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The Meakers

The Meaker Family History

From Under the Gooseberry Bush

January 2009 - Number 5

It is hard to believe I have been doing this Family History newsletter for five years and doing the research for eight. It seems I have come a long way and found so many people and connecting them, both historically and with cousins in the present. This has been the most rewarding part of the research. Before I get into telling you the latest news I would like to say that any information I collect is confidential and will only pass on with your permission. I will, as always pass information about our ancestors for other family member doing family research, or just plain interested.

My father, Henry William Meaker passed away in July 2008; he was 84 yrs old and will be missed by us all. There has been a birth in the family in December, another Meaker, and a Benjamin as well, to add to the Family Tree. The most rewarding part of the research, as always, is connecting family members to other family members who haven’t been in contact with for many years.

I have still not found the connection with the"Martock" Meakers but I am trying a new approach – instead of going back I am going forward looking at offspring of the "Martock" Meakers and hoping to find Edward (B 1731-1751 Long Load, Somerset, England) and his siblings in the mix. The local Family History Centre may be has some information and I may be able to order a microfiche from Salt Lake City.

I have been connected with a collateral descendant of Mary Eliza Meaker (sister of Henry Albert and Joseph Meaker) in Australia.  Thank you Sharyn. Another exciting connection is a descendant of Edgar Meaker’s second wife, Pauline.

Coronation Celebrations on the River Stour 1953 - Find the Meaker!

My sister sent me some old photos of Dad in his early days – this one is of him rowing; and was to celebrate the Coronation (1953) of Queen Elizabeth the second;  where the village competed in a Tug-of- War,  across the river Stour in Durweston, Dorset, England.
I remember the day well and it was very wet and damp – the best part was seeing"my Daddy" participate, and the tea and cakes in the school hall after!

I have made contact with Reginald Edgar Meaker (Son of Reginald of Nevada Desert Sheepman fame) besides giving me some powerful insight into the family has become a valuable resource in sorting out some of the family. Are you going to write that book Reginald? Don’t forget me!!
I am trying to organize Meaker’s who did service for their country starting with Alick Ruscombe Meaker and Percy who fought in the Boer War, Alick losing his life in the final days of the War. Percy came home from the war before he was 18 years old. Thank you everyone who has helped me continue the research and if you need any information please do not hesitate to contact – also if you have anything that can help I would be more than grateful.

Alick Ruscombe Meaker

Born: February 1st 1881, Fiddington, Somerset, England. Son of Henry Albert and Eliza Juliet Meaker
Died: March 1902 Laings Nek, Natal South Africa.
21816 Trooper, 81st Company; 21st Bat.
Imperial Yeomanry

Alick, at 18, and without informing his family, enlisted in the Special Sharpshooters unit of the Imperial Yeomanry. He was sent to South Africa in January 1900. The Boer War was winding down in 1902 and Alick had been engaged in heavy fighting for two years when on a stormy night his battalion, bivouacked on the open Veldt near Laings Nek; a bolt of lightning struck the tent in which he and two others were sleeping, he was killed and  is buried in a military cemetery at Laings Nek. This cemetery is no longer there, bodies were removed and sent to 40 miles east to a place called New Castle and buried in a common grave.

Women’s Movement starts in Durweston!

ChristineThe women’s movement was said to have started in the late 60’s early 70’s, but it really started in the rural village of Durweston, Dorset in the 50’s.

It was always the boys who rung the school bell before morning and afternoon school, much to the chagrin of a certain female pupil. We were told it was because the boys were stronger and girls didn’t do that sort of thing. Talk about putting a red flag to a bull.

The action was carefully planned for days, then, the big day came – I asked to go"across the yard" (outside bathroom) on returning I gave the bell two hefty rings.

The entire staff, two teachers, came running; meanwhile I was going in the opposite direction back to the classroom. Somehow they found out it was me – I didn’t care one of dreams had come true!

Once again, many thanks for everyone for your input over the past year and please"keep it coming"; and again please do not hesitate to contact me if you wish any information.

Keep well and my best wishes to everyone.   Christine

If you have more information or would like to find out more on our family contact Christine on her email for Meaker and connected families research