Meek/Meeks Family Y-DNA Project
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Updated 20 Apr 2014

Group A

Group A men will be positive for the SNP marker U198 which falls under U106. Unlike many haplogroups U198 is predictable from STR markers with a high degree of confidence. Anyone with the following results would likely be positive for U198; DYS390=23, YCAII 19, 22, DYS607=14, DYS492=13 and DYS635=25 or 26.

U198 can be further divided into four sub-groups using STR markers. The Meek family falls into a sub-group labeled “14-14”. This sub-group is identified by DYS393=14, DYS464a=14 and DYS576=16.

The Meek family can be distinguished from the rest of the 14-14 group by DYS439=13, DYS458=16, DYS449=30 and DYS464b=14. In addition DYS534=16.

(DYS464=14c, 14c, 17g, 18c)

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Group B

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Group C

Group C men have the following Y STR signature; DYS391=12, DYS439=11, DYS389-1=14, DYS393=14, DYS456=17, DYS607=14, DYS576=20, DYS570=18. In addition DYS461=11, DYS413=21, 23 and DYS481=25.

(DYS464=15c, 15c, 16c, 17g)

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Group E

Group E men have the following Y STR signature; DYS391=11 or 12, DYS392=14, DYS449=30, DYS607=14, DYS576=17 and CDYb=40 or 41. In addition DYS511=9, DYS413=23, 25 and DYS444=11.

(DYS464=15c, 15c, 16g, 18c)

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Group F

Group F men are positive for the SNP marker R-L193 a sub-clade of L513 which in turn is a sub-clade of L21. The following STR markers values are typical for men with the L193 SNP; DYS607=16, DYS406s1=11, DYS534=14, DYS617=13, and DYS640=12.

The following STR markers values distinguish men named Meek(s) from other L193 men; DYS391=10, DYS447=24, DYS572=12

The following marker values sub-divide Meek Group F; DYS576=19 or 20, CDY=38, 41 or 40, 41, DYS456=16 or 15, DYS641=11 or 10

(DYS464=15, 15, 17, 17)

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Group G

William M. Meeks was born about 1798 in South Carolina. By 1830 lived in Fairview Division/Township, Greenville Co., SC where he owned and planted about 176 acres of land north of the Reedy River near the Laurens Co., SC border. He married (1) Jane Thompson 28 Dec 1820. She was born 31 Jan 1804. She died 18 Sep 1853. He was listed in the 1830 to 1880 censuses of Greenville Co., SC.

Note: DNA proves that William was not William Sheridan Meeks the son of Littleton Meeks.

Multiple descendants from 3 different sons have 37 or more Y-DNA test which proves this line back to William Meeks. The Y-DNA profile includes a RecLoH event at DYS385. The STR signature indicates a terminal SNP of R-L21 and matches a sub-group known as “MacWho” which has not yet been identified by a SNP marker.

Group G men have the following Y STR signature; DYS390=25, DYS391=10, DYS385=15, 15, DYS439=11, DYS458=15, DYS449=30, DYS456=15 and DYS570=16. In addition DYS444=13, and DYS481=23.

(DYS464=15, 15, 16, 17)


Group H

Robert Meek came from Edinburg, Scotland and settled in Cumberland Co., PA according to an article by Elizabeth Breckenridge Meek of Bellefonte, PA published in the Democratic Watchman dated 1 May 1931. The name Robert Meek of Hopewell, (a member of the militia in 1748) is mentioned in the History of Cumberland Co., PA (Chap. 5, page 33). A letter of administration was granted 20 May, 1777 in Cumberland Co., PA according to the article which has not been verified.

Note: Contrary to popular opinion it is NOT believed that this is the same person as Robert Meek born 1732 who married Elizabeth Alexander. His name first appeared in the 1783 tax list of Washington Co., PA. DNA tests from a single descendant of each ancestor named Robert Meek indicates that they were different men.

His son George Meek was born in 1741 in MD. He died 10 Jan 1801 in Centre Co., Ferguson TWP., PA. His will was dated 23 Nov 1801 and probated 19 Jan 1802. He served in Revolutionary War, 5th Battalion, PA. 1778-1781. He came to Centre County in 1784 on a surveying expedition. On 21 Jan 1790 he took up a 1,000 acre tract of land, some of which still belongs to his descendants (1962). He was listed in the 1790 census of Huntingdon Co., PA. He was listed in the 1800 census of Centre Co., PA. He married Rachel Herron. She was the daughter of David Herron based on his 18 Mar 1778 will where her husband is mentioned.

A single Y-DNA test is not sufficient to family signature or to be certain this results represents a separate group.


Group I

Group I represents multiple families that are predicted to fall under the haplogroup I designation. Specifically, haplogroup I1 as opposed to I2 and more specifically a major sub-clade labeled I1 Norse as opposed to Anglo-Saxon. While the vast majority of project members who descend from early American ancestors are in the R1b haplogroup member form England, Canada and Australian also fall under the I haplogroup which may have been more common for Meek families of the past.

The first family (Group I1N-a) includes two Englishmen who descends from John Meek born 15 Aug 1764 in Pudding Norton, Norfolk, England. (Kit # 183550 and 92515) They match two Australian who descends from Joseph Meek born about 1794 in Bethnal Green, Middlesex. (Kit # 239892 and 240624) Their common ancestor was Edward George Meek born about 1845. It is not clear how the two families connect but they clearly descend from a common Meek ancestor.

The second family (Group I1N-b) includes a man who descends from James Meek born 1796 in Rich Hill, County Armagh, Ireland. (Kit # 29748) He matches a man who descends from John Meek was born about 1846 in Ireland who immigrated to the United States about 1880. (Kit # 224820) They have a genetic distance of four on 37 markers and six on 67 markers. While the connection between these men is unknown they appear to have a common Meek ancestor.


Group J - Haplogroup J2b2f J-L283

Edmund Meeks was born in 1796. He resided in Albemarle Co., VA.
- Kit #166428
- Kit #228967 Unknown Grady
- Kit #126100

These three member are a close match. Haplogroup J is not common for the Meek(s) surname.


Group 9 - Haplogroup R1b1 (R-M269 not tested)

Non-Aligned

Ancestors

Andrew Meik was born 1732 Midlothian, Scotland. Some descendants immigrated to Australia.
- Kit #178357
Henry Meek born 1735.
- Kit #163577
William Meek born about 1770 Scotland. He resided in York, England. Descendants immigrated to Greene Co., IL.
- Kit #115251
Woodson Meeks born 1775 Virginia
- Kit #AN3
Isaac Meek born 1790 Virginia
- Kit #48977 & Kit #N13903
Richard Meek born about 1801. He resided Coshocton Co., OH.
- Kit #175102
James Meek born about 1801 England. Descendants immigrated to Peoria, IL.
- Kit #138612
John Meek born 1820 Kentucky
- Kit #70461
William Meeks born 1820
- Kit #164432
J. H. Meeks born 1820 Kentucky
- Kit #122144
Francis E. Meeks born 1878 Ohio
- Kit #N6781
Samuel L. Meeks born 1881 Kentucky
- Kit #28093
James S. Meeks
- Kit #N6553

There is no Y-DNA connection between these members and other members or groups in the project.


Group 9 - Haplogroup R1a (R-M198 not tested)

Scotland

Thomas Meek was born about 1838 in Scotland. His son George immigrated to Canada and then New York.
- Kit #122452

At this point in time the test results do not match any other member in the project.


Group 9 - Haplogroup E (E-M35 not tested)

Unknown

Henry Meek was born about 1803 in Kentucky. It had previously thought that this member was a descendant of Nathaniel Meek.
- Kit #34649
Andrew Meek Immigrated from Austria about 1850.
- Kit #170656

At this point in time these members do not match each other or any other member in the project. Haplogroup E is not common for the Meek(s) surname.


Group 9 - Haplogroup I1 AS (I-M253 not tested)

Netherlands

Oene Taekes Meek was born 1710 Netherlands.
- Kit #149091

This haplotype share characteristics which place them in the Anglo-Saxon (AS) sub-clad of the I1 haplogroup. At this point in time the test results do not match any other member in the project.


Group 9 - Haplogroup I2a (I-P37.2 tested)

John Childs was born in 1803. He was known as John S. Meek until he changed his name to John Childs in 1833. He was closely associated with Nathaniel Meek and Basil Meek (Group B).
- Kit #4794

At this point in time the test results do not match any other member in the project.


Group 9 - Haplogroup I2b (I-M223 not tested)

Merrill Meeks was born in 1876. He resided in Grundy Co., TN.
- Kit #166428

At this point in time the test results do not match any other member in the project.


Group 9 - Haplogroup J

John Meek He resided in Albemarle Co., VA.
- Kit #328507

Haplogroup J is not common for the Meek(s) surname.