5. William F__?__ Meacham b. June 20, 1861*, d. Nov. 25, 1913* (will dated Nov. 18, 1913 probated Dec. 11), buried at Riverside; married on Dec. 17, 1884* to Bettie Davis b. 1862 ; issue: Nellie V. Meacham b. Sept. 12, 1885*, d. Dec. 29, 1918*, buried at Riverside, married* before Nov. 18, 1913 to V.M. Acree; Marion Henry Meacham b. 1887*. Second marriage of William F. in Logan Co., Ky. on Jan. 18, 1899 to Clara Purdy b. Jan. 1876, was still living in 1956 in Colfax, Ca.; issue: William Edward Meacham b. Oct. 13, 1899*, d. April 1, 1956 in Colfax, Nevada County, California, married Grace Mabe (nee Denardo).
Known as "Buck." Two photos known to exist of him at different ages, apparently with first and second wives. Obituary states that he was a carpenter, that he worked for Forbes Mfg. Co., and that he was a Methodist. No other life details available. His grandson Dr. Meacham knew his children as "Aunt Nell" and "Uncle William," but strangely never met Clara, though she was still living in 1956 -- ironical as he visited his half brother in California several times during the 1950s. Published genealogies have his middle name as "Feland" but this is almost certainly wrong, as this middle name was given to Dr. William Meacham in honor of his father's (Marion Henry's) commanding officer in the Marines -- Gen. Logan Feland, also of Hopkinsville. According to the obituary, William F. died on Nov. 25, 1913 of heart failure. This was just 17 days before his grandson Dr. Meacham was born -- some karma definitely going on then!
6. Marion Henry Meacham, b. Mar. 28, 1887*, d. April 21, 1924*, buried at Riverside. Married on Sept. 11, 1912* to Mamie Boone Hendersen (b.March 12, 1891*, d. Aug. 8, 1916*, buried Riverside Cemetery); issue: William Feland Meacham b. 1913. Second marriage of Marion H. on April 4, 1918* to Mattie McClairn Johnson b. July 1, 1895, d.July 22, 1954 in Los Angeles, California (parents James Cayce Johnson and Sarah Ann Pierce); issue: James Henry Meacham (b. May 10, 1920 in Washington D.C., d. Feb. 28, 1982 in California).
Marion Henry served with the Marines in the Philippines and in WWI. Later he worked as a civilian contractor (carpenter) to the military. Life details recorded in obituary notice and in his son Dr. Meacham's autobiographical note. The 1900 census lists his father William F. with second wife Clara, daughter Nellie and son William, indicating that Marion H. (then aged 13!) was not living in that household. His name is found under the household of Marion D. noted as "grandson." This may be related to the story Dr. Meacham recounts in his autobiography that "my father, so I'm told, ran away from home when he was a teenager and turned up later in the Marines." His first wife died of tuberculosis, and he succumbed to the same disease eight years later.
Left -- Marion Henry as a boy; picture taken about 1892. Right--Marion Henry with wife Mamie, baby William Feland and mother-in-law Florence Henderson; picture taken in 1913.
7. Dr. William Feland Meacham, b. Dec. 12, 1913, in Washington, D.C., d. Jan 17, 1999, married on June 14, 1944 in Humphrey, Arkansas, to Alice. Issue: William Jr., Patrick, Barbara, Robert. He is buried in Riverside Cemetery, in the same plot as his parents.
His mother died when he was three, his father when he was ten. Raised by his maternal grandmother (Florence Henderson, see photo above) and other Henderson relatives in Hopkinsville, he studied at Western Kentucky College and Vanderbilt University. On graduation from medical school in 1940, he joined the staff of Vanderbilt and became Chief of Neurosurgery in 1954, remaining in that position until his retirement in 1984. He trained many neurosurgeons and achieved national prominence. Life details recorded in autobiographical note. His grave markers read: "A loving husband, a renowned neurosurgeon, a kind and humorous man, loved by those whose lives he touched," and " ' By good fortune and God's blessing, I have had a full and wonderful life.' -- William F. Meacham, M.D."
Left -- William Feland on his first birthday (1914); Right-- His band (William Feland second from left); picture taken ca. 1932.
Left -- The wedding of William and Alice in 1944; Right-- William and Alice celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary in 1994.
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