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Second Generation

Family of Samuel MEALS (1) & Winnie ?

2. John MEALS. Born on 15 Jun 1783. At the age of 80, John died in Madison County, Alabama in 1864.

John Meals was an assignee of land grants as early as 1812 in Alabama and moved there in 1818. He became active in community affairs in the new county of Madison, Alabama.

On 31 Aug 1803 when John was 20, he married Sarah COFFMAN, daughter of David Harmon COFFMAN Senior ( 1750-1835) & Elizabeth LOVELL, in Jefferson County, Tennessee. Born about 1785. At the age of 80, Sarah died in 1865. Alias/AKA: "Sallie".

They had the following children:
7 i. Mary Ann (1804-1892)
8 ii. Elizabeth (1806-1897)
9 iii. Susan (1812-)

Sarah Coffman, sixth child of David Coffman, Senior, married John Meals, son of Samuel and Winnie Meals. The Meals were in Lincoln County, Tennessee, as early as 1812 and in Madison County, Alabama by 1817.

3. Lewis MEALS. Born on 3 Jun 1788 in Virginia. At the age of 67, Lewis died in Henderson County, Tennessee on 11 Apr 1856. Buried in 1856 in Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Henderson County, Tennessee.

Lewis Meals bought land in 1824 in what is the most northeastern survey section of Madison County, Alabama. In Alabama, Lewis Meals became a land commissioner and a Justice of the Peace in Madison County but he did not put down any roots. In 1835, he and Polly sold their Alabama land. By the time of the 1836 Tax list for Henderson County, Tennessee, Lewis Meals had become owner of 640 acres there. Whether a purchase or a grant for bounty land is not known. William Meals arrived in Henderson County as early as the 1830 census.

Military: Lewis Meals was commissioned on 8 November 1813 as an ensign in the Jefferson County, Tennessee, militia, somewhat over a year after his marriage to Polly Weaver on 5 May, 1812.

On 12 May 1812 when Lewis was 23, he first married Mary A. WEAVER, daughter of George WEAVER, in Greene County, Tennessee. Born in 1793. At the age of 46, Mary A. died in Henderson County, Tennessee on 9 Sep 1839. Buried in 1839 in Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Henderson County, Tennessee. Alias/AKA: "Polly".

They had the following children:
10 i. George W. (1813-)
11 ii. Elizabeth (1817-1884)
12 iii. Daniel Jackson (1820-1880)
13 iv. John Marshall (1825-1889)
14 v. Martha Jane (1829-1884)
15 vi. Mary Ann (1831-1903)
vii. Alexander. Born in 1835 in Tennessee.

viii. Christopher W.. Born in 1838 in Tennessee.


Lewis second married Susanna Turner DOUGLAS, daughter of James DOUGLAS ( 1780-1821) & Nancy JOHNSON ( 1793-1862). Born in 1812 in North Carolina. At the age of 49, Susanna Turner died in Henderson County, Tennessee in 1861.

They had the following children:
i. William S.. Born on 15 Jun 1846 in Tennessee. At the age of 30, William S. died in Tate County, Mississippi on 7 Oct 1876.

On 8 Feb 1872 when William S. was 25, he married A.A. WHITE, in Desoto County, Mississippi.

16 ii. Lafayette Polk (1844-1883)
iii. Nancy J.. Born in 1849 in Tennessee.

iv. Alabama. Born on 16 Oct 1841 in Tennessee. At the age of 20, Alabama died in Henderson County, Tennessee on 11 Aug 1862. Buried in 1862 in Waller-Douglas Cemetery, Henderson County, Tennessee.

Alabama married Henderson Carroll PETTY, son of James R. PETTY (1810-1876) & Vicey RUSSELL (1831- 1880). Born on 9 Sep 1832 in Carroll County, Tennessee. At the age of 81, Henderson Carroll died in Carroll County, Tennessee on 21 Mar 1914. Buried in 1914 in Blair Cemetery, Clarksburg, Carroll County, Tennessee.


4. Daniel J. MEALS. Born on 25 Nov 1791 in Virginia. At the age of 78, Daniel J. died in Clarksburg, Carroll County, Tennessee on 6 Jan 1870. Buried in 1870 in Coffman Cemetery, Henderson County, Tennessee. Daniel J. served in the War of 1812 - 2 REG'T (LILLARD'S) EAST TENNESSEE VOLS. Occupation: Farmer. Religion: Primitive Baptist Preacher.

In 1819, the Meals family moved to Madison County, Alabama, and then to Limestone County, Alabama. David Coffman sold Daniel most of his land on Shoal Creek. Daniel was also the administrator of the impoverished of Beat #5 of Limestone County in 1846. On 17 October 1849, Daniel sold his land to Gary Gilbert and moved to Henderson County, Tennessee. Daniel's will was filed for probate in Carroll County Court, Tennessee in February 1870.

Member of the Bent Creek Baptist Church, Whitesburg, Tennessee, in 1817.

Daniel J. Meals purchased land in the Huntsville Land Office in Huntsville, Alabama, on October 16, 1835 - Section 8, Township 1S, Range 5W, Baseline - HUNTSVILLE, 40 acres.

Daniel J. Meals purchased land in the Huntsville Land Office in Huntsville, Alabama, on May 10, 1848. TITLE AUTHORITY: Cash Sale; DATE: May 10, 1848; ALIQUOT PARTS: NWSE; SECTION NUMBER: 7; TOWNSHIP: 1S; RANGE: 5W; BASE LINE: Huntsville; TOTAL ACRES: 40.14.

Obituary: From the 1837-1894 BIG SANDY BAPTIST ASSOCIATION MINUTE BOOK, pages 121-122:

The former was born Nov the 25th 1791, and departed this life Jan the 6th 1870 in the 79th year of his age. The latter, Mary Ann Meals his wife, was born March the 2nd 1789, and departed this life July the 1st 1868 in the 80th year of her age. They had lived together nearly 59 years. They both joined the Regular Baptist in 1816; and lived and died in the full fellowship of the Baptists, , without a delinquent mark against them. They left six children, three of them belonging to the same church, to mourn the loss of their beloved parents. All who knew them are left to mourn their loss, as they died having no enemies. Brother Meals had been a servant of the church from the time of his joining it, to his last. He served after he was ordained, between twenty and thirty years; and for many years as Moderator of the Association. In his last illness he seemed resigned and composed. He said that he was fully satisfied that the doctrine which he had embraced was the truth, the doctrine of God and the Bible; and he was willing to meet the God whom he had worshiped, and account for his stewardship, as he would reconcile no other to his experience and the Bible. In his last hours he repeated the following lines seemingly with much composure. The time of trouble and joys, Great God are in thy hands. My sweetest comforts come from thee and go at thy commands. If thou shouldst take they all away, I dare not then repine Before they were presented by me, they were entirely thine.

He was a strong defender of the doctrine of the Resurrection of the dead for which he suffered persecution by some, while contending for its doctrine with the pact(?) who says

My flesh shall slumber in the ground
Till the last trumpet joyful sound
Then burst the chain with sweet surprise
And in my Savior's image rise.

S. H. Meals Moderator
N. G. Phillips

On 1 May 1810 when Daniel J. was 18, he married Mary Ann COFFMAN, daughter of David Harmon COFFMAN Senior ( 1750-1835) & Elizabeth LOVELL, in Jefferson County, Tennessee. Born on 2 Mar 1789 in Tennessee. At the age of 79, Mary Ann died in Clarksburg, Carroll County, Tennessee on 1 Jul 1868. Buried in 1868 in Coffman Cemetery, Henderson County, Tennessee. Occupation: Homemaker.

Member of the Bent Creek Baptist Church, Whitesburg, Tennessee, in 1817.

They had the following children:
i. Nancy E.. Born on 23 Mar 1811. At the age of 46, Nancy E. died on 7 Sep 1857.

17 ii. Samuel H. (1813-1895)
18 iii. Rebecca (1815-)
19 iv. James A. (1817-1893)
v. Sally. Born on 21 Jul 1819. At the age of 9, Sally died on 21 Feb 1829.

20 vi. Lewis M. (1821-1892)
21 vii. Mary Ann (1823-1852)
22 viii. Sarah A. (1826-1894)
23 ix. Elizabeth L. (1829-)
24 x. William M. (1832-1894)

Mary Ann Coffman, 8th Child of David Coffman, Senior, married in Jefferson County, Tennessee, to Daniel J. Meals, son of Samuel and Winnie Meals.

5. Sarah MEALS. Born on 29 Aug 1794 in Tennessee. At the age of 75, Sarah died in Henderson County, Tennessee in 1870. Alias/AKA: "Sallie".

On 28 Nov 1812 when Sarah was 18, she married Joseph COFFMAN, son of James COFFMAN Senior (1765-1841) & Priscilla ?, in Jefferson County, Tennessee. Born in 1790. At the age of 55, Joseph died in Henderson County, Tennessee on 24 Jul 1845. Joseph served in the War of 1812 under George Gregory, Tennessee Militia. Religion: He was a member of the Bent Creek Baptist Church, Jefferson County, in 1818.

1836 Tax Rolls of Henderson County, showed him owning 150 acres of land.

Joseph bought from the estate of Douglas Puckett in Jefferson County, Tennessee, in 1815.

Member of the Bent Creek Baptist Church, Whitesburg, Tennessee, in 1817.

They had the following children:

i. Elizabeth. Born in 1813 in Tennessee.

25 ii. John (1816-)
26 iii. D. L. (1819-)
iv. Nancy. Born in 1821 in Tennessee.

27 v. Isaac (1823-1885)
28 vi. William H. (1826-1890)
vii. Louis. Born in 1829 in Tennessee.

viii. Alexander. Born in 1830 in Tennessee.

29 ix. Susan (1835-1902)

6. William Henderson MEALS Senior. Born on 8 Jan 1800 in Jefferson County, Tennessee. At the age of 59, William Henderson died in Henderson County, Tennessee on 4 Sep 1859. Buried in 1859 in Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Henderson County, Tennessee.

On 2 Jul 1818 when William Henderson was 18, he first married Susannah COFFMAN, daughter of James COFFMAN Senior (1765-1841) & Priscilla ?, in Jefferson County, Tennessee. Born on 13 Apr 1798 in Jefferson County, Tennessee. At the age of 53, Susannah died in Henderson County, Tennessee on 19 Aug 1851. Buried in 1851 in Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Henderson County, Tennessee.

They had the following children:
i. John James. Born on 8 Jul 1819. At the age of 2, John James died on 18 Jun 1822.

30 ii. Alexander (1820-1864)
31 iii. Jackson (1823-1874)
32 iv. Nancy (1825-1881)
v. Washington I.. Born on 22 Sep 1827.

vi. Lewis. Born on 30 Jul 1831. Buried in 1841 in Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Henderson County, Tennessee.

vii. Pleasant C.. Born on 30 Jul 1832. Buried in Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Henderson County, Tennessee.

33 viii. William Henderson (1832-1894)
ix. Eliza. Born on 30 Nov 1834.

34 x. Addison (1834-1911)
xi. Miles. Born on 9 Oct 1836 in Tennessee. At the age of 26, Miles died on 11 Apr 1863. Buried in 1863 in Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Henderson County, Tennessee.

35 xii. Frances Ann (1839-)
xiii. Samuel L.. Born on 12 Dec 1840 in Henderson County, Tennessee. At the age of 22, Samuel L. died in Grand Junction, Tennessee on 9 Jul 1863. Buried in National Cemetery, Corinth, Mississippi. Samuel L. served in Company K, 7th Tennessee Cavalry (U.S.).

Samuel L. Meals, enlisted into Company K, 7th Tennessee Cavalry (US), in Henderson County, Tennessee, on June 4, 1863. Records show him as 21, 5'7" tall, dark complexion, gray eyes, dark hair, born in Henderson County, Tennessee. He died at the hospital in Grand Junction, Tennessee, on July 9, 1863. Samuel was buried first at Grand Junction, Tennessee, but later moved to the National Cemetery at Corinth, Mississippi. Provided by Peggy Scott Holley.


In 1852 when William Henderson was 51, he second married Margaret. Born in 1809. At the age of 90, Margaret died in Henderson County, Tennessee in 1899. Buried in 1899 in Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Henderson County, Tennessee. Religion: Rock Springs Methodist Church, Henderson County, Tennessee.

They had one child:
36 i. Mary Ann (1852-)

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