Henry Clay Meigs
Henry Clay Meigs (#727) was born at Park Hill, Tahlequah District, Oklahoma, on November 16, 1841, to Return Jonathan Meigs, 4th (#372) and Jane (Ross). Jane Ross was the daughter of John Ross, principal chief of the Cherokee Nation for 40 years preceding his death in 1866. Henry and his brothers are the start of the distinguished Cherokee branch of the Meigs family.
When the Civil War broke out, the Cherokee were divided in sympathy between the North and South, and as in many other cases, the line of division cut through Henry and his brothers. His two brothers joined the Union army and he the Confederate service from 1861-62. He was a private in Company H, First Cherokee Mounted Rifles, and saw action at Chuisto-Talasah, Cherokee Nation.1
Meigs was Postmaster at Fort Gibson, Oklahoma; "elected clerk of Illinois District, August 1, 1893, and Judge of the same district on August 5, 1893."2 He resided at Fort Gibson for most of his life. Meigs died on September 16, 1924. On January 11, 1868, he married Josephine Lavinia Bigelow. Their children were:
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No. 1196 1. "War of the Rebellion, Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies," Series 1, Volume 8, Chapter 18, pages 16-18.
1. "War of the Rebellion, Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies," Series 1, Volume 8, Chapter 18, pages 16-18.
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