Simon Meacham

Male 1782 - 1869  (86 years)


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  • Name Simon Meacham 
    Born 17 Nov 1782 
    Gender Male 
    Died 15 Jan 1869 
    Age 86 years 
    Patriarch & Matriarch
    Captain Isaac Meacham,   b. 13 Apr 1642, Salem, Essex, Massachusetts, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 Apr 1715, Enfield, Enfield, Hartford, Connecticut, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 73 years)  (2 x Great Grandfather) 
    Lucy Standish,   b. 5 Sep 1758,   d. 13 Jan 1840  (Age 81 years)  (Mother) 
    Person ID I36757  tree2019
    Last Modified 19 May 2020 

    Father Ancestors Isaac Newton Meacham,   b. 25 Dec 1748,   d. 16 Aug 1828  (Age 79 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Mother Ancestors Lucy Standish,   b. 5 Sep 1758,   d. 13 Jan 1840  (Age 81 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Family ID F14584  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Ancestors Sarah Harmon,   b. 26 May 1782,   d. 26 Jun 1867  (Age 85 years) 
    Children 
    Married: 1x1. Aurilla Meacham,   b. 6 Oct 1810,   d. May 1874  (Age 63 years)  [natural]
     2. Isaac Newton Meacham,   b. 1815,   d. Nov 1857  (Age 42 years)  [natural]
    Married: 1x3. Adeline Meacham,   b. 20 Apr 1812,   d. 4 Jul 1885  (Age 73 years)  [natural]
    Last Modified 19 May 2020 
    Family ID F13643  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • Newspaper Obituary - Thursday, January 21, 1869 Pulaski Democrat - Pulaski, New York - Died, January 15, Deacon Simon Meacham, aged _ years, at his residence in this village. The deceased was born in Pawlet, Vermont, November 17, 1782. He traces his ancestral line directly back to one of the most illustrious names of the Mayflower memory, his mother being no less than the granddaughter of that noble Puritan hero, Captain Miles Standish. She was distinguished, not only for superior intellectual ability and force of character, but also for purity of her piety and the in_ity of Christian devotion. From her he received that large intellectual capacity and that religions culture which have made him solid in judgment and noble in character. In a New England _, and a Christian household, where he daily heard the father's voice in reading of the Scriptures and in reverent prayer, where the mother breathed into his young heart her own sacred love of truth and of God, he was placed in the most favorable circumstances for forming a true symmetrical Christian character. At the early age of sixteen years he made a public consecration of himself by uniting with the church of Christ. In the spring of 1805 he came to this town in company with an older brother, John Meacham, and a brother-in-law Mr. Ephriam Brewster, now residing in Ellisburg. They went back together in the fall, remaining in Pawlet during the winter. It was at this time that he was married to his wife, recently deceased, June 24th, 1867. Before their return, a church was organized, consisting of seven members. In the spring they all returned, accompanied by the father and mother of John and Simon. They located on a farm about two and a half miles north of this village. In June, 1817, the deceased was chosen to fill the office of deacon in the Congregational Church of this place. To the duties of this office, he brought superior intellectual abilities, soundness of judgment, integrity of character, firm Christian principle and the confidence and respect of all his brethren He was regarded is the main pillar of the church, and was accustomed to perform the services of lay worship, in the absence of a minister. His devotion to the church in which, by the purity of his life and the generosity of his support, he was both a pillar and an ornament, was well attended by his gift towards the erection of its present house of worship of more than one tenth its entire cost, thus virtually constituting it to a monument to his memory. That gift, to his honor be it said, was made not as a bequest, when death had relaxed forever his grasp upon all earthly possessions, when he could retain them no longer, it was made while living, it was made in the feebleness and helplessness of old age, when the ability to labor and to gain was paralyzed by decrepitude, when he must depend for the remainder of his life on what he already possessed, a condition which is presented often as an excuse for withholding altogether the gift of benevolence, especially where wealth no larger than his is the only resource for life's remaining days. With a Christian trust in Providence and a noble generosity of heart, he made his magnificent gift, showing how Christian principle was working out its appropriate effects in his character. Commonly, universally in the unregenerate heart, the spirit of avarice strengthens with old-age, but here we see the Christian spirit of benevolence maturing, ripening, and showing _. The evidences of a ripening Christian character were most evident in his later years. The old, as a general fact, especially the worlding, grow more irritable, petulant and complaining in the feebleness of old-age, but it is not thus with him. He grew more and more patient, gentle, kind and forbearing. There was no morbid sensibility, no looking back on the past with complaining regrets for the good times gone, but, like the patriarch of whom the apostle speaks. His look was forwarded an upward, from earth to that city whose builder and maker is God eternal in the heavens, confessing not only, but rejoicing in the fact that he was a Pilgrim and sojourner here. Here was indeed a character that was developed into noble proportions. Nature did for him what it does for few men. It gave him the largest capacities of a spiritual life. He possessed great volume of brain. His was a head for an artist. Few men carry such a brain. Its remarkable volume allied it to a class commonly called Websterian. It always gives what it gave to that renowned mental giant, great soundness of judgment, breadth of views, fullness of comprehension. Such men make very few mistakes. They may not have what men call brilliancy, they are not erratic and visionary, least of all babbling and garrulous, but sound and sensible. They are characterized by sterling common sense. Our reverend and now departed father was of that class. No one could meet him, even in the feebleness of his old-age, without feeling that God had set his stamp there, to let everyone know that here was a man. There were striking characteristics that met the eye. That high, full forehead, especially in the coronal region fuller than at the base, which made one feel that his higher and nobler capacities were well created and well developed; that straight, manly and symmetrical face, told the observer that here was a perpendicular man, a man of integrity, with no _, no windings, no subtleties or in him, a man who asked what was right and stood to fit indices true love life and action. And those capacities were vivified and purified by the power of Christianity and developed by the culture of a long and earnest life. The value of a long life consists in this, that it is protracted and completed discipline, working out more perfectly the results of purification and development of character. It gives a mature, ripened Christian character. And, as we stood by his dying bed and felt the perfect composure yet august solemnity of the scene, no despairing grief of friends, no anxiety about the departing one, we felt that this fulfills the true conception of a Christian deathbed. As we stood, thinking of that life so complete and true, we could hardly restrain ourselves from breaking out in acclaim bidding joy to the departing soul as it went up to its grand triumphal coronation, hailing it as we would the noble conqueror entering the regal city, attended by the trophies of his victories, to receive the welcome of his Sovereign. Here, with no doubting heart, we can say without fear, the soul goes up to its heavenly mansion. Christianity has done its ennobling work. It has expanded and purified the soul. It has enlarged and ennobled, as well as chastened his affections. Like "a shock of corn fully ripe," he is gathered unto the garner of God.