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PIONEER HISTORY OF James Joseph Meikle ( 1839 1924) & 1st wife Harriet L. Peacock and 2nd wife Lavina Noble Aiken


<ul><li> 1. PIONEER HISTORY OF James Joseph Meikle ( 1839 1924) &amp; 1st wife Harriet L. Peacock and 2nd wife Lavina Noble Aiken NOTE: Wives histories, prior to marriage, are in separate history files Harriet Louisa Peacock Meikle (1836 1915) &amp; Lavina Noble Aiken Meikle (1839 1900) Files of: Erma P. Gordon Anderson (additions by Joe Anderson: A great grandson) James Joseph Meikle Born: 6 Jul 1839, Hamilton, Lanarkshire, Scotland Baptized: 6 Jul 1848 Death: 3 May 1924, Smithfield, Cache, Utah LDS Emigration 23 March 1856 DEPARTED: Liverpool, England, aboard ship Enoch Train. 30 April 1856 ARRIVED: Boston, Massachusetts; 2 May 1856 DEPART: Boston, Massachusetts, via train Mid May 1856 ARRIVED: Iowa City, Iowa 11 June, 1856 DEPART: Iowa City, Iowa, with 2nd Handcart Company 26 Sept. 1856 ARRIVDE: Salt Lake City, Utah, Passengers aboard Ship Encoh Train and with Daniel D. McArthur 2nd Handcart Company MEIKLE, Margaret 57 Glasgow, Scotland, Widow (mother) MEIKLE, William 30 Glasgow, Scotland, Weaver (step-son) MEIKLE, Isabella 19 Glasgow, Scotland, Spinster (daughter) MEIKLE, James 17 Glasgow, Scotland, Carpenter (son) ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Married: 1st Wife: Harriet Louisa Peacock on 3 Jan 1864, at Smithfield, Cache Co., Utah Born: 10 Nov 1836 at Watford, Hertfordshire, England Died: 25 Mar 1915 Smithfield, Cache, Utah LDS Emigration: Harriet Louisa Peacock 4 Jun 1863: Port of Departure: London, England aboard the ship Amazon 18 Jul 1863, Port of Arrival: New York, New York 21 July 1863. Departed New York 31 July 1863 Arrived Florence, Nebraska 6 to 14 Aug. 1863 Departed Florence, Nebraska 3 to 15 Oct 1863 Arrived Salt Lake City, Utah Married: 2nd Wife: Lavina Noble Aiken on 17 Oct 1872 in Salt Lake City, Utah </li></ul><p> 2. Born: 13 Mar 1839 Irchester, Northampton, England Died: 25 Nov 1900 Smithfield, Cache, Utah LDS Emigration: Lavina Noble 11 May 1860: Port of Departure:Liverpool, England aboard the ship William Tapscott 16 Jun 1860: Port of Arrival: New York, New York 23 July 1860: Departure Florence, Nebraska 3 October 1860: Arrival in Salt Lake Valley Lavinias first husband was Benjamin Burke Aiken. They were married 6 Nov 1861 and later divorced HISTORY OF James Joseph Meikle From the files of: Erma P. Gordon Anderson (additions by Joe Anderson) James Joseph Meikle was born: 5 Jul 1839 at Hamilton, Lanarkshire, Scotland. He was the youngest of three children of William Meikle and Margaret Jessie Jackson. His father William Meikle (b: 19 July 1798) at Hamilton, Scotland, and mother Margaret Jessie Jackson (b: 19 Jul 1798), at Cumberslang, Scotland and they were married 22 Jun 1834. William, James father, had been married before, to Marian Cochran, and had had a family of five children: Elizabeth, William, Clifford, Jane and Gilbert. His first wife died during 1833 and by banns* posted June 15 and June 22, 1834, he married Margaret J. Jackson. William Meikle and Margaret J. Jackson Meikle, had three children: Robert, born 15 April 1835 at Hamilton, Lanarkshire, Scotland Isabella, born 6 April 1837 at Hamilton, Lanarkshire, Scotland James Joseph, born 5 July 1839 at Hamilton, Lanarkshire, Scotland James father, William, worked in the knitting mills in Glasgow, and the family moved to Glasgow. (Hamilton is a suburb of Glasgow) The family had joined the LDS Church and was considering the Come to Zion call of President Brigham Young. However, father, William Meikle died 22 June 1853 and was buried at Parkhead Cemetery on Gallow Gate Road, Lanankshire, Scotland; before it was possible for them to emigrate. 3. James Josephs brother, Robert, was the first to emigrate and departed home in 1854 [Meikle, Robert, 1854, NA, Old England, Ship roster on microfilm(s) 200177 25690] http://mormonmigration.lib.byu.edu/Search/showDetails/db:MM_MII/t:voyage/id:308/keywords:meikle Vessel Rig Registry Tons Master No. LDS Pass. Depart. Port Depart. Date Arrival Port Arrival Date Passage Days Comp Old England Ship U.S. 917 J. Barstow 45 Liv. 3-5-54 N.O. 4-26-54 52 J. Angus During 1855-56 Margaret Jessie Jackson Meikle (age 58) along with her step son William (age 32), daughter Isabella (age 19) and son James Joseph (age 17); decided to emigrate, with others, to Salt Lake City, Utah. They made their way from Glasgow, Scotland to Liverpool, England. (a distance of about 210 mile) There, along with 500+ other LDS members, they began their journey to Utah. This group became the 1st and 2nd Handcart Companys. Enoch Train http://mormonmigration.lib.byu.edu/Search/showDetails/db:MM_MII/t:voyage/id:133/keywords:1853 LDS Emigration 23 March 1856 DEPARTE: Liverpool, England, aboard ship Enoch Train. 30 April 1856 ARRIVE: Boston, Massachusetts; 2 May 1856 DEPART: Boston, Massachusetts, via train Mid May 1856 ARRIVED: Iowa City, Iowa 11 June, 1856 DEPART: Iowa City, Iowa, with 2nd Handcart Company 26 Sept. 1856 ARRIVDE: Salt Lake City, Utah, Passengers aboard Encoh Train and members of Daniel D. McArthur 2nd Handcart Company Include: MEIKLE, Margaret 57 Glasgow, Scotland Widow MEIKLE, William 30 Glasgow, Scotland Weaver (step-son) MEIKLE, Isabella 19 Glasgow, Scotland Spinster (daughter) MEIKLE, James 17 Glasgow, Scotland Carpenter (son) SEE History for his mother, Margaret Jessie Jackson Meikle, for more info about journey from Scotland to Utah : Margaret Jesse Jackson (1798 18870 and William Meikle (1798 1853) https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B_eJKktq8nX_Sk9UV21wY1c0Mm8/edit?usp=sharing Grandpa (James Jos. Meikle) said they were rationed to a pint of flour per day. He and his Mother and Brother William and Sister, Isabella, were in the Company. They arrived and made it through the mountains before the bad weather came that caused the Martin Handcart Company so much trouble On Friday 26 Sept 1856: The first two companies of immigrating Saints, which crossed the plains with 4. handcarts, arrived at Salt Lake City, in charge of Captain Edmund Ellsworth and Daniel D. McArthur. They were met and welcomed by the First Presidency of the church, a small Brass Band, and a company of Lancers, and a large concourse of citizens. Captain Ellsworth's Company had left Iowa City June 9th and McArthurs June 11th. When they started the Companies included 497 souls, with 100 handcarts, 5 wagons, 24 Oxen, 4 Mules, and 25 tents. My Grandfather (James Joseph Meikle) and his brother, William, pulled the handcart all the way across the plains. Grandfather (James J.) was 17 and his brother William 30 years of age. Often they would get their mother (Margaret J. Jackson Meikle) and sometimes their sister (Isabella Meikle) to sit on the handcart for a while and let them pull them ARRIVE IN SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH Friday 26 Sept 1856 Robert, James J. brother, had arrived in Salt Lake City, Utah during 1854 and had since been working for the William Jennings Hide Tanning Company, managed by John R. Winder. Robert worked hard and was highly respected as an employee, learned the business thoroughly. It is assumed that both Robert and James J. worked at the tannery between 1857 and 1860. 1859 Smithfield, Utah was settled by Latter-day Saints in 1859, about the same time that the city of Logan was founded. The first settlers were Seth Langton and Robert and John Thornley. Others followed and the saints who settled on Summit Creek, the original name for Smithfield, were organized as a Branch of the Church in 1859, with John G. Smith (in whose honor the settlement was named) as Presiding Elder. A town site was surveyed in 1860. I can't find out exactly when Grandpa (James Jos. Meikle) went to Smithfield, but he was among the first few. It was probably either late 1859 or early 1860. By the end of 1859 Cache Valley contained six small settlements, Wellsville, Providence, Mendon, Logan, Smithfield, and Richmond. The total population of about one hundred fifty families. These small towns scattered over twenty miles, were too sparsely populated to have resisted an Indian attack if they had chosen to go on the war path. Fortunately no conflict took place that year. These Pioneers of Cache Valley held possession of the country only to share it the following year when more settlers came to the region. Smithfield grew from thirteen families in 1859 to sixty eight in 1860 5. At first the people in Smithfield lived in wagons, dugouts or houses failing to follow Brigham Young's advice to build in fort lines. However, the loss of two lives in July of 1860, because of conflict with the Indians, brought a change and the people built their homes for style, similar to the other towns in the valley, building 68 houses on both sides of Summit Creek with the houses side by side forming a square and the corrals on the outside. They lived this way until 1864. NORTHERN UTAH 1860 James Joseph Meikle and his brother, Robert, and their mother, Margaret Jessie Jackson Meilke, went to Cache County with the first group of people sent to colonize the area. A Brother Peter Maughan was the leader of the Company. They helped build the fort and prepared to fight the Indians.. Roberts biography from Smithfied Hist. Soc.In 1860 Robert Meikle, his mother and James came to Smithfield and built a home on 176 West, First North Street, Smithfield, Utah (that location became the permanent home of Robert Meikle and his mother. His brother James lived at 193 West First North Street., Smithfield, Utah. Robert and James procured some farm land and began a side line in the tanning business, but seeing the possibilities of such a business, they moved zealously into it; soon supplying large quantities of good leather for Cache Valley, and later, quantities to send to Ogden and Brigham City shoe makers, harness makers and saddlers, in the Ogden area. 1860 Tannery During 1860 ames Joseph Meikle and his brother Robert Meikle owned and operated a tannery which they operated for many years. They operated the tannery and took up several parcels of land in the farming areas west and north of Smithfield. James only took up about half of the land allowed each one and some of the land he chose was very poor soil and in a very poor area, which showed that he knew little about farming. James lived in Smithfield the rest of his life. 1860 Census The United States census enumerator, gathering statistics for the census year of 1860, found in Cache Valley (5 small towns) 527 Dwellings with 510 Families-making a total population of 2,605 persons in the valley. Of these 1,655 were native born, including 833 born in the Utah territory. Of the other natives Americans 159 were born in Illinois, 111 Born in New York, 90 in Iowa, 67 in Missouri, 53 on Ohio, 41 in Pennsylvania, 25 in Kentucky, and 24 in Indiana, with smaller numbers from other states. Of the foreign born population 450 came from England, 149 from Scotland, 100 from Denmark, 97 from Wales, 29 from bland ?, 22 from the Isle of Man, 19 from Switzerland, 11 from Norway, 9 from the Isle of Jersey, 9 from Sweden, 8 from Italy, 6 from Germany, smaller numbers from other countries. Of the ones listing their occupations they were 328 farmers, 144 labors, 28 servants, 11 farm labors, 5 shoe makers, 3 tanners (the three tanners included James and Robert Meikle). 3 carpenters, 2 blacksmiths, 2 millers, 2 mill wrights, 1 machinsts, 1 butcher, 1 plaster, 1 chair maker, 1 distiller, 1 herder, 1 cooper, and 1 cabinet maker. The men out numbered the women 1,312 to 1, 293. A news clipping of some years later described the tanning operation thus: It was a two story building 25 by 62' that contained two lime and 12 tan vats, two soak pools, bait, boiler, leach, sink, and a 14 inch turbine wheel running machinery for pumping and grinding bark, with 30 cords of bark used yearly and 200 sides, calf, kip and hides valued a $6,000. Tanners were important as they had to make leather for both harnesses and shoes 1860 Minute Men Though the pioneers found Cache Valley "swarming with Indians" no overwhelming dangers confronted them. This was because Peter Maughan followed wise council of Brigham Young and because the Cache Valley pioneers dealt wisely and justly with the red men. The Mormon President regarded the Indians as "children of God" descendants from the tribe of Israel. He exercised great caution in dealing with the 6. indians, holding conferences with them, and making gifts to them. To President Orson Hyde and the bishops in Sanpete and Sevier, he wrote in 1865 that "it is cheaper to feed the Indians than to fight them." In, spite of this beneficent policy, serious Indian wars, occurred in many parts of Utah. Cache Valley was more fortunate because of the wisdom and justice of Peter Maughan, who followed his leaders advice in dealing with the Indians and because of the alertness of the Pioneers and the fine work of the minute men. Though the Indians of Cache Valley resented the invasion of their hunting grounds by the pioneers, they did not unite to oppose the intruders. When they did approach the settlements with possible warlike intent, they found the settlers prepared to defend themselves and found the minute men armed and ready. Many of the Indians were friends with the white man and manifested their good will in many ways. Others stole horses and cattle in retaliation for the occupation of their lands, while a few Indians attempted to destroy the Pioneers. This division of opinion and purpose on the part of the Indians prevented an Indian War of major proportions and made it possible for the settlers to live in the area so long as they were constantly alert to the possible Indian attacks. The pioneers guarded their fort style settlements constantly whenever the Indians menaced them. They formed military forces for protection. Undoubtedly this pioneer alertness saved serious loss of life. James Jos. Meikle was one of these minute men and fought in some of the Indian troubles around Franklin. In one of the accounts of Smithfield History tells: On June 14 1860 a Cache Valley Militia was organized every man supplied him self with his own arms and ammunition. Smithfield as well as the other towns had its portion of Minute Men, each man took his turn. Whenever danger threatened a settlement, men would hastily mount their horses and ride to help those needing it. Their were about 50 men under the command of Thomas Ricks. In January 1893 they fought a decisive battle of Bear River. 1860 On April 29 1860 the people of Logan organized a company of Minute Men with the best horses and men in the place to be ready at a minutes warning if necessary. Thomas Ricks was chosen captain. In, June the settlers of the Valley enlarged the Military organization. Choosing Ezra T. Benson colonel of the Cache Valley Militia and Thomas E Ricks major in command of a body of mounted men known as the Minute Men. They were organized into companies each consisting of five "tens". Each "tens" consisting of a second Lieutenant, Sergeant...</p>