Timothy Meigs (1782 - 1815)

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Birthplace: Middleton, Middlesex, Connecticut, United States
Death: Died in Charlestown, Tennessee, United States
Managed by: Elizabeth Quick
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Timothy Meigs (#197) was born on September 28, 1782, the last child of Return Jonathan (#90) and Grace (Starr) Meigs. His father moved the family to the Ohio country in 1791, he had come out in 1788 to make preparations.

Timothy moved to Tennessee with his father in 1801 and was his fathers private secretary and confidential agent while the elder Meigs was stationed at Southwest Point (now Kingston, Tennessee). He there formed a friendship with John Ross (who later was principle Chief of the Cherokees) which led to a partnership. They opened a store on the Tennessee River around 1810 at the point which is today the city of Chattanooga. The store was called by the firms name "Meigs and Ross." They also had a warehouse and ferry service. 1 "This fortunate association brought lucrative government contracts to the firm during the Creek War of 1813-14 when blankets, corn and other supplies were needed for Cherokee warriors. The partnership seemed to bring their families close together. After Mollie Ross (Daniel Ross' wife) died in 1808, Mrs. Return J. Meigs occasionally would care for the young Ross girls; 2 Elizabeth and Maria became particular favorites of the Meigs family." 3

Meigs married Elizabeth, daughter of Robert and Mildred (Stanfield) Holt, a Virginian who had moved to Tennessee and settled on the Sweetwater Creek near Athens. Meigs died on October 16, 1815. His father wrote the following letter to Return J. Meigs Jr. (#191), telling of Timothy's death:

Cherokee Agency, 4th Nov. 1815

My dear son:

I have the painful duty to perform to inform you that after a bilious fever of about sixteen days your dear brother Timothy died at this place at 35 minutes after One o'clock PM on the 16th Ult. Our loss is great but we have the consoling satisfaction that in his sickness he had everything done for him that could be desired. We had a good Physician, good attendance, every thing that was comfortable. Surrounded by almost all his relatives in this Country, he died almost in his full strength but without any apparent distress. His countenance after death was natural, pleasant almost approaching a smile. His forehead which was large and handsome was such as Lavater says "where all the graces dwell." On the whole there was expression in his whole face which seemed to say 'All is over on this stage of existence & I am happy.' We kept his remains two days and there was scarce an alteration in Countenance. His interment was handsomely and very decently performed. A great number of Cherokee Chiefs attended his funeral -- he had as many friends and mourners as any man of his age ever had in such a country thinly settled. We buried him beside his mother eight miles from this place. He has left an amiable wife and five fine children to mourn his loss, three daughters and two sons....

You are conscious that I am lonesome here, though I have much relief in the young family he left. I cannot write you as I would now. I have during his sickness and funeral had 8,000 Cherokees met to receive their annuities for several years.

Give my love to Sophia and to your Uncle Josiah and sister Meigs. God Bless you I am as ever

Return J. Meigs 4

Meigs died just 14 days after his 33rd birthday.

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Timothy Meigs's Timeline

1782
September 26, 1782
Middleton, Middlesex, Connecticut, United States
1806
August 24, 1806
Age 23
United States
1807
October 25, 1807
Age 25
Charlestown, Bradley, Tennessee, United States
1808
November 23, 1808
Age 26
Charlestown, Tennessee, United States
1809
November 19, 1809
Age 27
Charlestown, Bradley, Tennessee, United States
1812
April 3, 1812
Age 29
Charlestown, Bradley, Tennessee, United States
1813
October 25, 1813
Age 31
Charlestown, Bradley, Tennessee, United States
1815
1815
Age 32
Charlestown, Tennessee, United States