I have the following data. It may not be totally correct as I still have to verify some dates.
William was born about 1794 in South Carolina. He served in the war of 1812. William appears to have moved to Georgia before 1820. He appeared in the 1820 and 1830 census' of Hall County. In 1826 and 1827, Jackson (his son) was listed on several school lists in Hall County. He was listed in Forsyth County in the 1840 census. He was the first pastor of the Beaver Ruin Baptist Church in Forsyth County. He was also called as Pastor of the Bethlehem Baptist Church from 1838 to 1841 and also a Deacon that had been ordained. He was called as supply minister for the present year on May 6, 1838. On Feb. 16, 1839 he was appointed to the committee to make some changes in the Rules of Decorum. He was listed as of the presbytery of the Concord Baptist Church. He was married to Frances Murphree born about 1800 in South Carolina. He administered the estate of John Mears in January 1843. He remained in Hall and Forsyth counties until after 1843 and then moved to Clarksville in Johnson County, Arkansas. William received 45.87 acres of land on 1 Sep., 1849. He was listed among the persons who took out land grants in Johnson County prior to 1850. All of his children were born in Georgia. He was listed in the 1850 Arkansas census and the 1860 Arkansas census as a farmer having $1500 worth of real estate and $500 in personal estate. Both William and his son Jeramiah were deeply involved in the will of Moses Meers who could possibly have been a brother to or son of William. In 1870 he listed his occupation as a Minister of Gospel while he was living with his son Elisha who was a probate judge. The "History of Johnson County" states that Rev. William Meers was a Baptist Minister and soldier of the war of 1812. "He was the father of Elisha, Jerry, and Jackson." Known children of William and Frances Murphree were:
I. Jackson, b. about 1817.
II. Moses M., d. 1845. He married Mary.
III. Jeramiah Fields (Jerry), b. 1826? in Georgia, d. 6 Mar. 1874
in Williamson co., Texas. He married Catherine Susanna Willis.
IV. Sarah M., b. 1829? in Georgia. M. 4 Oct 1858 to Daniel F. Huckerly in Johnson Co., Ark.
V. Elisha, b. 1830? in Georgia; d. 1873 in Johnson County. He married Lucy M. Brashears 29 Sep. 1858 in Johnson Co., Ark.
"She was born in a little Indian hut, surrounded by a plum-tree thicket on Horsehead Creek. Her father, Jesse Brashears, gave an Indian a horse and saddle for his squatter's claim to the humble home."
VI. William N., b. 1832? in Georgia.
VI. Jefferson, b. 1836? in Georgia. He married Nancy C., last name unknown.
VIII. Minerva, b. 1838? in Georgia.
IX. Andrew J., b. 1842? in Georgia.
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