribution box,' et ceteras, o.k.—all correct—and cause the corks to fly, like sparks, upward." While this is the first known time that OK appeared in print, where the word came from is still disputed.

In 1847, he was 19 years old when on May 7th, In Philadelphia, an association of physicians and medical students was founded - the American Medical Association or AMA. The association, the first of its kind, wanted to create uniform standards for medical training, education, and practices.

In 1852, he was 24 years old when in Springfield Massachusetts, Smith & Wesson was founded. Their first gun was the Volcanic rifle. The company later expanded their line to include revolvers and ammunition.

In 1860, in the year of Oliver Perry Meeker's passing, on February 26th, near Eureka California, white settlers attacked a tribe of Wiyot Indians on Indian Island. Over 60 women, children and older people died. Bret Harte - a writer and friend of Mark Twain - reported the news about the massacre to the papers in San Francisco.

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