- Aaron Mekeel, b. 1817 -d. 1903 was a dairy farmer in Hector NY. In the 1860’s Aaron became lame in his ankles and used a crutch to get around. This limited but did not end his Dairy farming. Aaron traveled to other counties to promote his dairy and to learn about modern technology as it applied to the dairy industry. In 1872 the disease in his legs was sever enough to require amputation and Aaron spent some time at the Dryden Spring convalescing. Aaron was married 2x. His first wife, to Anna was the mother of Catherine (1841) and Mary (1844) Anna died before 1855 and Aaron moved his sister Anna Mekeel (1828-) into the home to help him with his children Aaron remarried Lydia ? (1832 d. 1920 ). He and Lydia had the following children:
Emma (1858 --d. 1929) never married. Lived in Trumansburg NY. Emma was an invalid at the time of her death.
William E. (1872-1959) married Sarah D. Tripp (1876 - 1936)
In 1914 the Mekeel farm was sold, boasting “SALE—One of the best 15 acre poultry, truck and fruit farms that has been on the market for years, with good nine-room house, large brooder house 12x70 with hot water piped throughout, all papered and plastered poultry house 40xlO, with concrete floor, large barn 26x60, shop 24x18, lots of fruit., about 60 large apple trees, SO to 40 young apple trees, all of the best varieties and bearing, 40 choice pear trees in full bearing condition; land lays level, with rich, black loam soil adapted to raising onions, cabbage, vegetables, in fact most any crop; about 4 acres woods and pasture, balance under cultivation and in fruit This property has been in the hands of the present owners fifty or sixty years and is known as the Aaron MeKeel farm.
William Mekeel, b. 1815- d. 1871- married 2x. His first wife was Mary G Mekeel,. b. 1825 d. 1867. Mary appears in the 1850 and 1860 census. Mary Died in 1867 and William remarried Martha G. Hussey (1820 - 1905) William was a farmer in Hector NY.
James T. Mekeel (1836-2/1915)
Elizabeth Mekeel (1838-1908) never married (see Walter Mekeel below)
Jesse Mekeel (1840-1931) married in 1870 to Rebecca H. ? (1849-1934) . Jesse’s mother was born in Massachusetts. Jesse and Rebecca had 8 children, 7 surviving to adulthood. They had the following children: Charles Owen Mekeel- (1883-1958-married Rachel V. Ganoung. See Ganoung family in previous post), Anna (1871-1886) Died at age 16, Elizabeth (1873-1908), Sarah D. (1876-), Catharine Tripp (1878-1944), Eunice R. (1891-) Amy Grace ( 1885- d. 1976) on May 8,1942 Amy Grace reported on the World Friends conference she had attended in Richman Indiana. Amy Grace never married She maintained her religion throughout her life and spoke often about it. The following appeared in the Ovid Gazette on 11/9/ 1967. DAR Hears About Perry City Quakers TRUMANSBURG - On Tuesday, Nov. 7 Chief Taughannock Chapter of D.A.R. met at the home of Mrs. Catharine Hoffmire. After lunch and the business meeting, the group listened with great interest to Miss Amy Grace Mekeel and her sister, Mrs. Hopkins both of Jacksonville. They gave an account of the coming of the first Quakers to the Perry City region; about the church built there; about the members and where they lived; where they were buried; where their children were educated and many other things about the Quakers and their belief unknown to most of the audience.
Amy Quimby Mekeel (11/10/1841) married in 1865 to Edward Pyle (1837-1901). They lived in Hector NY and had the following children: William L. Pyle (1866-1951, Charles Pyle (1872-1955), Henry Pyle (1873-1886)
Anna G. Mekeel (1825-)
Sarah J. Mekeel (1854-1873)
Walter Mekeel (1857-10/18/1924) in 1870 we find both Walter and Isaiah living with their sister Elizabeth. In 1880 the three continue to live together. Elizabeth is not married. She is now 41 years old and is listed as his half-sister, indicating that Walter and Isaiah are the sons of Martha G. Mekeel . The three are still together, none of them married in 1892. Both Walter and Isaiah are farmers and Elizabeth keeps house. They all live in Hector NY. In 1900 niece Sarah Mekeel (1876-) has moved into the home with them. Elizabeth Died in 1808 and Niece, Sarah Mekeel remained to keep house.
Isaiah Mekeel (1859-1918) Never married (see Walter Mekeel)
Joshua Mekeel, b. Jun. 25, 1795 d. Feb. 24, 1877-married x2- Hester Bailey and Anna Underhill. Joshua had the following children:
Isaac Devoe Mekeel (1822-1875) Married Mariah Diamond ( Dimond) (1/13/1823-5/17/1884) Isaac was a farmer and settled in Hector NY. Hector was originally part of Tompkins County but in 1855, with the re-districting of counties, became part of the newly formed Schuyler County. Isaac and Mariah had the following children; Dewitt Mekeel (1851-), Joshua Mekeel (1853-), Anna H. Mekeel (1856-), Margaret Mekeel (1858-)
Anne Eliza Mekeel
Abram V. Mekeel (5/30/1829-4/30/1902) Married Jane C.?(1830-6/6/1896) Abram (shown as Abraham) settled in Hector. Abram was a farmer. He and Jane had two children; Carrie (Carolyn) Mekeel (1858-) married ? Smith and settled in Brooklyn NY where they had two daughter; Carrie Smith and Jennifer Smith.
and Arthur Mott Mekeel (1862-7/16/1923)- Married Widow Gertrude ? Baker (1860-7/21/1923) 1/1/1907. Gertrude brought one son into the marriage, John R. Baker. A. Mott accepted John as his own son. A. Mott and Gertrude settled in Wilkes Barre PA.
Arthur Michael Mekeel (1832-) married Susan ? (1842-) moved to Fairfax, Linn Iowa.
Hester J. Mekeel (1838-)no information available at this time.
Caleb Mekel (1824-) Caleb was a farm hand. He lived with brother Isaac through 1860 and moved west with brother Arthur, appearing in Arthur’s home in the 1880 census. Caleb married late in life, taking his wife in 1897 Angeline M. ?. Caleb and Angeline have no children.
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